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Deer taken in one EAB county, city, or town do not “carry over” to any other EAB county, city, or town. Each county, city, or town is its own separate management unit with regards to EAB.

Private lands in Albemarle, Bedford, Culpeper, Fauquier, Floyd, Franklin, Grayson, Hanover, Henrico, James City, Montgomery, Pulaski, Rappahannock, Roanoke, Shenandoah, and York counties

Within a license year and within each individual county listed above, you must have taken at least one antlerless deer on private lands in that county before taking a second antlered deer on private lands in that county. In those counties listed above east of the Blue Ridge Mountains where it is legal to harvest a third antlered deer, you must have taken at least two antlerless deer on private lands in that county before taking a third antlered deer on private lands in that county.

Example — Within a license year, you must have taken at least one antlerless deer on private lands in Albemarle County before taking a second antlered deer on private lands in Albemarle County. You must have taken at least two antlerless deer on private lands in Albemarle County before taking a third antlered deer on private lands in Albemarle County.

Private lands in Clarke, Frederick, and Warren counties

Within a license year and within each individual county listed above, you must have taken at least two antlerless deer on private lands in that county before taking a second antlered deer on private lands in that county.

Example – Within a license year, you must have taken at least two antlerless deer on private lands in Clarke County before taking a second antlered deer on private lands in Clarke County.

Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William (except on Department of Defense lands) counties

EAB does not apply to Department of Defense (DOD) lands in Prince William County.

Within a license year and within each individual county listed above, you must have taken at least two antlerless deer in that county before taking a second antlered deer in that county. You must have taken at least three antlerless deer in that county before taking a third antlered deer in that county.

Example – Within a license year, you must have taken at least two antlerless deer in Fairfax County before taking a second antlered deer in Fairfax County. You must have taken at least three antlerless deer in Fairfax County before taking a third antlered deer in Fairfax County.

Cities and Towns

EAB does not apply to the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.

Within a license year and within any city or town (except the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach), you must have taken at least one antlerless deer in that city or town before taking a second antlered deer in that city or town. In those cities and towns east of the Blue Ridge Mountains where it is legal to harvest a third antlered deer, you must have taken at least two antlerless deer in that city or town before taking a third antlered deer in that city or town.

Example — Within a license year, you must have taken at least one antlerless deer in the City of Lynchburg before taking a second antlered deer in the City of Lynchburg. You must have taken at least two antlerless deer in the City of Lynchburg before taking a third antlered deer in the City of Lynchburg.

Earn a Buck questions and answers can be found at

www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/regulations/general/#EAB

Q: How are the opening days for deer season set in Virginia?

A: SeasonOpening Day
Urban ArcheryFirst Saturday in September
Early ArcheryFirst Saturday in October
Early MuzzleloaderSaturday prior to the first Monday in November
FirearmsSaturday prior to the third Monday in November
Note: Does not apply to the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk (east of the Dismal Swamp line) or Virginia Beach.

 

Act Responsibly

Dispose of Your Deer Carcass!

Don’t give hunters a bad name by leaving deer parts in public locations, in parking lots, in waterways, or along roads. A recommended method of disposing of unused deer carcass parts is to double bag them and take them to a lined landfill or dumpster location which accepts deer carcasses. A second method is to simply dig a pit in which the deer carcass parts are placed, provided no other trash is placed in the pit. After the hunting season, cover the pit with at least six inches of soil. If you are caught dumping a carcass or deer parts in an unauthorized area, you may be charged with littering.