Deer season approaching with new FWC regulations

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the 2019/2020 deer season will see a few changes to regulations starting with the bag limit, which is five deer and no more than two doe.

General gun season for deer kicks off in the Panhandle in a few weeks. (WJHG/WECP)

"It's more than enough, I'll put it like that," said Ronnie Groom, owner of C & G Sporting Goods in Panama City. "That's plenty of deer, five is a lot of deer. We've got a good deer herd though. The reason for these changes is to make sure we keep on having a lot of good wildlife. We have to conserve them and take care of them."

In addition to any new bag limits, hunters will also have to log any deer they've harvested before moving them.

Groom said, "You can notify them to what deer you killed and they'll give you a number to show you've got it. For instance if you go to have a deer processed they're going to say, 'Where's your number?' You have to have a number that you've killed the deer and checked it in."

Hunters can log deer on the FWC deer harvest reporting app, or use a paper log and call a toll-free number at 844-392-DEER (3337).

Some say the new log will help cut down on any potential poaching.

"It's a good move," said Groom. "It'll be a little bit of a problem but if in the long run we're going to benefit from it, I think, greatly."

General gun season for deer in the Panhandle kicks off initially from November 28 to December 1 and then from December 14 to February 23.

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