Reportedly it's a million + strong!
And the rut depends on which part of the state. And it varies even from coast to coast.
The earliest (depends on how you look at it) is mid July, the latest is end of February.
It truly can be 2 months apart just a couple counties away. It's difficult to track to say the least.
The further south you hunt the smaller the deer.
There is also an area on the west coast that has poor soil, and little nutrition and the deer tend to be on the smaller side. The phrase that our deer are not "much bigger'n dogs" is not true. Of course Key deer are quite small, and some other area's have smaller deer. But that dog thing is a tad overblown
They harvest B&C every year. We certainly are not growing many 200#+ whitetail in the wild, but in certain areas their are some fine animals.
This is one of Florida's finest last year (not from a "game outfit" or fenced enclave):
PHILIP ADKISON poses with his 11-point, 205-pound Florida buck in a planted field on his family farm near Chipley. The buck's antlers measured 154-7/8 Boone and Crockett inches, ranking it #10 on the list of Florida's all-time highest-scoring whitetails ever taken.