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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. Special Youth and Apprentice Deer Regulation applies statewide.

November 14 through 28

In the counties (including the cities and towns within) of Augusta, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Giles, Grayson*, Montgomery*, Pulaski*, Roanoke*, Rockingham, Shenandoah*, Smyth, Warren*, and Wythe.

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:

November 14 through 28 (full season):

In all areas unless otherwise noted below.

  • November 21 and November 28: On National Forest and Department-owned lands in Carroll, Craig, and Wythe counties and on National Forest lands in Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski counties.
  • November 28: On private land west of Routes 613 and 731 in Rockingham County and on National Forest and Department-owned lands in Augusta, Botetourt, Roanoke, and Smyth counties and on National Forest lands in Grayson, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren counties, Hungry Mother State Park, and on portions of Grayson Highlands State Park.

November 14 through 28

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

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:

November 21, 27, and 28

In all areas unless otherwise noted below.

  • November 28: On Department-owned lands in Russell County and on National Forest and Department-owned lands in Rockbridge and Tazewell counties and on the Channels State Forest.
  • Antlered deer only–no either-sex deer hunting days: On National Forest lands in Lee County. Special Youth and Apprentice Antlerless Deer Regulation applies.

November 14 through January 2

In the counties (including the cities and towns within) of Accomack, Albemarle*, Arlington*, Campbell (west of Norfolk Southern Railroad), 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, Pittsylvania (west of Norfolk Southern Railroad), 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 14 through 28:

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

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:

November 14 through
January 2 (full season):

In all areas unless otherwise noted below.

  • November 21 and 28, and December 5 through January 2: On Rapidan WMA.
  • November 21 and January 2: On G.R. Thompson WMA.
  • November 21 and 28: On C.F. Phelps WMA.
  • November 21 and 28 and December 28 through January 2: On the Big Woods WMA (including the Parkers Branch Tract) and Big Woods State Forest.
  • November 28: On National Forest lands in Frederick County.
  • Antlered deer only–no either-sex deer hunting days: On the Carlisle and Stewart tracts of the Hog Island WMA, and on the Ragged Island WMA. Special Youth and Apprentice Antlerless Deer Regulation applies.

NOVA Early and Late Firearms Deer Seasons

During these seasons only antlerless deer may be taken.

Early: September 5 through October 2
Late: January 3, 2021 through March 28, 2021

In the counties (including the towns and cities within) of Arlington*, Fairfax*, Loudoun*, and Prince William (except on Department-owned lands).* 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 14 through January 2

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 21 and 28 and December  28 through January 2:

In all areas unless otherwise noted below.

  • November 21 and 28, and December 5 through January 2: On Featherfin WMA.
  • November 21 and 28: On Appomattox-Buckingham and Prince Edward State Forests.

November 14 through January 2

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

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:

November 21 and 28 and December  21 through January 2:

In all areas unless otherwise noted below.

  • November 21 and 28 and December 28 through January 2: On Amelia WMA.
  • November 21 and 28 On Cumberland State Forest.

November 14 through 28:

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

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:

November 21 and November 23 through 28:

In all areas unless otherwise noted below.

  • November 28: On National Forest and Department-owned lands in Washington County and on National Forest lands in Page County, and Channels State Forest.
  • Antlered deer only–no either-sex deer hunting days: On National Forest lands in Scott County. Special Youth and Apprentice Antlerless Deer Regulation applies.

November 14 through December 12

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

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:

November 21 and 28 and November 30 through December 12:

In all areas unless otherwise noted below.

  • November 21 and December 7 through 12: 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 10 and 17 and November 18 through November 30: In all areas.

November 14 through 28

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 and Apprentice Antlerless Deer Regulation applies.

November 14 through December 12

In the counties (including the cities and towns within) of Amherst (west of Route 29 except on National Forest lands), Bedford* (except on National Forest lands), Floyd*, Franklin*, and Nelson (west of Route 151, except on National Forest lands):

Season Exception

  • November 14 through 28: On National Forest lands in Amherst, Bedford, and Nelson counties.

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:

November 14 through December 12 (full season):

In all areas unless otherwise noted below.

  • November 28: On National Forest lands in Amherst, Bedford, and Nelson counties.
  • November 21 and December 7 through 12: On Philpott Reservoir and Turkeycock Mountain WMA.

November 14 through January 2

In the counties (including the cities and towns within) of Amherst (east of Rt. 29), Campbell (east of Norfolk Southern Railroad), Charles City, Goochland, Louisa, Nelson (east of Rt. 151), New Kent, Pittsylvania (east of Norfolk Southern Railroad), Powhatan, 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 21 and 28, and
December 5 through January 2:

In all areas unless otherwise noted below.

  • November 21 and 28 and December 21 through January 2: On Powhatan WMA.
  • November 21 and December 28 through January 2: On James River WMA.
  • November 21 and January 2: On White Oak Mountain WMA.
  • Antlered deer only-no either-sex deer hunting days: On Chickahominy WMA. Special Youth and Apprentice Antlerless Deer Regulation applies.

November 14 through 28

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

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:

  • November 21 and 28: On all private lands in the counties listed above and on National Forest lands in Bland County and on the Highland WMA.
  • November 28: On National Forest and Department-owned lands in Bath County and on National Forest lands in Alleghany and Highland counties.

*Denotes Earn a Buck (EAB) County