Florida hunters must now log deer harvests to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

July 26, 2019

Beginning this (2019-2020) hunting season, all hunters (including those under 16 years of age, resident hunters 65 years old and older, military personnel on leave for 30 days or less, and those hunting on their homestead in their county of residence*) must (Step 1) log their harvested deer prior to moving it from the point of harvest and (Step 2) report the harvested deer within 24 hours.**  These steps can be completed using 1 of the following options:

Option 1 – FWC Deer Harvest Reporting App – Hunters can both log and report (Steps 1 and 2) on an app-enabled mobile device using the FWC Deer Harvest Reporting App. Learn more about how to find, download, install the app. Get step-by-step instructions for using the app.

Option 2 – Paper Deer Harvest Log and Follow-Up Reporting – Hunters can log (Step 1) on a paper deer harvest log. Download an FWC-provided deer harvest log. Hunters then have up to 24 hours** to complete the reporting (Step 2) by:

  • Calling the toll-free Deer Harvest Reporting Hotline at 844-392-DEER (3337) between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET, (at peak times you may hear a recording that indicates operators are busy and to try again later), or
  • Using the FWC Deer Harvest Reporting App (see details in Option 1)

Confirmation Number:  A confirmation number will be validated after successful submission of harvest data using the FWC Deer Harvest Reporting App or the Deer Harvest Reporting Hotline. If using the FWC Deer Harvest Reporting App, the successful submission will be saved in the “Sent” folder. If using a paper deer harvest log the confirmation number must be recorded on the harvest log.

* Hunters exempt from license requirements who do not have an FWC customer ID number (CID) can obtain one by visiting GoOutdoorsFlorida.com before the season begins and clicking “Create Customer Account.”

**Hunters must report harvested deer: 1) within 24 hours of harvest, or 2) prior to final processing of the deer, or 3) prior to the deer or any parts of the deer being transferred to a meat processor or taxidermist, or 4) prior to the deer leaving the state, whichever occurs first.