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2017-2018 Managed Hunts & Workshops

Managed Hunts are generally by on-site random drawings or by application through the local Resource Office. Hunting opportunities are provided on various Department Wildlife Management Areas and National Wildlife Refuges.

Managed Waterfowl Hunts

Hog Island WMA September Waterfowl Hunts

Hunt resident Canada geese and teal when in season on the first, third and fourth Wednesdays in September until 11:00 a.m. on Hog Island WMA in Surry County. A total of 10 parties of no more than 3 hunters per party will be selected each morning of the hunt. There are no blinds or decoys provided for these hunts. Hunters should call in advance to determine field hunting conditions (crops in/out or of the fields). Phone number: (757) 357-5224. Dogs are allowed and recommended.

  • Hunt days: Wednesdays
  • Hunt dates: September 6, 20, 27
  • Drawing begins promptly at 4:15 a.m.

Hog Island – Youth October Waterfowl Day

The Department in cooperation with The Wildlife Foundation of Virginia will host a youth waterfowl hunting day for 20 youths on the Hog Island WMA in Surry County. Only youth may hunt and carry a firearm. The hunt is restricted to youths (15 years of age and under) and each youth must be accompanied by a licensed adult. All youth hunters must register for this event and registration will be first-come, first-serve. To register, contact the Hog Island WMA between September 15-20, 2017, at (757) 357-5224. There are no blinds or decoys provided for these hunts. Dogs are allowed and recommended.

  • Hunt date: October 21, 2017
  • Hunters to arrive by 4:30 a.m.

Hog Island-Youth February Waterfowl Day

This is an opportunity for nine youths to hunt waterfowl on the Hog Island WMA in Surry County on the January Youth Waterfowl Hunt Day. Only youths may hunt and carry a firearm. The hunt is restricted to youths (15 years of age and under) and each youth must be accompanied by a licensed adult. All youth hunters must register for this event and registration will be first-come, first-serve. To register, contact the Hog Island WMA between January 3-19, 2018, at (757) 357-5224. Dogs are allowed and recommended.

  • Hunt date: February 3, 2018
  • Hunters to arrive by 4:30 a.m.

Princess Anne WMA Impoundments September Canada Goose/Teal Hunts and October Waterfowl

This is an opportunity to hunt September Canada geese/teal and waterfowl during the October waterfowl season on the Princess Anne WMA in Virginia Beach. The area’s impoundment system will be open on a first-come, first-served basis for half-day (until 1:00 p.m.) hunting on Saturdays. Hunters are required to park in the designated parking areas off Munden Road. There are no blinds or decoys provided for these hunts.

  • Hunt days: Saturdays
  • Hunt dates:
    • September Geese: September 2, 9, 16, 23
    • September Teal: September 16, 23, 30
    • October Waterfowl: October 7
  • Hunters may not occupy area before 5:00 a.m.

Princess Anne WMA Light Goose Conservation Order Season (Snow and Ross’ Geese)

This is an opportunity for float blind hunters to hunt snow geese (light geese) at the Princess Anne WMA after the general duck season. The Princess Anne blind stakes and impoundments at Back Bay are available for snow goose hunting after the general duck season. These hunts will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Daily hunting times will be one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. The impoundments are open for late snow goose hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays and state holidays. The blind stakes may be hunted Mondays–Saturdays.

  • Conservation Order Season: February 1– April 5, 2018 (No Sunday hunting).

Princess Anne WMA – Youth Waterfowl Days

Float blind stakes and the impoundments will be open on a first come, first served basis to youth 15 years or younger when accompanied by an adult on youth waterfowl hunting days. Only youth may hunt and carry a firearm. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed adult. There are no blinds or decoys provided for these hunts.

  • Hunt dates: October 21, 2017 and February 3, 2018
  • Hunters may not occupy area before 5:00 a.m.

Managed Deer Hunts

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Managed Deer – Series #701

Public deer hunting by shotgun and bow on Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, in designated areas. Either-sex deer may be taken all season. Hunting conditions could be considered “rigorous.” First time hunters are encouraged to visit the Refuge and attend scouting day to familiarize themselves with hunting conditions. During the hunt, some areas may close early or be closed completely due to weather, road conditions, or emergency operations. There is a refuge fee of $15.00. For more information and details on how to stay updated during the hunt, please visit the Great Dismal Swamp NWR website. Hunters must purchase a Refuge Deer Hunting Permit by going to www.gooutdoorsvirginia.com.

  • Scouting date: September 30, 2017
  • Hunt dates: October 6, 7, 13, 14,20,21, and November 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18

Princess Anne WMA October Archery

Archery hunt for deer on the Whitehurst and Beasley tracts of Princess Anne WMA in Virginia Beach. Permits will no longer be required. Hunters must stay within the wooded areas, or along wooded edges while hunting. Hunters are required to park in the designated parking areas off Munden Road, and scouting is allowed on Sundays.

  • Hunting days: Mondays–Saturdays
  • Hunt dates: October 7–31
  • Hunters may not occupy area before 5:00 a.m.

C. F. Phelps WMA Deer Hunt for the Disabled

This is an opportunity for disabled hunters, disabled defined as mobility impaired due to a permanent physical condition, to hunt white-tailed deer on the Hogue Tract of C.F. Phelps WMA in Fauquier County. Two disabled hunters will be chosen by random drawing to hunt each day during the archery, muzzleloader, and general firearms deer seasons. Each successful applicant may be accompanied by one companion, who may hunt if properly licensed. Applications for this special hunt must include the name, address, telephone number(s) (home, cell, and/or business), e-mail address, hunting license number, vehicle description, and vehicle license number of the disabled hunter and companion hunter/helper, and 2 preferred hunting dates for each season they want to hunt. Please indicate which blinds you want to hunt for each of your preferred hunting dates (there are only two choices, blinds 1 & 2 or blinds 3 & 4). Mail the application to: Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, ATTN: Hogue Tract Hunt, 1320 Belman Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. Applications must be received by the close of business on September 8, 2017.

  • Hunting days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and State Holidays
  • Hunt dates archery: October 7 through November 1, 2017
  • Hunt dates muzzleloader: November 4 through November 15, 2017
  • Hunt dates general firearms: November 18 through December 2, 2017

Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve Deer Hunt

This is an opportunity to hunt deer on Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve in Loudoun County. For more information go to www.loudoun.gov/webtrac or call 703-777-0343

Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge Deer Hunt

Selected hunters must attend an orientation and show proof of weapons qualification in order to participate. There is an application and hunt fee. Lottery information and applications are available by calling the Refuge office at 703-490-4979 or online at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Occoquan_Bay/Visit/DeerHunt.html.

  • Hunt dates: December 7 and 14

Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge and State Park Deer Hunt

Selected hunters must attend an orientation and show proof of weapons qualification in order to participate. There is an application and hunt fee. Lottery information and applications are available by calling the Refuge office at 703-490-4979 or online at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Mason_Neck/Visit/deerhunt.html.

  • Hunt dates: November 28 and December 5

Bear

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge – Series #501

Shotgun hunting (slugs only) for black bears on Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, in designated areas of the Virginia portion of the refuge. The first 100 hunters to purchase a Refuge Bear Hunt Permit from the Go Outdoors Virginia License website will be licensed for this hunt. A maximum harvest limit of 20 bears is imposed on this hunt, and therefore the number of hunt days could be reduced as this quota is approached (however, this has never occurred). Hunting conditions could be considered “rigorous.” First time hunters are encouraged to visit the Refuge and attend scouting day to familiarize themselves with hunting conditions. There is a refuge fee of $25 per hunter. For more information about the bear hunt program, visit the Great Dismal Swamp NWR website.

  • Scouting date: November 2, 2017 (also a deer hunt permit can be purchased for additional scouting access to hunt areas prior to the scouting day; see managed deer hunt # 701)
  • Hunt dates: November 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 2017 (permittees hunt six days)

Deer Hunting Workshops

Occoquan Bay National Wildlife

On Saturday, December 2, 2017, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will host a Novice Youth Deer Hunt on the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Prince William County. This is an opportunity for beginning hunters to learn more about deer and deer hunting and participate in an afternoon hunt.

For registration information and workshop details please see the hunting workshop section of our website at www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting.

Loudoun County Parks

Loudoun County, VA Parks and Recreation is offering a Virginia Department Game & Inland Fisheries sponsored novice deer hunter workshop and hunt at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve. The Novice Deer Hunter Workshop will take place October 14–15 and the hunt days will be December 1, 8, and 15 at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, 21085 The Woods Road, Leesburg, VA 20176.

This workshop is to educate novice hunters beyond the state required hunter education course and to prepare them for real field experiences. This workshop for novice hunters 18 and over will consist of two days of classroom sessions that cover hunter safety, deer habitat, and hunting technique. Classroom sessions will be followed by three days of either shotgun or archery hunting with an assigned mentor.

Interested hunters must register for the lottery through Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services (PRCS). Individuals must first establish a household account. New and existing household account information is available online at www.loudoun.gov/webtrac. After establishing a household account number and password, hunters can register for the lottery.

The lottery registration fee is $10 per chance for Loundon county residents and $15 per chance for non-residents.

Online registration begins, August 1 and runs through 12:00 a.m. (midnight), August 31, 2017. In-person lottery registration will also be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the PRCS Administrative Office, 20145 Ashbrook Place, Ashburn, VA 20147. For additional registration assistance, call 703-777-0343.

The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries reserves the right to manage hunter access and hunter use on Department-owned and controlled lands as deemed appropriate.

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 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 Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4040 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 300, Arlington, VA 22203.