Whitetail deer hunting seasons vary across the United States; some seasons start as early as September and can go all the way until February. The government agencies such as the Department of Fish and Wildlife or the Department of Natural Resources regulate the durations of these hunting seasons. The length of the season is often based on the health and population of the deer herd, in addition to the number of hunters expected to be participating in the deer hunt. The durations of deer hunting seasons vary from state to state, and can even be different on a county basis within a specific state. These agencies will also create specific time frames within the season where the number of hunters able to hunt is limited; this is known as a controlled hunt. These agencies will also create different time periods where you are only allowed to use a specified type of weapon: bows only (compound, recurve and crossbows), modern firearms (rifles and shotguns) or muzzleloaders. For example, during a bows-only season, in many areas you would be limited to the use of a bow and the use of any firearm would be prohibited until that specific season opens. During a muzzleloader season, use of modern firearms is almost always prohibited. However, in many states, the archery season completely overlaps all firearms seasons; in those locations, bowhunters may take deer during a firearms season. Some states also have restrictions on hunting of antlered or antlerless deer.

Whitetail Deer Hunting