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Hunting & Trapping

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Table of Contents
7 General Information
Commonwealth of Virginia 25 Bear Hunting
Bob McDonnell, Governor
Secretary of Natural Resources
Douglas Domenech 29 Deer Hunting
Department of Game
and Inland Fisheries
Bob Duncan, Executive Director 39 Small Game Hunting
Members of the Board
Ward Burton
Brent Clarke 40 Turkey Hunting
Sherry Smith Crumley
William T. Greer, Jr.
James W. Hazel
Randy J. Kozuch
42 Furbearer Hunting & Trapping
John W. Montgomery, Jr.
Mary Louisa Pollard
Richard E. Railey, Jr. 47 Public Hunting Lands
F. Scott Reed Jr.
Charles S. Yates

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Mission Statement
To manage Virginia’s wildlife and inland fish
to maintain optimum populations of all
species to serve the needs of the Common-
wealth; To provide opportunity for all to Virginia's Wildlife Restoration
enjoy wildlife, inland fish, boating and related
outdoor recreation and to work diligently to Program and You
safeguard the rights of the people to hunt, fish, Hunters and trappers create many opportunities for Virginians to
and harvest game as provided for in the Con- enjoy exceptional hunting, trapping and wildlife watching. Through
stitution of Virginia; To promote safety for the Federal Assistance in Wildlife Restoration program, you help
persons and property in connection with boat- the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries make wildlife oriented outdoor
ing, hunting, and fishing; To provide educa- recreation even better each time you buy a firearm, ammunition or a hunting or trap-
tional outreach programs and materials that
ping license.
foster an awareness of and appreciation for
When you buy hunting-related equipment, a portion of the excise tax levied on
Virginia’s fish and wildlife resources, their
the manufacturer goes to the Federal Assistance in Wildlife Restoration program. Vir-
habitats, and hunting, fishing, and boating
opportunities. ginia receives about $6.5 million each year from this program, which funds a large
portion of the Department’s habitat management and wildlife population research
projects.

The Department of Game and Inland Fish-


eries prohibits discrimination on the basis
of gender, race, color, national origin, age,
religion, or disability. Send all inquiries to Cover photo ©Dwight Dyke
Human Resources, Dept. of Game and
Inland Fisheries, P. O. Box 11104, Rich- This booklet is for general information. Specific laws are found in the Code of Virginia
mond, VA 23230 or Office for Human (http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+TOC2901000) or the Game
Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department Regulation Manual (http://leg1state.va.us/000/reg/TOC04015.htm). For
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop 2000, answers to specific questions about hunting and fishing, contact the Department of
Arlington, VA 22203. Game and Inland Fisheries office nearest you.

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Message From The Executive Director
It is with great pleasure that I am able to rains, which provided miserable hunting
introduce to you the 2010–2011 hunting conditions, Virginia’s young hunters perse-
and trapping seasons. These hunting and vered to harvest 1,838 deer. It was a distinct
trapping seasons are a testament to the honor for me to have so many young
Department’s continued, strong commit- hunters send emails, letters, and photos
ment to protect our hunting heritage and sharing their experience from that day.
provide a diversity of recreational opportu- Many young hunters were successful in
nities for hunters and trappers in Virginia. harvesting a deer that day but some were
They also reflect the outstanding work and not; however, as the emails and letters
dedication of our Department staff who are noted, the harvesting of a deer was not the

Lee Walker
passionate about maintaining healthy real trophy of that day. The real trophy was
wildlife populations and habitats. the memories of the joy and fellowship of
New this year is the Legacy Hunting young hunters getting to spend quality time the immediate and surrounding areas
or Fishing License. The Legacy Hunting with their family, friends, mentors, and where CWD is found, and we would ask
License may be purchased for children less peers. your support in helping the Department
than 2 years of age and, at no additional fee, On a less positive note, the Depart- implement these measures to insure the
can be transferred into a lifetime license ment received confirmation in January continued health of the deer herd.
upon completion of hunter education. The 2010 that a white-tailed deer from western In closing, I want to say “Thank You”
new Legacy Hunting License comple- Frederick County tested positive for CWD. to all of you who make our work possible.
ments our Apprentice Hunting License This was the first confirmed case of CWD Your license dollars and support of our pro-
which provides residents and nonresidents in Virginia. Since 2005 when CWD was grams are the foundation of the steward-
the opportunity to try hunting when accom- detected in Hampshire County, West Vir- ship of Virginia’s wildlife resources. Dur-
panied and directly supervised by a proper- ginia less than 10 miles away from Vir- ing these challenging economic times, your
ly licensed mentor over 18 years of age. ginia’s border in Frederick County, the continued participation and support of
Both of these licenses represent important Department has maintained an active hunting and trapping in Virginia insures
Department initiatives to promote and CWD sampling strategy in this area. With that wildlife resources will remain a strong
enhance Virginia’s hunting tradition. the expansion of CWD in West Virginia and vital part of Virginia for future genera-
The Department noted some great and the discovery of CWD in Virginia, the tions.
successes during the past year. One of the Department has been taking measures to – Bob Duncan
most notable was Virginia’s very first protect Virginia’s deer resource. These
Youth Deer Hunting Day. Despite heavy measures will necessarily affect hunters in

Department Headquarters
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the products or services offered in the advertising, nor accepts any liability from the use of such products or services.

6 2010-2011 Hunting and Trapping in Virginia


What’s New for Hunting and Trapping
Regulation Review
2010–2011 Process
The Department has begun the process of
General Information reviewing the current hunting and trapping
• It shall be illegal for any person to regulations for the 2011 and 2012 hunting
knowingly and intentionally facilitate seasons.
or attempt to cause a violation of the •

General Information
May 1–July 23, 2010: Scoping period
baiting law by putting out bait or salt for staff and public input on hunting

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in a place used or occupied by hunters. and trapping regulation issues
Licenses • August 17, 2010: Staff present regula-
• Legacy Lifetime License (for children tory issues and concepts identified Pass on the
less than 2 years of age). See page 11 during the scoping period to the Board
for details. for its consideration and modification Hunting
k • New dates and procedures have been • Public Comment Period:
Public Comment Period: AA public
public Tradition
established for the purchase of station- comment
comment period
periodwould be held
will be held from
from
ary waterfowl blind licenses to begin during September
September 1–November
1–November 1 to
1 to gain
January 1, 2011. Details will be pub- gain public input
on onregulatory
regulatory issues
issues
” lished in this fall’s Virginia Migratory
public input
. and
and concepts
concepts
Waterfowl Seasons and Bag Limits
- supplement to this digest. • February 2011*: Staff will present Working Together For
- recommended regulation amend- Our Wildlife
- ments to the Board; Board proposes
r Bear regulation amendments
• Hound Training/Chase Season The Department is pleased and
It will be lawful to chase black bears • Public Comment Period*:
Public Comment Period*: AA 45-day
45-day honored to have the support of
with dogs without capturing or taking public
public comment
comment period,
period, including numerous non-profit conservation
g including
organizations that are dedicated to
- from August 14 through August 31on public
public meetings,
meetings,would
willbebe
heldheld
to gain
to
Cavalier WMA. input on proposed
gain input regulation
on proposed amend-
regulation wildlife conservation and educa-
ments tion. Through the involvement of
n amendments.
thousands of citizen volunteers, as
Deer • May 2011*: Staff will make final rec- well as a financial commitment to a
• Additional regulations related to deer ommendations on proposed regula- variety of agency projects, organiza-
hunting, movement of deer carcasses, tions; Board adopts final regulation tions have supported wildlife con-
deer feeding, and testing of hunter har- amendments servation efforts that benefit all
vested deer in northwestern Virginia
following discovery of CWD. See • July 1, 2011: Effective date for Board Virginia sportsmen and women.
adopted regulations We encourage everyone to support
pages 37–38 for details.
. these organizations and to become
• It is now legal for a person to possess * Specific dates to be determined follow- active participants in one or more of
shed antlers from deer. ing the July13, 2010 DGIF Board meeting. these groups.

Additional Contacts Quota Hunts U. S. Forest Service


1-877-VAHUNTS (1-877-824-8687) George Washington and Jefferson Forest
Report Violations: 1-800-237-5712 Supervisor
wildcrime @dgif.virginia.gov Virginia Department of Forestry, 540-265-5100
Charlottesville Office
Contact a Conservation Police Officer 434-977-6555 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
(Game Warden) Information on federal wildlife inquiries
804-367-1258 Department of Conservation and only
Recreation; Reservation Center 804-771-2883; 804-771-2280
Boating Information: 804-367-1000 800-933-7275
Checking-in Game USDA Wildlife Services
1-866 GOT-GAME (468-4263) 804-739-7739

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General not have to carry your certificate if
accompanied and properly supervised
provides adequate direction to, and can
immediately assume control of the
Information by a licensed adult). firearm from the apprentice hunter. The
• You are at least 16 years of age and you apprentice hunting license cannot be
Mandatory Hunter are hunting with your first hunting used as proof of holding a previous
Education Requirement license. hunting license, for the purposes of
purchasing a hunting license without
Hunter Education courses provide instruc- Although it is recommended for all hunters,
proof of hunter education.
tion in hunter safety, principles of conser- you are not required to complete hunter

General Information

vation, and sportsmanship. The courses are education if: You are under the age of 12. However,
you may not hunt unless accompanied
a minimum of 10 hours in length and cover • You are exempt from the requirement and directly supervised by a licensed
many topics preparing new hunters to to purchase a license.
enjoy their experience in the outdoors. adult.
• You are hunting with an apprentice • You only hunt foxes with hounds while
Courses are offered free of charge through- license. In which case, you must be
out the Commonwealth. A list of courses is on horseback, but without firearms.
accompanied and directly supervised
available online, or you may contact one of by an adult over the age of 18 who has, Any person 16 years of age or older may
the Department’s regional offices. You can on his person, a valid Virginia hunting certify that he or she has held a previously
call 1-866-604-1122 for a listing of Hunter license. “Accompanied and directly issued hunting license by signing the back
Education classes near you. For informa- supervised” means the adult maintains of the license.
tion about obtaining a replacement certifi- close visual and verbal contact with,
cate, check the Department’s website
(www.HuntFishVA.com) or call 1-866-
721-6911
Virginia accepts and recognizes all
states’ and countries’ hunting licenses
and hunter education credentials for the
purpose of complying with mandatory Want to make a difference?
hunter education requirements. These
may be in the form of an identification
card or certificate.
Become a
You must complete an approved hunter Hunter Education Instructor
education course and carry your certificate
while hunting if either of the following Contact: david.dodson@dgif.virginia.gov or go to
apply: www.HuntFishVA.com/hunting/education/
• You are 12-15 years of age (you must
complete hunter education but you do

Tree Stand Safety Guidelines


• Use a full-body safety harness to secure yourself to the tree. Stay attached
whenever you are off the ground.
• Never climb with equipment; use a haul line to get your unloaded gun or bow
into and out of the tree stand. Crossbows may be raised while cocked, but
should never be loaded with an arrow until securely in the stand and ready to
hunt. It can be dangerous to try to cock a crossbow while in a tree.
• Keep manufactured tree stands in good working condition. Always follow the
manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
• Most falls occur because of the failure of homemade stands, especially as they
age. It is best to avoid them.
• While most manufactured tree stands are safe if used properly, they are occa-
sionally found to be defective and recalled. To find out if your stand has been
Eugene Hester

recalled, check the Consumer Product Safety Commission website at


www.CPSC.gov.

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n Hunting Licenses and License Exemptions such disabled person possesses a valid
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Fees All persons, except those listed below, Virginia Disabled Resident Lifetime
e Every person who is required to have a must purchase the proper licenses before hunting license or a Virginia Resident
s license must carry such license and shall hunting or trapping. Where exempt, the Disabled Veteran Lifetime license is not
f show the license immediately upon request exemption means the individual is exempt required to have a license.
of any officer whose duty it is to enforce the from the basic hunting license, bear, deer, • Any American Indian who resides on a
game and inland fish laws, or upon the turkey license, archery license, crossbow Virginia Indian reservation or a member
demand of any owner or lessee, or any license, muzzleloading license, and Vir- of the Virginia recognized tribes who

General Information
employee or representative of such owner ginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation resides in the Commonwealth is not
d or lessee, upon whose land or water such Stamp. (All seasons, bag limits, and required to have a license; however, such
d person may be hunting, trapping or fishing. checking requirements apply) Indian must have on his person an identi-
A license is not valid unless signed by • Resident or non-resident landowners, fication card or paper signed by the chief
the licensee. their spouses, their children and grand- of his tribe, a valid tribal identification
Residency Qualifications: children and the spouses of such children card, written confirmation through a
y • Persons who have been a bonafide resi- and grandchildren, or the landowner’s central tribal registry, or certification
y dent of the city, county, or state for six parents, resident or non-resident, do not from a tribal office.
k consecutive months immediately pre- need a license to hunt, trap or fish (on • Stockholders owning 50 percent or more
ceding the date of purchasing a license. inland waters) within the boundaries of of the stock of any domestic corporation
their own lands. owning land in Virginia, his or her
• Persons who have been domiciliary resi-
dents of the state for at least two months • Tenants, on the land they rent and occu- spouse and children and minor grand-
upon approval of a completed affidavit py, are not required to have a license, but children, resident or nonresident, to hunt,
to be furnished by the Game Depart- must have the written permission of the trap and fish within the boundaries of
ment. landowner. Persons that lease property lands and inlands waters owned by the
and do not permanently reside there are domestic corporation.
• Legal voters in Virginia.
not exempt from license requirements.
• Members of the armed forces if they
• Residents, 65 years of age and over, do
reside in Virginia and are on active duty
not need a license to hunt or trap on pri-
and are stationed at military installations
vate property in their county or city of
within, or on ships based in Virginia.
residence. Q: My resident son was 11
• Students (including nonresident students
• Resident hunters under the age of 12 are years old at the beginning of
boarding on campus) residing in Virginia
not required to have a hunting license or the hunting season and did not
who are enrolled in bonafide Virginia
hunter education. Non-resident hunters need a license. He will turn 12
schools.
under the age of 12 need a hunting in the middle of the season.
• Unnaturalized owners of real property in license but do not need hunter education Does he need to purchase a
Virginia who have resided in a county for to purchase one. All hunters under the license?
five years immediately prior to making age of 12 may not hunt unless immedi-
application for a license may apply for ately supervised by a licensed adult. A: Yes. He will need his own
resident licenses only in the county hunting license and all applicable
where they qualify.
• Residents under the age of 16 are not licenses, permits and stamps
required to have a license to trap when
when he turns 12. He could
accompanied by any person 18 years of
obtain an Apprentice License as
age or older who possesses a valid Vir-
his basic hunting license if he has
ginia trapping license.
not yet taken a Hunter Education
HUNTING LICENSE SALES • Any person who is not hunting, but is Course when he turns 12.
1-866-721-6911 aiding a disabled person to hunt when
customerservice@dgif.virginia.gov
A customer service center is avail-
able to help purchasers of hunting
and fishing licenses. Representa-
tives will be available to answer
questions about licensing, assist Where to Get a License
you in purchasing the licenses ✦ Online: www.HuntFishVA.com. Select the license(s) you want, pay with
appropriate for your hunting or your VISA or MasterCard, and print your license(s) after you pay.
fishing outing, correct information ✦ In Person: Sold by some clerks of the Circuit Court and hundreds of
on a current license or re-issue a lost license agents around the state.
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license or hunter education


certificate. ✦ By Phone: Customer Service, 1-866-721-6911

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What License Do I Need? Stamp, State Forest Stamp, County Dam- Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conserva-
age Stamp and Bonus Deer Permits, if tion Stamp is required. A National Forest
Hunting applicable, are also required. Stamp or State Forest Stamp, if applicable,
Unless license exempt, some type of hunt- may also be required. A HIP number is also
ing license is required. A hunting license Crossbow required. Register online or call 1-888-788-
may be one of the following: Sportsman’s Crossbow license is required in addition to 9772.
License, Hunting License, County or City a hunting license if hunting with a cross-
Hunting License, Apprentice Hunting bow during any archery season. National
License, Junior Hunting, Junior Combina- Forest Stamp, State Forest Stamp, County Lifetime Licenses
General Information

tion, Junior Lifetime, Lifetime, Service- Damage Stamp and Bonus Deer Permits, if Resident and nonresident lifetime licenses
Connected Totally and Permanently Dis- applicable, are also required. are purchased by an application and require
abled Veteran Resident Lifetime, Totally supporting documentation of age, residen-
and Permanently Disabled Resident Spe-
Muzzleloading cy and/or disability. They are issued only
Muzzleloading license is required in addi- through the Richmond office. Retail
cial Lifetime, Senior Citizen or Nonresi-
tion to the hunting license if hunting with a license agents cannot issue these licenses.
dent 3-Day Trip.
muzzleloading firearm during any muzzle- Applications can be submitted in person at
Small Game loader deer season. National Forest Stamp, the Richmond office or mailed in. License
A hunting license is required. National For- State Forest Stamp, County Damage applications can be found on the Depart-
est Stamp, or State Forest Stamp, if appli- Stamp and Bonus Deer Permits, if applica- ment’s website or call customer service at
cable, is also required. ble, are also required. 1-866-721-6911.
Bear, Deer, and Turkey If hunting with archery tackle or muz-
A bear, deer, turkey license is required in zleloading rifle during any firearms deer Replacement License
addition to a hunting license. National For- season you do not need an archery,
crossbow or muzzleloading license. If you purchased a license from a retail
est Stamp, State Forest Stamp, County license agent, such as a sporting goods
Damage Stamp and Bonus Deer Permits, if Trapping store, you can request a replacement at any
applicable, are also required. A trapping license is required to trap. retail license agent.
Archery National Forest Stamp or State Forest If you purchased a license online, by
Archery License is required in addition to a Stamp, if applicable, are also required in phone or from the Richmond office you
hunting license if hunting with a bow and addition to this license. will need to request a replacement from
arrow (longbow, recurve or compound) Waterfowl customer service by calling toll free 1-866-
during any archery season. National Forest A hunting license, Federal Duck Stamp and 721-6911.

License Fees Issuance fee is included in the prices.

Resident Hunting Licenses Junior Lifetime Hunting License (under age 12) . . . . . .250.00
Licenses are valid for one year from the date of purchase with three No annual bear, deer, turkey license required until age 12. National
exceptions: the bear, deer, turkey license, the Virginia migratory forest stamp, State Forest Stamp, County Damage Stamp and
waterfowl conservation stamp, and the apprentice hunting license. Bonus Deer Permits, if applicable, are required in addition to this
license. Upon proof of completion of a hunter education course or
Sportsman’s License (age 16 and older) . . . . . . . . . . . .$120.00
equivalent, the license is transferable to a lifetime hunting license at
Includes hunting license, bear, deer, turkey license, archery license,
no additional fee. Available through the Richmond office or by mail.
crossbow license, muzzleloading license, freshwater fishing
license, and trout license Legacy Hunting License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125.00
Must be purchased before age 2. See page 11 for more details.
Hunting License (age 16 and older) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . 18.00
Available through the Richmond office or by mail.
County or City Hunting License (age 16 and older) . . . . . 11.00
Lifetime Hunting License
For county or city of residence only
Annual bear, deer, turkey license and all applicable licenses,
Apprentice Hunting License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11.00 stamps, or permits are required in addition to this license. Available
Annual bear, deer, turkey license and all applicable licenses, through the Richmond office or by mail.
stamps, or permits are required in addition to this license. See
Age 12-44 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .255.00
description on page 11. Valid for 2 years from date of purchase.
(hunter education course required under age 16)
Junior Hunting License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8.50 Age 45-50 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .205.00
(age 12 to 15; optional for under 12 years old) Age 51-55 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .155.00
Age 56-60 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105.00
Junior Combination Hunting License (age 12 to 15) . . . .16.00
Age 61-64 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55.00
Includes hunting license, bear, deer, turkey license, archery license,
Age 65 and over . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15.00
crossbow license, and muzzleloading license.

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Service-Connected Totally and Permanently Disabled
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Create Lasting Memories Resident Veteran Lifetime License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10.00
Includes hunting license, bear, deer, turkey license, archery license,
o crossbow license, muzzleloading license, and freshwater fishing
- license. All other applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are
required in addition to this license. Available through the Rich-
mond Office or by mail.
Totally and Permanently Disabled Resident Special

General Information
s Lifetime License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10.00
e Annual bear, deer, turkey license and all applicable licenses,

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- stamps or permits are required in addition to this hunting license.
y Available through the Richmond Office or by mail.
Senior Citizen Hunting License (age 65 and over) . . . . . . .7.00
.
t
With Your Family and Friends Annual bear, deer, turkey license and all applicable licenses,
stamps or permits are required in addition to this license.
e
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t Legacy Hunting or Fishing License One or more of the following may be required in addition to
a resident hunting license.
• Issued only to an individual who is younger than two Bear, Deer, Turkey License (age 16 and older) . . . . . . . . .18.00
years of age and is valid for the lifetime of the license Not required if senior citizen’s lifetime license was purchased
holder regardless of any change in that person’s before July 1, 1988. Not required for holders of Disabled Veterans
status as a resident or nonresident. Lifetime license. Valid July 1 through June 30
• Legacy hunting license is valid until the individual’s Junior Bear, Deer, Turkey License (age 12 to 15) . . . . . . . .8.50
y twelfth birthday. Upon proof of completion of a Valid July 1 through June 30.
hunter education course or equivalent, this license is
y transferable to a lifetime hunting license at no Archery License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18.00
u additional charge. Crossbow License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18.00
- • The Legacy hunting or fishing license is available by Muzzleloading License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18.00
application through the Richmond office or by mail.
The cost is $125 for resident children and $250 for
nonresident children. Nonresident Hunting Licenses
Licenses are valid for one year from the date of purchase with three
exceptions: the bear, deer, turkey license and the Virginia migrato-
Apprentice Hunting License ry waterfowl conservation stamp and the apprentice hunting
license.
The apprentice hunting license serves as a first-time Vir- Non-resident Hunting License (age 16 and older) . . . . . .86.00
ginia resident or nonresident hunting license and is good
l Non-resident 3-Day Trip License (age16 and older) . . . . .46.00
for 2 years.
d Must be 3 consecutive hunting days; no Sunday hunting.
s The license holder must be accompanied and directly
r supervised by a mentor over 18 who has on his or her per- Non-resident Apprentice Hunting License . . . . . . . . . . .21.00
t son a valid Virginia hunting license. “Accompanied and Annual bear, deer, turkey license and all applicable licenses,
. directly supervised”occurs when a person over 18 main- stamps, or permits may be required in addition to this license. See
tains a close visual and verbal contact with, provides ade- details on this page. Valid for 2 years from date of purchase.
quate direction to, and can immediately assume control of
the firearm from the apprentice hunter. Non-resident Youth Hunting License (under age 12) . . . .13.00

The license entitles the holder to a one-time deferral of the Non-resident Youth Hunting License (age 12 to 15) . . . . .16.00
hunter education requirement. Non-resident Youth Combination Hunting License
, (age 12 to 15) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31.00
The apprentice license does not qualify the holder to pur-
e Includes hunting license, bear, deer, turkey license, archery license,
chase a regular hunting license, nor exempt the holder
from compliance with Department regulations. crossbow license, and muzzleloading license.
A bear, deer, turkey license and all applicable stamps or Non-resident Legacy Hunting License . . . . . . . . . . . . .250.00
permits are required in addition to the apprentice license. Must be purchased before age 2. See details on this page. Available
through the Richmond office or by mail.
Previous Virginia resident and nonresident hunting license
holders may not use an apprentice license. Nonresident Lifetime Hunting License . . . . . . . . . . . . .505.00
To learn more call 1-866-721-6911 or log on to Annual bear, deer, turkey license and all applicable licenses,
www.HuntFishVA.com. stamps or permits are required in addition to this license. Available
through the Richmond office or by mail.
continued on page 12
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Hunting (Shooting) Preserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18.00 Miscellaneous Permits and Stamps
To hunt within the boundaries of a licensed shooting preserve, in One or more of the following may be required in addition to a
lieu of other required licenses. hunting license.
Foxhound Training Preserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18.00
To hunt within the boundaries of a licensed foxhound training pre- Permits:
serve, in lieu of other required licenses. Resident Bonus Deer Permit (6 antlerless tags) . . . . . . . .18.00
See page 29
One or more of the following may be required in addition to Nonresident Bonus Deer Permit (6 antlerless tags) . . . . .31.00
a nonresident hunting license. See page 29
General Information

Non-resident Bear, Deer, Turkey License National Forest Permit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4.00


Valid July 1 through June 30 To hunt and trap within National Forests. Not required of residents
Age 16 and older . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66.00 under the age of 16 to trap; residents 65 and older who possess a
Age 12 to 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16.00 valid license to hunt or trap.
Under age 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13.00
Virginia State Forest Use Permit (age 16 or older) . . . . . .16.00
Non-resident Archery License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31.00 Allows hunting, trapping, fishing, mountain biking, and horse rid-
Non-resident Crossbow License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31.00 ing. No motorized vehicles on gated roads/trails (open or closed).
Sold in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Forestry.
Non-resident Muzzleloading License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31.00
Public Access Lands for Sportsmen (PALS) . . . . . . . . . .18.00
See page 49 for more information.
Trapping Licenses Stamps:
One or more of the following is required to trap. Other licenses or Federal Migratory Bird Stamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15.00
permits may also be required. To take migratory waterfowl, required of persons 16 years of age
County or City Resident Trapping License . . . . . . . . . . .16.00 and over in addition to hunting license and sold at U.S. Post Offices
For county or city of residence. or online at www.duckstamp.com. Valid July 1-June 30
Resident Trapping License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41.00 Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp . . .10.00
Required of persons 16 years of age and older, unless license
Resident Junior Trapping License (under age 16) . . . . . .11.00 exempt. Valid July 1-June 30.
Resident Senior Citizen Trapping License . . . . . . . . . . . .7.00
(age 65 and over)
Resident Senior Citizen Lifetime Trapping License . . . .15.00
(age 65 or over) Available through the Richmond Office or by
mail.
Service-Connected Totally and Permanently Disabled
Veteran Resident Lifetime Trapping License . . . . . . . . .10.00
Virginia Wildlife
Available through the Richmond Office or by mail. Special Offer
Totally and Permanently Disabled Resident Special ■ 7 issues-$7.00 ■ 21 issues-$21.00 (Best Offer)
Lifetime Trapping License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.00
Available through the Richmond Office or by mail. ■ New ■ Renewal
Non-resident Trapping License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .156.00
Name __________________________________

Address _________________________________

City ___________________________________
DVDs to Purchase
A Professional Guide to Field Dressing, Skinning State _________ Zip___________________
and Butchering White-tailed Deer . . . . . $12.00 Make check payable to: Treasurer of Virginia.
Squirrel Skinning Quick and Easy and Pan Fish Send to: Virginia Wildlife, P.O. Box 11104,
Preparation and Filleting . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8.00 Richmond, VA 23230
or call 1-800-710-9369
Order online at www.HuntFishVA.com
or call 804-367-2569. and mention code J10HF

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Definitions Hunting and Trapping Feral hogs (also called wild hogs) are
The act of or the attempted act of taking, classified as nuisance animals in Virginia
Archery Tackle hunting, trapping, pursuing, chasing, and it is illegal to release hogs to the wild in
As used in this digest, archery tackle shooting, snaring or netting birds or ani- Virginia. However, several populations of
includes longbow, recurve bow, compound mals, and assisting any person who is doing feral hogs exist in the state and DGIF
bow, and crossbow. the same, regardless of whether birds or encourages the harvest of as many of these
animals are actually taken. animals as possible. Feral hogs damage
Bait wildlife habitats and crop fields and can
Bait shall mean any food, grain, or other transmit diseases to other species, includ-

General Information
Loaded Crossbow or
consumable substance that could serve as a Muzzleloader ing humans. To hunt feral hogs, a hunter
lure or attractant; however, crops grown for A muzzleloading firearm is considered must have a hunting license and landowner
s normal or accepted agriculture or wildlife permission. There is no closed season or
a “loaded” when the muzzleloader is capped,
management purposes, including food or has a charged pan, or has a primer or bat- daily bag limit on feral hogs, although
plots, shall not be considered as bait. tery installed in the firearm. hunting is not lawful on Sunday. Also, on
The definition of a “loaded crossbow” Department-managed and National Forest
- Dismal Swamp Line is a crossbow that is cocked and has either a lands, it is unlawful to have a bow or gun
. Beginning at a point on Rt. 10 where it bolt or arrow engaged or partially engaged which is not unloaded and cased or disman-
intersects the Isle of Wight County line, on the shooting rail or track of the cross- tled except when it is lawful to take bear,
then along this highway to its intersection bow, or with a “trackless crossbow” when deer, grouse, pheasant, quail, rabbit, rac-
with the corporate limits of Suffolk, then the crossbow is cocked and a bolt or arrow coon, squirrel, turkey, waterfowl, or migra-
through Suffolk to its intersection with Rt. is nocked. tory game birds.
642 (White Marsh Road) and then along
this highway in a southwest direction to Rt. Nonmigratory Game Birds Other Wildlife
e 604 (Desert Road), and then southerly Nonmigratory game bird means grouse, It is unlawful to take, possess, transport or
s along this highway to the North Carolina pheasant, bobwhite quail and turkey. sell all other wildlife species not classified
state line. as game, furbearer or nuisance, unless oth-
erwise specifically permitted by law or reg-
Nuisance Species ulation.
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East & West of the Blue Ridge The following animals: house mouse, Nor-
The map below shows the counties that are way rat, black rat, coyote, groundhog,
east or west of the Blue Ridge. Counties nutria, feral hog, European starling, Eng-
colored blue are west of the Blue Ridge and lish sparrow, mute swans and pigeon (rock
those counties in white are east of the Blue dove) are designated as nuisance species
Ridge. and may be taken at any time (except on
Sunday) by use of a firearm or other
Furbearer Species weapon and on some public lands during
Furbearer means beaver, bobcat, fox, mink, certain time periods, see National Forest-
muskrat, opossum, otter, raccoon, skunk, Game Department Regulations page 49.
and weasel.

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Blaze Orange Hunting Hours
Requirements (See page 64 for sunrise-sunset table)
When hunting any species during the
firearms deer season and youth deer day, • There is no Sunday hunting.
every hunter, (see exceptions following) or • One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset for nonmigratory birds
persons accompanying a hunter, shall wear and game animals except during spring gobbler season.
a blaze orange hat or blaze orange upper • One-half hour before sunrise until 12 noon during spring gobbler season, except the
body clothing that is visible from 360 last 12 days the hunting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset.
General Information

degrees or display at least 100 square inch- • One-half hour before sunrise to sunset for Youth Spring Turkey Hunt Day.
es of solid blaze orange material at shoul-
der level within body reach and visible
• Hours for bear hound training season are 1/2 hour before sunrise to 4-1/2 hours after
sunset.
from 360 degrees. Hats may have a bill or
brim color or design other than solid blaze • Bobcat, foxes, raccoons, and opossums may be hunted by day or night during
orange. Hats shall not be in “camo” style, authorized seasons.
since the latter is designated to prevent visi- • Nuisance species may be taken day or night.
bility. A logo,which does not detract from
visibility, may be worn on a blaze orange
or to train dogs on any wild animal from and pigeons so that they may be immedi-
hat.
a baited site. Furthermore, it shall be ately shot or recovered, except on Sun-
Exceptions unlawful to place, distribute or maintain day.
• Blaze orange is not required of water- bait or salt for any wild animal for the • You may train dogs on National Forest or
fowl hunters, dove hunters, individuals purpose of chasing with dogs, hunting Department-owned lands only during
participating in hunting dog field trials, with dogs, or the training of dogs. A bait- authorized training seasons that specifi-
and fox hunters on horseback without ed site will be considered to be baited for cally permit these activities.
firearms. 30 days following the complete removal
• You may train dogs on quail on designat-
• Hunters hunting with archery tackle dur- of all such bait or salt.
ed portions of the Amelia Wildlife Man-
ing an open firearms deer season, in • It is unlawful to intentionally cripple or
agement Area (WMA), Chester F.
areas where the discharge of firearms is otherwise harm any game animal for the
Phelps WMA, Chickahominy WMA
prohibited by state law or local ordi- intent of continuing a hunt, or chase, or
and Dick Cross WMA from September 1
nance, are exempt from the blaze orange for the purpose of training dogs. Upon
to the day prior to the opening date of the
requirement. treeing, baying, or otherwise containing
quail hunting season, both dates inclu-
• Blaze orange is not required during the an animal in a manner that offers the ani-
sive. No weapons other than starter pis-
muzzleloading deer season(s). mal no avenue of escape, the person or
tols may be in possession, and pen-raised
the hunting party shall either harvest the
birds may not be released.
animal if within a legal take season and
Hunting with Dogs by using lawful methods of take or ter- • Pen-raised quail may be released at any
• Dogs may be used to pursue wild birds minate the chase by retrieving the dogs time on private land with landowner per-
and animals during hunting seasons and allowing the animal freedom to mission. However, except on hunting
where not prohibited. escape for the remainder of the same cal- (shooting) preserves, birds can only be
• When the chase begins on other lands, endar day. shot during the regular quail season.
Regular bag limits apply.
fox hunters and coon hunters may follow • It is unlawful to dislodge an animal from
their dogs on prohibited lands, and a tree for the intent of continuing a hunt, • You may train dogs during daylight
hunters of all other game, when the chase or chase, or for the purpose of training hours on rabbits and non-migratory
begins on other lands, may go upon pro- dogs. game birds on the Weston WMA from
hibited lands to retrieve their dogs, but
may not carry firearms or archery tackle
on their persons or hunt any game while Training Dogs For Training Dogs on
thereon. The use of vehicles to retrieve The training of dogs on live wild animals is Military Bases Contact the
dogs on prohibited lands shall be considered hunting and is unlawful during
the closed season except as noted below.
Appropriate Base
allowed only with the permission of the
landowner or his agent. Any person who • You must have a valid hunting license Fort A.P. Hill Game Check Station
goes on prohibited lands to retrieve his while training dogs on live wild animals. (804) 633-8244
dogs must identify himself when • You may train dogs during daylight Fort Belvoir Outdoor Recreation
requested by the landowner or his agent. hours on rabbits and non-migratory (703) 805-3688
• Unlawful to use dogs when hunting any game birds on private lands. Participants
species with archery tackle during any Ft. Pickett Game Check Station
shall have no weapons other than starter
archery season. (434) 292-2618
pistols in their possession and no wild
• Unlawful to chase with dogs or hunt with animals shall be taken. Weapons may be Quantico Game Check Station
dogs or to attempt to chase or hunt with in possession when training dogs on cap- (703) 784-5523
dogs any wild animal from a baited site tive raised and properly marked mallards

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September 1 thru March 31, both dates
inclusive. Participants in this dog train-
What Landowners
ing season shall have no weapons other Should Know
than starter pistols in their possession, For landowners, finding responsible
shall not release pen-raised birds, and hunters can provide many benefits for both
must comply with all regulations and the landowner and sportsmen allowed
laws pertaining to hunting. No game access to the property. There are benefits of
shall be taken. having responsible hunters included as an
important part of the landowner’s wildlife

General Information
Hunting on Private management plan, especially if they are
absentee or do not hunt themselves. There
Property are many in-kind benefits of such relation-
©DGIF

Trespass violations, posting property, and ships including road maintenance, habitat The property owner should eliminate
access issues are all concerns affecting improvement, security and safety. Rep- obvious hazards such as open wells and
landowner’s considerations for allowing utable hunt clubs are also helpful, and lease falling down buildings, or fence-off and
hunting. fees can offset property taxes. Information identify with warning signs any hazard that
Hunters are reminded that it is unlaw- on locating responsible hunters can be cannot be eliminated, such as a rock quarry.
- ful to hunt on private property without the found by contacting local civic groups like The landowner may wish to consider insur-
- permission of the landowner, and hunters Ruritans, or 4-H Clubs, sporting goods ing the property subject to casualty and
must have the permission of the landowner shops and area landowner contacts that par- obtain comprehensive liability insurance.
to track or retrieve wounded game on pri- ticipate in Tree Farm or Stewardship Pro- These are relatively inexpensive additions
r vate property. to standard and homeowner insurance poli-
grams. Members of sportsmen’s conserva-
g cies. Sportsmen can be asked to help pro-
tion organizations that are dedicated rep-
- On Posted Property: vide financial or other support in return for
utable partners with DGIF promote safety,
It is unlawful to hunt without written per- permission to use the lands.
ethics, habitat improvement and scientific
- mission of the landowner and is punishable Fundamentally, sportsmen are
management of wildlife.
- by a fine of up to $2500 and/or 12 months in responsible for their own safety and for any
. jail. Liability damages they cause to the property of oth-
A On Property Not Posted: Concern about legal liability for recreation- ers. Lease agreements and individual per-
1 It is unlawful to hunt any unposted property ists prevents some landowners from per- mit cards (sample available on website)
e without permission of the landowner and is mitting hunting on their property. Howev- include codes of ethical conduct while the
- punishable by a fine of up to $500. er, the Virginia General Assembly has holders are on the property. Furthermore,
- addressed this concern in Virginia Code landowners can require sportsmen to show
d Landowners may post their property by Section 29.1-509. Amended in 1982, this proof of insurance. Sportsman insurance is
any of the following methods: law exempts landowners who provide available through insurance companies and
y • Using a paint mark of aluminum color recreational opportunities to the public national sportsman organizations.
- paint consisting of a vertical line at least from liability for injury or damages provid- Detailed information on leasing, lia-
g 2 inches in width and at least 8 inches in ed: bility and posting can be found in Exten-
e length, no less than 3 feet and not more • the landowner does not charge a fee. sion Publication # 420-035 entitled “A
. than 6 feet from the ground or normal • there is no gross negligence or “willful or Landowner’s Guide to Working With
water surface and visible when malicious failure to guard or warn Sportsmen in Virginia.” Available online at
t approaching the property. against a dangerous condition, use or http://www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/forestry/420-
y • Signs that specifically prohibit hunting, structure” on the property. 035/420-035.html.
m fishing or trespassing on the property.

Permission to Hunt Permission to Hunt


The person whose name and address appears on the opposite side of The person whose name and address appears on the opposite side of
this form has promised to use your land for outdoor recreation in an eth- this form has promised to use your land for outdoor recreation in an eth-
ical way. Please read the signed pledge on the reverse side for specifics. ical way. Please read the signed pledge on the reverse side for specifics.
In deciding whether or not to allow this person to use your proper- In deciding whether or not to allow this person to use your proper-
ty, please consider that he/she is putting his/her name and address on ty, please consider that he/she is putting his/her name and address on
the line as assurance that they will abide by your wishes and conduct the line as assurance that they will abide by your wishes and conduct
themselves as true sportsmen or sportswomen. themselves as true sportsmen or sportswomen.
I grant __________________________________________________ I grant __________________________________________________
permission to __________________________________ my property permission to __________________________________ my property
on these dates ____________________________________________ on these dates ____________________________________________
Landowner signature: _______________________________ Landowner signature: _______________________________
over over

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Legal Use of Firearms and bear hunting only in those counties – If a hunter chooses to use a crossbow
where hunting deer and bear with rifles is during the firearms season, no cross-
and Archery Equipment lawful. Cartridges used must be .23 cal- bow license will be required (just as
Special restrictions may apply to specific iber or larger and have a manufacturer's there is no requirement for a person to
firearms use in some counties. See Local rating of 350 foot-pounds muzzle energy have an archery license if using con-
Firearms Ordinances, pg. 19 for details. or more. ventional archery equipment during
• No restrictions on shot size except for • Muzzleloading shotguns, muzzleload- the firearms season).
spring gobbler season when it is unlaw- ing rifles or archery tackle may be used – The laws governing the use of archery
ful to have any shot in possession larger to hunt during the firearms seasons tackle also apply to crossbow tackle.
General Information

than number 2 fine shot while hunting. where not prohibited.


• Shotguns must not be larger than 10 • Archery tackle (including crossbows)
gauge. may be used for hunting wild birds and Unlawful Methods
• Unplugged shotguns are legal for hunt- animals. Penalties may include hunting or trap-
ing non-migratory game and crows. • Crossbows are legal to use by any hunter. ping privilege revocation for one year to
• Shotgun barrels must be at least 18 inch- – If a crossbow is used during an life and forfeiture of firearms.
es long. archery season (including the urban A person found guilty of a violation a sec-
• Shotguns with rifled barrels are permit- archery season) the hunter must have ond time within three years of a previous
ted in areas where slugs may be used. a crossbow license. conviction shall have their hunting or
trapping privilege revoked by the court
• All game birds and animals, except deer, – If a hunter chooses to use both con-
trying the case.
may be hunted with shotguns from ventional archery tackle and a cross-
boats. Hunters must have permission bow during an archery season, they It is unlawful to:
from the landowner to hunt/retrieve will need both an archery license • Hunt wild birds and wild animals with
game located on private land. when using the conventional bow and firearms or other weapons on Sunday,
a crossbow license when using the
• Rifles used for deer or bear must be .23 crossbow.
except on licensed shooting preserves.
caliber or larger. Raccoon hunters may hunt until 2:00
• Rifles (including air rifles) may be used a.m. Sunday mornings.
for taking wild animals and wild birds, • Hunt migratory game birds with a shot-
except migratory game birds and water- Valid Concealed gun capable of holding more than three
fowl, and where prohibited by local ordi- shells in the magazine and chamber,
nances.
Handgun Permit combined, unless allowed by Federal
• Rifles (including air rifles), pistols, and Holders May: regulations and authorized by the
revolvers may be used for hunting • Possess a concealed handgun during Department.
crows, except where prohibited by local archery seasons, muzzleloader sea- • Discharge a firearm or archery tackle in
ordinances. sons, and general firearms seasons in or across or within the right-of-way of
• Rifles (including air rifles), pistols, and counties where rifles are prohibited. any public road.
revolvers may be used for hunting • Possess a concealed handgun on • Cast a light attached to a vehicle or from
turkeys, except where prohibited by National Forest and Department a vehicle beyond a roadway upon places
local ordinances. lands during the closed season. used by deer without written permission
• Pistols, revolvers and muzzleloading • Possess and transport a loaded con-
of the landowner or at anytime while in
pistols may be used for small game cealed handgun in or on any vehicle the possession of a rifle, shotgun, pistol,
except where prohibited by local ordi- on National Forest and Department archery tackle, or speargun.
nances. lands. • Handle any firearm in a reckless manner
• Pistols and revolvers are lawful for deer so as to endanger the life, limb, or prop-
erty of any person.

Hunter’s Name ____________________________________________________ Hunter’s Name ____________________________________________________


Address__________________________________________________________ Address__________________________________________________________
City ________________________________ St. _______ Zip ______________ City ________________________________ St. _______ Zip ______________
Phone __(______)_________________________________ Phone __(______)_________________________________
Auto License No ________________ Driver's License No.________________ Auto License No ________________ Driver's License No.________________
I hereby absolve the landowner of all liability for my person while engaged in I hereby absolve the landowner of all liability for my person while engaged in
recreation on his property. recreation on his property.
SPORTSMAN'S PLEDGE SPORTSMAN'S PLEDGE
In return for the privilege of using private property, I agree to: In return for the privilege of using private property, I agree to:
1. Respect the landowner's property, only go where he designates and assume 1. Respect the landowner's property, only go where he designates and assume
liability for my actions and my person while on this property. liability for my actions and my person while on this property.
2. Take every precaution against littering and fire. 2. Take every precaution against littering and fire.
3. Obey the game, fish, and other wildlife laws. 3. Obey the game, fish, and other wildlife laws.
4. Observe all safety precautions and the traditions of good sportsmanship. 4. Observe all safety precautions and the traditions of good sportsmanship.
Hunter's Signature ___________________________________________ Hunter's Signature ___________________________________________

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w • Destroy, mutilate, or take down “posted”
- signs or to litter. Unlawful Feeding of Certain Wildlife
s • Hunt adjacent to forest fires.
o
• Willfully and intentionally impede the
Not only is it illegal to hunt, chase with dogs, or attempt to kill game birds and
- animals from a baited site, it is also illegal to feed some wildlife under certain
lawful hunting or trapping of wild birds
circumstances. The Department does not encourage the feeding of wildlife at any
or wild animals.
time of the year. Feeding restrictions help control the transmission of diseases,
• Kill or cripple and knowingly allow any
y nuisance problems, littering concerns, and enforcement issues about hunting with
non-migratory game bird or game ani- bait.

General Information
mal to be wasted without making a rea-
sonable effort to retrieve the animal and Unlawful to Feed Deer
retain it in possession. September 1, 2010 through January 1, 2011
- • Hunt under age 12 without being accom- It is illegal to feed deer year round in Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, and
o panied and directly supervised by a Warren counties and in the City of Winchester.
licensed parent, guardian, or other adult It is unlawful for any person to place or distribute food, salt, minerals or similar
designated by the parent or guardian. substances, to feed or attract deer from September 1 through the first Saturday in
- The term “accompanied and directly January, both dates inclusive. Nor, upon written notification by Department per-
s supervised” means the adult maintains sonnel, shall any person continue to place or distribute any food, salt, mineral or
r close visual and verbal contact, provides similar substances for any purpose if the placement of these materials results in the
t adequate direction to, and can immedi- attraction of and/or feeding of deer. No part of this regulation shall be construed to
ately assume control of the firearm. restrict bona fide agronomic plantings (including wildlife food plots) or distribution
• Hunt with an Apprentice Hunting of food to livestock.
License without being accompanied and Unlawful to Feed Bears (anytime)
directly supervised by a licensed adult
It is unlawful for any person to place or distribute food, minerals, carrion or similar
. over the age of 18. The term “accompa-
substances to feed or attract bear. Nor, upon written notification by Department
0 nied and directly supervised” means the
personnel, shall any person continue to place or distribute any food, mineral,
adult maintains close visual and verbal
carrion or similar substances for any purpose if the placement of these materials
contact, provides adequate direction to,
results in the presence of bear in such numbers or circumstances to cause annoy-
and can immediately assume control of
ance or inconvenience to any person, cause property damage, or endanger any
, the firearm.
person or wildlife.
• Shoot a rifle or pistol at wild birds or ani-
e mals on or over the public inland waters
of the state. However, licensed trappers
may shoot a .22 caliber rimfire rifle or • Shoot or attempt to take any wild bird or • Hunt or attempt to kill or trap any species
f pistol on or over public inland waters for animal from any vehicle, except as oth- of wild bird or wild animal after having
the purpose of dispatching trapped ani- erwise provided by law. obtained the daily bag or season limit
mals. • Exceed the bag limit or possess over the during such day or season. However, any
• Carry a loaded rifle or pistol on a boat or daily limit of any wild bird or animal properly licensed person, or a person
s
other floating device on public inland while in the forests, fields, or waters of exempt from having to obtain a license,
n
waters for hunting wild birds or animals. this state. who has obtained such daily bag or sea-
n
• son limit while hunting may assist others
, • Shoot waterfowl or migratory game Use vehicles or possess firearms while
who are hunting game by calling game,
birds from a boat being propelled by a retrieving dogs on private lands without
permission of the landowner. retrieving game, handling dogs or con-
motor.
ducting drives if the weapon in his pos-
- • Hunt while under the influence of intoxi- • Use live birds or animals to decoy or call
session is an unloaded firearm, a bow
cants or narcotic drugs. game.
without a nocked arrow or an unloaded
• Molest eggs, nest, den or young of any • Kill or attempt to kill any deer while in a crossbow. Any properly licensed person,
wild bird or animal, except nuisance boat or other type of watercraft. or person exempt from having to obtain a
species, at any time without a permit as license, who has obtained such season
required by law. limit prior to commencement of the hunt
• Occupy any baited blind or other baited Shooting From the may assist others who are hunting game
place for the purpose of taking or by calling game, retrieving game, han-
attempting to take any wild game bird or Road is Illegal dling dogs, or conducting drives, provid-
wild game animal or to put out bait or salt Shooting at wildlife from a ed he does not have a firearm, bow or
for the purpose of taking or killing any vehicle and/or from or across a crossbow in his possession.
wild game bird or wild game animal, public road is illegal. Penalties • Hold in captivity any live wild birds or
except for the purpose of trapping include: fines, license revocation wild animals outside the limits allowed
furbearing animals. and confiscation of firearms. by regulations without a permit.

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• Alter, change, borrow or lend a hunting
license or permit. All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Laws
T
• Hunt with arrows to which any drug, No ATV shall be operated: t
chemical or toxic substance has been
added or explosive-head arrows.
• On any public highway, or other public property, except as authorized by t
proper authorities or to the extent necessary to cross a public highway by r
• Possess or transport any wild bird or the most direct route. r
wild animal or the carcass or the parts
thereof, unless specifically allowed and • By any person under the age of 16, except that children between the ages of
General Information

only in accordance with regulations. 12 and 16 may operate ATVs powered by engines of no less than 70 nor
• Hunt wild birds and wild animals with more than 90 cubic centimeters displacement.
fully automatic firearms, (i.e. machine • By any person unless he is wearing a protective helmet of a type approved
guns). by the Superintendent of State Police for use by motorcycle operators.
• Sell or purchase any wild bird or wild
• On another person’s property without the written consent of the owner of
animal carcass or parts thereof, except as
the property or as explicitly authorized by law.
specifically permitted by law.
• Virginia law specifies that it shall be • With a passenger at any time, unless vehicle is designed and equipped to be
unlawful for any person who has been operated with more than one rider.
convicted of a felony to knowingly and • The above does not apply to members of the household or employees of
intentionally possess or transport any the owner or lessee of private property on which the ATV is operated.
firearm. A muzzleloading firearm is con-
sidered a firearm under Virginia law.
Any person prohibited from possessing,

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transporting, or carrying a firearm under
this law may petition the circuit court of
the jurisdiction in which he resides for a
permit to possess or carry a firearm.
• Use radio tracking equipment, except on
dogs or on raptors permitted by a falcon-
ry permit, to aid in the chase, harvest or
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OUTDOOR EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES


The Department offers exciting programs to the public that teach hands-on
educational skills with outdoors activities. Programs are led by enthusiastic,
knowledgeable, and professional instructors in a highly supportive
atmosphere.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman


Go to: http://www.HuntFishVA.com/events/

Mother & Daughter Outdoors Weekend


For information, contact Jimmy Mootz at 804-367-0656 or
jimmy.mootz@dgif.virginia.gov

Range Days
Go to: http://www.HuntFishVA.com/events/

Educational Hunting Workshops


Go to: http://www.HuntFishVA.com/events/

Educational Angling Workshops and Other Events


Go to: http://www.HuntFishVA.com/education/fishing/

National Archery in the Schools


Go to: http://www.HuntFishVA.com/events/virginia-nasp-tournament/

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Local Firearms Ordinances
The following counties and cities have regulations concerning the use and transportation of firearms. The number or numbers following
that county name indicate the regulations listed below for that particular county. In addition, certain counties have ordinances other than
those listed, primarily pertaining to possession of firearms near parks or schools, hunting or discharging firearms near populated areas,
residences, or buildings and age limitations for possession of loaded firearms on public roads. If a locality is not listed, state firearms
restrictions apply (see Legal Use of Firearms and Archery Equipment on page 16).

Accomack 43 Gloucester 14 Northumberland 17, 26, 42, 54

General Information
Albemarle 16, 54 Goochland 2, 9, 17, 23 Orange 18, 22, 34
Amherst 18 Greensville 15, 22 Petersburg 54
Arlington 59 Halifax 33, 61, 75 Pittsylvania 26
Buckingham 12, 60 Hampton (city) 31, 45 Poquoson (city) 22, 69, 71, 72
Caroline 6, 17 Hanover 7, 20, 46, 53 Prince George 4, 7, 9, 25, 32
Campbell 11 Isle of Wight 8, 12, 35 Prince William 2, 12, 18
Charles City 7, 33, 42 James City 40, 54 Rappahannock 18
Chesapeake 29, 46 King and Queen 39, 42 Richmond 6, 7, 66, 67
Chesterfield 7, 14, 21, 22, King George 6, 17, 22, 26, 54 Richmond (city) 54
37, 54, 70 King William 10, 17, 18, 28 Roanoke 25, 54
Clarke 25, 54 Lancaster 6, 12, 26 Southampton 3, 8, 19, 41, 42
Culpeper 18, 22, 54 Loudoun 22, 54, 62, 63, Stafford 18, 54
Cumberland 5, 17, 27, 74 64, 65 Suffolk 44, 52, 76
Danville 54 Louisa 17, 27, 42 Surry 7, 53, 54
Dinwiddie 12, 13, 42 Lunenburg 17 Sussex 7, 48, 73
Essex 7, 42, 49 Madison 22, 25, 54 Virginia Beach 2, 7, 18, 54,
Fairfax 2, 25, 45 Mecklenburg 27 56, 57, 58
Fauquier 14, 18, 22, 36 Middlesex 26 Warren 54
37, 54 Nelson 22 Westmoreland 24, 50
Franklin 26 New Kent 8, 12, 25, 54 Williamsburg 1, 54
Fredericksburg (city) 2, 18, 30, 51, 54, 64 Newport News 1 York 46, 47
Gate City 55 Northampton 7, 53

1. No discharge of firearms except on 10. No hunting of big game with shotguns on the road from October 1 through
approved ranges. loaded with slugs. February 15.
2. No rifles larger than .22 for hunting. 11. It shall be unlawful to hunt with a 20. It shall be unlawful to discharge or
3. Unlawful to hunt with a muzzleloading firearm on or within the ditch line of shoot any firearm or other weapon in or
shotgun loaded with slugs or sabot any primary or secondary highway. along any public road or street or within
slugs. 12. It is lawful to use muzzleloading rifles 100 yards thereof or within 100 yards
4. It shall be unlawful to use a rifle of a for game animals in the regular hunting of any building occupied or used as a
caliber larger than .22 rimfire except season. dwelling or place where the public
that groundhogs may be hunted with a gathers, not his own dwelling or resi-
13. It is lawful to hunt deer with muzzle- dence.
rifle of a caliber larger than .22 rimfire loading rifles only from stands elevated
between March 1 and August 31, and a 10 feet. 21. Except for target shooting, no person
rifle larger than.22 rimfire may be used shall shoot an arrow from a bow with a
14. It is unlawful to hunt from the road with
for hunting all other game, bird and peak draw weight of 10 pounds or more
firearms.
varminit species as allowed by state within 150 feet of a business, public
law and regulations. 15. It is unlawful to hunt with firearms building, public gathering, public
5. Lawful to hunt groundhogs with rifles from the road and within 10 feet of the meeting place, or dwelling of another
of a caliber larger than .22 rimfire dur- ditch bank. unless they have the permission of the
ing the season between March 1 and 16. It is unlawful to hunt within 50 feet of dwelling owner or occupant.
August 31. the road.
6. No rifles larger than .22 for hunting 17. Muzzleloading rifles are permitted
except groundhogs outside of the regu- during any authorized deer season
lar hunting season. where firearms are permitted. Only Load Your
7. No rifles for deer hunting. 18. It is unlawful to hunt with a firearm
8. No rifles for big game hunting. within 100 yds. of a road. Firearm When You
9. No hunting with shotguns loaded with 19. It is unlawful to transport, possess or Are Ready to Hunt
slugs. carry a loaded rifle in any vehicle while

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22. It is unlawful to possess a loaded the boardwalk or nature trail on Ragged the hunting of game animals except for
firearm on the road except when per- Island Wildlife Management Area. the hunting of turkeys during the spring
mission to hunt is obtained from 36. It is unlawful to discharge a firearm gobbler season.
landowners on each side. from or across any sidewalk, highway 50. It shall be unlawful for any person to
23. It is unlawful to transport or possess a or on public land. hunt in the county with a shotgun
loaded shotgun or loaded rifle on the 37. It is unlawful for minors to carry loaded with slugs or a muzzleloading
road from sundown to sunrise. firearms on public highways or public rifle other than during the prescribed
24. No rifles over .22 caliber for hunting lands unless accompanied by certain open season for the hunting of big game
except for groundhogs between March species.
General Information

adults.
1 and August 31. 38. It shall be unlawful to use any ammuni- 51. It shall be unlawful to shoot an arrow
25. No hunting with firearms of game from a bow in a manner that can be rea- 5
tion larger than .22 rimfire while hunt-
species from within 100 yds. of a road. ing, except rifles up to .25 may be used sonably expected to result in the impact
26. No hunting with firearms of any game to hunt groundhogs from March 1 to of the arrow upon the property of
animal from the road right of way. September 1 with written permission another without permission from the
from the landowner. owner or tenant of such property.
27. No hunting with firearms from the road
including ditch to ditch. 39. It shall be lawful to use muzzleloading 52. It shall be unlawful to discharge a
rifles for deer and squirrels during the firearm or air gun of .177 caliber or
28. No hunting with a rifle larger than .22 larger within any densely populated
caliber or shotgun slugs during the deer regular seasons.
area; within 200 yards from any struc-
season. 40. It shall be unlawful to discharge a rifle ture or within 100 yards from any pub-
29. When 100 yds. from a road and elevat- larger than .22 caliber, a muzzleloader lic street, secondary road or highway
ed from a stand 15 ft. above ground a larger than .36 caliber, or a shotgun within the city, except on a permitted
rifle may be used to hunt big game east loaded with slugs except from stands firing range or at or upon the property
of the Dismal Swamp line. elevated at least 10 feet above the of another without permission.
30. It shall be unlawful for any person to ground, except for groundhogs in cer-
53. It is lawful to hunt deer with muzzle-
hunt any bird or game animal using a tain areas between March 1 and Sep-
loading rifles.
muzzleloading rifle or a shotgun loaded tember 1.
54. It is unlawful to transport, possess, or
with slugs, except from a stand elevated 41. It shall be unlawful to hunt with a muz- carry a loaded rifle or shotgun in any
at least 10 feet above the ground. zleloading rifle at anytime. vehicle on any public street, road or
31. All hunting within the City of Hampton 42. It shall be unlawful to use a rifle of a highway.
is prohibited, with the exception of caliber larger than .22 rimfire except 55. It shall be unlawful for any person in
shotgun hunting from a licensed blind. that groundhogs may be hunted with a the town, except a duly authorized offi-
No shot larger than 00 buckshot may be rifle of a caliber larger than .22 rimfire cer in the course of his duty, to fire or
used, and no shot shall be discharged between March 1 and August 31. discharge any gun, pistol or other
landward within 500 feet of the shore- 43. It shall be unlawful to hunt with a firearms of any kind.
line. firearm on or within 50 feet of the cen- 56. No discharge of firearms across or
32. It is lawful to hunt deer with muzzle- ter of any primary and secondary high- within 150 yards of any building,
loading rifles only from stands elevated way. dwelling, street, sidewalk, alley, road-
at least 10 feet above the ground; how- way, public land, or public place.
44. Rifles are permitted for bear and deer
ever, this requirement shall be express-
hunting when used from stands elevat- 57. No discharge of firearms north or west
ly inapplicable to all legally handi-
ed at least 15 feet above the ground. of a line from the Chesapeake-Virginia
capped persons.
(except legally handicapped hunters Beach boundary; thence northwardly
33. The use of a muzzleloading rifle shall are exempt from tree stand require- along North Landing Road; thence 6
be permitted during the early muzzle- ments). eastwardly along Indian River Road;
loading season and during the entire thence northeastwardly along New
45. All rifles, pistols, or shotguns loaded
regular firearm season for deer hunting. Bridge Road; thence eastwardly along
with slugs prohibited for any hunting.
34. It is unlawful to transport or possess a Sandbridge Road to the Atlantic Ocean,
46. Discharging firearms or air-operated or
loaded shotgun or rifle in a vehicle on a or across any land north of False Cape
gas-operated weapons prohibited with-
road during open deer season. Park and east of Shipps Bay and Point
in certain areas: check local county/city
35. It shall be unlawful to possess outside ordinances. Creek. No discharge of rifles larger
of a vehicle, or shoot or hunt with a than .22 south of this line except muz-
47. No discharge of rifles larger than .22 zleloading rifles may be used to hunt
rifle, muzzleloader, pistol, or shotgun
except on approved ranges. deer during the firearms deer season.
loaded with slugs, or to possess shotgun
slugs on Ragged Island Wildlife Man- 48. Muzzleloading rifles permitted during 58. Shotguns firing pellets lawful on cer-
agement Area in Isle of Wight County. the special muzzleloading season. tain agricultural lands of 50 contiguous
In addition, it shall be unlawful to dis- 49. Muzzleloading rifles are permitted dur- acres or more, and on certain lands
charge any firearm within 100 yards of ing any authorized firearms season for south of a line from the Chesapeake-

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Virginia Beach boundary, thence north- iber rimfire or less, handguns, shot- to hunt with a muzzleloading rifle from
eastwardly along Elbow Road; thence guns, and muzzleloading rifles using the ground or from a tree stand elevated
southeastwardly along Salem Road; single or multiple projectiles. to any height.
thence northeastwardly along North 63. The discharge of firearms is prohibited 75. It is unlawful to hunt or shoot any live
Landstown Road; thence southeast- within 50 yards of a highway in the pri- bird or wild animal with a rifle larger
wardly along Princess Anne Road; mary or secondary system of state than a .22 caliber rimfire except that
thence eastwardly along Sandbridge roads. rifles larger than .22 caliber rimfire may
Road to the Atlantic Ocean. The prop- be used to hunt from a stand eleveated
erty must be permitted by the City 64. Discharge of firearms is prohibited
at least 10 feet from the ground. It shall

General Information
Manager for this purpose. within 100 yards of any public park or
school. be unlawful to discharge a rifle larger
59. It shall be unlawful for any person to than .22 caliber rimfire from an elevat-
discharge or shoot off a firearm in the 65. Discharge of firearms is prohibited ed stand within 100 yards of an adjoin-
county. It shall be unlawful for any per- within 100 yards of a building with a ing property line without first obtaining
son to discharge or shoot or throw any current occupancy permit unless the written permissions of the owner or, if
dangerous missiles by mechanical, owner or authorized agent has given different than the owner, the occupant
explosive, air-or gas-propelled means, permission. of the adjoining property or within 100
or similar method or device onto or 66. Muzzleloaders shall be legal firearms yards of any public street or primary or
across any public sidewalk, path, or during any firearms season. secondary state maintained highway.
roadway, at any public structure or 67. Shotgun slugs shall be permitted for 76. Muzzleloading rifles are permitted dur-
building, or at or onto the property of deer hunting. ing the open seasons for hunting game
another. It is unlawful for any person to species from stands elevated at least 10
68. It shall be unlawful for any person to
shoot a compound bow, crossbow, feet above the ground. (except legally
transport, possess or carry a loaded
longbow, or recurve bow at or upon the handicapped hunters are exempt from
shotgun, rifle, pistol, or firearm of any
property of another without permis- tree stand requirements) No early muz-
nature in any vehicle or on his person
sion. It shall be unlawful to discharge a zleloader season east of the Dismal
over, along or on any public street, road
projectile from any of the aforemen- Swamp Line.
or highway in the city.
tioned bows within 100 yards of any
public road, public building or struc- 69. It shall be unlawful for any person to
ture, private residence or structure, or discharge an air gun, spring gun or
property of another. Nothing in this firearm from, along, across or toward,
ordinance shall be construed to prohibit or within 300 yards of any paved public
the use of firearms or other instruments street, highway or road or any building
or missiles or compound bows, cross- in the city.
bows, longbows, or recurve bows in 70. It shall be lawful to hunt game species Q: I understand I can take the
lawful self defense or in the lawful with a muzzleloading rifle during the plug out of my shotgun and
defense of property, or to prohibit the prescribed open seasons. hunt any game animal or bird
use of firearms or other missiles or 71. The discharge or use of a rifle, except except ducks. Is this true?
compound bows, crossbows, long- for a .22 caliber rim fire is prohibited
bows, or recurve bows in supervised within the city limits.
A: You can remove your plug
from your shotgun to hunt any
sport, recreation, or training conducted 72. The use of muzzleloading rifles during non-migratory game bird or
on safety-inspected and approved the prescribed open seasons for the animal. You will need to have the
ranges and courses, provided the same hunting of game species is permitted in gun plugged to hunt all migrato-
is not contrary to existing law. the city; provided, however, that the use ry game birds, except crows,
60. It is lawful to hunt deer and bear with of such muzzleloading rifle shall be which includes doves, ducks,
rifles from stands elevated at least 10 only from a stand located at least 10 feet brant, geese, swan, coot,
feet above the ground during the regu- above the ground. gallinules, rails, snipe, woodcock,
lar hunting season. 73. No rifles for turkey hunting. and other species of birds on
61. It is unlawful to hunt or attempt to hunt 74. Unlawful to hunt deer during the regu- which open hunting seasons are
on a primary or secondary state main- lar hunting season with a rifle of .23 cal- set by federal regulations.
tained highway, and within the side iber or larger either on public lands or in
ditches of such highways. the area of the County bordered to the
62. Discharging firearms is prohibited north by the James River, to the west by
within certain areas (check local county Route 602 from the Willis River, and to
the south by Route 45 and Route 684 to
ordinance for area description), except
deer hunting is permitted with hand- the County line (generally known as
Report Wildlife
guns, shotguns, or muzzleloading rifles Cartersville Historic District); except Violations
using a single projectile and all other from a tree stand elevated at least 10
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Bear, Deer, and Turkey Tag Validation and Checking Requirements
Validation of Tags • Fall turkeys can only be checked at a Check Stations for Bear, Deer,
• All hunters (unless license exempt) check station so that feather samples Elk, and Fall Turkeys
killing a bear, deer, or turkey are required may be collected. • Check station locations are listed on the
to validate an appropriate tag on their • Bears can only be checked at an official Department’s website or call a Depart-
bear, deer, turkey license (big game bear check station. ment Office listed on page 6.
license), bonus deer permit, or special
• • Hunters checking animals at a check sta-
General Information

Elk can only be checked at a check sta-


permit (DCAP, DMAP, or DPOP) at the tion will be given a check card furnished
tion.
place of kill prior to moving the animal by the Department. The hunter shall
in any way. To validate a tag, hunters • Spring turkeys must be checked within
immediately write the check card num-
must completely remove the designated 24 hours of harvest using the Depart-
ber in ink on the line labeled “check card
notch area from the appropriate license ment’s telephone reporting system (1-
or confirmation number” of the tag that
or permit tag. 866-468-4263), Internet reporting web-
was validated (notched) at the place of
site (http://www.3dgif.virginia.gov/
• DO NOT detach license or permit tags to kill.
gamecheck/, or by calling the Depart-
attach to the animal. Validation only
ment’s Customer Service Center (1-866- • The check card must be kept in posses-
requires the removal of the designated sion with the carcass until processed.
721-6911). Calls to report spring turkeys
notch area from the appropriate license
to the Customer Service Center must be • If the carcass of an animal that was
or permit tag.
made during business hours, Monday checked at a check station is left unat-
• It is unlawful for any person to validate through Friday. tended, the check card must be securely
(notch) a tag from any license or special attached to the carcass.
permit prior to the killing of an animal. A • It is unlawful to destroy the identity (sex)
of any animal until it is checked. After • Hunters needing a copy of a lost check
tag that is mistakenly validated
the appropriate tag has been validated card should call the appropriate Depart-
(notched) prior to the killing of an animal
(notched), successful hunters are ment region office listed on page 6 after
must be immediately voided by the
allowed to dismember the carcass to March 1st.
licensee or permittee by writing, in ink,
the word “VOID” on the line provided pack it out from the place of kill as long • Black bears must be checked at an offi-
on the tag. as they do not destroy the identity of the cial black bear check station. Locations
sex and all the parts of the carcass can be obtained online at
• Hunters killing an elk are required to val-
(excluding internal organs) are present http://www.HuntFishVA.com/hunting/
idate an appropriate deer tag.
when the animal is checked. checkstations/bear/, or from any check
• Entries for the State Big Game Contest station, Conservation Police Officer, or
Checking Bear, Deer, Elk, and Department office. In counties without
and for the Virginia Outdoor Sportsman
Turkey established bear check stations, hunters
Show : Deer and turkey checked by tele-
• Bear, deer, elk, and turkey must be may transport their kill to a bear check
phone (1-866-468-4263) or Internet,
checked by all hunters, including license station in an adjoining county or may
with the proper confirmation number,
exempt hunters, upon vehicle transport have the bear checked by a Conservation
are eligible to be entered in the Eastern or
of the carcass or at the conclusion of Police Officer or Wildlife Division staff
Western Regional State Big Game Con-
legal hunting hours, whichever occurs member. Department staff can be
test or the Virginia Outdoor Sportsman
first and without unnecessary delay. reached by calling (804) 367-1258 or the
Show. To enter a turkey in a
• Deer must be checked at either a check State/Regional Big Game Contest, suc- nearest Department office. It is manda-
station, or by using the telephone or cessful hunters must weigh their birds on tory for the successful bear hunter to
Internet checking system. a certified scale and create a “Weight remove or allow to be removed a pre-
Certification” card (see page 23). molar (tooth) from the carcass. This

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DEER EITHER SEX
1. Remove the designated notch area from the appropriate
VA RESIDENT X5200185200
DO NO REMOVE
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tag on license prior to moving the animal in any way.
BEAR - DEER - TURKEY Check Card or Confirmation Number
Do not remove the tag from your license.
DEER EITHER SEX
DO NO REMOVE 2. Check your animal by the appropriate method, whether
by calling 1-866-468-4263, taking it to a check station or
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Before moving game from place of Check Card or Confirmation Number
kill, license must be notched in the
DEER ANTLERLESS ONLY
on the Internet at www.HuntFishVA.com. Deer by any
ppropriate area. Game must be checked DO NO REMOVE method above. Spring turkey only by phone or Internet.
at authorized check stations. Deer and 2010-11
Check Card or Confirmation Number
Bear, elk and fall turkey only at a check station.
spring gobblers may be checked toll free 3. Write the check card number or the confirmation
DEER ANTLERLESS ONLY
at 1-866-GOT-GAME ( 468-4263).
DO NO REMOVE number (from telephone or Internet checking) in ink
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on the license tag next to the notch.
Check Card or Confirmation Number
HUNTING LICENSE ALSO REQUIRED
DEER ANTLERLESS ONLY
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Check Card or Confirmation Number
tooth shall be sealed in the envelope • Hunters checking two deer on the same date at the place of kill), the hunter must
attached to the check card and left with day may get the same confirmation num- create a personal check card or print an
the Check Station operator. ber for both animals. This is okay. Internet check card. The check card must
be kept with the carcass until the carcass
Telephone and Internet Check- Carcass Transferred or is processed. If the carcass is left unat-
ing for Deer and Spring Turkey Unattended tended, the check card must be securely
- Using the telephone checking system: • If the kill is reported using the telephone attached to the carcass.
– Call the toll-free number, 1-866-GOT- or Internet checking system by a hunter
- GAME (468-4263). Personal Check Card

General Information
who validated a tag, no personal check
d – Only touch-tone phones may be used card is required as long as the hunter is in An animal reported using the telephone or
(rotary phones will not work). possession of the carcass; however, if the Internet checking system will require the
- carcass is transferred to the possession of creation of a personal check card if:
d Using the Internet checking system: 1. The hunter is license exempt.
another individual or left unattended, a
t – Go to www.HuntFishVA.com and 2. Possesses a Veteran’s Disabled
personal check card or Internet check
f click on Hunting, then under Links Lifetime License.
card must be created and kept with the
click Check Game Online. 3. The carcass is transferred to someone
carcass until the carcass is processed. If
– Hunters have the option of printing a the carcass is left unattended, the check else.
check card at the end of Internet- card must be securely attached to the car- 4. The carcass is left unattended.
checking sessions. cass. The personal check card may be written
s
- • Only deer (except elk) and spring • License-exempt hunters: If the kill is on any type of paper using a pen and must
y turkeys may be checked using the tele- reported using the telephone or Internet include the hunter’s full name, date of kill
phone or Internet checking system. checking system by a hunter who is and the telephone confirmation number. A
• Before using either system, you will license exempt (for example, a landown- check card printed from the Internet may be
need your big game license, a pen and er who did not have a license tag to vali- used in place of a personal check card.
-
r paper to record your confirmation num-
ber. If you are exempt from purchasing a
big game license, you will need your dri-
- ver’s license number or the last four dig- Virginia Big Game Contest
s its of your Social Security number. Wild Turkey Weight Certification
t
• Follow the instructions and provide the To enter a turkey in Virginia’s Big Game Contest, the applicant must submit a
k requested information. weight certification and the turkey’s beard, legs, and feet at the site of the
r • You will be given a confirmation num- contest being entered. The weight must be determined using a certified scale.
t ber at the end of the telephone or Internet The following information, written in ink, is required for the weight certification.
s session. Write it down. Licensed hunters This information may also be provided on any piece of paper, written in ink.
k must then immediately write this confir-
Hunter Name ___________________________________________________
mation number, in ink, on the line
n labeled “check card or confirmation Street _________________________________________________________
f number” of the tag that was validated. City ___________________________________________________________
e When using the telephone or Internet, be State ____________________________ Zip Code _____________________
e sure that the confirmation number is a
- letter followed by ten digits. If your tele- Confirmation Number (spring birds only) _____________________________
o phone or Internet checking session is cut
Game Check Card Number (fall birds only) ____________________________
- off or your confirmation number is not
s complete, start the session again and Date of Kill (Month/Day/Year) ______________________________________
repeat steps until the complete confirma- County of Kill _______________________________________
tion number is obtained. Weight of turkey _____ lbs. _____ ozs.
• Bucks that have shed their antlers are
considered antlerless deer and may be Signature of Person weighing bird __________________________________
tagged with an antlerless only deer tag. Address of Person: _______________________________________________
For the process of checking in these
shed-antlered bucks on the telephone Street _________________________________________________________
and Internet, they should be checked in City ___________________________________________________________
as an antlered deer with zero antler State ___________________________ Zip Code ______________________
points.
The telephone deer checking system will For more information on bear, deer, and turkey entries contact:
only accept antlered bucks with up to 29 Eastern Regional Contest Western Regional Contest
Ken Pickin Jon D. Ritenour
antler points. If you kill a buck with more (757) 229-0490 (540) 434-8028
than 29 points and check in by telephone, www.vpsa.org www.iwla-rh.org
just enter antler points as 29.

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Edward, Prince George, Rappahannock, Roanoke, Rockbridge,
Bag Limits: Rockingham, Shenandoah, Surry, Sussex, and Warren.
One per license year, at least 100 pounds live weight or 75 pounds
dressed weight (all internal organs removed). Females with cubs Closed
may not be harvested. In the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Chesa-
peake, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Mont-
gomery, Pulaski, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Southampton, Suffolk,
Archery Bear Season Tazewell, Virginia Beach, Washington, Wise, and Wythe.
October 2 through November 12: Statewide

Legal Methods and Restrictions Legal Methods and Restrictions


Special restrictions apply to archery tackle use during this season. Special restrictions apply to specific firearms use during this

Bear Hunting
See Legal Use of Firearms and Archery Equipment, pg. 16 for season. See Legal Use of Firearms and Archery Equipment, pg. 16
details. and Local Firearms Ordinances, pg. 19 for details.
• Archery tackle (including crossbows) only. • Only muzzleloading firearms, .45 caliber or larger, loaded
from the muzzle of the gun.
• Broadhead widths must be at least 7/8-inch wide or expand
upon impact to 7/8-inch. • Muzzleloading firearms must be single shot, capable of firing
only a single bullet or saboted bullet (.38 caliber or larger).
• Bows must be capable of propelling a broadhead arrow at least
125 yards. • Flintlock, percussion or electronic ignitions are permitted.
• Unlawful to use arrows to which any drug, chemical, or toxic • Unlawful to have in immediate possession any firearm other
substance has been added or explosive head arrows. than a muzzleloading gun while hunting with a muzzleloader.
• Unlawful to use dogs. • Unlawful to use muzzleloading pistols.
• It is unlawful to have a firearm in possession except that a muz- • Must use at least 50 grains of black powder or black powder
zleloading firearm, as defined in the muzzleloader bear season equivalent.
section, may also be in possession when and where there is an • Smokeless powder is allowed in muzzleloading firearms
overlap with a special muzzleloading bear season where bear designed for it. Never use smokeless powder of any type in any
hunting with a rifle or muzzleloading firearm is permitted. quantity in a muzzleloading firearm that is not specifically
designed for it.
Muzzleloader Bear Season • Scopes are permitted.
A! • For the purposes of transportation in a vehicle, muzzleloading
October 30 through November 12 firearms are considered “unloaded” when all powder has been
In the counties (including the cities and towns within) removed from the flashpan, or the percussion cap, primer, or
of Accomack, Caroline, Charles City, Chesterfield, Culpeper, battery has been removed from the firearm. For complete safe-
Essex, Fauquier, Fairfax, Fluvanna, Gloucester, Goochland, ty, a muzzleloader should be emptied by shooting into soft
Hanover, Henrico, James City, King George, King William, King ground.
and Queen, Lancaster, Loudoun, Louisa, New Kent, Mathews,
Middlesex, Northampton, Northumberland, Orange, Powhatan,
• Unlawful to hunt bear with dogs.
Prince William, Richmond, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Westmoreland,
York and in the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, and
Portsmouth.
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Firearms Bear Seasons December 13 through 18
In the counties of Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick,
October 1 through January 1 Buckingham, Campbell (east of Norfolk Southern Railroad),
In the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk and Virginia Charlotte, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Greensville, Halifax, Isle of
Beach. Wight, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Pittsylvania (east of
Norfolk Southern Railroad), Prince Edward, Prince George,
November 20 through January 1 Southampton, Surry, and Sussex.
In the counties of Alleghany, Augusta (west of I-81),
Bath, Botetourt (west of I-81), Highland, Roanoke (north of I-81), Closed
Rockbridge (west of I-81), Rockingham (west of I-81), and In the counties of Accomack and Northampton.
Shenandoah (west of I-81).

November 22 through January 1 Legal Methods and Restrictions


In the counties of Albemarle, Amherst, Arlington, Special restrictions apply to specific firearms use during this
Bear Hunting

Augusta (east of I-81), Bedford, Bland, Botetourt (east of I-81), season. See Legal Use of Firearms and Archery Equipment, pg. 16
Caroline, Charles City, Chesterfield, Clarke, Craig, Culpeper, and Local Firearms Ordinances, pg. 19 for details.
Essex, Fairfax, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Frederick, Giles, Gloucester, • Modern firearms
Goochland, Greene, Hanover, Henrico, James City, King and
Queen, King George, King William, Lancaster, Loudoun, Louisa,
• Archery tackle (including crossbows)
Madison, Mathews, Middlesex, Montgomery (north of I-81), Nel- • Muzzleloading firearms
son, New Kent, Northumberland, Orange, Page, Powhatan, Prince
William, Pulaski (north of I-81), Rappahannock, Richmond, Dogs May Be Used to Hunt Bear Except:
Roanoke (south of I-81), Rockbridge (east of I-81), Rockingham • During the firearms deer season in the counties west of the
(east of I-81), Shenandoah (east of I-81), Smyth (north of I-81), Blue Ridge and in the counties of Amherst (west of Rt. 29),
Spotsylvania, Stafford, Tazewell, Warren, Washington (that part Bedford, and Nelson (west of Rt. 151).
north of I-81 which is also east of Rt. 19), Westmoreland, Wythe • During the first 12 hunting days of the firearms deer season in
(north of I-81), York, and in the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Madison and Greene counties.
Norfolk, and Portsmouth, and on Clinch Mountain and Hidden Val-
ley Wildlife Management Areas. • In the counties of Campbell (west of Norfolk Southern Rail-
road), Carroll (east of the New River), Fairfax, Floyd,
December 6 through 18 Franklin, Grayson (east of the New River), Henry, Loudoun,
In the counties of Buchanan, Campbell (west of Nor- Montgomery (south of I-81), Patrick, Pittsylvania (west of
folk Southern Railroad), Carroll, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, Norfolk Southern Railroad), Pulaski (south of I-81) Roanoke
Grayson, Henry, Lee, Montgomery (south of I-81), Patrick, Pittsyl- (south of I-81) and Wythe (southeast of the New River or that
vania (west of Norfolk Southern Railroad), Pulaski (south of I-81), part bounded by Rt. 21 on the west, I-81 on the north, the coun-
Russell, Scott, Smyth (south of I-81), Washington (south of I-81 ty line on the east, the New River on the southeast and Cripple
and that part north of I-81 that is west of Rt. 19), Wise, and Wythe Creek on the south), and in the city of Lynchburg.
(south of I-81). continued on page 27
Exception
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• On the Amelia, Chester F. Phelps, Featherfin, G. Richard Look Up the Age of Your Harvested
, Thompson and Pettigrew Wildlife Management Areas.
• When hunting during the archery or muzzleloading bear sea-
Bear Online!
f The age of your harvested bear will be available online 9 to 10
sons.
months after the harvest at www.huntfishva.com/wildlife/bear/
f • On Cavalier WMA dogs may only be used during the Bear
age/. Hunters without Internet access can request this information
, Hound Training Season from August 14 through 31.
by calling 804-367-8001.

Bear Checking
All bears must be checked at an official bear check station. Loca- Unlawful to Feed Bears (anytime):
tions for bear check stations are available on the DGIF website at
It is unlawful for any person to place or distribute food, minerals,
http://www.huntfishva.com/hunting/checkstations/bear/ or by
carrion or similar substances to feed or attract bear. Nor, upon writ-
calling 1-804-367-1000.
ten notification by Department personnel, shall any person contin-

Bear Hunting
6 Bear information will need to be recorded on Black Bear ue to place or distribute any food, mineral, carrion or similar sub-
Check Cards. There is no longer a combined check card for stances for any purpose if the placement of these materials results
Bear, Deer, and Turkey. Do not record information on Deer in the presence of bear in such numbers or circumstances to cause
and Turkey Check Card. Tooth collection is mandatory and annoyance or inconvenience to any person, cause property dam-
the tooth envelope is part of the new Black Bear Check Card. age, or endanger any person or wildlife.

n Bear Hound Training/Chase Season


NO BLACK BEAR MAY BE TAKEN DURING THIS SEASON.

, Unlawful Methods:
, August 14 through September 25*
To have in possession a firearm, bow, crossbow or any weapon
f (including Sundays)
capable of taking a black bear while participating in the bear
e *Dogs may be used during Bear Hound Training
hound training season. The meaning of “possession” for the pur-
t Season on Cavalier WMA only August 14
pose of this section shall include, but not be limited to, having a
through 31.
firearm, bow, crossbow or any weapon capable of taking a black
e bear in or on one’s person, vehicle, or conveyance.
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Deer Hunting Earn a Buck (EAB)
At least one antlerless deer must be taken on private lands in Bed-
General Information ford, Clarke, Fairfax, Fauquier, Franklin, Frederick, Loudoun,
Patrick, Prince William, Roanoke, Shenandoah, and Warren
Do Not Feed Deer counties and in the City of Winchester before the second antlered
Department regulation makes it illegal to place or distribute food, deer of the license year may be taken on private lands in any of
salt, or minerals to feed or attract deer from September 1 through these localities. Furthermore, at least two antlerless deer must
January 1, statewide (unless noted in the exception below). This have been taken on private lands in Bedford, Fairfax, Fauquier,
prohibition does not include the planting of agronomic crops or Franklin, Loudoun, Patrick, and Prince William counties before
wildlife food plots. the third antlered deer of the license year may be taken on private
• It is illegal to feed deer year round in Clarke, Frederick, lands in any of these counties.
Shenandoah, and Warren counties and in the City of Win-
chester. Bag Limit Exceptions
• Deer hunters, including those exempt from purchasing a

Deer Hunting
Bag Limits license, on private land and authorized public lands may take
East of the Blue Ridge (except on National Forest lands in more than the license-year bag limit of antlerless deer by
Amherst, Bedford, and Nelson counties). using bonus deer permits or special permits (DCAP, DMAP,
The bag limit for deer shall be two a day, six a license year. Of the and DPOP). See Bonus Deer Permits below.
six deer limit, no more than three may be antlered deer and at least • DCAP, DMAP, and DPOP tags do not count against the daily
three must be antlerless deer. or season bag limit.
West of the Blue Ridge and on National Forest lands in Bonus Deer Permits
Amherst, Bedford, and Nelson counties. • Are valid for one year from date of purchase.
The bag limit for deer shall be one a day and five a license year. Of • Are valid for antlerless deer only.
the five deer limit, no more than two may be antlered deer and at
• No restriction on the number that may be purchased and used.
least three must be antlerless deer (unless noted in the exception
below). • Allow deer to be taken in addition to the license year bag limit.
• The bag limit for deer shall be two a day on private lands in • Do not allow daily bag limit to be exceeded.
Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, and Warren counties and • Are valid only on private lands and authorized public lands.
in the City of Winchester. • Are not valid on National Forest and Department-owned
• If a hunter kills two antlered deer in Shenandoah County, at lands.
least one of the antlered deer must have at least 4 antler points, • Are not valid in Buchanan, Dickenson, and Wise counties.
1 inch or longer, on one side.
• Are valid during the archery, muzzleloader, and firearms deer
seasons.
• Are valid only on designated either-sex deer hunting days.

Earn A Buck (EAB) Q & A What if I hunt deer in one of the EAB counties and in other
What is EAB? counties in Virginia?
EAB is designed to increase the antlerless (a doe or button buck) EAB will still apply. Antlered bucks taken anywhere in the state
deer kill. count against the EAB antlered buck requirement, but only antler-
less deer taken on private lands in the 13 designated EAB counties
When and where will EAB be in effect?
count toward the EAB antlerless deer requirement.
EAB is mandatory on private lands during all open deer seasons
(archery, muzzleloading, and firearms) in Bedford, Clarke, Fair- Why require EAB?
fax, Fauquier, Franklin, Frederick, Loudoun, Patrick, Prince The Department's Deer Management Plan calls for deer popula-
William, Roanoke, Shenandoah, and Warren counties and in the tions to be reduced in all these counties, and traditional liberal deer
City of Winchester. regulations have not effectively achieved that objective. In fact,
deer populations in several of these counties have increased. EAB
Will deer hunters have to kill an antlerless deer first under
has been demonstrated in several other states to be an effective
EAB?
management tool to control and reduce deer numbers.
No, the first deer can be an antlered buck or an antlerless deer (a
abin doe or button buck). Can a deer hunter shoot an antlerless deer first and be “pre-
qualified” to kill two bucks?
How will EAB work?
Yes.
Hunters hunting on private lands in EAB counties will be required
to shoot at least one antlerless deer (a doe or a button buck) before Can antlerless deer “carry over” from year to year?

ES they can kill their second antlered buck of the deer season. East of
the Blue Ridge, they will be required to kill a second antlerless deer
on private land in an EAB county before they can kill their third
No.
What should I do if I have additional EAB questions?
Email Matt Knox at matt.knox@dgif.virginia.gov.
antlered buck of the season.

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Antlered and Antlerless Deer
Deer Tags
• Either-sex deer tags (commonly called “buck” tags) may be
used on antlered or antlerless deer.
• Antlerless only deer tags (commonly called “doe” tags) may
only be used on antlerless deer.

Antlered and Antlerless Deer


Antlered Deer
• Antlered deer must have antlers visible above the hairline. Vir-
ginia does not have a minimum antler length requirement.
• An antlered deer must be tagged with an either-sex deer tag.
Deer Hunting

Antlered buck; photo ©Thomas Kirkland

Special Antler Restrictions


Shenandoah County 1”
If a hunter kills two antlered deer in
Shenandoah County, at least one of
the antlered deer must have at least
4 antler points, 1 inch or longer, on
one side.
Fairystone and Featherfin WMAs
On the Quality Deer Management Area of the Fairystone
WMA and FeatherfinWMA a legal antlered deer is a deer with Button buck; photo ©Wyman Meinzer
at least 4 antler points, 1 inch or longer, on one side.

Antlerless Deer
• Antlerless deer may only be taken during designated either-
sex deer hunting days during the archery season(s), muzzle-
loading season(s), and firearms season. Youth deer hunters see
Special Youth Deer Hunting Day and Special Youth Antlerless
Deer Regulation provisions (see next page).
• Antlerless deer (does, button bucks, and shed-antlered bucks)
may be tagged with an either-sex deer tag or an antlerless only
deer tag.
• Button bucks, male fawns approximately six months old, are Shed-antlered buck (antlerless deer);
considered antlerless deer. The hair covered bumps on a button photo ©Leonard Lee Rue III

buck's head are not antlers. They are the pedicels from which
the antlers will grow the next year.
• Antlered deer that have shed their antlers, usually in late
December or early January, are also considered antlerless deer. Responsibly Dispose of Your Deer
Carcass and Unedible Deer Parts!
Keep Your Firearms Pointed Enhance the image of the deer hunter.
in a Safe Direction. Don’t give hunters a bad name by leaving deer parts
in public locations, in parking lots, in waterways, or
along roads. If you are caught dumping a carcass or
1-866-GOT-GAME animal parts in these areas, you may be charged
(468-4263) with littering.

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Special Youth Antlerless Deer Youth Deer Hunting Day
Regulation September 25
Deer hunters 15 years of age and under, resident or nonresident, • Statewide, except in Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William
may take one antlerless deer per license year on days other than counties.
designated either-sex deer hunting days during the muzzleload- • Deer hunters 15 years of age and under, when in compliance
ing seasons or the firearms seasons in all counties that have at with all applicable laws and license requirements, may hunt
least one either-sex deer hunting day during the firearms deer sea- deer when accompanied and directly supervised by an adult
son. This regulation applies to all private and public lands who has a valid Virginia hunting license on his person or is
(National Forest, State Forests, WMAs, etc.) statewide (except on exempt from purchasing a hunting license.
public and private lands in Buchanan, Dickenson, and Wise coun- • Deer of either sex may be taken.
ties). This regulation is in addition to either-sex deer hunting days.
For example, if a youth deer hunter, 15 years of age or younger,
• Adult hunters accompanying youth deer hunters may not carry
or discharge firearms.
killed one or more antlerless deer on designated either-sex deer

Deer Hunting
hunting days, he or she could still take one antlerless deer on a day • Blaze orange requirements and exceptions for firearms deer
not designated an either-sex day. season are in effect (see page 14).
• Deer hunting with dogs is prohibited.

Plan Your Hunt, Hunt Your Plan.


Tell Someone Where
You Are Going.

Youth Deer Hunting Day Q & A


What does “accompanied and directly supervised by an What is the bag limit?
adult” mean? Unless specified in the youth deer hunting day regulation (e.g.,
Means the adult maintains close visual and verbal contact with, accompanied by a licensed adult, orange required, no dog hunt-
provides adequate direction to, and can immediately assume ing, etc.) all other “normal” deer regulations apply (e.g., daily
control of the firearm. and season bag limits, tagging and checking, DMAP, DCAP,
EAB, special antler restrictions, etc.).
What licenses are required?
Resident deer hunters under 12 in Virginia are not required to If a youth deer hunter kills a doe on the youth deer hunting
purchase a license or have taken a hunter safety course. Con- day, does the special youth antlerless deer regulation that
versely, deer hunters 12 and above must be licensed and have allows them to kill an antlerless deer on a buck only day still
taken a hunter safety course. An exception to this rule is that apply?
hunters 12 and over could go hunting with an Apprentice Yes, except for the coal field counties of Buchanan, Dickenson,
License without having taken a hunter safety course (see and Wise. The youth deer hunting day applies to these three
Apprentice License Information on page 11). If a young hunter counties. The special youth antlerless deer regulation does not
is over age 12 and has had a hunter safety course, the Junior apply to these three counties.
Combination Hunting License (under 16 years of age) for
How does a young hunter without a license check in a deer?
$16.00 is the best deal. It includes statewide hunting privileges,
Deer hunters that do not have to purchase a license will not have
archery, muzzleloading, and bear, deer, turkey tags.
deer tags. If they go to a check station, they should just have the
Can nonresident youth deer hunters hunt this day? check station operator write down the young hunter, not the
Yes, the regulation applies to all youth hunters, resident or non- adult’s, name address, etc. Then the check station operator
resident. Nonresident youth of any age need to have appropri- should check None for type of tag and write “less than 12” or
ate licenses. “youth” in the blank next to None. If they call it in, they should
tell the system they are license exempt by entering a “2” and
Are does legal and where?
then use the last 4 digits of their SSN and home ZIP for their
Yes, everywhere (except Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William
“license” number. When the telephone system asks them for
counties) including the coal fields and National Forest and
their type of tag, they should enter “None”. Deer killed by
Department-owned lands.
youth deer hunters on this day should not be checked in on the
What weapons are legal? accompanying adult’s tag or license.
All legal deer hunting weapons, bows, crossbows, muzzleload-
ers, pistol, and rifles. Local firearm ordinances still apply.

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Archery Deer Seasons Urban Archery Deer Seasons:
During this season only antlerless deer may be taken.
Early Archery Season:
October 2 through November 12: Statewide September 4 through October 1 and January 3 through March 26:
• Within the incorporated limits of the cities of Colonial Heights,
Danville, Emporia, Franklin, Fredericksburg, Lynchburg,
Late Archery Seasons: Martinsville, Radford, Richmond, Staunton, Winchester and
November 29 through January 1: the towns of Altavista, Amherst, Blacksburg, Blackstone,
• In all areas west of the Blue Ridge unless noted in the season Christiansburg, Farmville, Halifax, Independence, Kenbridge,
exception below. Pearisburg, Pulaski, Purcellville, Richlands, Rocky Mount,
Season Exception: Clarke and Floyd counties and on pri- Saltville, Stuart, Tazewell, West Point, and in Fairfax County.
vate lands in Frederick County. • Lists of properties available for hunting are not maintained by
• In the counties (including the cities and towns within) of the Department or local governments.
Amherst (west of Route 29), Bedford, Campbell (west of Nor- • Go to www.HuntFishVA.com/hunting/urban_archery for
Deer Hunting

folk Southern Railroad) and Nelson (west of Route 151). local restrictions and other urban archery information.
• On the Chester Phelps WMA and on National Forest lands in
Frederick County. Legal Methods and Restrictions During Archery
December 1 through January 1: Deer Seasons:
• In the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk (east of the Dismal Swamp Special restrictions may apply during this season. See Legal Use of
line), and Virginia Beach. Firearms and Archery Equipment, pg. 16 and Local Firearms Ordi-
nances, pg. 19 for details.
December 13 through January 1:
• In the counties (including the cities and towns within) of Floyd, • Archery tackle (including crossbows) only.
Franklin, Henry and Patrick. • Broadhead widths must be at least 7/8-inch wide or expand
upon impact to 7/8 -inch.
Archery Either-Sex Deer Hunting: • Bows must be capable of propelling a broadhead arrow at least
Deer of either-sex may be taken full season during the early and late 125 yards.
archery deer seasons, unless otherwise noted below. • It is unlawful to use explosive head arrows or arrows to which
• Only antlered deer may be taken during the early and late any drug, chemical or toxic substance has been added.
archery deer seasons on PALS (Public Access Lands) in Dick- • It is unlawful to use dogs.
enson County.
• It is unlawful to have a firearm in possession except that a muz-
zleloading firearm, as defined in the muzzleloader deer sea-
Early Antlerless-Only Archery Season sons section, may also be in possession when and where there
During this season only antlerless deer may be taken. is an overlap with a muzzleloading deer season where deer
September 4 through October 1: hunting with a rifle or muzzleloading firearm is permitted.
• In Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties (except on
Department-owned lands).

Muzzleloader Deer Seasons


In all areas where hunting with a muzzleloading rifle is permitted.

Bowhunters Needed for Survey Early Muzzleloader Season:


The Department has an ongoing statewide bowhunter October 30 through November 12:
survey to obtain information on bear, deer, turkey, small Season Exception:
game, and furbearer populations. The deer data collected • Closed in the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk (east of the Dismal
provides important information relative to deer popula- Swamp line), and Virginia Beach.
tion trends, adult sex ratios, and recruitment. The Depart-
ment would like to increase the number and distribution Either-sex Deer Hunting Days East of the Blue Ridge:
of cooperators across the Commonwealth. October 30 through November 12 (full season):
If you would like to participate in this survey, please con- In all areas (including Occoneechee State Park) unless otherwise
tact Mike Fies with your mailing address at noted below.
mike.fies@dgif.virginia.gov. • November 6:
On State Forest lands, State Park lands (except Occoneechee
Participants will receive an annual survey form to com- State Park), Department-owned lands, and Philpott Reservoir.
plete during the early archery deer season and a copy of
the results after they are compiled. The Department • Antlered deer only – no either-sex deer hunting days:
appreciates your interest and cooperation. On National Forest lands in Amherst, Bedford, and Nelson
counties.

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Either-sex Deer Hunting Days West of the Blue Ridge: December 27 through January 1:
October 30 through November 12 (full season): • On private lands in Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Bland, Bote-
• On private lands in Carroll, Clarke, Floyd, Frederick, Grayson, tourt, Craig, Giles, Highland, Page, Pulaski, Rockbridge,
, Montgomery, Roanoke, Shenandoah, and Warren counties. Rockingham (except on private lands west of Routes 613 and
, November 6: 731), and Wythe counties.
d • On National Forest and Department-owned Lands in Bland, • On National Forest and Department-owned lands in Carroll,
, Carroll, Craig, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, and Craig, Bland, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, and
, Wythe counties. Wythe counties.
, • On private lands in Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Bland, Bote- January 1:
tourt, Craig, Giles, Highland, Page, Pulaski, Rockbridge, • On private lands in Dickenson (north of Route 83), Lee, Rock-
Rockingham (except on private lands west of Routes 613 and ingham (west of Routes 613 and 731), Russell, Scott, Smyth,
731), Scott, and Wythe counties. Tazewell, Washington, and Wise counties.
Antlered deer only – no either-sex deer hunting days: • On National Forest and Department-owned lands in

Deer Hunting
• On National Forest and Department-owned Lands in Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Botetourt, Dickenson (north of
Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Botetourt, Dickenson, Frederick, Route 83), Frederick, Grayson, Highland, Lee, Page, Rock-
Grayson, Highland, Lee, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, bridge, Rockingham, Russell, Scott, Shenandoah, Smyth,
Russell, Scott, Shenandoah, Smyth, Tazewell, Warren, Wash- Tazewell, Warren, Washington, and Wise.
f ington, and Wise counties. • On Channels State Forest, Grayson Highlands State Park, and
• On private lands in Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Rockingham Flannagan Reservoir.
-
(west of Routes 613 and 731), Russell, Smyth, Tazewell, Wash- Antlered deer only – no either-sex deer hunting days:
ington, and Wise counties. • On private lands in Buchanan and Dickenson (south of Route 83).
• On Channels State Forest, Grayson Highlands State Park, • On PALS (Public Access Lands) in Dickenson County.
PALS (Public Access Lands) in Dickenson County, and Flan-
nagan Reservoir. Legal Methods and Restrictions During
Muzzleloader Deer Seasons:
Late Muzzleloader Season East of the Blue Ridge: Special restrictions apply to specific firearms use during this sea-
h December 11 through January 1: son. See Legal Use of Firearms and Archery Equipment, pg. 16
In the counties (including the cites and towns within) of Amherst and Local Firearms Ordinance, pg. 19 for details.
(west of Route. 29), Bedford, Campbell (west of Norfolk Southern • Only muzzleloading firearms, .45 caliber or larger, loaded
- Railroad), Franklin, Henry, Nelson (west of Route 151), and from the muzzle of the gun.
- Patrick, and in the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk (east of the Dismal • Muzzleloading firearms must be single shot, capable of firing
e Swamp line), and Virginia Beach. only a single bullet or saboted bullet (.38 caliber or larger).
r
Either-sex Deer Hunting Days East of the Blue Ridge: • Flintlock, percussion or electronic ignitions are permitted.
December 11 through January 1 (full season): • Unlawful to have in immediate possession any firearm other
• In the counties of Amherst (west of Route 29 except on Nation- than a muzzleloading firearm while hunting with a muzzle-
al Forest lands), Bedford (except on National Forest lands), loader (see exception for valid concealed handgun permit
Campbell (west of Norfolk Southern Railroad), Franklin, holders on page 16).
Henry, Nelson (west of Route 151 except on National Forest • Unlawful to use muzzleloading pistols.
lands), and Patrick.
• Must use at least 50 grains of black powder or black powder
December 27 through January 1: equivalent.
• In the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk (east of the Dismal Swamp • Smokeless powder is allowed in muzzleloading firearms
line), and Virginia Beach. designed for it. Never use smokeless powder of any type, in
January 1: any quantity, in a muzzleloading firearm that is not specifically
• On National Forest lands in Amherst, Bedford, and Nelson designed for it.
counties. • Scopes are permitted.
• For the purposes of transportation in a vehicle, muzzleloading
Late Muzzleloader Season West of the Blue Ridge: firearms are considered “unloaded” when all powder has been
December 11 through January 1: removed from the flashpan, or the percussion cap, primer, or
e Season Exception: battery has been removed from the firearm. For complete safe-
• Closed in Clarke County and on private lands in Frederick ty, a muzzleloader should be emptied by shooting into soft
County. ground.
e Either-sex Deer Hunting Days West of the Blue Ridge: • Unlawful to hunt deer with dogs.
December 11 through January 1 (full season): • It is lawful to carry archery tackle when and where there is an
• On private lands in Carroll, Floyd, Grayson, Montgomery, overlap with a deer archery and muzzleloading season.
n Roanoke, Shenandoah, and Warren counties.
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Firearms Deer Seasons November 13 through 27:
In the counties (including the cities and towns with-
November 13 through 27: in) of Amherst (west of Rt. 29), Bedford, Botetourt, Campbell
In the counties (including the cities and towns within) (west of Norfolk Southern Railroad), Carroll, Craig, Giles,
of Augusta, Bland, Rockingham, Scott, Smyth, and Washington. Grayson, Montgomery, Nelson (west of Rt. 151), Pulaski,
Roanoke, Shenandoah, Warren, and Wythe.
Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:
November 20 through 27: Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:
In all areas unless otherwise noted below. November 13 through 27 (full season):
November 20 and November 27: In all areas unless otherwise noted below.
On National Forest lands in Bland County. November 20 and November 27:
November 27: On National Forest lands and Department-owned lands in
On National Forest and Department-owned lands in Augusta Carroll and Roanoke counties and on National Forest lands in
Craig, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, and Wythe counties and
Deer Hunting

County, and on National Forest lands in Rockingham, Smyth,


Washington counties and on private lands west of Routes 613 on Big Survey WMA.
and 731 in Rockingham County and on Clinch Mountain November 27:
WMA, Hungry Mother State Park, Hidden Valley WMA, and On National Forest lands in Amherst, Bedford, Botetourt,
Channels State Forest. Grayson, Nelson, Shenandoah, and Warren counties and on
Antlered deer only-no either-sex deer hunting days: portions of Grayson Highlands State Park.
On National Forest lands in Scott County. Special Youth
Antlerless Deer Regulation applies. November 13 through December 11:
In the counties (including the cities and towns within)
November 13 through January 1: of Floyd, Franklin, Henry, and Patrick.
In the counties (including the cities and towns within) Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:
of Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, November 13 through December 11 (full season):
Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Fluvanna, Goochland (west of U.S. In all areas unless otherwise noted below.
Route 522), Louisa, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, and
November 20 and December 6 through 11:
Prince Edward.
On Fairystone Farms WMA, designated areas of Fairystone
Either-sex Deer Hunting Days: State Park, and Philpott Reservoir.
November 20, November 27, and December 20 through January 1: November 20, November 27, and December 6 through 11:
In all areas unless otherwise noted below. On Turkeycock Mountain WMA.
November 20, November 27, and December 27 through January 1:
On Amelia WMA, Briery Creek WMA, Dick Cross WMA,
and Horsepen Lake WMA.
November 20, November 27, and December 4 through
January 1: Mandatory CWD testing in portions
On Featherfin WMA (by quota hunt only). of Frederick and Shenandoah counties,
November 20 and November 27: see pages 37–38.
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34 2010-2011 Hunting and Trapping in Virginia


November 13 through January 1: October 1 through November 30:
In the counties (including the cities and towns within) In the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk (east of the Dis-
of Accomack, Albemarle, Charles City, Chesterfield, Clarke, mal Swamp line) and Virginia Beach.
Culpeper (see season exception for C. F. Phelps WMA below),
Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:
Essex, Fauquier (see season exception for C. F. Phelps WMA
October 1 through November 30 (full season): In all areas.
below), Frederick (see season exception for National Forest lands
below), Gloucester, Greene, Greensville, Henrico, Isle of Wight,
James City, King and Queen, Lancaster, Loudoun, Madison, New November 13 through 27:
Kent, Northampton, Northumberland, Orange, Prince William, In the counties (including the cities and towns within)
Rappahannock, Richmond, Southampton, Suffolk (west of the of Buchanan, Dickenson, and Wise.
Dismal Swamp line), Surry, Sussex, Westmoreland, and York.
Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:
• In Arlington County, City of Hampton, and City of Richmond Antlered deer only—no either-sex deer hunting days in all areas.
(in the City of Richmond: archery only, no special permit is Special Youth Antlerless Deer Regulation does not apply.

Deer Hunting
required for archery deer hunting).
Note: Local Ordinances prohibit the discharge of firearms in
these areas (see Local Firearms Ordinances, pg. 19). November 13 through 27:
• In the City of Lynchburg (on private lands for which a special In the counties (including the cities and towns within)
permit has been issued by the Chief of Police). of Alleghany, Bath, Highland, Lee, Page, Rockbridge, Russell, and
Tazewell.
• In the City of Newport News: archery only, no special permit is
required for archery deer hunting. Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:
• In Fairfax County a special landowner permit is required to November 20 and November 26 and 27:
firearms deer hunt on private lands. Contact the Div. of Animal In all areas unless otherwise noted below.
Control, 4500 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 for details. No November 27:
special police permit is required for archery deer hunting. On National Forest and Department-owned lands in Bath,
Highland, and Rockbridge counties and on National Forest
Either-sex Deer Hunting Days: lands in Alleghany, Page, and Tazewell counties and Clinch
November 13 through January 1 (full season): Mountain WMA, Hidden Valley WMA, and Channels State
In all areas unless otherwise noted below.
Forest.
November 20, November 27, and December 4 through January 1: Antlered deer only-no either-sex deer hunting days:
On Rapidan WMA.
On National Forest lands in Lee County. Special Youth
November 20 and January 1: Antlerless Deer Regulation applies.
On G.R. Thompson WMA.
Antlered deer only-no either-sex deer hunting days:
On the Carlisle Tract of the Hog Island WMA, Chickahominy November 13 through January 1:
WMA, and Ragged Island WMA. Special Youth Antlerless In the counties (including the cities and towns with-
Deer Regulation applies. in) of Amherst (east of Rt. 29), Campbell (east of Norfolk Southern
Railroad), Caroline, Goochland (east of U.S. Route 522), Halifax,
Hanover, King George, King William, Mathews, Middlesex, Nel-
Season Exception:
son (east of Rt. 151), Pittsylvania, Powhatan, Prince George, Spot-
November 13 through 27:
sylvania, and Stafford. Note: dogs may not be used for deer hunt-
, On C.F. Phelps WMA and National Forest lands in Frederick
ing in Pittsylvania County (west of Norfolk Southern Railroad).
County.
Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:
Either-sex Deer Hunting Days: November 20, November 27, and December 4 through January 1:
November 27: In all areas unless otherwise noted below.
On National Forest lands in Frederick County.
November 20, November 27, and December 27 through January 1:
November 20: On Powhatan WMA.
On C.F. Phelps WMA.
November 20 and December 27 through January 1:
On James River WMA.
Late Antlerless-Only Firearms Deer Season
✦ January 3, 2011 through March 26, 2011: November 20 and January 1:
On White Oak Mountain WMA.
In the counties (including the cities and towns within) of
Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, and Prince William, except on
Department-owned lands. During this season only antlerless deer Firearms Either-Sex Deer Hunting For Incorporat-
may be taken. To firearms deer hunt on private lands in Fairfax ed Cities and Towns
County a special landowner permit is required (see above).
Deer of either sex may be taken full season during the firearms deer
season within the incorporated limits of any city or town in the
Commonwealth that allows deer hunting with a firearm (except in
the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, and Wise).
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Legal Methods and Restrictions During
Firearms Deer Seasons: Hunters for the Hungry
Special restrictions apply to specific firearms use during this sea- Hunters for the Hungry receives donated deer from suc-
son. See Legal Use of Firearms, pg. 16 and Local Firearms Ordi- cessful hunters. Funds are raised to cover the costs of pro-
nance, pg. 19 for details. fessional processing, then the venison is distributed to
• Modern firearms. the needy across the state.
• Hunters are allowed to use archery tackle or muzzleloading
This past season 405,340 pounds of venison was dis-
firearms to deer hunt during the firearms deer season with the
tributed. Over 4.15 million pounds or 16.5 million serv-
following conditions:
ings of venison have been distributed in Virginia since
– all hunters are required to comply with the either-sex deer
1991.
hunting days for the firearms deer season.
Each $40.00 contribution allows another deer to be
accepted. Hunters donating an entire deer are not
– use of muzzleloading firearms is allowed only if not otherwise required to pay any part of the processing fee.
Deer Hunting

restricted. Legislation was passed in 2003 in honor of Hunters


– muzzleloader deer hunters must wear blaze orange during the for the Hungry founder, David Horne. The David Horne
firearms deer season. Hunger Relief Bill gives you the opportunity to donate
– archery deer hunters must wear blaze orange during the $2.00 or more to the Hunters for the Hungry program
firearms deer season except when hunting in areas where the when you purchase your hunting license. One hundred
discharge of firearms is prohibited. percent of your donation will go to providing venison to
the hungry.
Dogs May Be Used For Deer Hunting Except: You can make a difference to the hungry and to the
• West of the Blue Ridge. future of hunting in Virginia. For additional information
• East of the Blue Ridge in Bedford, Fairfax, Franklin, Henry e-mail: hunt4hungry@cs.com, visit the website at
Loudoun, Northampton, and Patrick counties, and Amherst
www.h4hungry.org, call 1-800-352-HUNT (4868), or
(west of Rt. 29), Campbell (west of Norfolk Southern Railroad),
write to P.O. Box 304, Big Island, VA 24526.
Nelson (west of Rt. 151), Pittsylvania (west of Norfolk Southern
Railroad), and the city of Lynchburg.
• When hunting during archery and muzzleloading seasons and
on the Youth Deer Hunting Day.
• On many military areas. Check individual Post regulations. 2010 Virginia Big Game Contest
• On Amelia, Cavalier, Featherfin, Pettigrew, C.F. Phelps, and G.
Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Areas. Eastern Regional
• During the first 12 hunting days of the firearms deer season in September 11-12, 2010
Madison and Greene counties.
Southampton County Fairgrounds
Franklin
Elk Hunting
• Elk of either sex, antlered or antlerless, may be taken during any Western Regional and State Championship
open deer season using the firearms legal for deer during that September 25-26, 2010
season. Rockingham County Fairgrounds
• The taking of an elk counts towards the hunter's daily and license
Harrisonburg
year bag limit for deer.
• Licenses, tag validation, and checking requirements for elk are For additional information and directions go to
the same for deer except that elk must be checked at a check sta- www.vpsa.org or www.iwla-rh.org
tion.
• It is unlawful to destroy the identity (sex) of any harvested elk Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Game and
until checked. Elk may be dismembered to pack it out from the Inland Fisheries, Virginia Peninsula Sportsmen’s
place of kill. The identity of the sex and all parts of the carcass Association and the Rockingham-Harrisonburg
must be present when the elk is checked. Chapter Izaak Walton League of America.
Successful elk hunters are asked to contact the Wildlife Divi- Deer and turkey checked by telephone or Internet
sion of the Department’s Marion Regional Office at (276)-783- with the proper confirmation number are eligible
4860 as soon as possible after killing an elk so that arrange- to be entered in the Eastern or Western Regional
ments can be made to collect Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Big Game Contest. Turkey must have a certified
samples. CWD testing is voluntary. weight, see pages 22–23.

36 2010-2011 Hunting and Trapping in Virginia


CWD Surveillance in
Virginia
The Department initiated Chronic Wast-
ing Disease (CWD) surveillance in 2002.
CWD was detected during 2005 in Hamp-
shire County, West Virginia within 10
miles of Frederick County, Virginia. Over
the past few years, the Department’s sur-
veillance efforts have been focused in
western Frederick and northwestern
Shenandoah counties as additional CWD
positive samples in West Virginia were
found closer to Virginia’s border. In Janu-

Deer Hunting
ary 2010, the Department received confir-
mation that a deer killed by a hunter in
western Frederick County near Gore had
tested positive for CWD.
Changes for CWD
Management in 2010-2011
Due to the detection of CWD in Frederick
County, the Department has implemented
a number of measures to protect Virginia’s
deer resource. The following measures
will be taken during the 2010-2011 hunt-
ing seasons to help slow and contain the
spread of CWD. All of these measures
outlined below will affect hunters in the
CWD Containment Area located in Fred-
erick County and the City of Winchester
west of I-81 and that portion of Shenan-
doah County west of I-81 and north of
Route 675 (see map). Note below that
hunting season changes and a year-round
ban on deer feeding also apply to sur- (2) Whole deer carcasses or deer parts seasons on private lands in Shenan-
rounding areas (including Clarke, Freder- cannot be transported out of the CWD doah County will be full season either-
ick, Shenandoah, and Warren counties). Containment Area, except: sex
(1) All deer killed by hunters within • Deer parts currently allowed under the • No changes have been made for pub-
the CWD Containment Area on the fol- carcass importation ban (e.g., quar- lic lands in any of these counties
lowing dates must be brought to a des- ters, boned-out meat; see list on next
ignated sampling station for CWD test- (4) Feeding of deer is prohibited year-
page)
ing: round in Clarke, Frederick, Shenan-
• Whole deer carcasses or parts being
• November 13, 20, and 27, 2010 transported directly to meat proces-
doah, and Warren counties and the City
• CWD sampling stations will likely sors, taxidermists, or lined landfills
of Winchester.
include Cather’s Market, Crossroads within Frederick or Shenandoah (5) Rehabilitation is prohibited for any
Grocery, Gore Grocery, State Line counties deer that originates from within the
Store and T&R Processing in Freder- CWD Containment Area.
ick County and Larkin’s Store and (3) Three new hunting season changes
Graden’s Supermarket in Shenan- will apply to private lands in Clarke, Please also check the Department’s
doah County Frederick, Shenandoah, and Warren website (http://www.HuntFishVA.com/
• Hunters can still check their deer via counties and the City of Winchester wildlife/diseases/cwd/) for updates on
telephone or Internet but must bring including: CWD surveillance and management in Vir-
the deer to a designated CWD sam- • The daily bag limit shall be two deer ginia. For more information about CWD in
pling station on the dates above per day West Virginia, please see http://wvdnr.gov/
• Please check the Department’s web- • Earn-A-Buck is in effect (see page 29 hunting/ChronicWaste.shtm.
site and look for press releases before for more information) Hunter assistance and cooperation is
hunting season • Both the early and late muzzleloading essential to the Department’s efforts to
monitor and manage CWD in Virginia.

www.HuntFishVA.com 37
Carcass Importation Ban • Quarters or other portions of meat and is notified that the animal has tested
with no part of the spinal column or positive for CWD must report the test
The primary objective in the manage- head attached. results to the Department within 72 hours
ment of CWD is to prevent its spread into • Hides and capes with no heads of receiving the notification. In order to L
new areas. One possible mode of disease attached. facilitate the proper disposal of any infect- S
transmission is by the importation of • Clean (no meat or tissue attached) ed material, the Department may take into s
infected carcasses. In an effort to minimize skull plates with antlers attached. possession any imported carcass or carcass a
the risk for disease spread, Virginia, along • Antlers with no meat or tissue part of an animal if the animal has tested
with a number of other states, has adopted •
attached. positive for CWD.
regulations that prohibit the importation of • Upper canine teeth, also known as Since regulations regarding CWD

whole carcasses and certain carcass parts of “buglers,” “whistlers,” or “ivories.” may change at any time due to new infor- •
deer and elk harvested from states that have • Finished taxidermy products. mation or data, it is recommended that, •
CWD. before hunting, you check the CWD regu-
Virginia’s carcass transportation regu- A legible label shall be affixed to
lations in your home state, the state in
Deer Hunting

lation prohibits the importation or posses- packages or containers holding the allowed
which you will be hunting, and states C
sion of whole deer carcasses or specified carcass parts with the following informa-
which you will travel through en route
parts of carcasses originating from a state tion: the species of animal, the state or S
home from your hunting area. A summary
or Canadian province in which CWD has province from where the animal originated, A
of state-by-state carcass transportation reg-
been found in free-ranging or captive deer. and the name and address of the person S
ulations is provided on the CWD Alliance
This includes any member of the deer fami- who killed or owned the animal.
Web site (www.cwd-info.org) under the S
ly Cervidae (including but not limited to Any person who imports into Virginia
Regulations section.
white-tailed deer, black-tailed deer, mule any deer carcass or parts described above
deer, fallow, axis, and sika deer, elk, moose,
and caribou). •
States and provinces with CWD
include Alberta, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas,
Taking Deer Carcasses out of Virginia
Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Now that Virginia is considered a CWD positive state, deer hunters must •
Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North follow carcass importation regulations in other states when they transport a
Dakota, Oklahoma, Saskatchewan, South deer carcass out of Virginia (see http://www.cwd-info.org/index.php/ G
Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, fuseaction/policy.regulationsMap). Hunters anywhere in Virginia going into
and Wyoming. Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, or West Virginia must bone-out or
S
C
Virginia’s regulation does provide for quarter their deer carcass so the brain and spinal cord is removed. Maryland
the importation and possession of the fol- will accept whole deer carcasses from Virginia except carcasses originating G
lowing carcass parts: from Virginia’s CWD Containment Area, where carcasses must be boned-out L
• Boned out meat that is cut and
or quartered so the brain and spinal cord is removed before they can be s
transported into Maryland.
wrapped (either commercially or pri- G
vately). o
G
i

QUAIL ACTION PLAN


Department staff are working with a broad range of public
and private partners to restore critical upland habitat
needed by the bobwhite quail to thrive. Among the many
initiatives underway are:
• Establishment of early succession wildlife focus areas
across the state, in concert with the work performed
by Soil & Water Conservation Districts in Virginia; and
• Wildlife professionals assisting with delivery of USDA
Farm Bill programs to landowners that benefit quail
and other, early succession wildlife species;
• Establishment of demonstration areas that showcase
technical management tools put in place to effectively
manage for quail.
For more information about the quail plan, go to:
http://www.huntfishva.com/wildlife/quail/action-plan/quail-action-plan.pdf
To contact a Private Lands Wildlife Biologist:
marc.puckett@dgif.virginia.gov
38 2010-2011 Hunting and Trapping in Virginia
d
Small Game Hunting Grouse
s Bag Limit: Three per day.
Legal Methods and Restrictions Season:
- Special restrictions apply to specific firearms use during this October 23 through February 12 west of I-95
o season. See Legal Use of Firearms and Archery Equipment, pg. 16 Continuous closed season east of I-95
s and Local Firearms Ordinances, pg. 19 for details.
d • Modern firearms Quail and Pheasant
• Archery tackle (including crossbows)

Small Game Hunting


Bag Limits: Quail: six per day
- • Muzzleloading firearms Pheasant: no daily or seasonal bag limit
, • Dogs may be used by regulation (see Hunting with Dogs,
- pg. 14). Season:
n November 6 through January 31
Crow
e
Seasons:
Rabbit
August 21 through March 19 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Bag Limit: Six per day
-
e Saturday only. Season:
e September 1 through March 10 on National Forest Lands and October 30 through February 28
Department Lands (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
only).
Squirrel (Gray, Red, and Fox*)
• Crows are a federally regulated migratory species; however, no *Fox squirrel open only in the counties west of the Blue Ridge and
HIP number is required and hunters may use unplugged shot- in the counties of Albemarle, Bedford, Culpeper, Fauquier,
guns to hunt them. Franklin, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange, Patrick, Prince
• Electronic calls may be used on private and public lands. William, and Rappahannock during any authorized squirrel sea-
son.
Groundhog Bag Limit: All squirrels combined - six per day.
Season: Seasons:
Continuous open season on private lands.
Fall Season: September 4 through January 31: statewide
Groundhog hunting on National Forest Lands and Department Spring Season: June 4 through 18, 2011
Lands is permitted from September 1-March 10 and during the Gray and red squirrels may be harvested on all private lands
spring turkey season. and on the following wildlife management areas:Amelia, Big
Groundhog hunting is permitted during the spring squirrel season Survey, Briery Creek, Cavalier, Chickahominy, Dick Cross,
only on Department lands that are open for spring squirrel hunting. Fairystone (including Fairystone State Park and Philpott
Reservoir), Featherfin, Goshen, Hardware River, Havens,
Groundhog hunting is not permitted on National Forest lands dur- Hog Island (Carlisle Tract only), Horsepen, James River, Lit-
ing the spring squirrel season. tle North Mountain, Merrimac Farm, Pettigrew, Phelps,
Powhatan (including the Goochland Tract), Rapidan,
Thompson, Turkeycock Mountain, and White Oak Moun-
tain.
Hunting Preserves Fox squirrels may be harvested on all private lands in coun-
Pen-raised game birds may be taken on licensed hunt- ties with an open fox squirrel season during the regular squir-
ing preserves from September 1 through April 30. A rel season and on the following wildlife management areas:
list of hunting preserves open to the public may be Big Survey, Goshen, Havens, Little North Mountain, Merri-
obtained from the Permits Section at the Depart- mac Farm, Phelps, Rapidan, and Thompson.
ment's Richmond office or at www.HuntFishVA.com. A • Dogs may be used to hunt squirrels during the spring sea-
resident hunting pen-raised game birds on a licensed son.
hunting preserve is required to have a hunting license.
A nonresident is required to have either a nonresident
hunting license or a special nonresident hunting Q: I plan to squirrel hunt only in Prince William
(shooting) preserve license which is valid only within County during the special Late Antlerless-Only
the boundaries of licensed hunting preserves. Firearms Deer Season. Do I need to wear blaze
orange as I will not be deer hunting?
The Virginia Wildlife magazine article “Upland Game
Bird Trail” is online at www.HuntFishVA.com/virginia- A: Yes. Blaze orange must be worn during any
wildlife/special-feature.asp. firearms deer season.

www.HuntFishVA.com 39
Turkey Hunting Youth Fall Turkey Hunt Day
October 16:
Bag Limits: • Hunting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half
hour after sunset.
General: One per day, three per license year, no more than two of
which may be taken in the fall. • Youth hunters (resident or nonresident) must be 15 years of age
or younger to participate.
Archery and Fall Firearms Season: Turkeys of either sex may be • Youth hunters between the age of 12 and 15 must have appropri-
taken. ate valid hunting licenses. Resident hunters under the age of 12
Spring Turkey Season: One per day, bearded turkeys only. are not required to have a license, but they must be accompanied
by a licensed adult.
Archery Turkey Season • All youth must be accompanied and directly supervised and
Turkey Hunting

within sight of an adult. Adult hunters accompanying youth


October 2 through November 6: Statewide must possess a valid Virginia hunting license (or be exempt from
• Except in areas where there is a closed firearm season on turkey. purchasing a hunting license); may assist with calling; and shall
not carry or discharge a firearm.
Legal Methods and Restrictions for Archery Turkey
Season
Special restrictions apply to specific firearms use during this Fall Firearms Turkey Seasons
season. See Legal Use of Firearms and Archery Equipment, pg. 16
and Local Firearms Ordinances, pg.19 for details. October 23 through November 5, November 25, and
• Archery tackle (including crossbows) only. December 6 through January 1:
• Decoys and blinds may be used. In the counties of Alleghany, Amherst (west of Rt. 29), Augusta,
• Broadhead widths must be at least 7/8-inch wide or expand upon Bath, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Campbell (west of Norfolk
impact to 7/8-inch. Southern Railroad), Carroll, Clarke, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd,
• Bows must be capable of propelling a broadhead arrow at least Franklin, Frederick, Giles, Grayson, Henry, Highland, Lee, Mont-
125 yards. gomery, Nelson (west of Rt. 151), Page, Patrick, Pittsylvania (west
of Norfolk-Southern Railroad), Pulaski, Roanoke, Rockbridge,
• Unlawful to use dogs when hunting with archery tackle during Rockingham, Russell, Scott, Shenandoah, Smyth, Tazewell, War-
the archery season. ren, Washington, Wise, Wythe and on Camp Peary.
• Unlawful to have a firearm in possession
Closed:
In the county of Arlington and the cities of Chesa-
peake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Vir-
ginia Beach.

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October 23 through November 5, November 25, and Youth Spring Turkey Hunt Day
November 29 through December 25: April 2, 2011:
In the counties of Albemarle, Amelia, Amherst (east of Rt. 29),
Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Campbell (east of Norfolk • One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
Southern Railroad), Caroline, Charlotte, Chesterfield, Culpeper, • Bag limit is one per day, bearded birds only.
e
Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Essex, Fairfax, Fauquier, Fluvanna, • Youth hunters (resident or nonresident) must be 15 years of age
Goochland, Greene, Greensville, Halifax, Hanover, Henrico, King or younger to participate.
-
2
and Queen, King William, Loudoun, Louisa, Lunenburg, Madison, • Youth hunters between the age of 12 and 15 must have appropri-
Mecklenburg, Nelson (east of Rt. 151), Nottoway, Orange, Pittsyl- ate valid hunting licenses. Resident hunters under the age of 12
d vania (east of Norfolk-Southern Railroad), Powhatan, Prince are not required to have a license, but they must be accompanied
Edward, Prince William, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, and by a licensed adult.
Stafford. •

Turkey Hunting
All youth must be accompanied and directly supervised and
within sight of an adult. Adult hunters accompanying youth
m October 23 through November 5, November 25, and must possess a valid Virginia hunting license (or be exempt from
l November 29 through December 11: purchasing a hunting license); may assist with calling; and shall
In the counties of Charles City, Gloucester, James City, King not carry or discharge a firearm.
George, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumber-
land, Richmond, Westmoreland, and York (except on Camp
Peary). Spring Turkey Season
October 23 through November 5 and Bag Limit:
One per day, bearded turkeys only. Hunters may take one, two or
November 25: three bearded turkeys depending on how many turkeys were taken
, In the counties of Accomack, Buchanan, Isle of Wight, Northamp- in the fall season.
k ton, Prince George, Southampton, Surry, Sussex, and in the city of
Suffolk. Seasons: Statewide
-
Legal Methods and Restrictions for Fall Firearms April 9 through April 30, 2011:
t
, Seasons and Youth Fall Turkey Hunt Day One-half hour before sunrise until 12 noon each day.
- Special restrictions apply to specific firearms use during this sea- May 2 through May 14, 2011:
son. See Legal Use of Firearms and Archery Equipment, pg. 16 and One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
Local Firearms Ordinances, pg. 19 for details.
• Modern firearms Legal Methods and Restrictions for Spring
- • Archery tackle (including crossbows) Turkey Season and Youth Spring Turkey Hunt Day
-
• Muzzleloading firearms Special restrictions apply to specific firearms use during this
• Decoys, blinds, and dogs may be used season. See Legal Use of Firearms and Archery Equipment, pg. 16
• Unlawful to use electronic calls and Local Firearms Ordinances, pg. 19 for details.
• Modern firearms
• Archery tackle (including crossbows)
• Muzzleloading firearms
Spring turkeys can only be checked online at • Decoys and blinds may be used
www.HuntFishVA.com or by telephone • Unlawful to use electronic calls
(1-866-Got-Game [468-4263]). • Unlawful to use dogs during spring turkey season
Spring turkeys must have certified weight to enter • When using a shotgun it is unlawful to use or have in possession
in Big Game contest, see pages 22–23. any shot larger than number 2 fine shot during spring turkey sea-
son.

Spring Gobbler Hunters Needed For Survey! Q: I understand that bearded hens are legal in the
spring gobbler season. Are bearded hens com-
For years the Department has conducted a statewide sur- mon? I understand they are infertile and remov-
vey of spring gobbler hunters to collect observations and ing them from the population would be helpful.
their opinions, but participation has been declining. Sur-
vey results help the Department with many wild turkey
A: Bearded hens are not common, probably less
than 5% of hens have beards. The primary reason
conservation issues. Participants receive an annual why bearded hens are legal in the spring season is
report and a complimentary Department calendar. To because it is oftentimes very difficult to tell them
participate, send your name and mailing address to apart from bearded males. Contrary to common
Gary.Norman@dgif.virginia.gov or call 540-248-9360. belief, bearded hens are indeed fertile.

www.HuntFishVA.com 41
Furbearer Hunting Seasons Opossum
Furbearer Hunting & Trapping
Season:
Legal Methods and Restrictions October 15 through March 10: statewide
Special restrictions apply to specific firearms use during these sea-
sons. See Legal Use of Firearms and Archery Equipment, pg. 16 Skunk
and Local Firearms Ordinances, pg. 19 for details. Season:
• Modern firearms Continuous open season to take striped skunk on private lands.
• Archery tackle (including crossbows) Striped skunk hunting on National Forest Lands and Department
• Muzzleloading firearms Lands is permitted from September 1 through March 10 and during
time periods when it is legal to hunt spring turkeys. Continuous
• Dogs may be used (except where prohibited, see Hunting with closed season for taking spotted skunks and the pelts of spotted
Dogs, pg. 14).
skunks may not be sold.
• Electronic calls for bobcat, coyote and fox
• Hunting permitted day or night
• Lights may be used as long as the light is not attached to or cast Fox
from a vehicle. Firearms
• Night vision scopes and laser sights may be used. Season:
• No hunting on Sunday, except for raccoons, which may be hunt- November 1 though February 28
ed until 2:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Closed in Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier (except Quanti-
co), Loudoun, Louisa, and Rappahannock counties.
Coyote Dogs May Be Used to Hunt Foxes Except:
Season: During the firearms season for deer on the Gathright, Goshen,
Continuous open season on private lands. Coyote hunting on Highland and Little North Mountain Wildlife Management Areas
National Forest Lands and Department Lands is permitted from and within the boundaries of the George Washington/Jefferson
September 1 through March 10 and during the spring turkey season National Forests.
and spring squirrel season on certain areas (see page 39 for area
listings for spring squirrel season). Coyotes may not be hunted on Chase Only
Sundays. Season:
Coyote Bounty Law Continuous open season statewide (including Sundays) unless
Coyote bounties are not administered by DGIF. Counties have the noted below.
option of establishing their own coyote bounty system. For more Closed March 1 through October 31 and during the firearms season
information, hunters and trappers should contact their County for deer on the George Washington/Jefferson National Forests and
Administrator or County Board of Supervisors. on Gathright, Goshen, G. Richard Thompson, Highland, Little
North Mountain, and Rapidan WMAs.
Restrictions:
• Unlawful to have in possession a firearm when hunting fox out-
side of the firearms fox season. Possession shall include, but not
be limited to, having any firearm in or on one’s person, vehicle,
or conveyance.

Electronic Calls
It is unlawful to take or attempt to take wild animals and
wild birds with recorded or electronically amplified calls,
except for bobcat, coyote, crow, and fox. Electronic calls
may be used on private lands with written permission of
the landowner and on public lands (except where specif-
ically prohibited) during periods when the use of
firearms is permitted.
Coyote; ©Bill Lea

42 2010-2011 Hunting and Trapping in Virginia


Bobcat the full name of the hunter or trapper, date of kill, and the harvest
confirmation number.

furbearer Hunting & Trapping


Bag Limit Bobcats legally killed by landowners outside the season and
Two per hunting party taken between noon one day and noon the legally possessed road-killed bobcats are not required to be
following day. Season bag limit shall be 12 bobcats taken by hunt- checked in using the electronic harvest reporting system. If you
ing and trapping combined. plan to take a bobcat to a taxidermist that does not require check-
ing, you must securely attach the same information described
. Archery above (except for the confirmation number) and a description of
t how the bobcat was legally obtained.
Season:
g October 2 through 30: statewide
s CITES Tagging Requirement For
d Legal Methods and Restrictions
• Unlawful to use dogs when hunting with bow and arrow or Bobcats
crossbow during the bobcat archery season. Bobcat pelts that are sold, traded, transported out of state, or
shipped out of state must also have a CITES tag affixed to each ani-
• Unlawful to have a firearm in possession.
mal. A valid confirmation number will be needed to obtain a
CITES tag. No CITES tag is needed to have a bobcat mounted by a
Firearms Virginia taxidermist or to ship a bobcat pelt out-of-state for tanning
Season: purposes.
November 1 through February 28: statewide To obtain a CITES tag for a bobcat, contact our Customer
- Service Center at (866) 721-6911. If you cannot reach Customer
Dogs May Be Used to Hunt Bobcat Except:
Service, you can contact your local Conservation Police Officer or
During the firearms season for deer in the counties of Alleghany,
the nearest Department regional office (listed on page 6). Make
Amherst (west of Route 29), Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Botetourt,
, sure that you have a valid harvest confirmation number for each
Campbell (west of Norfolk Southern Railroad), Clarke, Frederick,
s CITES tag requested. Tags ordered from our Customer Service
Highland, Nelson (west of Rt. 151), Page, Pittsylvania (west of
Center will be mailed directly to the hunter or trapper, along with
Norfolk Southern Railroad), Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenan-
instructions for tagging. All bobcat pelts required to have a CITES
doah, and Warren and within the boundaries of the George Wash-
tag must have them affixed by April 1.
ington/Jefferson National Forests.

Electronic Checking Requirement Q: Are laser sights, night vision scopes and
s
for Bobcats infrared scopes legal to use when legally hunting
All hunters or trappers who kill a bobcat are required to report at night?
n the kill within 24 hours through the Department’s electronic
d harvest reporting system. Bobcats can be checked with a touch- A: Yes, these devices are legal to use when legally
tone telephone (a rotary phone will not work) by calling the toll- hunting at night. The following animals are legal to
free number 1-866-GOT-GAME (468-4263). Bobcats can also be hunt at night: bobcat, coyote, feral hog, fox, opos-
checked using the Internet. Successful hunters and trappers can sum, raccoon, and skunk.
access the Department’s Web page at www.HuntFishVA.com, then
click on “Hunting,” then “Check Game Online” under the “Links”
t
tab.
,
Before using the telephone or Internet checking system, you
will need your hunting license number, a pen, and a piece of paper
to record your confirmation number. If you are exempt from pur- What does the acronym CITES mean?
chasing a license, you will need your driver’s license number or the
last four digits of your Social Security number. At the end of the CITES is an abbreviation for the Convention on Internation-
check-in session, you will be provided with a confirmation number al Trade in Endangered Species. It is an international
that is a letter followed by ten digits. Write this number down agreement between governments to ensure that interna-
and store it in a secure location where it can be retrieved to tional trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does
prove compliance with the checking requirement or to request not threaten their survival. Although the bobcat and otter
CITES tags. If your telephone or Internet session is cut off before species found in Virginia are not endangered, their pelts
you get a complete confirmation number, start the session again are similar in appearance to several endangered animals in
and continue until the complete confirmation number is obtained. other countries. As a result, the United States agreed to
If you have more than one bobcat to check in, you will have the affix CITES tags to all bobcat and otter pelts before they
opportunity to report additional animals at the end of the session. leave the country. Virginia is required to participate in this
You may get the same confirmation number for multiple animals. program to comply with the CITES agreement.
If you plan to take the bobcat to a taxidermist, you must
securely attach written documentation to the carcass that includes

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Raccoon Firearms
Season:
Furbearer Hunting & Trapping
Legal Methods and Restrictions
• Raccoons may be hunted until 2:00 a.m. Sunday mornings. October 15 through March 10: statewide
• Lights may be used as long as the light is not attached to or cast Bag Limits:
from a vehicle. East of the Blue Ridge: Two per hunter taken between noon one
day and noon the following day.
West of the Blue Ridge: Two per hunting party (individual or organ-
ized) taken between noon one day and noon the following day.

Chase Only
NO RACCOON MAY BE TAKEN EXCEPT DURING THE FIREARMS SEASON.
Seasons:
Continuous chase season (including Sundays) Unlawful Methods:
In all counties and portions of counties east of Rt. 29 To have in possession a firearm, bow, axe, or any tree climb-
and in the counties of Loudoun (east of Rt. 15) and Prince William ing device when chasing raccoons outside of the firearms sea-
(east of Rt. 15). son. Possession shall include, but not be limited to, having
these devices in or on one’s person, vehicle, or conveyance
while engaged in the act of chasing.
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between 5 and 6-1/2 inches may be used within an enclosure with
Trapping openings no greater than 60 square inches and the trap trigger

furbearer Hunting & Trapping


recessed at least 12 inches from all openings (see diagram below).
General Regulations Traps must be staked to prevent enclosures from turning over and
Residents under 16 years of age do not need a license to trap when may only be used on private lands with written permission of the
e accompanied by any person 18 years of age or older who possesses landowner.
a valid state or county license to trap. Trappers using box traps for No deadfalls traps may be used. Snares set on land must have
- rabbits do not need a license, but permission of the landowner is loops less than 12 inches in diameter with the top of the snare loop
necessary. County residents 65 years of age and over do not need a no more than 12 inches above the ground. Land snares may only be
license to trap on private property in their county of residence. used with written permission of the landowner.
National Forest lands will be open during the regular trapping sea- It is unlawful to willfully molest, damage, or remove any trap,
sons. Check local ordinances before trapping near highways. or any lawfully caught bird or animal from or in any way disturb
Trapping on Department-owned or controlled lands and traps or snares legally set by another person.
waters is allowed under the regulations of the Board unless prohib- No trapping of furbearing animals within 300 yards of First
ited by posted rules. The posted rules may require written authori- Landing/Seashore State Park and the Virginia Marine Science
zation to trap on some areas or may specify other restrictions. Museum in the City of Virginia Beach.
It is lawful to set traps in water from December 1 through the
It is unlawful to shoot a rifle or pistol at wild birds or animals
last day of February, both dates inclusive, and at anytime within the
on or over public inland waters; however, a licensed trapper may
incorporated limits of any city or town in the Commonwealth and
shoot a .22 caliber rimfire rifle or pistol on or over public inland
in the counties of Arlington, Chesterfield, Fairfax, Henrico, James
waters for the purpose of dispatching a trapped animal.
City, Loudoun, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Roanoke
and York, except as otherwise specifically provided by department continued on page 46
permit or by local ordinances.
Any person setting or in possession of a steel foothold or body
gripping trap or snare shall have it marked by means of a nonfer-
rous metal tag bearing his name and address or a permanent identi- Permanent Identification Number
fication number issued by the Department. This requirement shall For Trap Tags
not apply to landowners on their own land, nor to a bonafide tenant
or lessee within the bounds of land rented or leased by him, nor to Trappers now have the option of using a permanent identi-
anyone transporting any such trap from its place of purchase. fication number on their trap tags instead of their name
and address. The Department will assign a unique number
Trappers must visit all traps once each day and remove all ani-
to interested trappers for permanent use. To obtain a trap-
mals caught therein, except for completely submerged body-grip-
per ID number, contact the Verona Regional Office at (540)
ping traps which must be visited once every 72 hours.
248-9360 for instructions. Please remember that this
The use of body gripping traps with a jaw spread in excess of method of tag marking is OPTIONAL and that you may
7-1/2 inches is prohibited except when such traps are at least half continue to use tags with your name and address, if you
submerged by water. prefer.
It is unlawful to set on land any steel foothold trap with teeth
set upon the jaws or with a maximum inside jaw spread exceeding
6-1/2 inches measured perpendicular to the hinges.
It is unlawful to set above the ground any body gripping trap Virginia Trappers Association
with a jaw spread in excess of 5 inches when using any bait, lure or Reward Program
scent. However, baited body gripping traps with a jaw spread
Every year, Virginia trappers lose hundreds of traps to
thieves. The Virginia Trappers Association is offering a
reward, up to $500, for individuals who report trap theft to
the Department that results in a successful prosecution.
Anyone who sees traps being stolen is encouraged to
report it through the Department’s poaching hotline at 1-
Opening 800-237-5712 or email at wildcrime@dgif.virginia.gov.
not to If you encounter traps while in the outdoors, you have
exceed 60 a legal obligation to respect the trapper's private property
square and leave them alone. At the same time, trappers have an
inches ethical obligation not to set traps in areas where they are
likely to be encountered by the general public or their pets.

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Trapping Seasons CITES tag is needed to have an otter mounted by a Virginia taxi-
dermist or ship an otter pelt out-of-state for tanning purposes. To
There is a continuous open season to trap beaver, muskrat, opos-
Furbearer Hunting & Trapping
obtain a CITES tag, contact your local Conservation Police Officer
sum and raccoon within the incorporated limits of any city or town
or the nearest Department regional office (listed on page 6). All
in the Commonwealth, and in the counties of Arlington, Chester-
otter pelts required to have a CITES tag must have them affixed by
field, Fairfax, Henrico, James City, Loudoun, Prince William,
April 1.
Spotsylvania, Stafford, Roanoke and York.
When beavers are damaging crops or lands, the owner of the Rabbit
premises, his agent, or tenant, may kill the animals or have them May be taken with box traps from October 15-January 31 provided
killed. This includes shooting, except in areas where the discharge no traps shall be set on the lands of another without written permis-
of firearms is prohibited. sion of the landowner.
Beaver Raccoon
December 1 through February 28 November 15 through February 28
Bobcat Skunk
November 15 through February 28 Continuous open season for striped skunk. Continuous closed sea-
Bag limit: The season bag limit shall be 12 bobcats in the aggre- son for taking spotted skunk and the pelts of spotted skunk may not
gate, taken by hunting and trapping combined. be sold.
All trapped bobcats must be reported within 24 hours through Weasel
the Department’s electronic harvest reporting system. A December 1 through February 28
CITES tag may also be required for some bobcats. Please see page
43 for details regarding bobcat checking and tagging procedures.
Coyote
Continuous open season.
Fox
November 15 through February 28
Fox trapping is prohibited in Clarke (except on G. Richard Thomp-
son WMA), Fauquier (except on Chester F. Phelps WMA and G.
Richard Thompson WMA), Loudoun, and Rappahannock coun-
ties.
Mink Boat Smart
December 1 through February 28 Wear Your Life Jacket
Muskrat A disproportionate number of sportsmen die in boating
December 1 through February 28 accidents, most often from falls overboard or capsizing. 1
Wearing a life jacket may save your life. It is estimated that 2
Nutria
Continuous open season 88 percent of boating-related drownings could have 3
been prevented had the victim been wearing a life jacket.
Opossum The newest type of life jacket, the manual or auto-
November 15 through February 28 matic inflatable, is lightweight and comfortable. They are
versatile enough to be worn at any time of the year, and
Otter will easily fit over a hunting coat or sweater.
December 1 through February 28
Safety Tips
Bag Limit
The season bag limit shall be 2 otters in all counties west of the Blue ✦ Check the weather before leaving.
Ridge. There is no season bag limit in counties east of the Blue ✦ Wear a life jacket, vest or float coat.
Ridge.
✦ Remain seated and keep weight evenly
Mandatory Check-in Requirements distributed.
The entire skinned carcass of all otters trapped in counties west of ✦ Anchor from the bow, never from the stern.
the Blue Ridge must be presented to an agent of the Department ✦ Properly load your boat.
within 3 days of capture. For more information on submitting otter
carcasses contact your nearest regional office listed on page 6. ✦ Stay with your boat if it should capsize.
✦ Guard against hypothermia.
CITES Tagging Requirement For Otter
Otter pelts that are sold, traded, transported out of state, or shipped ✦ Leave the alcohol at home.
out of state must also have a CITES tag affixed to each animal. No

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d lands are purchased and maintained with hunting, fishing, and trapping license fees and with Fed-
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We encourage the public to visit these areas to enjoy wildlife, habitats and the bountiful natural
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1. Game Farm Marsh WMA, 530 acres 20. Hidden Valley WMA, 6,400 acres
2. Saxis WMA, 5,574 acres 21. Clinch Mt. WMA, 25,477 acres
3. *Mockhorn Island/GATR WMA, 7,642 acres 22. Fairystone WMA, 5,321 acres
4. *Hog Island/Carlisle WMA, 3,908 acres 23. Havens WMA, 7,190 acres
5. *Princess Anne WMA, 1,546 acres 24. James River WMA, 1,213 acres
6. *Cavalier/Dismal Swamp WMA, 4,485 acres 25. Gathright WMA, 13,428 acres
7. Ragged Island WMA, 1,537 acres 26. Lake Robertson WMA, 581 acres
8. Chickahominy WMA, 5,218 acres 27. Goshen WMA, 16,125 acres
9. Powhatan WMA, 4,463 acres 28. Little North Mt. WMA, 17,572 acres
10. *Amelia WMA, 2, 217 acres 29. Highland WMA, 14,283 acres
11. *Dick Cross WMA, 1,400 acres 30. Hardware River WMA, 1,034 acres
12. Briery Creek WMA, 3,164 acres 31. Rapidan WMA, 10,327 acres
13. *Featherfin WMA, 2,800 acres 32. Thompson WMA, 3,963 acres
14. Horsepen WMA, 2,910 acres 33. Weston WMA, 265 acres
15. White Oak Mt. WMA, 2,712 acres 34. C. F. Phelps WMA, 4,540 acres
16. Turkeycock Mt. WMA, 2,678 acres 35. Lands End WMA, 450 acres
17. Crooked Creek WMA, 1,796 acres 36. Pettigrew WMA, 934 acres
18. Stewarts Creek WMA, 1,100 acres 37. *Merrimac Farm WMA, 300 acres
19. Big Survey WMA, 7,300 acres

* some or all hunting by quota drawing (see pages 53–58)

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Rules For Wildlife and size restrictions that may apply to • It is unlawful to cut, mutilate, destroy or
wildlife management areas. remove vegetation, or to remove miner-
Management Areas • It is unlawful to use boats propelled by als, artifacts or other property from the
gasoline motors, sail or by mechanically area. Metal detecting/artifact hunting is
Dogs operated recreational paddle wheel, prohibited.
• It is lawful to chase with dogs or train unless otherwise posted. • It is unlawful to damage, deface, or
dogs on Department-owned lands only • Swimming is prohibited. Anglers remove any building, gate, fence, sign or
during authorized hunting, chase or actively engaged in fishing, hunters other property.
Public Hunting Lands

training seasons that specifically permit actively engaged in hunting, and trappers
these activities. lawfully trapping may wade in public Special Antler Rules
• Dogs must be leashed at all times outside fishing lakes. • It shall be unlawful to kill an antlered
of open hunting, chase, or training sea- • It is unlawful to use trotlines on public deer on Featherfin Wildlife Manage-
sons. fishing lakes. ment Area or on the special Fairystone
Quality Deer Management Area unless
Camping/Fires General the deer has at least four antler points, 1
• Primitive camping (no water, electric • Activities involving groups of more than inch or longer, on either the right or left
hookups, bathrooms or other facilities) 12 persons require written authorization antler.
is permitted for up to 14 consecutive from the Department.
days when occupants are engaged in
authorized activities. No more than 3 • Display or consumption of alcoholic Vehicles
camping units are permitted per site. beverages in public is prohibited. • Motor vehicles are prohibited behind
• Commercial activities are prohibited barricades or gates designed to prevent
• Camping is prohibited on or within 100 entry or within areas otherwise posted to
yards of any boat ramp or fishing lake or except by written authorization from the
Department. prohibit motor vehicles.
at other specific sites as posted.
• Operation of ATVs and other unlicensed
• It is unlawful to leave a campfire unat-
Horseback/Bicycle Riding and motor vehicles is prohibited.
tended. From February 15 to April 30
campfires are allowed only between the Hiking • Cross-country motor vehicle travel (off-
• Horseback and bicycle riding are wel- road travel) is prohibited.
hours of 4:00 p.m. and midnight.
come on all roads and trails unless other- • A motorized wheelchair suitable for use
wise posted. Please avoid riding in culti- in an indoor pedestrian area is not con-
Firearms
vated or planted fields, or on eroded sidered a motorized vehicle and, there-
• It is unlawful to have in possession or in areas. Riders and cyclists should be fore, is not covered by any restrictions
a vehicle a bow, crossbow or firearm, on the use of motorized vehicles on
mindful of all open hunting seasons.
which is not unloaded and cased or dis- department owned lands. The term
mantled except when it is lawful to take • Hiking is welcome. Hikers should be
mindful of all open hunting seasons. wheelchair means a device designed
bear, deer, grouse, pheasants, quail, rab- solely for use by a mobility-impaired
bit, raccoon, squirrel, turkey or water- • Please avoid engaging in these activities
person for locomotion that is suitable for
fowl; and additionally, migratory game when they may interfere with hunters,
use in an indoor pedestrian area.
birds on Department owned lands east of anglers, and wildlife watchers.
the Blue Ridge; or by permit issued by • Blaze orange hat or clothing is recom-
• Motor vehicles, campers, and trailers
may be parked on Department-owned
the Department. (See exception for valid mended for non-hunters during hunting
lands only when the owners/responsible
concealed handgun permit holders on seasons.
party are engaged in authorized activi-
page 16.)
ties.
• It is unlawful to possess or transport a Hunting & Trapping
loaded firearm or loaded crossbow in or • Please refer to the current hunting and
on any vehicle at any time on a WMA. trapping seasons found in this digest. Disabled Hunter Access
(See exception for valid concealed hand- Special seasons and bag limits that apply The Department offers disabled hunter
gun permit holders on page 16.) to a wildlife management area will be access to programs and facilities, open-
• Target shooting is permitted on designat- posted at the entrance. ing many roads to vehicles during the
ed ranges only. hunting seasons and providing access
Resource and Property Damage for the mobility impaired on all of its
Fishing, Boating and Swimming • It is unlawful to construct or occupy any management areas. Additionally, mobil-
ity impaired hunters may use certain
• Please refer to the current Virginia permanent structure (including a perma- motorized wheelchairs for access to
Freshwater Fishing Regulations digest nently-affixed tree stand) except by areas closed to other vehicles.
and posted signs for any special creel Department permit.

Other uses are allowed only by written authorization from the


Department or by posted rules.

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National Forests The definition of a “loaded crossbow” Camping Policy
- is a crossbow that is cocked and has either a Primitive camping (no water, electric
Day use fees are required on certain recre-
e bolt or arrow engaged or partially engaged hookups, bathrooms or other facilities) is
ation areas. Please visit the George Wash-
s on the shooting rail or track of the cross- permitted on Department-owned lands,
ington/Jefferson National Forest website,
bow, or with a “trackless crossbow” when except as otherwise posted. Camping is
www.fs.fed.us/r8/gwj or contact the appro-
the crossbow is cocked and a bolt or arrow prohibited on or within 100 yards of any
priate office below, for more information
r is nocked. Department-owned or controlled boat
on fees and seasonal pass information.
The word “possession” shall include, ramp or fishing lake. Camping on Depart-

Public Hunting Lands


Supervisor’s Office: (540) 265-5100 but not be limited to, having any bow, ment-owned lands is not to exceed 14 con-
Clinch: (276) 328-2931 crossbow, or firearm in or on one’s person, secutive days. Only 3 camping units per-
North River: (540) 432-0187 vehicle or conveyance. mitted per site.
Glenwood-Pedlar: (540) 291-2189 It is unlawful to chase with a dog or Camping on the George
- James River: (540) 962-2214 train dogs on National Forest lands or Washington/Jefferson National Forests for
e Lee: (540) 984-4101 Department-owned lands except during more than 21 consecutive days without ter-
s Mt. Rogers National Recreation authorized hunting, chase or training sea- minating occupancy for a minimum of 10
1 Area: (276) 783-5196 sons that specifically permit these activities consecutive days within a 31-day time peri-
t Eastern Divide: (540) 552-4641 on these lands. od is prohibited. For more information,
Warm Springs: (540) 839-2521 please visit the National Forest website
Access Roads
www.fs.fed.us/r8/gwj or call the appropri-
Regulations Specific to Hunter access roads on Department lands
ate office. No trash service is provided.
seasonally open to motor vehicles will be
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It shall be unlawful to have in possession a February and the 1st Saturday in April to It is unlawful to construct, maintain or
bow, crossbow, or any firearm which is not the 3rd Saturday in May. occupy any permanent structure, except by
unloaded and cased or dismantled on all Opening and closing dates of hunter permit, on Department-owned lands and
National Forest lands statewide, or on access roads on National Forest Lands may National Forest lands.
Department-owned lands and on lands vary by ranger district. Opening and clos- It is unlawful to maintain any tempo-
managed by the Department under cooper- ing dates are determined by management rary dwelling on Department-owned land
ative agreement in counties west of the considerations for the areas accessed by for more than 14 consecutive days. Persons
- Blue Ridge Mountains except during the these roads. Contact the local ranger dis- constructing or occupying such structures
- period when it is lawful to take bear, deer, trict listed at left for opening and closing are responsible for complete removal of
s grouse, pheasant, quail, rabbit, raccoon, dates on specific roads. temporary structures.
n squirrel, turkey or waterfowl on these Any motor driven vehicle using roads
lands; and on Department-owned lands and normally open to motor vehicles on Tree Stands
d on lands managed by the Department under Department and National Forest lands shall It is unlawful to construct, maintain or
cooperative agreement in counties east of conform with all state laws for highway occupy any permanent tree stand on
r the Blue Ridge Mountains except during travel. No cross country travel is permitted. Department-owned lands, National Forest
the period when it is lawful to take bear, All terrain vehicle (ATV) and off-road lands and on Department of Conservation
deer, grouse, pheasant, quail, rabbit, rac- vehicle (ORV) travel is permitted only on and Recreation-owned or controlled lands.
coon, squirrel, turkey, waterfowl or migra- designated National Forest roads and trails. Portable tree stands, which are not perma-
e tory game birds on these lands. (See excep- Foot travel is invited on roads closed nently affixed, may be used. Use of a full
- tion for valid concealed handgun permit to motor vehicles. body safety harness while hunting from
holders on page 16.) tree stands is strongly recommended.
It shall be unlawful to possess or trans-
port a loaded firearm or loaded crossbow in Public Access Lands For
or on any vehicle at any time on National Unauthorized Feeding
Forest lands or Department-owned lands. It is unlawful to place or direct the Sportsmen (PALS)
(See exception for valid concealed hand- placement of, deposit, distribute, or PALS is a program that opens additional
gun permit holders on page 16.) scatter food or salt capable of lands for public use. Through this coopera-
“Loaded firearm” is defined as a attracting or being eaten by bear, tive private/public program the Depart-
firearm in which ammunition is chambered deer or turkey on National Forest ment has opened more than 19,000 acres of
or loaded in the magazine or clip, when lands and Department-owned private land in Dickenson County to public
such magazine or clip is found engaged or lands. This regulation does not pro- hunting, fishing and trapping. The property
partially engaged in a firearm. hibit the proper disposal of food in is owned by Heartwood Forestland Fund
The definition of a loaded muzzle- trash receptacles provided by the IV and managed by The Forestland Group,
loading firearm will include a firearm National Forest or by the Depart- LLC. The Department manages access for
which is capped, or has a charged pan, or ment. See page 17 for other feeding hunting, fishing and trapping. PALS per-
has a primer, or battery installed in the restrictions. mits are only sold through license agents
firearm. and the fee is $18.00. Hunters, anglers and

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trappers must buy the permit from a license Muzzleloading Season: October 30 Park specific websites or contact via Park
agent. Inquiries about this area should be through November 12. public information telephone lines.
directed to the Marion Regional Office at General Firearms: November 13 through (example: Blue Ridge Parkway
(276) 783- 4860. January 1. One deer per day. Closed www.nps.gov/blri or 1-828-298-0398).
The Department hopes to provide Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas,
additional PALS lands in the future across New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.
other parts of the Commonwealth.
Federal Refuges
All persons 12 years of age and older must Hunting is allowed on the following
present a hunter education certificate in National Wildlife Refuges in Virginia. For
Public Hunting Lands

State Forests order to purchase an A.P. Hill hunting per- more information, contact the appropriate
Hunting is allowed on Appomattox-Buck- mit. refuge manager at:
ingham State Forest, Prince Edward-Gal-
lion State Forest, Cumberland State Forest, Contact Fort A.P. Hill Game Check Station * Back Bay: (757) 721-2412
and Sandy Point State Forest (804-492- at (804) 633-8244 for details about the Chincoteague: (757) 336-6122
4121), and Channels State Forest (276- hunter education requirements, permits, * Great Dismal Swamp: (757) 986-3705
676-5488). A State Forest Use Permit is fees, antler restrictions, and seasons and Eastern Shore: (757) 331-2760
required and may be purchased from bag limits for all other game species. * James River: (804) 829-9020 or
license agents or online at (804) 333-1470
http://www.HuntFishVA.com/licenses. No
Fort Pickett Mason Neck/Occoquan:
Deer: (703) 490-4979
motorized vehicles permitted on gated
General Firearms: November 13 through * Plum Tree Island: (804) 829-9020
roads and trails (opened or closed).
January 1. Two per day, six per year. Either- or (804) 333-1470
Information on regulations governing
sex deer hunting on Wednesdays and * Presquile: (804) 829-9020 or
the use of state forests is available at:
November 20, November 27, and Decem- (804) 333-1470
http://www.dof.virginia.gov/stforest/
ber 20 through January 1. * Rappahannock River Valley:
regulations.shtml.
Quail: (804) 333-1470
Hunting permitted on Tuesdays, Thurs-
State Parks days, and Saturdays only.
* Quota hunts are offered through DGIF
Virginia State Parks offer a wide variety of Quota Hunt program; see pages 53–58.
hunting opportunities as well as countless Contact the Ft. Pickett Game Check Station
other outdoor activities for the entire fami- at (434) 292-2618 for further details about
ly. Hunting opportunities range from open seasons and special restrictions. U.S. Army Corps of
hunting in designated areas to managed
Quantico Marine Reservation
Engineers
deer hunts where individuals participate John H. Kerr Reservoir
through a reservation or lottery system. Deer:
General Firearms: November 13 through The John H. Kerr Reservoir is a federally
Specific sites that offer hunting may managed multipurpose project located on
change from year to year. Managed deer January 1. Closed Christmas Eve, Christ-
mas Day, and New Year’s Day. Open half the Virginia-North Carolina border. It con-
hunts are a tool in Virginia State Parks’ sists of a 50,000 acre reservoir and 55,000
overall deer management program. Partici- day on Thanksgiving Day.
acres of land surrounding the lake which
pating hunters are asked to support our Archery Season: October 2 through
offers 40,000 acres open to hunting. The
management efforts by following harvest November 13.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains
guidelines associated with each hunt. No Muzzleloading Season. 26 wildlife management areas located
Detailed hunting opportunities on pages Consult Quantico Game Check Station for around Kerr Reservoir. For more informa-
51–53 for specific information. daily and seasonal bag limits, other seasons tion contact:
For more information about hunting and further details, at (703) 784-5523.
in a Virginia State Park or to make reserva- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
tions, call 1-800-933-PARK, or on the Web Fort Belvoir 1930 Mays Chapel Road
at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/ Archery Only: qualification required. Boydton, VA 23917
hunting.shtml. Overnight accommodations (434) 738-6143
Deer: September 4, 2010 through March
are available at many sites during part of http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/jhkerr/
26, 2011.
the hunting season; contact the Reservation index.htm
Spring Turkey: April 9 through May 14,
Center or visit the website for additional John W. Flannagan Reservoir
2011.
information and to reserve cabins or camp- The John W. Flannagan Reservoir in west-
sites. Contact Outdoor Recreation staff at (703)
805-3688 for further details. ern Dickenson County provides 6,400-
acres of land open to public hunting. The
area offers deer, black bear, wild turkey,
Military Areas National Parks and small game hunting opportunities. For
Fort A.P. Hill Hunting is prohibited in all National Parks further information contact: (276) 835-
Archery Season: October 2 through in Virginia. For current information related 9544 or http://www.lrh.usace.army.mil/
November 12. to any permitted hunting activities view projects/lakes/jwf/.

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k Virginia State Parks and Natural Areas Hunting Opportunities: 2010–2011 Season

Reservation Period

Weapons Allowed
Reservation Hunts

Hunter Education
Lottery Deadline

Application Fee

Reservation Fee
Hunting Dates

Lottery Hunts

Hunters/Day

Hunting Fee
g

Number of

Required

Public Hunting Lands


r

Begins
e State Park or
Natural Area
Belle Isle 11/9–10 ✔ 9/24 12 M $15 ✔
Lancaster County
5 804-462-5030 12/14–15 ✔ 9/24 12 G $15 ✔

Caledon Natural Area 11/3–4 ✔ 9/10 20 M $15 ✔


King George County 11/10–11
540-663-3861

Chippokes Plantation
Surry County 12/18 ✔ 10/14 30 M $15 ✔
757-294-3728 S bs

Claytor Lake
Pulaski County 1/7–8 ✔ 10/15 20 M, Ss $15 ✔
540-643-2500
F Douthat 11/2–4 ✔ 9/3 45 M $15 ✔
Bath County 11/9–11
540-862-8100 11/16–17 ✔ 9/3 45 G $15 ✔

Grayson Highlands 11/13 ✔ 10/1 30 YG $5 $10 ✔


Grayson County 11/15–16 ✔ 10/1 30 G $5 $10 ✔
276-579-7092 12/11 ✔ 10/1 30 M $5 $10 ✔
y
James River 11/8–10 ✔ 9/17
n
Buckingham County 12/6–8 15 A, M $15 ✔
-
434-933-4355 12/13–15 ✔ 9/17 15 S $15 ✔
0
h Kiptopeke 11/5–6 ✔ 9/29 4 A, M $5 $10 ✔
e Northampton County 11/19–20 ✔ 9/29 4 S $5 $10 ✔
s 757-331-2267 12/3–4
d
- Lake Anna 11/17
Spotsylvania County 11/30–12/1 ✔ 9/30 20 M, S $15 ✔
540-854-5503

Leesylvania
Prince William County 1/12 ✔ 11/5 15 S* $5 $10 ✔
703-730-8205

Natural Tunnel 12/11 ✔ 10/29 10 YM $5 $10 ✔


Scott County
276-940-2674 12/13–14 ✔ 10/29 10 M $5 $10 ✔
-
Pocahontas 10/18–23 ✔ 9/16 10 A $15 ✔
e Chesterfield County 12/6–8 ✔ 9/16 25 M, S $15 ✔
804-796-4255 12/16–18
r
continued on page 52
Key: A=Archery M=Muzzleloading Firearms S=Shotgun bs=Buckshot only s=Slugs only G= General Firearms
YG=Youth General Firearms YM=Youth Muzzleloading Firearms *=special qualification required.
Call the State Parks Reservation Center at 1-800-933-PARK to participate. All hunts have special regulations.
Contact the individual park or the reservation center to obtain the hunt specific rules.

www.HuntFishVA.com 51
Virginia State Parks and Natural Areas Hunting Opportunities: 2010–2011 Season

Reservation Period
Reservation Hunts

Weapons Allowed

Hunter Education
Lottery Deadline

Application Fee

Reservation Fee
Hunting Dates

Lottery Hunts

Hunters/Day

Hunting Fee
Number of

Required
Begins
Public Hunting Lands

State Park or
Natural Area
Shenandoah River 11/15 ✔ 10/1 7 YG $15 ✔
Warren County
540-622-6840 11/22–23 ✔ 10/1 14 G $15 ✔

Smith Mountain Lake 11/1–2 ✔ 9/9 30 A, M $15 ✔


Bedford County 11/8–9
540-297-6066

Staunton River
Halifax County 11/3–4 ✔ 9/2 17 A, M $15 ✔
434-572-4623
York River 11/8–9 ✔ 9/23 42 A, M $15 ✔
James City County
757-566-3036 12/6–7 ✔ 9/23 37 S $15 ✔

Lottery Hunts general firearm hunt on Saturday, Novem- False Cape State Park Deer and
Hunting opportunities by lottery in 2010 ber 13 at Grayson Highlands State Park, Feral Hog Lottery Hunt
are offered at Grayson Highlands State and a muzzleloader hunt on Saturday, The False Cape State Park’s Deer and Feral
Park, Kiptopeke State Park, Leesylvania December 11 at Natural Tunnel State Park. Hog hunt is run in conjunction with the
State Park, and at Natural Tunnel State To participate, youth ages 12 to 17 should Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Legal
Park. A separate lottery application is follow the same process as for our other harvest is deer and feral hogs; using shot-
required for each hunt. A $5 non-refund- hunts. Note that youth ages 16 to 17 may guns. Hunt dates are October 2, October 4,
able application fee is required with each hunt alone, youth ages 12 to 15 must be and October 29 through 30, with a lottery
completed application and a $10 hunting accompanied by a non-hunting adult (with deadline of August 27. Application infor-
fee will be collected at the site. Proof of valid hunter safety certification). mation is available online at
hunter education certification and required http://www.vaquotahunts.com or by phone
licenses must be presented at check-in. Southern Heritage Deer Hunt at 1-877-VAHUNTS Monday-Friday
Chippokes Plantation State Park hosts a
9:30-4:30 EST. Additional information is
Reservation Hunts traditional hunting experience on Decem-
available at www.HuntFishVA.com. A sep-
Belle Isle State Park, Caledon Natural ber 4. This is an old-fashioned hunt featur-
arate lottery hunt for a Hogs only will be
Area, Chippokes Plantation State Park, ing three traditional meals, a blessing of the
held on December 11, 2010, January 8 and
Claytor Lake State Park, Douthat State hounds, rides to and from the hunt stands
22 and February 5 and 19, 2011. Applica-
Park, James River State Park, Lake Anna and a butchering service. Reservations
tions are due by October 1, 2010. There is
State Park, Pocahontas State Park, Shenan- may be made up to one year in advance.
an application and hunt fee.
doah River State Park, Smith Mountain Fee: $325/adult or youth 16 and older;
Lake State Park, Staunton River State Park, $200/child, ages 12 to 17, if stand is shared Mason Neck State Park
and York River State Park offer hunting with a paying adult; $50 per non-hunting This hunt is run in conjunction with the
opportunities by reservation. Hunters may companion. Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge
reserve a preferred day and at some sites, a Complex. Lottery information and applica-
preferred stand or zone. There is a reserva- Cooperative Hunts tions are available by contacting the
tion fee of $15 per day; there may be limits Wheelin’ Sportsmen Hunt Refuge office at (703) 490-4979 or online
to the number of reservations allowed per There are two special opportunities for at http://www.fws.gov/occoquanbay/pdf/
call. The fee is non-refundable. Proof of people with disabilities to hunt: a muzzle- Hunting%20Opportunities.pdf. Hunt dates
hunter education certification and required loader hunt on Monday, November 8 at will be determined. Selected hunters must
licenses must be presented at check-in. Shenandoah River State Park, and a shot- attend an orientation and show proof of
gun and muzzleloader hunt on Tuesday, weapons qualification in order to partici-
Special Youth Hunts November 16 at Lake Anna State Park. pate. There is an application and hunt fee.
Three special Youth hunts are planned: a Contact Gene Hayden (540) 241-3502 or Lottery deadline is September 24, 2010.
general firearm hunt on Monday, Novem- Mike Deane (434) 996-8508 or
ber 15 at Shenandoah River State Park, a www.vanwtf.com for more information. continued on page 53

52 2010-2011 Hunting and Trapping in Virginia


Claytor Lake State Park Youth 2010–2011 Quota Hunts
Deer Hunt and Workshop
This workshop and hunt for youth (ages 12 General Information and Hunters may receive additional hunt
to 17) is held in conjunction with the Vir- Application dates as a bonus if the hunt series applied
ginia Department of Game and Inland Quota hunts provide hunters unique oppor- for does not fill to capacity. To be eligible
Fisheries on December 10 and 11, 2010. tunities to access public lands that other- for this opportunity, select “I will accept
Workshop includes a Friday evening semi- wise may be closed to hunting. Hunters can any date” when applying for your hunt.

Public Hunting Lands


nar on deer biology/management, hunting participate in random drawings to hunt
safety/ethics and muzzleloader safety, and waterfowl, white-tailed deer, black bear, New for the 2010–2011 Quota
a Saturday either-sex guided hunt. Partici- quail, rabbits, turkeys, and feral hogs. To Hunt Season:
pants must be accompanied by a non-hunt- participate, hunters must apply pre-season • The Hog Island Wildlife Management
ing adult, and meet all hunter education and and submit a non-refundable application Area Waterfowl Hunt has changed
licensing requirements. For more informa- fee. Application fees are $7.50 for all hunts back to Saturday hunting during the
tion and to register contact Jimmy Mootz except the Radford Deer Hunt. The applica- last segments of the general duck sea-
(804) 367-0656, or tion fee for the Radford Deer Hunt is son. Morning hunts will conclude at
jimmy.mootz@dgif.virginia.gov. $10.00. 11:00 a.m. Hunters will be required to
Registration deadline is November 15, Hunters may apply by mail, telephone, arrive 30 minutes earlier than past
2010. or online at the Department’s website. For years. Stand-by drawings will be avail-
Quota Hunt information and descriptions able.
go to pages: 53 to 58 or go to www.Hunt-
FishVA.com and click on “Hunting,” then • The Princess Anne Wildlife Manage-
“Quota Hunts.” ment Area Waterfowl Hunts will occur
The Department of Game and Inland on Saturdays during the last segments
Fisheries reserves the right to manage of the general duck season. Boats,
hunter access and hunter use on Depart- blinds and decoys will no longer be
ment-owned and controlled lands as provided. Hunters will now check in at
deemed appropriate. the management area headquarters. A
l stand-by drawing will be conducted to
e fill vacancies.
l
When Applying By:
-
©Dwight Dyke Mail: Fill out the application on pages: • The New Kent Forestry Center Dove
, 60 or 61–62, or download and print the hunt has changed from selecting 45
y application from the DGIF website. Mail hunters to selecting 30 hunters.
- application to: Virginia Quota Hunts, c/o • The Great Dismal Swamp NWR Bear
t CyberData, Inc., P.O. Box 9009, Hicksville, Hunt fee has been reduced to $25.
e New York 11802. Remit check(s) payable Unfilled permits will be backfilled
y to: CyberData, Inc. with a second lottery.
s Telephone: Call 1-877-VAHUNTS
- (1-877-824-8687) between the hours of Early Application Deadlines:
e 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday.
d Have your credit card number and hunt
• Radford Army Ammunition Plant Deer
- Hunts, Series #211—Applications
©Dwight Dyke selections available at the time of your call.
s must be received on or before Friday,
In addition, have pencil and paper ready to
You are sharing write down and save your confirmation
August 13, 2010.

public lands number for future reference. • New Kent Forestry Center Dove
e Online: at www.HuntFishVA.com, Hunts, Series #601—Applications due
e with others select “Hunting,” then “Quota Hunts.” July 30, 2010 and only by telephone or
Note: AOL (America Online) subscribers, online!
-
e
who may not must apply by telephone or by mail, credit
e be hunting or well card payments cannot be processed from New Quota Hunts:
AOL accounts. Online applicants should • # 212 Lone Star Lakes—Deer Shotgun
s aware of hunting keep their confirmation number for future / Muzzleloader
t
f
regulations. reference.
Hunters who apply will receive a con- • # 216 Lone Star Lakes—Late Archery
- firmation number for each hunt applied for. or Late Muzzleloading (Hunter choice)
. Don't Make a Mistake. Applicants will also receive notification by - Deer
Be Sure of Your Target mail or by email on selection status (select- • #605 Fulfillment Farms—Quail and
ed or not selected) for each hunt applied for. Rabbit
and Beyond.
continued on page 54

www.HuntFishVA.com 53
Waterfowl #105 Lake Orange Waterfowl Hunts
Hunt waterfowl on Lake Orange, Orange
#101 Hog Island Wildlife Management County. Hunt days are Wednesdays and
Area (WMA) Saturdays during the last two segments of
Hunt waterfowl at Hog Island WMA in the waterfowl season. Each successful
Surry County. Hunt includes morning hunt applicant will be allowed two guests. One
until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday during the hunter will be randomly selected for each
last segments of the general duck season. hunt date. Hunting will only be allowed on
Public Hunting Lands

Hunter check-in starts promptly at 4:30 a designated section(s) of Lake Orange.


a.m. Hunting parties are provided a blind, Only floating blinds, anchored within 50
boat and decoys for the hunt. Nine (9) feet of shore, or portable blinds along the
hunters are randomly selected for each day designated shoreline will be allowed.
of hunting, and selected hunters are Hunt dates: TBA
allowed two guests. Limited access to the Application due: October 1, 2010
area requires hunters be transported by
Department personnel to their blind loca- #106 Dick Cross WMA Waterfowl
tion. Dogs are allowed and recommended. Hunts
Hunt dates: TBA Hunt waterfowl on designated impound-
Application due: October 1, 2010 ments at Dick Cross WMA in Mecklenburg
County. Hunt days are every Wednesday
#102 Princess Anne WMA Waterfowl during the last two segments of the water-
Hunts fowl season. Two hunters will be randomly
Hunt waterfowl on managed impound- selected for each hunt date. Hunts begin 1/2
ments at Princess Anne WMA in Virginia hour before sunrise and end at 3:00 p.m.
Beach. Hunt includes half day hunting each each Wednesday. Selected hunters may
Saturday during the last segments of the bring two guests. Hunters must provide
general duck season. Hunter check-in starts decoys. Dogs are allowed. There are no
at 5:00 a.m. Four hunters will be randomly boat landings or direct vehicular access
selected for each day of hunting and select- provided. Small boats or canoes may be Hunt days: Three days weekly. Mondays,
ed hunters are allowed three guests. Dogs used but must be transported on foot. Wednesdays, and Saturdays (except for
are allowed and recommended. Note: Hunt dates: TBA holiday weeks when the hunts are sched-
Blinds, boats and decoys are no longer Application due: October 1, 2010 uled to coincide with state holidays) or
available for this hunt. Hunters are to pro- opening day.
vide their own decoys. #107 Princess Anne WMA Floating Hunt dates: TBA
Hunt dates: TBA Blind Stake Waterfowl Hunts Application due: October 1, 2010
Application due: October 1, 2010 Hunt waterfowl for half days on the waters
of Back Bay and North Landing River in #108 Plum Tree National Wildlife
#103 Dutch Gap Conservation Area the City of Virginia Beach. There are 58 Refuge Waterfowl Hunts
Waterfowl Hunts floating blind stakes available for hunting. Hunt waterfowl for full days on the Cow
Hunt waterfowl on the Dutch Gap Conser- Drawing order will be randomly selected Island Unit of Plum Tree Island National
vation Area in Chesterfield County. Hunt for each hunt day prior to the hunting sea- Wildlife Refuge in the City of Poquoson.
days are during the last two segments of the son. Each hunt day, hunters present will Hunting is available from 6 licensed blind
waterfowl season. Each successful appli- select their blind in the order assigned by locations. Hunters select preferred dates for
cant will be allowed two guests. Three the preseason drawing. Drawings start two-day hunt packages during the last two
hunters will be randomly selected for each promptly at 5:00 a.m. Hunters who are late segments of the regular duck season. Each
set of hunt dates. Hunting is from floating or without a draw number can participate in hunter selected is allowed 2 guests. Hunters
blinds at designated blind stakes only. a standby drawing starting after the quota must provide their own boat access to the
Hunt dates: TBA drawing. Limited water access to the area refuge, decoys, and hunting gear. Dogs are
Application due: October 1, 2010 requires that all hunting parties have a boat/ permitted and encouraged. The nearest
float blind and float blind license. All boat launch access to the hunting area is
#104 Tundra Swan Permit hunters are required to stop hunting at 1:00 from the Rens Road Public Boat Ramp in
Tundra Swan hunting is by permit only. p.m. and have all decoys retrieved and be Poquoson.
Each permit holder will be authorized to away from the blind stakes by 2:00 p.m. It Hunt Days: Opening Days, Wednesdays,
take one tundra swan. The hunt area is lim- is recommended that each hunting party Saturdays, and Holidays
ited to east of U.S. Route I-95 and south of visit the hunting area prior to the season to Hunt dates: TBA
Chopawamsic Creek on the Prince William locate boat access, blind stakes, and scout Application due: October 1, 2010
/ Stafford County line. the area in general. You must be familiar More information: (804) 829-9020 or
Tundra Swan season: December 1, 2010 with the area to locate the blind stakes http://www.fws.gov/northeast/plumtree
–January 31, 2011 (No Sunday hunting) before shooting time! island/hunting.html
Application due: October 1, 2010

54 2010-2011 Hunting and Trapping in Virginia


Deer Mockhorn Island WMA on the Eastern day, beginning Tuesday, September 28,
Shore. This tract is accessible by vehicle. A 2010.
#201 Hog Island WMA Archery Deer total of two hunters are selected for each set Hunt dates archery:
Hunts of hunt dates. Each successful applicant Season I: October 2–15 (except Sun-
Archery hunting for white-tailed deer on will be allowed one guest. days)
the Hog Island WMA in Surry County dur- Hunt dates muzzleloader: October 30 Season II: October 16–29 (except Sun-
ing the dates listed below. A total of seven and November 1–3 (no Sunday hunting), days)
hunters are selected for each set of hunt Nov. 4–6, Nov. 8–10, Nov. 11–12, 2010 Application due:August 27, 2010

Public Hunting Lands


days. Each successful applicant will be (two days only). More information: (804) 333-1470 or
allowed one guest. Hunters must be present Application due:August 27, 2010 http://www.fws.gov/northeast/
for a 5:00 a.m. pre-hunt briefing on first rappahannock/hunting.html
hunt day of assigned period. Stand-by #205 Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
drawings will be held at the conclusion of and False Cape State Park Deer and #207 Rappahannock River Valley
the briefing for replacing “no-show” slots. Hog Hunt National Wildlife Refuge
Hunt dates archery: October 2 & 4–6 (no Shotgun hunting for white-tailed deer and Muzzleloader hunting for white-tailed deer
Sunday hunting), 7–9, 11–13, 14–16, 2010 feral hogs on Back Bay National Wildlife on the Rappahannock River Valley Nation-
Application due:August 27, 2010 Refuge and False Cape State Park in the al Wildlife Refuge in Essex, King George
City of Virginia Beach. A total of 118 and Richmond counties. Hunt tracts
#202 Hog Island WMA Deer Shotgun hunters are selected per hunt day. A stand- include: Hutchinson (Essex County);
and Muzzleloader Hunts by drawing will be available for “no Toby’s Point (King George County); Lau-
Shotgun or muzzleloader hunting for shows” on each day of the hunt. A hunter rel Grove, Tayloe, Wilna, Wright (Rich-
white-tailed deer on the Hog Island WMA education certification (card) is required. mond County). Applicants may apply for
in Surry County. A total of seven hunters Please note: for successful applicants there multiple hunt dates. Each successful appli-
are selected for each set of hunt days. Each will be a hunt permit fee per person of: cant will be allowed one guest. Please
successful applicant will be allowed one $10.00/day to the Back Bay NWR/False note: For successful applicants there will
guest. Hunters must be present for a 5:00 Cape State Park payable on the day of the be an additional hunt fee of $10/day per
a.m. pre-hunt briefing on first hunt day of hunt. For complete lottery/standby infor- hunter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serv-
assigned period. Stand-by drawings will be mation and zone maps go to the following ice. Successful applicants will be notified
, held at the conclusion of the briefing for websites before registering for this hunt: by U.S. mail on where to mail hunt fee.
r replacing “no-show” slots. http://www.fws.gov/backbay/hunting.htm Applications for unfilled hunt slots will be
- Hunt dates muzzleloader: October or accepted (on a walk-in basis only) from
18–20, 21–23, 25–27, 28–30, 2010 http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/ 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. every Tuesday–Thurs-
Application due:August 27, 2010 hunting.shtml day, beginning Tuesday, October 19, 2010.
Hunt dates: October 2 & 4 and 29 & 30, Hunt dates muzzleloader: October 30;
#203 The Nature Conservancy, North 2010. November 5, 6; 2010
Landing River Application due:August 27, 2010 Application due:August 27, 2010
Hunt deer on a 2300 acre tract on the North More information: (804) 333-1470 or
Landing River in Virginia Beach. Please #206 Rappahannock River Valley http://www.fws.gov/northeast/
w note: this tract is accessible only by boat National Wildlife Refuge rappahannock/hunting.html
l and is composed of very dense difficult Archery hunting for white-tailed deer on
. wetland habitat. Hunters must provide their the Rappahannock River Valley National #208 Rappahannock River Valley
d own boat for access. Fifty hunters will be Wildlife Refuge in Caroline, Essex, King National Wildlife Refuge
r selected to hunt this property for the 2010- George, Richmond and Westmoreland Firearms (shotgun/muzzleloader) hunting
o 2011 deer seasons (general firearms, late counties. Hunt tracts include: Hutchinson, for white-tailed deer on the Rappahannock
h archery and late muzzleloader). Each suc- Thomas (Essex County); Mothershead River Valley National Wildlife Refuge in
s cessful hunter will be allowed one guest. (Westmoreland County); Toby’s Point Essex, King George, and Richmond coun-
e Successful applicants must return a signed (King George County); Tayloe, Laurel ties. Hunt tracts include: Hutchinson
e waiver prior to the season. Failure to sub- Grove, Wright, Franklin (Richmond Coun- (Essex County); Toby’s Point (King
t mit a waiver will result in revocation of ty); Port Royal (Caroline County). Appli- George County); Laurel Grove, Tayloe,
s hunting privileges. cants may apply for both seasons. Each Wilna, Wright (Richmond County). Appli-
n Hunt dates: October 1, 2010–January 1, successful applicant will be allowed one cants may apply for multiple hunt dates.
2011 (No Sunday hunting) guest. Please note: For successful appli- Each successful hunter will be allowed one
, Application due: August 27, 2010 cants there will be an additional hunt fee of guest. Please note: For successful appli-
$25/season to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife cants there will be an additional hunt fee of
#204 Mockhorn Island WMA Deer Service. Successful applicants will be noti- $10/day per hunter to the U.S. Fish and
Hunts fied by U.S. mail on where to mail hunt fee. Wildlife Service. Successful applicants
Muzzleloader hunting for white-tailed deer Applications for unfilled hunt slots will be will be notified by U.S. mail on where to
on the GATR Tract of Mockhorn Island accepted (on a walk-in basis only) from mail hunt fee. Applications for unfilled
WMA in Northampton County. The 365- 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. every Tuesday–Thurs- hunt slots will be accepted (on a walk-in
acre GATR Tract is the mainland portion of continued on page 56

www.HuntFishVA.com 55
basis only) from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. every page 60 of the hunting digest. Hunters who dates. Each successful applicant will be
Tuesday–Thursday, beginning Tuesday, are drawn must submit a background check allowed one guest. Hunters must be present
October 19, 2010. as required by the Department of Defense. for a 5:00 a.m. pre-hunt briefing on the first
Hunt dates firearms: November 13, 19, Information regarding background checks hunt day of assigned period. Please note:
20, 25, 26, 27, 2010 will be supplied to successful applicants. A for successful applicants and their guests
Application due:August 27, 2010 list of “Frequently Asked Questions” about there will be an additional hunt fee of:
More information: (804) 333-1470 or the Radford Hunt is posted at www.Hunt $25.00 for each hunter (permit holder $25
http://www.fws.gov/northeast/ FishVA.com; go to Hunting, Quota Hunts. and guest $25) payable to the City of Suf-
Public Hunting Lands

rappahannock/hunting.html Hunt dates archery: October 16, 23, 2010 folk on the first day of the hunt segment.
Hunt dates shotgun: November 13, 17, Please make all checks payable to Ronald
#209 Presquile National Wildlife Refuge 20, 27 and December 1 & 4, 2010 H. Williams, Treasurer. Stand-by drawings
Firearms hunting for white-tailed deer on Application due: On or before August 13, for no-show slots will be held at the conclu-
the Presquile National Wildlife Refuge in 2010. sion of the briefing on a walk-in basis only.
Chesterfield County. Presquile is an island Hunt dates archery: November 5–6, 2010
in the James River near Hopewell, Virginia. NEW #212 Lone Star Lakes Park Application due:August 27, 2010
Hunters must provide their own boat Firearms (shotgun/muzzleloader) hunting
access to the island and hunting gear. Boat for white-tailed deer within Suffolk’s Lone #215 Lone Star Lakes Park
launch access to the refuge is from Deep Star Lakes Park. A total of 8 hunters are Firearms hunting for white-tailed deer
Bottom public boat ramp (Henrico County) selected for each set of hunt dates. Each within Suffolk’s Lone Star Lakes Park. A
or Hopewell Marina (launch fee collected successful applicant will be allowed one total of 8 hunters are selected for each set of
on site), City of Hopewell. Please note: For guest. Hunters must be present for a 5:00 hunt dates. Each successful applicant will
successful applicants there will be an addi- a.m. pre-hunt briefing on the first hunt day be allowed one guest. Hunters must be
tional hunt fee of $10/day per hunter to the of assigned period. Please note: for suc- present for a 5:00 a.m. pre-hunt briefing on
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Successful cessful applicants and their guests there the first hunt day of assigned period. Please
applicants will be notified by U.S. mail on will be an additional hunt fee of: $25.00 for note: for successful applicants and their
where to mail hunt fee. each hunter (permit holder $25 and guest guests there will be an additional hunt fee
Hunt dates firearms: November 15, 20, $25) payable to the City of Suffolk on the of: $25.00 for each hunter (permit holder
29, 2010 first day of the hunt segment. Please make $25 and guest $25) payable to the City of
Application due:August 27, 2010 all checks payable to Ronald H. Williams, Suffolk on the first day of the hunt segment.
More information: (804) 829-9020 or Treasurer. Stand-by drawings for no-show Please make all checks payable to Ronald
http://www.fws.gov/northeast/presquile/ slots will be held at the conclusion of the H. Williams, Treasurer. Stand-by drawings
hunting.html briefing on a walk-in basis only. for no-show slots will be held at the conclu-
Hunt dates firearm: October 1–2, 2010 sion of the briefing on a walk-in basis only.
#210 James River National Wildlife (shotgun or muzzleloader) Hunt dates firearm: November 12–13,
Refuge Application due:August 27, 2010 2010 (shotgun or muzzleloader)
Archery hunting for white-tailed deer on Application due:August 27, 2010
the James River National Wildlife Refuge #213 Lone Star Lakes Park
in Prince George County. Each successful Archery hunting for white-tailed deer with- NEW #216 Lone Star Lakes Park
hunter will be allowed one guest. Please in Suffolk’s Lone Star Lakes Park . A total Late Archery or Late Muzzleloading
note: For successful applicants there will of 8 hunters are selected for each set of hunt (hunters choice) for white-tailed deer with-
be an additional hunt fee of $50/season per dates. Each successful applicant will be in Suffolk’s Lone Star Lakes Park. A total
hunter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serv- allowed one guest. Hunters must be present of 8 hunters are selected for each set of hunt
ice. Successful applicants will be notified for a 5:00 a.m. pre-hunt briefing on the first dates. Each successful applicant will be
by U.S. mail on where to mail hunt fee. hunt day of assigned period. Please note: allowed one guest. Hunters must be present
Hunt dates archery: October 2–23, 2010 for successful applicants and their guests for a 5:00 a.m. pre-hunt briefing on the first
(except Sundays) there will be an additional hunt fee of: hunt day of assigned period. Please note:
Application due:August 27, 2010 $25.00 for each hunter (permit holder $25 for successful applicants and their guests
More information: (804) 829-9020 or and guest $25) payable to the City of Suf- there will be an additional hunt fee of:
http://www.fws.gov/northeast/james folk on the first day of the hunt segment. $25.00 for each hunter (permit holder $25
river/hunting.html Please make all checks payable to Ronald and guest $25) payable to the City of Suf-
H. Williams, Treasurer. Stand-by drawings folk on the first day of the hunt segment.
#211 Radford Army Ammunition Plant for no-show slots will be held at the conclu- Please make all checks payable to Ronald
Deer Hunts sion of the briefing on a walk-in basis only. H. Williams, Treasurer. Stand-by drawings
Hunt quality white-tailed deer at the Rad- Hunt dates archery: October 22–23, 2010 for no-show slots will be held at the conclu-
ford Army Ammunition Plant (RAAP) in Application due:August 27, 2010 sion of the briefing on a walk-in basis only.
Pulaski County. Bow hunting and shotgun Hunt dates firearm: December 17–18,
hunting are allowed. Hunters and the day #214 Lone Star Lakes Park 2010 (archery or muzzleloader)
they will hunt are selected by computer Archery hunting for white-tailed deer with- Application due:August 27, 2010
drawing. Applications are limited to one in Suffolk’s Lone Star Lakes Park. A total
hunter per year. The application is found on of 8 hunters are selected for each set of hunt

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Multi-Species WMA Hunts 8, 11, 17, 19, 22, 29, 2011. applicants must be licensed adults 18 years
t Application due:August 27, 2010 old or older. The successful applicant may
t #301 Cavalier and Dismal Swamp Tract chaperone one youth 15 years of age or
: (formerly Dismal Swamp WMA) 2011 Spring Turkey Hunts younger on April 2. Hunter quota restric-
s WMA Hunts tions are not in effect from May 2nd–May
Hunt white-tailed deer, and any other legal #401 Featherfin WMA
14th.
game species in season during the General Hunt spring gobblers on the Featherfin
5 Hunt dates: April 2, 2011 (Youth Day),
Deer Firearm season in the City of Chesa- WMA in Appomattox, Buckingham, and
- April 9–13 (no Sunday hunting), April 14–

Public Hunting Lands


peake. A total of 50 hunters are selected for Prince Edward Counties. A total of 6
. 16, April 18–20, April 21–23, April 25–27,
each set of hunt dates. Each successful hunters are selected to hunt during each set
d April 28–30, 2011.
applicant will be allowed one guest. No of hunt days. Successful applicants will be
s Application due: October 1, 2010
center fire rifles permitted. Please note: entitled to bring 1 guest. April 2, 2011 is a
-
The Dismal Swamp Tract of the Cavalier youth turkey hunting day. Adults are not
#404 Merrimac Farm WMA
Wildlife Management Area is a separate permitted to carry firearms on this day. To
0 Hunt spring gobblers on the Merrimac
parcel of land and not to be confused with apply for the YOUTH HUNTING DAY
Farm WMA in Prince William County.
the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife applicants must be licensed adults 18 years
One hunter will be selected for each hunt
Refuge. old or older. The successful applicant may
segment listed below. The successful appli-
Hunt dates firearm: October 1–2, 4–6, chaperone one youth 15 years of age or
cant drawn for Segment 1 will be allowed
7–9, 11–13, 14–16, 18–20, 21–23, 25–27, younger on April 2nd. Hunter quota restric-
A to chaperone a youth as a guest on that day.
28–30 November 1–3, 4–6, 8–10, 11–13, tions are not in effect from May 2nd–May
f Each applicant may harvest no more than
15–17, 18–20, 22–24, 25–27, 29–30, 2010 14th.
l one turkey per hunt segment. Any turkey
(no Sunday hunting). Hunt dates: April 2, 2011 (Youth Day),
e harvested by the youth hunter on the Youth
Application due:August 27, 2010 April 9–13 (no Sunday hunting), April
n Hunting day will not count towards the
14–16, April 18–20, April 21–23, April
e applicant’s bag limit.
#302 Featherfin WMA 25–27, April 28–30, 2011.
Hunt dates: Fridays, Saturdays, and Mon-
Hunt any game species in season on the Application due: October 1, 2010
e days only.
r Featherfin WMA in Appomattox, Buck- Segment 1: April 2 (Youth Day) and
ingham, and Prince Edward Counties. A #402 Amelia WMA
f April 9–25.
total of 14 hunters are selected for each set Hunt spring gobblers on the Amelia WMA
. Segment 2: April 29–May 14, 2011.
of hunt days. Each successful applicant will in Amelia County. A total of 3 hunters are
d Application due: October 1, 2010
be allowed one guest. Applicants who do selected to hunt during each set of hunt
s
not receive their preferred hunt dates will days. Successful applicants will be entitled
- Bear
be assigned random hunt dates. Hunter to bring 1 guest. April 2, 2011 is a youth
quota restrictions do not apply on open turkey hunting day. Adults are not permit- #501 Great Dismal Swamp National
hunting season dates other than those listed ted to carry firearms on this day. To apply Wildlife Refuge
below. A special 4-pt. antler rule is posted for the YOUTH HUNTING DAY appli- Shotgun hunting (slugs only) for black
and applies during all open deer seasons. cants must be licensed adults 18 years old bears on Great Dismal Swamp National
Hunt dates: Oct. 30–Nov. 3 (no Sunday or older. The successful applicant may Wildlife Refuge, in designated areas of the
Hunting), Nov. 4–6, Nov. 8–10, Nov. chaperone one youth 15 years of age or Virginia portion of the refuge for the dates
11–13, Nov. 15–17, Nov. 18–20, Nov. younger on April 2. Hunter quota restric- listed below. A total of 50 hunters will be
-
22–24, Nov. 25–27, Nov. 29–Dec. 1, Dec. tions are not in effect from May 2nd–May selected to hunt. Each hunter will be
l
2–4, Dec. 6–8, Dec. 9–11, Dec. 13–15, 15th. allowed to bring one guest. A maximum
t
Dec. 16–18, Dec. 20–22, Dec. 23–25, Dec. Hunt dates: April 2, 2011 (Youth Day), harvest limit of 20 bears is imposed on this
27–29, Dec. 30–Jan. 1, 2011. April 9–13 (no Sunday hunting), April 14– hunt, and therefore the number of hunt days
t
Application due:August 27, 2010 16, April 18–20, April 21–23, April 25–27, could be reduced as this quota is
t
April 28–30, 2011. approached. Hunting conditions could be
:
#303 Merrimac Farm WMA Application due: October 1, 2010 considered “rigorous.” First time hunters
s
Hunt any game species in season (except are encouraged to visit the Refuge and
quail) on the Merrimac Farm WMA in #403 Mockhorn Island WMA Spring attend scouting day to familiarize them-
5
Prince William County. Hunt days are Turkey Hunts selves with hunting conditions. Please
-
Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Hunt spring gobblers on the GATR Tract of note: for successful applicants and their
.
State Holidays. One hunter will be selected Mockhorn Island WMA, Northampton guests there will be an additional hunt fee
d
for each hunt day. Each successful appli- County. The GATR Tract is the mainland of: $25 for each hunter (permit holder $25
s
cant will be allowed up to two guests. Deer part of Mockhorn Island WMA on the East- and guest $25). Successful applicants will
-
must be hunted from elevated stands. Dogs ern Shore. One hunter is selected for each be notified on where to mail the hunt fee.
may be used to find and retrieve game, hunt segment. Each successful applicant Unfilled permits will be backfilled with a
except for deer. will be allowed two guests. April 2, 2011 is second lottery. For more information about
Hunt dates: Oct. 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 18, 20, 23, a youth turkey hunting day. Adults are not the bear hunt program, please visit the fol-
30, Nov. 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 22, 24, 25, 27, permitted to carry firearms on this day. To lowing website: http://www.fws.gov/
Dec. 6, 8, 11, 20, 22, 25, 2010, Jan. 1, 3, 5, apply for the YOUTH HUNTING DAY northeast/greatdismalswamp/bear_
hunt.html

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Scouting date: November 18, 2010 (also a hogs on False Cape State Park in the City of ment-owned and controlled lands as
deer hunt permit can be purchased for Virginia Beach. A total of 44 hunters are deemed appropriate.
access to hunt areas: see page 59 under selected per hunt day. Please note: for suc-
Manged Hunts) cessful applicants there will be an addition- Waterfowl
Hunt dates: November 19–20, 2010 (per- al hunt fee of $10/day to False Cape State
Hog Island WMA September Waterfowl
mitees hunt both days) Park payable on the day of the hunt. A
Hunts
Application due:August 27, 2010 hunter certification (card) is required. For
Hunt resident Canada geese and teal (when
complete hunt information and zone maps
in season) on the first, third and fourth
Public Hunting Lands

Small Game go to the following website before register-


Wednesday’s in September for half day on
ing for this hunt: http://www.dcr.virginia.
Dove Hog Island WMA in Surry County. A total
gov/state_parks/hunting.shtml
of 30 hunters are selected each morning of
#601 New Kent Forestry Center Dove Hunt dates: December 11, 2010 January 8
the hunt. There are no blinds or decoys pro-
Hunts and 22 and February 5 and 19, 2011
vided for these hunts. Dogs are allowed and
Hunt doves on designated fields at the Application due: October 1, 2010
recommended.
Department of Forestry Center in Provi-
Hunt days: Wednesdays
dence Forge. Hunt dates are opening day,
NEW Quail and Rabbit Hunt dates: TBA
Labor Day, and the second Saturday of the
Drawing begins promptly at 5:00 a.m.
dove season. 30 hunters will be randomly #605 Fulfillment Farms Quail and
selected for each hunt date. Hunts start at Rabbit Hunts (Albemarle County) Hog Island–Youth Waterfowl Day
12:00 p.m. Selected hunters may bring one Hunt quail and/or rabbits at the Wildlife This is an opportunity for 30 youth to hunt
guest. Dogs are allowed. Foundation of Virginia’s Fulfillment Farms waterfowl on the Hog Island WMA in
Hunt dates: September 4, 6, 11, 2010 in southern Albemarle County. One hunter Surry County. The Department in coopera-
Application due: July 30, 2010 will be randomly selected for each of the tion with The Wildlife Foundation of Vir-
two hunt segments. Successful applicants ginia will host a youth waterfowl hunting
Rabbit may bring 2 hunting guests. Selected day in October (to be announced Sept. 1,
#602 New Kent Forestry Center Rabbit hunters will be allowed to hunt only one 2010 see Agency website). The hunt is
Hunts day within the hunt segment (either restricted to youths (15 years of age and
Hunt rabbits at the Department of Forestry Wednesday or Thursday or Friday). A pre- under) and each youth must be accompa-
Center in Providence Forge. One hunter hunt safety briefing will be required and nied by a licensed adult (only the youth
will be randomly selected for each of the coordinated through the Wildlife Founda- may carry a firearm). All youth hunters are
two three day hunt periods. Selected tion of Virginia. An aerial photo of the area, to be registered for this event. To register,
hunters will be entitled to hunt on the directions, and permit will be provided to contact the Hog Island WMA after Septem-
forestry center for a three day period. successful applicants. Quail and rabbit ber 1, 2010 at: (757) 357-5224. There are
Selected hunters may bring 5 hunting hunting dogs will be allowed. no blinds or decoys provided for these
guests each time he hunts. Dogs are Hunt dates: hunts. Dogs are allowed and recommend-
allowed. Hunt Segment 1: December 8–10, 2010 ed.
Hunt dates: February 3–5, February (one day only) Hunt date: TBA
10–12, 2011 Hunt Segment 2: January 5–7, 2011 (one Hunters to arrive by 4:45 a.m.
Application due:August 27, 2010 day only).
Application due:August 27, 2010 Princess Anne WMA Float Blind
Quail September Canada Goose/Teal Hunts
and October Waterfowl
#603 New Kent Forestry Quail Hunts
Hunt quail at the Department of Forestry
2010-2011 Managed Hunt September Canada geese/teal and
Hunts and Workshops waterfowl (during the October waterfowl
Center in Providence Forge. One hunter
season) on the Princess Anne WMA in Vir-
will be randomly selected for the three day Managed Hunts are generally by on-site ginia Beach. The area’s 58 float blind
hunt period. Selected hunters will be enti- random drawings or by application through stakes are available to float blind hunters on
tled to hunt on the forestry center for a three the local Resource Office. Hunting oppor- a first come, first served basis. Hunters are
day period. Selected hunters may bring 2 tunities are provided on various Depart- not allowed to tie float blinds to stakes
hunting guests each time he hunts. Dogs ment Wildlife Management Areas and before 5:00 a.m. Half-day (until 1:00 p.m.)
are allowed. National Wildlife Refuges. For informa- hunting allowed on Opening Day, Mon-
Hunt dates: January 13-15, 2011 tion on Managed Hunts, go to the Agency days, Wednesdays, Saturdays and State
Applications due:August 27, 2010 website at: www.HuntFishVA.com, select Holidays. It is recommended that each
Managed Hunts. hunting party visit the hunting area prior to
Hog The Department of Game and Inland the season to locate boat access, blind
#604 False Cape State Park Hog Hunts Fisheries reserves the right to manage stakes, and scout the area in general. You
Shotgun/Muzzleloader hunting for feral hunter access and hunter use on Depart- must be familiar with the area to locate the

58 2010-2011 Hunting and Trapping in Virginia


blind stakes before shooting time. Dogs are The Department will host a youth
allowed and recommended. waterfowl hunting day in October (to be
Hunt days: Opening Day, Mondays, announced September 1, 2010, see Agency
Wednesdays, Saturdays and State Holi- website). Only youths may hunt and carry a
days. firearm. Youth hunters must be accompa-
l
Hunt dates: nied by a licensed adult. Depending upon
September Geese: TBA impoundment conditions and number of
n
September Teal: TBA participants there may be an option to use

Public Hunting Lands


h
October Waterfowl: TBA (No Sunday blinds on Beasley and Whitehurst tracts.
n
Hunting) This will be coordinated at the Trojan club
l
Hunters may not tie up to blind stakes until house at 5:00 a.m. on the hunt day.
f
5:00 a.m. Hunt day: TBA
- ©Dwight Dyke
Hunters to arrive promptly at 5:00 a.m.
d Princess Anne WMA Stationary Blind
September Canada Goose/Teal Hunts and attend scouting day to familiarize
and October Waterfowl
Deer themselves with hunting conditions. There
This is an opportunity to hunt September Deer Hunts–Disabled Hunters is a fee of $15.00. To apply send your name,
Canada geese/teal and waterfowl during C.F. Phelps WMA Deer Hunt for the address, and phone number to Great Dis-
the October waterfowl season on the Disabled mal Swamp NWR Attn: Deer Hunt, 3100
Princess Anne WMA in Virginia Beach. This is an opportunity for persons with per- Desert Road, Suffolk, VA 23434 with your
t The area’s impoundment system will be manent disabilities to hunt white-tailed payment of $15.00. For information about
n first come, first served. The area offers half- deer on the Hogue Tract of the C.F. Phelps the deer hunt program, visit the following
- day (until 1:00 P.M.) hunting on Opening WMA in Fauquier County. Two disabled website: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/
- Day, Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, hunters per day are chosen to hunt during greatdismalswamp/deer_hunt.html.
g and State Holidays. Hunters are required to the archery, muzzleloader, and general Hunt dates: October 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, and,
, park in the designated parking areas off firearms deer seasons. Each successful November 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20
s Munden Road. applicant may be accompanied by one Scouting Day: September 25, 2010
d Hunt days: Opening Day, Mondays, companion, who may hunt if properly Application due: To scout and hunt all
- Wednesdays, Saturdays and State Holi- licensed. To apply for this special hunt you dates, applications must be submitted by
h days. must include the name, date of birth, September 15, 2010. To hunt the Novem-
e Hunt dates: address, and telephone number(s) (busi- ber dates, applications must be submitted
, September Geese: TBA ness, cell and home), hunting license num- by October 15, 2010.
- September Teal: TBA ber, vehicle description, and vehicle license
e October Waterfowl: TBA (No Sunday number of the disabled hunter and compan- Hunting Workshops – Deer
e Hunting) ion hunter, and preferred hunting dates. The Virginia Department of Game and
- Hunters may not occupy area before 5:00 Mail the information required to: Virginia Inland Fisheries will host a Novice Youth
a.m. Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Deer Hunt on the Occoquan Bay National
ATTN: Hogue Tract Hunt, 1320 Belman Wildlife Refuge in Prince William County.
Princess Anne WMA Late Snow Goose Road, Fredericksburg, VA. 22401. This is an opportunity for beginning
Hunts Application due: by the close of business hunters to learn more about deer and deer
This is an opportunity for float blind on September 17, 2010. hunting and participate in an afternoon
hunters to hunt snow geese at the Princess Hunt days: Mondays, Wednesdays, hunt. For registration information and
Anne WMA after the general duck season. Saturdays, and State Holidays. workshop details, contact the Fredericks-
d The Princess Anne blind stakes and Hunt dates archery: October 2–27, 2010 burg Regional Office at (540) 899- 4169.
l impoundments at Back Bay are available Hunt dates muzzleloader: October Workshop date: Saturday, December 11,
- for snow goose hunting after the general 30–November 11, 2010 2010
d duck season. These hunts will be permitted Hunt dates general firearms: November
n after the general duck season and will be on 13–27, 2010
e a first come, first served basis. Daily hunt- Lifetime Licenses
ing times will be 1/2 hour before sunrise to Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Open the door to a lifetime of
) sunset. Refuge Deer Hunt enjoyment in the great outdoors of
- Hunt dates: TBA Public deer hunting by shotgun and bow on Virginia with a lifetime hunting license!
designated areas of Great Dismal Swamp It’s an investment that keeps on giving..
h Princess Anne WMA – Youth Waterfowl National Wildlife Refuge. Either sex deer For more information visit:
o Day may be taken all season, per State and Fed-
Float blind stakes will be open on a first http://www.HuntFishVA.com/forms/
eral regulations. Hunting conditions could lifetime_licenses/instructions. html
u come, first served basis to youths 15 years be considered “rigorous.” First time
e or younger when accompanied by an adult. or call1-866-721-6911
hunters are encouraged to visit the Refuge

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60
DEPARTMENT OF GAME & INLAND FISHERIES APPLY ONL
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IT’S FAST! ts.comun
2010 RADFORD ARMY AMMUNITION PLANT DEER HUNT IT’S EASY!
IMPORTANT: Your application must be received on or before August 13, 2010 to be included in the drawing.

Fill in all fields. Incomplete applications will be disqualified. Please print clearly. 1
APPLICANT WEAPON CHOICE Check only one:  SHOTGUN  ARCHERY 2
If non-1st time hunter, make sure name is identical to previous years.
1
HUNTER SAFETY COURSE REQUIRED Nov. 13, 17, 20, 27, Dec. 1, 4 Oct. 16, 23
Last First M.I. 2
QUALIFICATION REQUIRED - SKILLS TEST

RULES & REGULATIONS: (PLEASE READ)


Address
The New River Unit of the Radford Army Ammunition Plant is a 2,800 acre area managed for quality white-tailed deer.
This year's hunting dates will be October 16, and October 23 for archery, and November 13, November 17,
November 20, November 27, December 1, and December 4 for shotgun. The Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
City State Zip Code
uses a computer drawing to select individuals and the day they will hunt. There are three ways to apply for the Radford
Hunt: 1) On-line at www.vaquotahunts.com, 2) toll-free at 1-877-VAHUNTS (1-877-824-8687), or 3) by mail:

Fill out this Include a $10.00 and mail to:


DAYTIME PHONE#: DATE OF BIRTH: application application fee Virginia Quota Hunts
(REQUIRED) Incomplete applications Money order, personal, or cashier’s c/o CyberData, Inc.
  
will be disqualified. check made out to CyberData, Inc. P.O. Box 9009
Fee is non-refundable. Hicksville, NY 11802
EVENING PHONE#: KEY NUMBER:*
(appears on last year’s Your application must be received on or before August 13, 2010 to be included in the drawing. IMPORTANT
drawing results letter)
 One application per applicant/coapplicant. Submitting more than one application will not increase your chances of
EMAIL ADDRESS: being drawn.
 Applicants must be at least 12 years of age. Successful applicants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
possessing a valid hunting license. Adults accompanying applicants under 18 will not be allowed to hunt.
 Successful applicants will be notified through mail or email by September 10. Unsuccessful applicants will also
* Not required for 1st time applicants. receive notification of the drawing results.
 Antlerless deer are the only legal game, except during either-sex hunts. In order to qualify to apply for a drawing to
CO-APPLICANT participate in an either-sex hunt, an individual's previous hunt must have been an antlerless hunt.
 Hunt applicants may apply individually or with a coapplicant on the same application. When applying with a
Last First M.I. coapplicant for an either-sex hunt, both applicants' most recent hunt at RAAP must have been for antlerless deer.
When applying with a coapplicant for any hunt, standing for the drawing will be based on the lower number of
preference points of the two applicants.
Address
 Successful applicants must possess all appropriate VA hunting license(s). All Federal & State game laws are applicable.
 All shooting will be done from elevated stands. Hunters must remain within 50 yards of stand unless accompanied
by a VDGIF representative.
 For archery hunting, bow must be capable of propelling a broadhead arrow at least 125 yards. Broadhead arrow
City State Zip Code points must be at least 7/8 inch wide. Broadheads must be covered with quiver. A maximum of four (4) arrows will
be allowed. All archery hunters selected will be required to qualify prior to hunting by shooting two (2) of three (3)
arrows into a target 9 inches in diameter at 20 and 30 yard distances from a stand elevated 14 feet above the
DAYTIME PHONE#: DATE OF BIRTH: ground. THOSE WHO DO NOT QUALIFY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO HUNT. Dates and locations for qualifying
(REQUIRED) will be furnished to successful applicants.
 Shotgun hunters will be required to wear a blaze orange cap and vest or jacket. Only slugs will be allowed.
Shotguns must be 20 gauge or larger. A maximum of four (4) shells will be allowed. Only factory loaded shells are
EVENING PHONE#: KEY NUMBER:* permitted. Scopes may be used on shotguns.
(appears on last year’s
drawing results letter)  No smoking, lighters, matches, or other spark producing devices are permitted.
 All persons entering the installation to hunt will be subject to search.
EMAIL ADDRESS:  Transportation to and from stands will be provided. Privately owned vehicles will not be allowed on the installation.
 Applicants who are drawn to hunt will be required to sub mit a background check to the Radford Army Ammunication
Plant. See FAQs for details -- www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/quotahunts/raap-faq.asp.
 All shotgun hunters regardless of age must have completed a hunter safety education course before participating in a
* Not required for 1st time applicants. shotgun hunt.
 Answers to questions about the hunt can be found on our website at www.dgif.virginia.gov or by calling VDGIF,
STANDS FOR MOBILITY IMPAIRED: There are a limited number of wheelchair accessible stands. Blacksburg Office at (540) 961-8304.

2010-2011 Hunting and Trapping in Virginia


 We reserve the right to alter or close the hunting season or to close any zone.
 I am mobility impaired and interested in applying for one of these stands. This program received Federal financial assistance in Sport Fish and/or Wildlife Restoration. Under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments of
 I will be accompanied by a non-hunting assistant 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability. If you believe that you have
been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information please write to the office for Human
Assistant’s name Assistant’s Date of Birth Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4040 North Fairfax Drive, Room 300, Arlington, VA 22203.
DEPARTMENT OF GAME & INLAND FISHERIES


2010 - 2011 HUNTING SEASON • QUOTA HUNTS
APPLY ONLINE http://www.vaquotahunts.com
Apply online for the 2010-2011 Quota Hunts. It’s the fastest and easiest IT’S fast&

Public Hunting Lands


way! Application fee by credit card or check. On the internet, go to:
http://www.vaquotahunts.com.
This site works best in IE or Firefox browsers (will not work in AOL.) AOL subscribers should call or mail in their applications.
easy!
or APPLY BY MAIL NOTE: Applications must be postmarked on or before the application due date to be accepted.

 SELECT HUNTS TO APPLY FOR • Check the boxes of the hunts you want to apply for.
Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4040 North Fairfax Drive, Room 300, Arlington, VA 22203.

• Specify your hunt day preference. Indicate if you are willing to accept any hunt day in the event you do not win your hunt day preference.
NEW! - Applicants for some hunts may • With the exception of hunts 205, 207 & 208, you may apply for each hunt only one time time. Additional entries will be disqualified.
receive additional hunt dates as a bonus if • You may apply more than once for hunts 205, 207, & 208 ONLY but not for the same day and you must fill out separate applications and pay the
the series applied for does not fill to capacity application fee each time.
 I will accept any date
# TITLE HUNT DAY PREF PREF.. Y N ZONE/TRACK PREF PREF.. APPLIC. DUE
WATERFOWL  101 Hog Island WMA Waterfowl Hunts ___________  ___________ 10/1/2010
Zone/Track
 102 Princess Anne WMA Waterfowl Hunts ___________  ___________
Preference 10/1/2010
 103 Dutch Gap Conservation Area Waterfowl Hunts ___________  ___________
not applicable 10/1/2010
 104 Tundra Swan Permit ___________  for these hunts
___________ 10/1/2010
(green areas)
 105 Lake Orange Waterfowl Hunts ___________  ___________ 10/1/2010
 106 Dick Cross WMA Waterfowl Hunts ___________  ___________ 10/1/2010
 107 Princess Anne WMA Floating Blind Stake Waterfowl Hunts TBA ____  ___________ 10/1/2010
 108 Plum Tree Island National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Hunts ___________  ___________ 10/1/2010

DEER  201 Hog Island WMA Deer Hunts (Archery) ___________  ___________ 8/27/2010
 202 Hog Island WMA Deer Hunts (Shotgun & Muzzleloader) ___________  ___________ 8/27/2010
 203 The Nature Conservancy, North Landing River Oct. 1 - Jan. 2 _  ___________ 8/27/2010
 204 Mockhorn Island WMA Deer Hunts (Muzzleloader) ___________  ___________ 8/27/2010
 205 Back Bay Natl Wildlife Refuge, False Cape St. Park Deer & Hog Hunt* ___________  ___________ 8/27/2010
 206 Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge (Archery)* ___________  ___________ 8/27/2010
 207 Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge (Muzzleloader)* ___________  ___________ 8/27/2010
Assistant’s Date of Birth

 208 Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge (Firearms)* ___________  ___________ 8/27/2010
 209 Presquile National Wildlife Refuge (Firearms)* ___________  ___________ 8/27/2010
 210 James River National Wildlife Refuge (Archery)* Oct. 2 - Oct. 23 ___________ 8/27/2010
 212 Lone Star Lakes Park (Firearms)* (NEW) Oct. 1 - Oct. 2 ___________ 8/27/2010
 213 Lone Star Lakes Park (Archery)* Oct. 22 - Oct. 23  ___________ 8/27/2010
 214 Lone Star Lakes Park (Archery)* Nov. 5 - Nov. 6 ___________ 8/27/2010
 215 Lone Star Lakes Park (Firearms)* Nov. 12- Nov. 13 ___________ 8/27/2010
 216 Lone Star Lakes Park (Archery or Muzzleloader)* (NEW) Dec. 17 - Dec. 18  ___________ 8/27/2010

MULTI-SPECIES  301 Cavalier & Dismal Swamp Tract WMA Hunts (formerly Dismal Swamp WMA) ___________  ___________ 8/27/2010
WMA HUNTS
 302 Featherfin WMA  ___________ 8/27/2010
___________ 
 303 Merrimac Farm WMA ___________  ___________ 8/27/2010
Assistant’s name

2010 SPRING  401 Featherfin WMA ___________  ___________ 10/1/2010


TURKEY HUNTS  402 Amelia WMA ___________  ___________ 10/1/2010
 403 Mockhorn Island WMA Spring Turkey Hunts ___________  ___________ 10/1/2010
 404 Merrimac Farm WMA ___________  ___________ 10/1/2010

BEAR  501 Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge * Nov. 19 - Nov. 20  ___________ 8/27/2010

SMALL GAME  601 New Kent Forestry Center Dove Hunts ___________  ___________ 7/30/2010
 602 New Kent Forestry Center Rabbit Hunts ___________  ___________ 8/27/2010
 603 New Kent Forestry Center Quail Hunts ___________  ___________ 8/27/2010
 604 False Cape State Hog Hunts* ___________  ___________ 10/1/2010
 605 Fulfillment Farms Quail & Rabbit Hunts (Albemarle County) (NEW) ___________  ___________ 10/1/2010
* For winning applicants of these hunts there will be an additional hunt fee either payable by mail in advance of the hunt or payable on the day of the hunt. Information on
additional payments will be sent via US Mail with the winning applicants’ package. For additional information about these fees, see the Hunting & Trapping in
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DEPARTMENT OF GAME & INLAND FISHERIES
2010 - 2011 HUNTING SEASON QUOTA HUNTS
APPLY BY MAIL (continued)

 CALCULATE FEES # OF HUNT(S) SELECTED


x $7.50 (each) = $
Public Hunting Lands

I WISH TO PAY BY:  CHECK A non-refundable application fee of $7.50 per hunt applies. Make check payable to CyberData, Inc.
 CREDIT CARD Fill in the information below as it appears on your credit card statement. Please print clearly.

Name
(as it appears on the credit card)

Address
(Street address, City, State, Zip)

Credit Card # CVV2/CID#

Signature
x
CC Expiration Date

I authorize the use of this credit card for the amount detailed above.

 ENTER THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION


Fill in all fields. Incomplete applications will be disqualified. Please print clearly.

APPLICANT NAME:
Last First M.I.

MAILING ADDRESS:
Street

City State Zip Code

Daytime Phone# Evening Phone#

Email Address

DATE OF BIRTH: Gender  Male 2010-2011 HUNTING LIC#::


 Female (REQUIRED)

 MAIL APPLICATION (WITH FEE) TO: Virginia Quota Hunts


c/o CyberData, Inc.
P.O. Box 9009
Hicksville, New York 11802

IMPORTANT: If paying by check, include a non-refundable application fee of $7.50 for each hunt applied for.
Make check payable to: CyberData, Inc.
If paying by credit card, check that all the credit card information is correct in the form above. Sign your
name (the card holder) on the signature line.

All winning applicants will be notified by mail or email of their drawing result. All permits are
non-transferable. Guest(s) must be accompanied by the permit holder.
non-transferable

Application by Phone: Available Monday - Friday (9:30 am - 4:30 pm EST) Call 1-877-VAHUNTS
1-877-V

62 2010-2011 Hunting and Trapping in Virginia


Public Ranges Chickahominy Wildlife Management National Forest Shooting
The Department of Game and Inland Fish- Area: Ten covered bench shooting posi- Ranges
eries has public sighting-in ranges avail- tions from 25–100 yards for rifle, muzzle-
able at the Wildlife Management Areas loader and shotgun sighting-in at stationary The Blacksburg Shooting Range offers
(WMA) listed below. These ranges were paper targets. Additional covered area for two facilities: an 18-position rifle/pistol for
built for sportsmen to properly sight-in stand up shotgun patterning. Pistol and clay firing at stationary targets and a single posi-
their firearms before going afield during target shooting are prohibited. General tion shotgun (trap) range. For information
the hunting seasons. All Department public dates of operation are September 1 to contact: Eastern Divide Ranger District,

Public Hunting Lands


sighting-in ranges are handicapped acces- March 31. With the exception of state holi- (540) 552- 4641.
sible. Range rules and hours of operation days, the range will be closed on Mondays The Bath County Shooting Range has 10
are prominently posted at each range to for maintenance. For information contact: covered bench rests for shooting 50–100
promote shooting safety and proper care of Charles City Regional Office, (804) 829 - yards. Pistols, rifles, and shotguns are
the facilities. No reservations are required 6580. allowed at stationary targets. Moving tar-
and there are no fees. Shooters are limited Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management gets are prohibited. For information con-
to one hour of shooting when range is full. Area: Six covered bench-rest stations from tact: Warm Springs Ranger District, (540)
Be sure to bring your own paper targets, 25–100 yards for rifle, muzzleloader and 839-2521.
cardboard backing, clothespins and tape. In shotgun patterning at stationary paper tar-
order to help maintain the ranges, all target The Hite Hollow Shooting Range is avail-
gets. Pistol and clay target shooting are pro- able for rifle, pistol, and shotgun shooting
materials and brass must be removed for hibited. General dates of operation are Sep-
proper disposal off site. “Leave No Trace.” at stationary targets. Moving targets are
tember 1 to March 31. With the exception prohibited. For information contact: North
Specific hours and dates of operation, of state holidays, the range will be closed on
range rules, scheduled closures, travel River Ranger District, (540) 432-0187.
Mondays for maintenance. Snow and ice
e. directions and other information is posted may result in temporary range closures in The Low Moor Shooting Range provides
on the Department website at January, February and March. For informa- 6 covered rifle bench rests and 3 covered
www.huntfishva.com/hunting/shooting tion contact: Marion Regional Office, (276) pistol bench rests. Features include rifle
ranges.asp. 783- 4860. range—stationary targets at 50 and 100
The use of firearms and bows at public yards, and pistol range—stationary targets
ranges during closed general firearms hunt- Gathright Wildlife Management Area: at 25 yards. Moving targets are prohibited.
ing seasons is restricted to the area within Six covered bench-rest stations from For information contact: James River
the established range boundaries for target 25–100 yards for rifle, muzzleloader and Ranger District, (540) 962-2214.
shooting purposes only. Such weapons are shotgun patterning at stationary paper tar-
required to be unloaded and cased or dis- gets. Pistol and clay target shooting are pro- The Pott’s Slope Shooting Range is hand-
mantled on all national forest and depart- hibited. General dates of operation are Sep- icapped-accessible with a covered shooting
ment-owned lands outside the range tember 1 to March 31. With the exception area. There are nine lanes for rifle and pistol
boundaries during this period. of state holidays, the range will be closed on use with stationary targets at 25, 50, and
Also noted below are shooting ranges Mondays for maintenance. For information 100 yards. For information contact: East-
found on the George Washington and Jef- contact: Verona Regional Office, (540) ern Divide Ranger District, (540) 552-
ferson National Forests. 248- 9360. 4641.

NOTE: The Department reserves the C. F. Phelps Wildlife Management Area: The West Side Shooting Range provides
right to manage use and access of these Six covered bench-rest stations from shooting lanes of various lengths with cov-
facilities as deemed appropriate. These 25–100 yards for rifle, muzzleloader and ered shooting benches. For more informa-
facilities are subject to emergency clo- shotgun patterning at stationary paper tar- tion contact: North River Ranger District,
sures. gets. Pistol and clay target shooting are pro- (540) 432-0187.
hibited. General dates of operation are Sep- The Wythe Shooting Range includes six
tember 1 to March 31. With the exception 25 yard lanes and four 100-yard lanes. For
Department Sighting-In of state holidays, the range will be closed on more information contact: Mt. Rogers
Ranges Mondays for maintenance. For information National Recreation Area, (800) 628-7202.
contact: Fredericksburg Regional Office,
Amelia Wildlife Management Area: Six
(540) 899-4169.
covered bench positions from 25–100 NOTE: When visiting the National For-
yards for rifle, muzzleloader and shotgun White Oak Mountain Wildlife Manage- est, please remember firearms may be
patterning at stationary paper targets; area ment Area: Six covered bench positions discharged for target practice only at
r.
for clay bird shooting (bring own thrower from 25–100 yards for rifle, muzzleloader, established shooting ranges. Discharg-
and targets); and archery range. Pistol and shotgun patterning at stationary paper ing a firearm in a developed recreation
ur shooting is prohibited. General dates of targets. Pistol and clay target shooting are site is dangerous and prohibited. For
operation are September 1 to March 31. prohibited. General dates of operation are more information contact: the George
With the exception of state holidays, the September 1 to March 31. With the excep- Washington and Jefferson National For-
range is closed on Mondays for mainte- tion of state holidays, the range will be est Headquarters at 516 Valleypointe
nance. For information contact: Forest closed on Mondays for maintenance. For Parkway, Roanoke, VA 24019, or call
Regional Office, (434) 525-7522. information contact Forest Regional (540) 265-5100.
Office, (434) 525-7522.

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Sunrise and Sunset Timetable–Richmond, Virginia
Times below are Eastern Standard Time. Add one hour for Daylight Saving Time when in use.

JULY 10 AUG 10 SEPT 10 OCT 10 NOV 10 DEC 10 JAN 11 FEB 11 MAR 11 APR 11 MAY 11 JUNE 11
Index and Sunrise/sunset

Day Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set
AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM
1 4:52 7:35 5:14 7:18 5:40 6:39 6:05 5:53 6:35 5:12 7:06 4:52 7:25 5:02 7:14 5:34 6:42 6:03 5:56 6:32 5:15 7:00 4:50 7:25
2 4:53 7:35 5:15 7:17 5:41 6:37 6:06 5:52 6:36 5:11 7:07 4:52 7:25 5:03 7:13 5:35 6:40 6:04 5:54 6:33 5:14 7:01 4:50 7:26
3 4:53 7:35 5:16 7:16 5:42 6:36 6:07 5:50 6:37 5:09 7:08 4:52 7:25 5:04 7:12 5:36 6:39 6:05 5:53 6:34 5:13 7:01 4:50 7:27
4 4:54 7:35 5:16 7:15 5:43 6:34 6:08 5:49 6:38 5:08 7:09 4:51 7:25 5:05 7:11 5:37 6:37 6:06 5:51 6:35 5:12 7:02 4:49 7:27
5 4:54 7:34 5:17 7:14 5:43 6:33 6:09 5:47 6:39 5:07 7:09 4:51 7:25 5:06 7:10 5:38 6:36 6:07 5:50 6:36 5:10 7:03 4:49 7:28

6 4:55 7:34 5:18 7:13 5:44 6:31 6:10 5:46 6:40 5:07 7:10 4:51 7:25 5:06 7:09 5:39 6:35 6:08 5:48 6:37 5:09 7:04 4:49 7:28
7 4:55 7:34 5:19 7:12 5:45 6:30 6:11 5:44 6:41 5:06 7:11 4:51 7:25 5:07 7:08 5:40 6:33 6:09 5:47 6:38 5:08 7:05 4:49 7:29
8 4:56 7:34 5:20 7:11 5:46 6:28 6:12 5:43 6:42 5:05 7:12 4:51 7:25 5:08 7:07 5:41 6:32 6:10 5:45 6:39 5:07 7:06 4:49 7:30
9 4:57 7:33 5:21 7:09 5:47 6:27 6:12 5:41 6:43 5:04 7:13 4:52 7:25 5:09 7:06 5:42 6:30 6:11 5:44 6:40 5:06 7:07 4:48 7:30
10 4:57 7:33 5:21 7:08 5:48 6:25 6:13 5:40 6:44 5:03 7:14 4:52 7:25 5:10 7:05 5:44 6:29 6:12 5:43 6:41 5:05 7:08 4:48 7:30

11 4:58 7:33 5:22 7:07 5:48 6:24 6:14 5:38 6:45 5:02 7:14 4:52 7:25 5:11 7:04 5:45 6:27 6:13 5:41 6:41 5:04 7:09 4:48 7:31
12 4:59 7:32 5:23 7:06 5:49 6:22 6:15 5:37 6:46 5:01 7:15 4:52 7:24 5:12 7:03 5:46 6:26 6:14 5:40 6:42 5:03 7:09 4:48 7:31
13 4:59 7:32 5:24 7:05 5:50 6:21 6:16 5:35 6:47 5:01 7:16 4:52 7:24 5:13 7:02 5:47 6:24 6:15 5:38 6:43 5:03 7:10 4:48 7:32
14 5:00 7:31 5:25 7:04 5:51 6:19 6:17 5:34 6:48 5:00 7:17 4:52 7:24 5:14 7:01 5:48 6:23 6:16 5:37 6:44 5:02 7:11 4:48 7:32
15 5:01 7:31 5:26 7:02 5:52 6:18 6:18 5:33 6:50 4:59 7:17 4:53 7:24 5:15 6:59 5:49 6:21 6:17 5:35 6:45 5:01 7:12 4:48 7:33

16 5:01 7:30 5:27 7:01 5:53 6:16 6:19 5:31 6:51 4:58 7:18 4:53 7:23 5:16 6:58 5:50 6:20 6:18 5:34 6:46 5:00 7:13 4:48 7:33
17 5:02 7:30 5:27 7:00 5:53 6:15 6:20 5:30 6:52 4:58 7:19 4:53 7:23 5:17 6:57 5:51 6:18 6:19 5:33 6:47 4:59 7:14 4:48 7:33
18 5:03 7:29 5:28 6:58 5:54 6:13 6:21 5:29 6:53 4:57 7:19 4:54 7:22 5:18 6:56 5:52 6:17 6:20 5:31 6:48 4:58 7:15 4:48 7:34
19 5:03 7:28 5:29 6:57 5:55 6:11 6:22 5:27 6:54 4:56 7:20 4:54 7:22 5:19 6:55 5:53 6:15 6:21 5:30 6:49 4:58 7:15 4:49 7:34
20 5:04 7:28 5:30 6:56 5:56 6:10 6:23 5:26 6:55 4:56 7:20 4:55 7:22 5:20 6:53 5:54 6:14 6:21 5:29 6:50 4:57 7:16 4:49 7:34

21 5:05 7:27 5:31 6:54 5:57 6:08 6:24 5:25 6:56 4:55 7:21 4:55 7:21 5:22 6:52 5:55 6:12 6:22 5:27 6:50 4:56 7:17 4:49 7:34
22 5:06 7:26 5:32 6:53 5:58 6:07 6:25 5:23 6:57 4:55 7:21 4:56 7:21 5:23 6:51 5:56 6:11 6:23 5:26 6:51 4:56 7:18 4:49 7:35
23 5:07 7:26 5:33 6:52 5:58 6:05 6:26 5:22 6:58 4:54 7:22 4:56 7:20 5:24 6:50 5:57 6:09 6:24 5:25 6:52 4:55 7:19 4:49 7:35
24 5:07 7:25 5:33 6:50 5:59 6:04 6:27 5:21 6:59 4:54 7:22 4:57 7:19 5:25 6:48 5:58 6:08 6:25 5:23 6:53 4:54 7:19 4:50 7:35
25 5:08 7:24 5:34 6:49 6:00 6:02 6:28 5:20 7:00 4:54 7:23 4:57 7:19 5:26 6:47 5:59 6:06 6:26 5:22 6:54 4:54 7:20 4:50 7:35

26 5:09 7:23 5:35 6:48 6:01 6:01 6:29 5:18 7:01 4:53 7:23 4:58 7:18 5:27 6:46 6:00 6:05 6:27 5:21 6:55 4:53 7:21 4:50 7:35
27 5:10 7:22 5:36 6:46 6:02 5:59 6:30 5:17 7:02 4:53 7:23 4:59 7:17 5:28 6:44 6:01 6:03 6:28 5:20 6:56 4:53 7:22 4:51 7:35
28 5:11 7:22 5:37 6:45 6:03 5:58 6:31 5:16 7:03 4:53 7:24 4:59 7:17 5:29 6:43 6:02 6:02 6:29 5:18 6:57 4:52 7:22 4:51 7:35
29 5:11 7:21 5:38 6:43 6:04 5:56 6:32 5:15 7:04 4:52 7:24 5:00 7:16 5:30 6:00 6:30 5:17 6:58 4:52 7:23 4:51 7:35
30 5:12 7:20 5:38 6:42 6:04 5:55 6:33 5:14 7:05 4:52 7:24 5:01 7:15 5:31 5:59 6:31 5:16 6:59 4:51 7:24 4:52 7:35

31 5:13 7:19 5:39 6:40 6:34 5:13 7:24 5:01 7:14 5:33 5:57 6:31 4:51 7:25

Apply corrections below to Richmond sunrise-sunset times


to obtain official times at other Virginia locations.
Location Correction Location Correction
Newport News -5 minutes Bristol +19 minutes
Norfolk -5 minutes Cape Charles -6 minutes
Roanoke +10 minutes Charlottesville -4 minutes
Tazewell +16 minutes Chincoteague -8 minutes
Williamsburg -3 minutes Danville +8 minutes
Winchester +3 minutes Fredericksburg 0 minutes

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Electronic Calls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Public Hunting Lands . . . . . . . . . 47-59
Index Elk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Quail Action Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
Feather Collection (Wild Turkey) . . . 40 Quail and Pheasant Hunting . . . . . . . 39
Access Roads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Federal Refuges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Quota Hunts & Workshops . . . . . . 53-59
1 Air Rifles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Feeding Wildlife (Unlawful) . . . . . . . 17 Quota Hunt Application . . . . . . . . 61-62
Antlered & Antlerless Deer . . . . . . . . 30 Felons (Firearms) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Rabbit Hunting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39, 46

Index and Sunrise/sunset


Apprentice License . . . . . . . . . . . 10, 11 Fox Hunting . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13, 42, 46 Raccoon Hunting . . . . . . . . . . 13, 44, 46
5 Archery (Early) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Fox, Chase only . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Radford Deer Hunt Application . . . . . 60
6 Archery (Late) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Furbearer Species (Definition) . . . 13, 42 Ranges (Public) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
7 Archery (Urban) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Game Species (Definition) . . . . . . . . 13 Regions/Phone Numbers . . . . . . . . . . 6
7 Archery Tackle (Definition) . . . . . . . 13 Groundhog Hunting . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Residency Qualifications . . . . . . . . . . 9
8 Assisting with Hunt . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Grouse Hunting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Sell/Purchase of Wildlife . . . . . . . . . . 18
ATV Laws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 HIP 1-888-788-9772 . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Shenandoah County Special
8 Bag Limit Exceptions . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Hogs, Feral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13, 58 Antler Restrictions . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
9 Bait (Definition) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Hours (Hunting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14, 64 Shooting From Boat . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
0 Bear (Bag Limits, size requirements) 25 Hunter Education (Lost Card Shooting from Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
0 Bear Check Stations . . . . . . . . . . 22, 27 1-866-721-6911) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Shooting Over Public Water . . . . . 17, 45
0 Bear Checking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22, 27 Hunter Education Requirements . . . . . 8 Skunk Hunting . . . . . . . . . . . 13, 42, 46
Bear Hound/Training Chase Season . .27 Hunters for the Hungry . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Squirrel Hunting . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13, 39
1 Bear Hunting (Archery) . . . . . . . . . . 25 Hunting (Shooting) Preserves . . . 11, 39 State Forest Hunting . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
1 Bear Hunting (Firearms) . . . . . . . . . . 26 Landowner Liability . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 State Parks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50-53
2 Bear Hunting (Muzzleloader) . . . . . . 25 Legal Use of Archery Equipment . . . . 16 Structures (National Forest) . . . . . . . 49
2 Beaver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13, 46 Legal Use of Firearms . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Sunrise/Sunset Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
3 Big Game Checking Requirements . .22 License Exemptions Tag Validation
Big Game Contest/Show . . . . . . . 22, 36 (Personal Check Card) . . . . . . . . . . 23 (bear, deer and turkey) . . . . . . . . . 22
3 Blaze Orange Requirements . . . . . . . 14 License Requirements (Hunting) . . . . 10 Tagging Requirements (CITES)
3 Bobcat Hunting . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13, 43 License Requirements (Trapping) . . . 10 for Bobcats/Otters . . . . . . . . . . . 43, 46
4 Bobcat Mandatory Electronic License (Replacement) . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Telephone/Internet Checking . . . . . . 23
4 Checking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Licenses & Fees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-12 Training Dogs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14, 27
4 Bobcat (Tagging Requirements) . . . . 43 Lifetime License Requirements . . . . . 10 Trapper Association Reward
Bonus Deer Permits . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Lights (Use of) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16, 43 Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
4 Bowhunter Survey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Local Firearms Ordinances . . . . . 19-21 Trap Tagging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
5 Camping Policy (National Forest) . . . 49 Managed Hunts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58-59 Trapper ID #’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
5 Carcass (Disposal of Deer) . . . . . . . . 30 Military Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Trapping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13, 45-46
5 Carcass (Transferring/ Mink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13, 46 Traps, Checking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
5 Left Unattended) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Muskrat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13, 46 Traps, Foothold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Carcass Importation Ban (Deer) . . . . 38 Muzzleloader, Bear Season . . . . . . . . 25 Tree Stands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8, 48, 49
5 Concealed Handguns . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Muzzleloader, Early Deer . . . . . . . . . 32 Tree Stand Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
5 Coyote Hunting . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42, 46 Muzzleloader (Electronic Ignition) 25, 33 Turkey (Archery) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
5 Crossbow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13, 16 Muzzeloader, Late Deer . . . . . . . . . . 33 Turkey (Fall Firearms) . . . . . . . . . 40-41
5 Crossbow, Loaded . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Muzzleloader; Loaded, Unloaded .13, 49 Turkey (Spring) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
5 Crow Hunting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 National Forest Hunting . . . . . . . . . . 49 Turkey
CWD - Chronic Wasting Disease . . . . 37 National Parks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 (Youth Fall & Spring Hunts) . . 40-41
Deer (Archery) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Non-Migratory Game Birds Turkey, Feather Collection . . . . . . . . 40
Deer (Archery, Early) . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 (Definition) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Turkey, Weight Certification . . . . 22-23
Deer (Bag Limits) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Nuisance Species (Definition) . . . . . . 13 Unauthorized/Unlawful Feeding 17, 49
Deer (Firearms) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34-35 Nutria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13, 46 Unlawful Methods . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-18
Deer (Firearms - Late Antlerless Only) 35 Opossum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13, 42, 46 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers . . . . . 50
Deer (Muzzleloader - Early) . . . . . 32-33 Otter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13, 46 Unplugged Shotguns . . . . . . . . . . 16, 39
Deer (Muzzleloader - Late) . . . . . . . . 33 Permission to Hunt Form . . . . . . . 15-16 Violations (Report) 1-800-237-5712 . . 7
Deer (Urban Archery) . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Personal Check Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Virginia Big Game Contest . . . . . . . . 36
Deer (Youth Hunting Day) . . . . . . . . 31 Pistols/Revolvers (Hunting with) . . . . 16 Weasel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13, 46
Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Possession/Transporting Wildlife 13, 18 Weight Certification, Wild Turkey 22-23
Disabled Hunts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48, 59 Preserves (Hunting/Shooting) . . . 11, 39 WMAs, Wildlife Management
Dismal Swamp Line (Definition) . . . 13 Private Property (Hunting, Posting) . .15 Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47-48
DMAP/DCAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Private Property (Liability) . . . . . . . . 15 Youth Deer Hunting Day . . . . . . . . . . 31
Dogs (Hunting with) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Private Property Youth (Special Antlerless
Dogs (Training) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 (Permission to Hunt Forms) . . . 15-16 Deer Regulation) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Earn a Buck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Public Access Land for Sportsmen
East and West of Blue Ridge . . . . . . . 13 (PALS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12, 49

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