We have listed the Florida state wide regulations below. We perform thorough research to ensure that the information which we provide to our readers is completely accurate; however, updates to these mandates are created frequently. It is always possible that an update has occurred without our knowledge. Ensure that you check with your local state government concerning specifics of regulations for crossbow hunting in Florida. You may contact us if you are unsure how to do this.
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Crossbow Regulations in Florida
The FWC, or Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, passed a regulation in 2011 which extended the zonal crossbow season by one month. It therefore now runs concurrent to archery season. This allowed all hunters with legal crossbow and deer permits an extra month of crossbow hunting. Hunters may take down deer of either gender. For the most recent and most complete regulations, please check MYFWC’s legal method’s of taking game page.
- Crossbows are lawful to use during all and any deer seasons.
- Broadheads are to be a minimum of 7/8 of an inch and consist of at least 2 sharpened edges.
- Crossbows must also have been produced after 1980 and be equipped with a mechanical safety.
- It is legal in Florida to equip a crossbow with a scope.
- It is not legal to transport a crossbow in a vehicle with it in the cocked position.
- Deer can be hunted with them as long as hunter orange is displayed when the law allows hunters to use a gun for deer hunting.
- Feral hogs may be harvested during most hunting seasons on Florida Wildlife Management Areas. Be sure to check with them prior to hunting wild hogs. With land owner permission, wild hogs may be hunted on private property year round using a crossbow.
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