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Deer Hunting Firearms Seasons

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Antlered deer may be taken every day of the season. Antlerless deer may only be taken on designated either-sex deer hunting days.

November 17 through December 1

In the counties (including the cities and towns within) of Amherst (west of Rt. 29), Bedford*, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery*, Nelson (west of Rt. 151), Pulaski, Roanoke*, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Warren*, and Wythe.

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:

November 17 through December 1 (full season):

In all areas unless otherwise noted below.

  • November 24 and December 1: On National Forest lands and Department-owned lands in Carroll County and on National Forest lands in Craig, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, and Wythe counties and on Big Survey WMA.
  • December 1: On private lands west of Routes 613 and 731 in Rockingham County.
  • Antlered deer only–no either-sex deer hunting days: On National Forest and Department-owned lands in Botetourt and Roanoke counties and on National Forest lands in Amherst, Bedford, Grayson, Nelson, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren counties and on portions of Grayson Highlands State Park, Special Youth Antlerless Deer Regulation applies.

November 17 through December 1

In the counties (including the cities and towns within) of Lee, Page, Rockbridge, Russell, and Tazewell.

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:

November 24 and 30, and December 1:

In all areas unless otherwise noted below.

  • Antlered deer only–no either-sex deer hunting days: On National Forest and Department-owned lands in Rockbridge County, on National Forest lands in Lee, Page, and Tazewell counties, and on Clinch Mountain and Hidden Valley WMAs, and Channels State Forest. Special Youth Antlerless Deer Regulation applies.

November 17 through January 5

In the counties (including the cities and towns within) of Accomack, Albemarle, Arlington*, Clarke*, Culpeper (see season exception for C. F. Phelps WMA below), Fairfax*, Fauquier* (see season exception for C. F. Phelps WMA below), Frederick* (see season exception for National Forest lands below), Greene, Hanover, Henrico, Isle of Wight, James City, Loudoun*, Madison, Northampton, Orange, Prince George, Prince William*, Rappahannock*, Southampton, Stafford, Suffolk (west of the Dismal Swamp line), Surry, Sussex, and York.

  • In Arlington County*, City of Hampton*, and City of Richmond* (in the City of Richmond: archery only, no special permit is required for archery deer hunting). Note: Local Ordinances prohibit the discharge of firearms in these areas (see Local Firearms Ordinances).
  • In the City of Lynchburg* (on private lands for which a special permit has been issued by the Chief of Police).
  • In the City of Newport News*: archery only, no special permit is required for archery deer hunting.
  • In Fairfax County*, firearm hunting is restricted by location and parcel size. Contact the Div. of Animal Control, 4500 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 for details. No parcel size restrictions exist for archery deer hunting.

Season Exception:

November 17 through December 1:

On C.F. Phelps WMA and National Forest lands in Frederick County.

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:

November 17 through
January 5 (full season):

In all areas unless otherwise noted below.

  • November 24, December 1, and December 8 through January 5: On Rapidan WMA.
  • November 24 and January 5: On G.R. Thompson WMA.
  • November 24 and December 1: On C.F. Phelps WMA.
  • November 24, December 1, and December 31 through January 5: On the Big Woods WMA (including the Parkers Branch Tract) and Big Woods State Forest.
  • Antlered deer only–no either-sex deer hunting days: On National Forest lands in Frederick County, on the Carlisle and Stewart tracts of the Hog Island WMA, and on the Ragged Island WMA. Special Youth Antlerless Deer Regulation applies.

Northern VA Early and Late Anterless-only Firearms Deer Seasons

During these seasons only antlerless deer may be taken.

Early: September 1 through October 5

Late: January 6, 2019 through March 31, 2019

In the counties of Arlington*, Fairfax*, Loudoun*, and Prince William* (including the cities and towns within). Local firearm ordinances prohibit the discharge of firearms in Arlington County. In Fairfax County*, firearm hunting is restricted by location and parcel size. Contact the Div. of Animal Control, 4500 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 for details. No parcel size restrictions exist for archery deer hunting.

All legal deer hunting weapons including bows, crossbows, muzzleloaders, pistols, shotguns, and rifles are legal. Local firearm ordinances still apply.

All other “normal” deer regulations apply (e.g., daily and season bag limits, tagging and checking, DCAP, DMAP, EAB, etc.).

November 17 through January 5

In the counties (including the cities and towns within) of Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Caroline, Charlotte, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Essex, Gloucester, Greensville, King & Queen, King William, Lunenburg, Mathews, Mecklenburg, Middlesex, Nottoway, and Prince Edward.

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:

November 24, December 1, and December 31 through January 5:

In all areas unless otherwise noted below.

  • November 24, December 1, and December 8 through January 5: On Featherfin WMA (by Quota Hunt only).
  • November 24 and December 1: On Appomattox-Buckingham and Prince Edward State Forests.

November 17 through January 5

In the counties (including the cities and towns within) of Amelia, Charles City, Cumberland, Fluvanna, Halifax, King George, Lancaster, New Kent, Northumberland, Powhatan, Richmond and Westmoreland.

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:

November 24, December 1, and December 24 through January 5:

In all areas unless otherwise noted below.

  • November 24, December 1, and December 31 through January 5: On Amelia WMA.
  • November 24 and December 1: On Cumberland State Forest.
  • Antlered deer only–no either-sex deer hunting days: On Chickahominy WMA. Special Youth Antlerless Deer Regulation applies.

November 17 through December 1

In the counties (including the cities and towns within) of Augusta, Scott, Smyth, and Washington.

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:

November 24 and November 26 through December 1:

In all areas unless otherwise noted below.

  • Antlered deer only–no either-sex deer hunting days: On National Forest and Department-owned lands in Augusta County and on National Forest lands in Scott, Smyth, and Washington counties, and on Clinch Mountain and Hidden Valley WMAs, Hungry Mother State Park, and Channels State Forest. Special Youth Antlerless Deer Regulation applies.

November 17 through December 15

In the counties (including the cities and towns within) of Henry and Patrick.

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:

November 24, December 1, and December 3 through 15:

In all areas unless otherwise noted below.

  • November 24 and December 10 through 15: On Fairystone Farms and Turkeycock Mountain WMAs, designated areas of Fairystone State Park, and Philpott Reservoir.

October 1 through November 30

In the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk (east of the Dismal Swamp line), and Virginia Beach.

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:

October 13, October 20, and November 18 through November 30: In all areas.

November 17 through December 1

In the counties (including the cities and towns within) of Buchanan, Dickenson, and Wise.

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:

Antlered deer only–no either-sex deer hunting days in all areas.

Special Youth Antlerless Deer Regulation does not apply.

November 17 through December 15

In the counties (including the cities and towns within) of Floyd and Franklin.

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:

November 17 through December 15 (full season):

In all areas unless otherwise noted below.

  • November 24 and December 10 through 15: On Philpott Reservoir and Turkeycock Mountain WMA.

November 17 through January 5

In the counties (including the cities and towns within) of Amherst (east of Rt. 29), Campbell, Goochland, Louisa, Nelson (east of Rt. 151), Pittsylvania and Spotsylvania. Note: Dogs may not be used for deer hunting in Campbell County (west of Norfolk Southern Railroad) and in Pittsylvania County (west of Norfolk Southern Railroad).

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:

November 24, December 1, and
December 8 through January 5:

In all areas unless otherwise noted below.

  • November 24 and December 31 through January 5: On James River WMA.
  • November 24 and January 5: On White Oak Mountain WMA.

November 17 through December 1

In the counties (including the cities and towns within) of Alleghany, Bath, Bland, and Highland.

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:

  • November 24 and December 1: On all private lands in the counties listed above and on National Forest lands in Bland County and on the Highland WMA.
  • Antlered deer only–no either-sex deer hunting days: On National Forest and Department-owned lands in Bath County and on National Forest lands in Alleghany and Highland counties. Special Youth Antlerless Deer Regulation applies.