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2017-2018 Quota Hunts

General Information/Application

Quota hunts provide hunters unique opportunities to access public lands that otherwise may be closed to hunting. Hunters can participate in random drawings to hunt waterfowl, white-tailed deer, black bear, quail, rabbits and turkeys. To participate, hunters must apply pre-season and submit a non-refundable application fee. Applicants should be aware there is a risk and no guarantee that you will be selected for the hunt or hunt dates. Your application fee(s) will not be returned.

Your application fee(s) are used to process the application, conduct computer random hunter selections and post online hunter notifications. Application fees are $7.50 for each hunt.

A hunter may only apply through the Department’s website at www.gooutdoorsvirginia.com. Successful applicants can find their hunt materials online by logging into their Quota Hunts landing page.

Hunters may receive additional hunt dates as a bonus if the hunt series does not fill to capacity. To be eligible for this opportunity, select “I will accept any date” when applying for your hunt. Hunters are responsible for obtaining all applicable licenses and stamps.

New for the 2017-2018 Quota Hunt Season

  • New online application process
  • Dismal Swamp Bear Hunt #501 and Deer Hunt #701 are now first-come, first-serve and no longer Quota. You may purchase a permit for these hunts at www.gooutdoorsvirginia.com under Purchase a License

Quota Hunts Having Early Application Deadlines:

  • Princess Anne Early Season Waterfowl Hunt, Series #112 — Applications must be received on or before July 28, 2017.
  • Radford Army Ammunition Plant Deer Hunts, Series #211 — Applications must be received on or before Friday, July 28, 2017
  • Chickahominy Wildlife Management Area Dove Hunt, Series #608 — Application must be received on or before July 28, 2017
  • New Adam’s Daniel Farm — Dove Hunt, Series, #609- Application must be received on or before July 28, 2017

Waterfowl

Hog Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA) – Series #101

Hunt waterfowl at Hog Island WMA in Surry County. Hunt includes morning hunt until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday during the last segments of the general duck season. Hunter check-in begins at 4:00 a.m. and ends promptly at 4:30 a.m. Stand-by drawings to replace “no show” vacancies will be held at 4:15 a.m.; individuals with a current “unsuccessful draw notification letter” will be given priority. Individuals age 16 years and older must have a valid picture ID for security. Hunting parties are provided a blind and boat. Decoys will no longer be provided for this hunt. Hunters without decoys may call (757) 357-5224 in advance for decoy availability. Nine hunters are randomly selected for each day of hunting, and selected hunters are allowed two guests. Limited access to the area requires hunters be transported by Department personnel to their blind location. Dogs are allowed and recommended.

  • Hunt dates: November 18, 25; December 16 (no geese), 23, 30; January 6, 13, 20, 27
  • Applications due: September 29, 2017

Princess Anne WMA Waterfowl Hunts – Series #102

Hunt waterfowl on managed impoundments at Princess Anne WMA in Virginia Beach. Hunt includes half day hunting each Saturday during the last two segments of the general duck season. Hunter check-in starts at 4:45 a.m. Four hunters will be randomly selected for each day of hunting and selected hunters are allowed three guests. Stand-by drawings will be held to replace “no show” vacancies; individuals with a current “unsuccessful draw notification letter” will be given priority. Dogs are allowed and recommended. Note: Hunters are to provide their own decoys.

  • Hunt dates: November 18, 25; December 16 (no geese), 23, 30; January 6, 13, 20, 27
  • Applications due: September 29, 2017

Dutch Gap Conservation Area Waterfowl Hunts – Series #103

Hunt waterfowl on the Dutch Gap Conservation Area in Chesterfield County. Hunt days are during the last two segments of the waterfowl season. Each successful applicant will be allowed two guests. Three hunters will be randomly selected for each 3-day block except for Dec. 16. Hunting is from floating blinds at designated blind stakes only.

  • Hunt days: Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
  • Hunt dates: November 15-18, 22-25; December 16 (only), December 20-23, 27-30; January 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27
  • Applications due: September 29, 2017

Tundra Swan Permit – Series #104

Tundra Swan hunting is by permit only. Each permit holder will be authorized to take one tundra swan. The hunt area is limited to east of U.S. Route I-95 and south of Chopawamsic Creek on the Prince William / Stafford County line.

  • Tundra Swan season: November 15–January 31
  • Applications due: September 29, 2017

Lake Orange Waterfowl Hunts – Series #105

Hunt waterfowl on Lake Orange, Orange County. Hunt days are Wednesdays and Saturdays during the last two segments of the waterfowl season. One hunter will be randomly selected for each hunt date. Selected hunters may bring two guests. Hunting will only be allowed on a designated section(s) of Lake Orange. Only floating blinds, anchored within 50 feet of shore, or portable blinds along the designated shoreline will be allowed.

  • Hunt dates: November 15, 18, 22, 25; December 16, 20, 23, 27, 30; January 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
  • Applications due: September 29, 2017

Dick Cross WMA Waterfowl Hunts – Series #106

Hunt waterfowl on designated impoundments at Dick Cross WMA in Mecklenburg County. Hunt days are every Wednesday during the last two segments of the waterfowl season. Two hunters will be randomly selected for each hunt date. Hunts begin one half hour before sunrise and end at 3:00 p.m. each Wednesday. Selected hunters may bring two guests. Hunters must provide decoys. Dogs are allowed. There are no boat landings or direct vehicular access provided. Small boats or canoes may be used but must be transported on foot.

  • Hunt dates: November 15, 22; December 20, 27; January 3, 10, 17, 24
  • Applications due: September 29, 2017

Princess Anne WMA Floating Blind Stake Waterfowl Hunts – Series #107

Hunt waterfowl for half days on the waters of Back Bay and the North Landing River in the City of Virginia Beach during the last two segments of the general duck season. There are 55 floating blind stakes available for hunting. Drawing order will be randomly selected for each hunt day prior to the hunting season. Each hunt day, hunters present will select their blind in the order assigned by the preseason drawing. Drawings start promptly at 5:00 a.m. Hunters who are late or without a draw number can participate in a standby drawing starting after the quota drawing. Limited water access to the area requires that all hunting parties have a boat/ float blind and float blind license. All hunters are required to stop hunting at 1:00 p.m. and have all decoys retrieved and be away from the blind stakes by 2:00 p.m. It is recommended that each hunting party visit the hunting area prior to the season to locate boat access, blind stakes, and scout the area in general. You must be familiar with the area to locate the blind stakes before shooting time! See Princess Anne WMA page for maps.

  • Hunt days: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays
  • Please note: On Dec. 25 (Christmas Day) – the blind stakes at Princess Anne WMA will be open without quota on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Hunt dates: Nov: 15, 18, 20, 22, 25; Dec: 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30; Jan: 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27
  • Applications due: September 29, 2017

Plum Tree National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Hunts – Series #108

Hunt waterfowl for full days on the Cow Island Unit of Plum Tree Island National Wildlife Refuge in the City of Poquoson. Hunting is available from licensed blind locations. Hunters select preferred dates for two-day hunt packages during the last two segments of the regular duck season. Each hunter selected is allowed 2 guests. Hunters must provide their own boat access to the refuge, decoys, and hunting gear. Use of retrieval dogs is permitted and encouraged. The nearest boat launch access to the hunting area is from the Rens Road Public Boat Ramp in Poquoson or from Owens Marina (launching fee collected on-site).

  • Hunt days: Opening days, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and some holidays
  • Hunt dates: Nov. 15 & 18; Nov. 22 & 23; Dec. 16 & 20; Dec. 22 & 23; Dec. 25 & 27; Dec 30 & Jan 1; Jan. 3 & 6; Jan. 10 & 13; Jan. 17 & 20; Jan. 24 & 27
  • Applications due: September 29, 2017
  • More information: USFWS or (804) 829-9020.

Princess Anne Early Season Waterfowl Hunt #112

Hunt September Canada geese/teal (during the September teal season) and waterfowl (during the October waterfowl season) on the Princess Anne WMA and North Landing River in Virginia Beach. Resident goose season prior to the teal season is open on a first-come, first-served basis. Quota hunting begins with the opening of teal season. There are 55 floating blind stakes available for hunting. Drawing order will be randomly selected for each hunt day prior to the hunting season. Each hunt day, hunters present will select their blind in the order assigned by the preseason drawing. Drawings start promptly at 5:00 a.m. Hunters who are late or without a draw number can participate in a standby drawing starting after the quota drawing. Limited water access to the area requires that all hunting parties have a boat/ float blind and float blind license. All hunters are required to stop hunting at 1:00 p.m. and have all decoys retrieved and be away from the blind stakes by 2:00 p.m. It is recommended that each hunting party visit the hunting area prior to the season to locate boat access, blind stakes, and scout the area in general. You must be familiar with the area to locate the blind stakes before shooting time!

  • Hunt days: Three days weekly. Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Opening Day.
  • Hunt dates: September 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30; October 6, 7, 9,
  • Applications due: July 28, 2017

Game Farm Marsh (WMA) #113

Hunt waterfowl on the Game Farm Marsh WMA in New Kent County. Seven parties will be randomly selected to hunt the area on these days. Each successful applicant will be allowed two guests and must check-in with Department staff at Eagles Landing by 5:00 a.m. Stand-by drawings to replace “no show” vacancies will be held at 5:15 a.m.; individuals with a current “unsuccessful draw notification letter” will be given priority. Hunt locations will be on a “first-come, first-served” basis and hunting parties are asked to maintain a respectful distance from each other. A limited number of VDGIF-licensed stationary blinds are available on the area. Hunters may use these blinds if desired, but are not required to hunt from the blinds. Hunters may also hunt from floating blinds or while standing on Game Farm Marsh property. Hunting out of floating blinds is not permitted within 500 yards of any privately licensed stationary blinds. Hunters may not occupy the area before 5:00 a.m. and must vacate the area by 1:00 p.m. Successfully drawn hunters must have their award notification with them during the hunt period. No other equipment is provided. You will need a boat to access the WMA. Dogs are allowed and recommended.

  • Hunt dates: October 6, 7; November 15; December 16
  • Applications due: August 25, 2017

For the remainder of the October, November, and December/January segments of the duck season, Game Farm Marsh WMA is open for hunting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, with no restrictions on the number of hunters. Hunters may not occupy the area before 5:00 a.m. and must vacate the area by 1:00 p.m.

Deer

Hog Island WMA Archery Deer Hunts – Series #201

Archery hunting for white-tailed deer on the Hog Island WMA in Surry County. A total of seven hunters are selected for each set of hunt days. Each successful applicant will be allowed one guest. Hunters must be present for a 4:45 a.m. pre-hunt briefing on first hunt day of assigned period. Stand-by drawings will be held to fill “no-show” vacancies at 5:00 a.m. on first day of each hunt period. Individuals age 16 years and older must have a valid picture ID for security. Pre-application scouting is highly recommended.

  • Hunt dates archery: October 7-11, 12-14, 16-18
  • No Sunday Hunting
  • Applications due: August 25, 2017

Hog Island WMA Deer Shotgun and Muzzleloader Hunts – Series #202

Shotgun, archery, or muzzleloader hunting for white-tailed deer on the Hog Island WMA in Surry County. A total of seven hunters are selected for each set of hunt days. Each successful applicant will be allowed one guest. Hunters must be present for a 4:45 a.m. pre-hunt briefing on first hunt day of assigned period. Stand-by drawings will be held to fill “no-show” vacancies at 5:00 a.m. on first day of each hunt period. Individuals age 16 years and older must have a valid picture ID for security. Pre-application scouting is highly recommended.

  • Hunt dates: October 19-21, 23-25, 26-28
  • Applications due: August 25, 2017

The Nature Conservancy, North Landing River – Series #203

Hunt deer on a 2300-acre tract on the North Landing River in Virginia Beach. Please note: this tract is accessible only by boat and is composed of very dense wetland habitat. Hunters must provide their own boat for access. There is no high-ground access for foot travel, and hunters are highly recommended to provide their own map/GPS equipment to navigate interior travel. Fifty hunters will be selected to hunt this property for the 2017-2018 deer seasons (general firearms, late archery, and late muzzleloader). Each successful hunter will be allowed one guest. Successful applicants must return a signed waiver prior to the season. Failure to submit a waiver will result in revocation of hunting privileges.

  • Hunt dates: October 7, 2017-January 6, 2018 (No Sunday hunting)
  • Applications due: August 25, 2017

Mockhorn Island WMA Deer Hunts – Series #204

Muzzleloader hunting for white-tailed deer on the GATR Tract of Mockhorn Island WMA in Northampton County. The 365-acre GATR Tract is the mainland portion of Mockhorn Island WMA on the Eastern Shore. This tract is accessible by vehicle. A total of two hunters are selected for each set of hunt dates. Each successful applicant will be allowed one guest.

  • Hunt dates: November 4-8 (no Sunday hunting), 9-11, 13-15, 16-17
  • Applications due: August 25, 2017

Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge – Series #206

Archery hunting for white-tailed deer on the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Caroline, Essex, King George, Richmond and Westmoreland counties. Hunt tracts include: Hutchinson, Thomas (Essex County); Mothershead (Westmoreland County); Toby’s Point (King George County); Tayloe, Laurel Grove, Wright, Franklin (Richmond County); Port Royal (Caroline County). Applicants must indicate their preference to bring a guest on the application. Please note: For successful applicants there will be an additional hunt fee of $25/season per hunter. Applications for unfilled hunt slots will be accepted on selected days and times (on a walk-in basis and limited phone-in opportunities). Please check USFWS for dates and times.

  • Hunt dates archery:
    • Season I: October 7–20 (except Sundays)
    • Season II: October 21–November 3 (except Sundays)
  • Applications due: August 25, 2017
  • More information: USFWS or (804) 333-1470 Ext. 118.

Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge – Series #207

Muzzleloader hunting for white-tailed deer on the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Essex, King George, and Richmond counties. Hunt tracts include: Hutchinson (Essex County); Toby’s Point (King George County); Laurel Grove, Tayloe, Wilna, Wright (Richmond County). Applicants must indicate their preference to bring a guest on the application. Please note: For successful applicants there will be an additional hunt fee of $10/day per hunter. Applications for unfilled hunt slots will be accepted on selected days and times (on a walk-in basis and limited phone-in opportunities).

  • Hunt dates: November 4, 10, 11, 2017
  • Applications due: August 25, 2017
  • More information: USFWS or (804) 333-1470 Ext. 118.

Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge – Series #208

Firearms (shotgun/muzzleloader) hunting for white-tailed deer on the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Essex, King George, and Richmond counties. Hunt tracts include: Hutchinson (Essex County); Toby’s Point (King George County); Laurel Grove, Tayloe, Wilna, Wright (Richmond County). Applicants must indicate their preference to bring a guest on the application. Please note: For successful applicants there will be an additional hunt fee of $10/day per hunter. Applications for unfilled hunt slots will be accepted on selected days and times (on a walk-in basis and limited phone-in opportunities).

  • Hunt dates: November 18, 20, 25, 27; December 1, 4
  • Applications due: August 25, 2017
  • More information: USFWS or (804) 333-1470 Ext. 118.

Presquile National Wildlife Refuge – Series #209

Firearms hunting for white-tailed deer on the Presquile National Wildlife Refuge in Chesterfield County. Presquile is an island in the James River near Hopewell, Virginia. Hunters must provide their own boat access to the island and hunting gear. The nearest boat launch access to the refuge is from Deep Bottom public boat ramp (Henrico County) or Hopewell Marina (launch fee collected on site), City of Hopewell. Please note: For successful applicants (and guest) there will be an additional hunt fee of $10/day per hunter.

  • Hunt dates: November 21, 25; December 9
  • Applications due: August 25, 2017
  • More information: USFWS or (804) 829-9020.

James River National Wildlife Refuge – Series #210

Archery hunting for white-tailed deer on the James River National Wildlife Refuge in Prince George County. Please note: For successful applicants (and guest,) there will be an additional hunt fee of $50/season per hunter.

  • Hunt dates archery: October 7–28 (excluding Sundays)
  • Applications due: August 25, 2017
  • More information: USFWS or (804) 829-9020.

Radford Army Ammunition Plant Deer Hunts – Series #211

Hunt quality white-tailed deer at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant (RAAP) in Pulaski County. Bow hunting and shotgun hunting are allowed. Hunters and the day they will hunt are selected by computer drawing. Hunters must apply for and participate in an antlerless hunt before they are eligible to apply for and participate in a buck hunt. Applications are limited to one per hunter per year. Hunters who are drawn must submit a background check as required by the Department of Defense. Information regarding background checks will be supplied to successful applicants.

  • Hunt dates archery: October 14, 21
  • Hunt dates shotgun: November 8, 15, 18, 25, 29; December 2
  • Applications due: On or before July 28, 2017
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Lone Star Lakes Park – Series #212 (Hunters Choice)

Hunting for white-tailed deer within Suffolk’s Lone Star Lakes Park. A total of 8 hunters are selected for the hunt dates. Each successful applicant will be allowed one guest. Hunters must be present for a 5:00 a.m. pre-hunt briefing on the first hunt day of assigned period. Please note: For successful applicants there will be an additional hunt fee of $25.00 due on the day of the hunt for the City of Suffolk. Please make all checks payable to Ronald H. Williams, Treasurer. Stand-by drawings for no-show slots will be held prior to the pre-hunt briefing on a walk-in basis only. Hunters may use shotgun, muzzleloader, or archery equipment.

  • Hunt dates: October 13–14
  • Applications due: August 25, 2017

Lone Star Lakes Park – Series #213 (Hunters Choice)

Hunting for white-tailed deer within Suffolk’s Lone Star Lakes Park. A total of 8 hunters will be selected for hunt dates. Each successful applicant will be allowed one guest. Hunters must be present for a 5:00 a.m. pre-hunt briefing on the first day of assigned period. Please note: For successful applicants there will be an additional hunt fee of $25.00 due on the day of the hunt for the City of Suffolk. Please make checks payable to Ronald H. Williams, Treasurer. Stand-by drawings for no-shows slots will be held prior to the pre-hunt briefing on a walk-in basis only. Hunters may use shotgun, muzzleloader or archery equipment.

  • Hunt dates: November 17–18
  • Applications due: August 25, 2017

Lone Star Lakes Park – Series #214 (Muzzleloader/Archery)

Hunting for white-tailed deer within Suffolk’s Lone Star Lakes Park. A total of 8 hunters will be selected for hunt dates. Each successful applicant will be allowed one guest. Hunters must be present for a 5:00 a.m. pre-hunt briefing on the first day of assigned period. Please note: For successful applicants there will be an additional hunt fee of $25.00 due on the day of the hunt for the City of Suffolk. Please make checks payable to Ronald H. Williams, Treasurer. Stand-by drawings for no-shows slots will be held prior to the pre-hunt briefing on a walk-in basis only. Hunter may only use muzzleloader or archery equipment.

  • Hunt dates: December 15–16
  • Applications due: August 25, 2017

Lone Star Lakes Park – Series #215 (Urban Archery Hunting)

Archery hunting for ANTLERLESS white-tailed deer only within Suffolk’s Lone Star Lakes Park. This hunt is part of the new Urban Archery season which has been incorporated within the City of Suffolk. A total of 8 hunters are selected for each set of hunt dates. Each successful applicant will be allowed one guest. Hunters must be present for a 5:00 a.m. pre-hunt briefing on the first hunt day of assigned period. Please note: For successful applicants there will be an additional hunt fee of $25.00 due on the day of the hunt for the City of Suffolk. Please make all checks payable to Ronald H. Williams, Treasurer. Stand-by drawings for no-show slots will be held prior to the pre-hunt briefing on a walk-in basis only.

  • Hunt dates: February 9–10 (Archery only)
  • Applications due: January 5, 2018

Doe Creek WMA Archery or Muzzleloader Deer Hunts – Series #217

Muzzleloader or archery hunting for white-tailed deer and turkey when in season on designated lands of the Doe Creek WMA and Mink Farm Tract in Accomack County during the dates listed below. These tracts are accessible by vehicle. A total of five hunters are selected for each set of hunt dates. An official permit slip to access Mink Farm Tract will be included in the packet, and each successful applicant will be allowed one guest.

  • Hunt dates: November 4-8 (no Sunday hunting), 9-11, 13-15, and 16-17
  • Following muzzleloader quota hunts, the Mink Farm tract is open without quota restriction to archery deer hunting; the Doe Creek tract is closed through the duck season.
  • Applications due: August 25, 2017

Youth Hunter – York River Archery/Crossbow Hunt – Series #218

This Archery and Crossbow HUNT allows hunters to hunt for 7 days on designated lands at the York River State Park in James City County. All successful adult applicants must bring one YOUTH Licensed Hunter (age 12–15) as their guest to hunt. YOUTH HUNTERS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO APPLY but must bring a Licensed Adult Hunter as a guest.

  • Hunt dates: November 4-11 (no Sunday hunting)
  • Hunt time: Gates open 1 hour before sunrise till 1 hour after sunset
  • Selected: 10 Selected with 1 Guest Allowed, 1 must be YOUTH Licensed
  • All Applications due: September 29, 2017

Apprentice Hunter -New Kent Forestry Center Archery Hunt – Series #219

This archery hunt allows hunters to hunt for 7 days on designated lands at the New Kent Forestry Center in New Kent County.

All successful applicants must bring one APPRENTICE Licensed Hunter as their guest to hunt. APPRENTICE HUNTERS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO APPLY but must bring a Licensed Hunter as a guest.

  • Hunt dates: November 11-17 (no Sunday hunting).
  • Hunt time: Gates open 1 hour before sunrise till 1 hour after sunset
  • Selected: 25 Selected with 1 Guest Allowed, 1 must be Apprentice Licensed
  • All Applications due: September 29, 2017

Multi-Species WMA Hunts

Featherfin WMA – Series #302

Hunt any game species in season on the Featherfin WMA in Appomattox, Buckingham, and Prince Edward Counties. A total of 14 hunters are selected for each set of hunt days. Each successful applicant will be allowed one guest. Applicants who do not receive their preferred hunt dates will be assigned random hunt dates. Hunter quota restrictions do not apply on open hunting season dates other than those listed below. A special 4-pt. antler rule is posted and applies during all open deer seasons.

  • Hunt dates: November 4-8 (no Sunday hunting), 9-11, 13-15, 16-18, 20-22, 23-25, 27-29; November 30-December 2, 4-6, 7-9, 11-13, 14-16, 18-20, 21-23, 25-27, 28-30; January 1-3, 4-6
  • Applications due: August 25, 2017

Merrimac Farm WMA – Series #303

Hunt any game species in season (except quail) on Merrimac Farm WMA in Prince William County. One hunter will be selected for each hunt day. Each successful applicant will be allowed up to two guests. When hunting deer with a muzzleloader or shotgun, hunters must use an elevated stand. Two handicapped accessible blinds are located on the WMA and are available for disabled hunter use. Dogs may be used to find and retrieve game, except that dogs may not be used to pursue deer. September 30 is the Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day. Adults are not permitted to carry firearms on this day if they are accompanying a youth or apprentice deer hunter. The successful applicant may chaperone one youth 15 years of age or younger or an apprentice hunter on September 30. If a youth or apprentice hunter is selected for September 30, they can hunt as long as they are accompanied by a licensed adult 18 years of age or older.

  • Hunt dates: September 30; October 7, 9, 11, 14, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30; November 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 30; December 2, 4, 6, 9, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 26, 28, 30; January 1, 3, 6
  • Applications due: August 25, 2017

Adams Daniel Farm #304

Hunt any game species in season on the Adams Daniel Farm in Pittsylvania County. This property is owned by the Wildlife Foundation of Virginia. One hunter will be selected for each set of hunt days. Each selected applicant will be allowed to bring up to one licensed guest. Dogs may be used to find and retrieve game, except that dogs may not be used to pursue deer, turkey or bear. Selected applicants will be issued a hunting pass which must be carried and a windshield pass which must be displayed. Youth/ Apprentice Hunting weekends include September 30-October 1 for Deer, October 14–15 for Bear, and October 21–22 for Turkey. Adults are not permitted to carry firearms on these days if they are accompanying a youth or apprentice hunter. The selected applicant may chaperone one youth 15 years of age or younger or an apprentice hunter during Youth/Apprentice hunting days. If a youth or apprentice hunter is selected, they can hunt as long as they are accompanied by a licensed adult 18 years of age or older. There is a limit of one deer or one turkey per hunter per hunting segment.

  • Hunt dates: September 30-October 1, 7-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29; November 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26; December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29-31; January 5-6
  • Applications due: August 25, 2017

Spring Turkey Hunts

Featherfin WMA – Series #401

Hunt spring gobblers on the Featherfin WMA in Appomattox, Buckingham, and Prince Edward counties. A total of 6 hunters are selected to hunt during each set of hunt days. Successful applicants will be entitled to bring one guest. Hunter quota restrictions are not in effect on the Youth/Apprentice Hunt Day (April 7, 2018) and from May 7-19, 2018.

  • Hunt dates: April 14-18 (no Sunday hunting), 19-21, 23-25, 26-28, April 30-May 2, 3-5
  • Applications due: September 29, 2017

Amelia WMA – Series #402

Hunt spring gobblers on the Amelia WMA in Amelia County. A total of 3 hunters are selected to hunt during each set of hunt days. Successful applicants will be entitled to bring one guest. Hunter quota restrictions are not in effect on the Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day (April 7, 2018) and from May 7-19, 2018.

  • Hunt dates: April 14-18 (no Sunday hunting), 19-21, 23-25, 26-28, April 30-May 2, 3-5
  • Applications due: September 29, 2017

Mockhorn Island WMA Spring Turkey Hunts – Series #403

Hunt spring gobblers on the GATR Tract of Mockhorn Island WMA, Northampton County. The GATR Tract is the mainland part of Mockhorn Island WMA on the Eastern Shore. A total of one hunter is selected for each hunt segment. Each successful applicant will be allowed two guests. April 7, 2017 is a youth/apprentice turkey hunting day. Adults are not permitted to carry firearms on this day. To apply for the YOUTH/APPRENTICE HUNTING DAY applicants must be licensed adults 18 years old or older. The successful applicant must chaperone one youth 15 years of age or younger or an apprentice hunter on April 7, 2018. Hunter quota restrictions are not in effect from May 7-19.

  • Hunt dates: April 7, (Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day only), April 14-18 (no Sunday hunting) and 19-21, 23-25, 26-28 , April 30-May 2, 3-5
  • Applications due: September 29, 2017

Merrimac Farm WMA – Series #404

Hunt spring gobblers on Merrimac Farm WMA in Prince William County. One hunter will be selected for each hunt segment. Each successful applicant will be allowed one guest. Each hunter may harvest no more than one turkey for the entire spring season on Merrimac Farm WMA. April 7, 2018 is the Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day. Adults are not permitted to carry firearms on this day. The successful applicant must chaperone one youth 15 years of age or younger or an apprentice hunter on April 7. If a youth or apprentice hunter is selected for Segment 1, which includes the Youth/ Apprentice Hunting Day, they can hunt as long as they are accompanied by a licensed adult 18 years of age or older.

  • Hunt dates:
    • Saturdays, Mondays and Thursdays only.
    • Segment 1: April 7 (Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day), 14, 16, 19
    • Segment 2: April 21, 23, 26
    • Segment 3: April 28, 30, May 3
    • Segment 4: May 5, 7, 10
    • Segment 5: May 12, 14, 17, 19
  • Applications due: September 29, 2017

Doe Creek WMA Spring Turkey Hunts – Series #405

Hunt spring gobblers on the Doe Creek WMA and Mink Farm Tract in Accomack County. These lands are on the bayside of the Eastern Shore. A total of three hunters are selected for each hunt segment. A permit to access Mink Farm Tract will be included in the packet and must be signed and carried. Each successful applicant will be allowed two guests. Guests must hunt with the applicant. April 7, 2018 is the Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day. Adults are not permitted to carry firearms on this day. To apply for the Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day, applicants must be licensed adults 18 years of age or older. The successful applicant must chaperone one youth 15 years of age or younger or an apprentice hunter on April 7, 2018. Hunter quota restrictions are not in effect from May 7-19, 2018.

  • Hunt dates: April 7, (Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day only), April 14-18 (no Sunday hunting), and 19-21, 23-25, 26-28, April 30-May 2, 3-5.
  • Applications due: September 29, 2017

Apprentice Hunter- New Kent Forestry Center Spring Turkey – Series #408

This is a 1 day opportunity to take and mentor an APPRENTICE Hunter, on a Spring Turkey Hunt on designated lands at New Kent Forestry Center. All successful applicants must bring one APPRENTICE Licensed Hunter as their guest to hunt. APPRENTICE HUNTERS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO APPLY but must bring a Licensed Hunter as a guest.

  • Hunt date: April 14, 2018
  • Hunt time: 1 Hour before sunrise to noon
  • Selected: 4 Selected on date, 1 guest allowed, 1 must be Apprentice Licensed
  • Applications due: September 29, 2017

Ware Creek WMA – Spring Turkey – Series # 409

Hunt spring gobblers on the Ware Creek WMA in New Kent County. Total of (5) hunters are selected for each hunt segment. Each successful applicant will be allowed two guests. Guests must hunt with the applicant. Successfully drawn hunters must have their award notification with them during the hunt period. April 7, 2018 is the Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day. Only Youth and/or Apprentice Licensed Hunters may carry a weapon and one accompanying person must be a licensed adult 18 years of age or older. To apply for the Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day, applicants must be licensed adults 18 years of age or older. The successful applicant must chaperone one youth 15 years of age or younger or an apprentice hunter on April 7, 2018. Hunter quota restrictions are not in effect from May 7-19.

  • Hunt date: April 7 (Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day only), April 14-18 (no Sunday hunting), and 19-21, 23-25, 26-28, April 30-May 2, 3-5.
  • Applications due: September 29, 2017

Adams Daniel Farm – Spring Turkey – Series #410

Hunt spring gobblers on the Adams Daniel Farm in Pittsylvania County. One hunter will be selected to hunt during each set of hunt days. Selected applicants will be allowed to bring one licensed guest. Each hunter may not harvest more than one turkey on Adams Daniel Farm during the spring season. April 7-8, 2018 is the Youth/Apprentice Hunting Weekend. Adults are not permitted to carry firearms on Youth/App Weekend and must chaperone one youth 15 years of age or younger or an apprentice hunter. If a youth or apprentice hunter 18 years old or older applies and is selected for the Youth/ Apprentice Weekend, they can hunt as long as they are accompanied by a licensed adult 18 years of age or older. Selected applicants will be issued a hunting pass which must be carried and a windshield pass which must be displayed.

  • Hunt dates: April 7–8 Youth and Apprentice Weekend, April 14-15, 20-22, 27-29, May 4-6, 11-12
  • Applications due: September 29, 2017

Small Game

New Kent Forestry Center Rabbit Hunts – Series #602

Hunt rabbits on designated lands at the New Kent Forestry Center in Providence Forge. Dogs are encouraged. Successful applicants may bring 4 licensed hunters as their guest to hunt.

  • Hunt date: February 17, 2018
  • Hunt time: Sunrise-Sunset
  • Selected: 1 Selected — 4 Guest Allowed
  • Applications due: September 29, 2017

New Kent Forestry Quail Hunt – Series #603

Hunt quail on designated lands at the Department of Forestry Center in Providence Forge. Dogs are encouraged. Successful applicants may bring 2 licensed hunters as their guest to hunt.

  • Hunt date: January 13, 2018
  • Hunt time: Sunrise-Sunset
  • Selected: 1 Selected per hunt date — 2 Guest Allowed
  • Applications due: September 29, 2017

Apprentice Hunter – New Kent Forestry Center Rabbit Hunts #606

Take this opportunity to hunt designated and managed lands for rabbits and mentor an APPRENTICE Licensed Hunter at New Kent Forestry Center in Providence Forge. Dogs are encouraged. Successful applicants must bring at least one Apprentice Hunting Licensed Hunter as their guest. APPRENTICE HUNTERS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO APPLY but must bring a Licensed Adult Hunter as a guest.

  • Hunt date: February 10, 2018
  • Hunt time: Sunrise to sunset
  • Selected: 1 Selected per hunt date — 4 Guests Allowed, 1 must be an Apprentice Licensed Hunter
  • Applications due: September 29, 2017

Apprentice Hunter – New Kent Forestry Center Quail Hunt #607

Take this opportunity to hunt designated and managed lands for quail and mentor an APPRENTICE Licensed Hunter at New Kent Forestry Center in Providence Forge, New Kent County. Dogs are encouraged. Successful applicants must bring at least one Apprentice Licensed Hunter as their guest. APPRENTICE HUNTERS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO APPLY but must bring a Licensed Adult Hunter as a guest.

  • Hunt date: January 6, 2018
  • Hunt time: Sunrise to sunset
  • Selected: 1 Selected, 2 Guests Allowed, 1 must be an Apprentice Licensed Hunter
  • Applications due: September 29, 2017

Chickahominy (WMA) Dove Hunt #608

Hunt managed dove fields on the Chickahominy WMA in Charles City County. This opportunity provides each selected hunter and two guests a one day hunt on managed dove fields in the early segment of dove season. On each of the three hunt days 14 hunters will be selected. Successfully drawn applicants must have their award notification with them to hunt. Dogs are allowed.

  • Hunt dates: September 2, 4, 6.
  • Hunt time: Meet at dove field parking area at 11:30 a.m.; hunting starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m.
  • Applications due: July 28, 2017

Adams Daniel Farm – Dove Hunt #609

Hunt doves on managed fields on the Adams Daniel Farm in Pittsylvania County. This opportunity provides each selected hunter and one licensed guest a one day hunt for doves in the early dove season segment. Eight hunters will be selected for each day. Selected applicants will be issued a hunting pass which must be carried and a windshield pass which must be displayed. Dogs are allowed. Hunting hours — 12 noon until sunset. HIP number required.

  • Hunt dates: September 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16
  • Applications due: July 28, 2017

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.