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2018-2019 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.

New for the 2018-2019 Quota Hunt Season

Quota Hunts Having Early Application Deadlines:

  • Princess Anne WMA Early Season Waterfowl Hunt, Series #112 — Applications must be received on or before July 27, 2018
  • Radford Army Ammunition Plant Deer Hunts, Series #211 — Applications must be received on or before Friday, July 27, 2018
  • Adam’s Daniel Farm — Dove Hunt, Series, #609- Application must be received on or before July 27, 2018

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 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 will be randomly selected for each day of hunting, and selected hunters may bring 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 24; December 1, 15, 22, 29; January 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Applications due: September 28, 2018

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 duck season. Four hunters will be randomly selected for each day of hunting and selected hunters may bring three guests. Hunter check-in is from 4:30-5:00 a.m. Stand-by drawings will be held to replace “no show” vacancies at 5:00 a.m.; individuals with a current “unsuccessful draw notification letter” will be given priority. Dogs are allowed and recommended. All hunters are required to stop hunting at 1:00 p.m. and have all decoys retrieved and be away from the impoundments by 2:00 p.m. Note: Hunters are to provide their own decoys.

  • Hunt dates: November 24; December 1, 15, 22, 29; January 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Applications due: September 28, 2018

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 duck season. Three hunters will be randomly selected for each set of hunting dates and selected hunters may bring two guests. Hunting is from floating blinds at designated blind stakes only.

  • Hunt days: Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
  • Hunt dates: November 22-24; Nov. 29-Dec. 1; December 20-22; 27-29; January 3-5; 10-12, 17-19; 24-26
  • Applications due: September 28, 2018

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 21–January 31
  • Applications due: September 28, 2018

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 duck season. One hunter will be randomly selected for each hunt date and 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 21, 24, 28; December 1, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29; January 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26
  • Applications due: September 28, 2018

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 duck season. Two hunters will be randomly selected for each hunt date and selected hunters may bring two guests. Hunts begin one half hour before sunrise and end at 3:00 p.m. each Wednesday. 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 21, 28; December 19, 26; January 2, 9, 16, 23
  • Applications due: September 28, 2018

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 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. 21, 24, 26, 28; Dec. 1, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29; Jan. 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26
  • Applications due: September 28, 2018

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 duck season and each selected hunter may bring two guests. Hunters must provide their own decoys, hunting gear, and boat access to the refuge. 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. 21 & 22, Nov. 28 & Dec. 1, Nov. 24 & Dec. 15, Dec. 19 & 22, Dec. 25 & 26, Dec. 29 & Jan. 1, Jan. 2 & 5, Jan. 9 & 12, Jan. 16 & 19, Jan. 23 & 26
  • Applications due: September 28, 2018
  • More information: USFWS or (804) 829-9020.

Princess Anne WMA 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 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29; October 5, 6, 8
  • Applications due: July 27, 2018

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 DGIF-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 5, 6; November 21; December 15
  • Applications due: August 31, 2018

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. Seven hunters will be randomly selected for each set of hunt days and selected hunters may bring 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 6-10 (no Sunday hunting), 11-13, 15-17, 18-20
  • Applications due: August 31, 2018

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. Seven hunters will be randomly selected for each set of hunt days and selected hunters may bring 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 22-24, 25-27, 29-31
  • Applications due: August 31, 2018

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 2018-2019 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 1-January 5 (No Sunday hunting)
  • Applications due: August 31, 2018

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. Two hunters will be randomly selected for each set of hunt dates and selected hunters may bring one guest.

  • Hunt dates: November 3-7 (no Sunday hunting), 8-10, 12-14, 15-16
  • Applications due: August 31, 2018

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 a $20 hunt permit fee is charged to cover both the applicant and one guest.

  • Hunt dates: November 19, 24; December 8
  • Applications due: August 31, 2018
  • 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 6-27 (no Sunday hunting)
  • Applications due: August 31, 2018
  • 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 13, 20
  • Hunt dates shotgun: November 7, 14, 17, 24, 28 and December 1
  • Applications due: On or before July 27, 2018
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

Hunting for white-tailed deer within Suffolk’s Lone Star Lakes Park. Eight hunters will be randomly selected for the hunt dates and selected hunters may bring 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 12–13
  • Applications due: August 31, 2018

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

Hunting for white-tailed deer within Suffolk’s Lone Star Lakes Park. Eight hunters will be randomly selected for hunt dates and selected hunters may bring 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 9–10
  • Applications due: August 31, 2018

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

Hunting for white-tailed deer within Suffolk’s Lone Star Lakes Park. Eight hunters will be randomly selected for hunt dates and selected hunters may bring 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 14–15
  • Applications due: August 31, 2018

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. Eight hunters will be randomly selected for hunt dates and selected hunters may bring 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 8–9 (Archery only)
  • Applications due: January 5, 2019

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. These tracts are accessible by vehicle. Five hunters will be randomly selected for each set of hunt dates and selected hunters may bring one guest. An official permit slip to access Mink Farm Tract will be included in the packet.

  • Hunt dates: November 3-7 (no Sunday hunting), 8-10, 12-14, 15-16
  • 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 31, 2018

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 Licensed YOUTH 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 3-10 (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 a Licensed YOUTH
  • All Applications due: September 28, 2018

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

  • Hunt dates: December 22-29 (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 a Licensed APPRENTICE
  • All Applications due: September 28, 2018

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. Fourteen hunters will be randomly selected for each set of hunt days and selected hunters may bring 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 3-7 (no Sunday hunting), 8-10, 12-14, 15-17, 19-21, 22-24, 26-28, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 3-5, 6-8, 10-12, 13-15, 17-19, 20-22, 24-26, 27-29, Dec. 31-Jan. 2, 3-5
  • Applications due: August 31, 2018

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 randomly selected for each hunt day and selected hunters may bring 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 29 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 29. If a youth or apprentice hunter is selected for September 29, they can hunt as long as they are accompanied by a licensed adult 18 years of age or older.

  • Hunt dates: September 29; October 6, 10, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31; November 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 28; December 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, 31; January 1, 5
  • Applications due: August 31, 2018

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 randomly selected for each set of hunt days and selected hunter may bring 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 29-30 for Deer, October 13-14 for Bear, and October 20-21 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 29-30; October 6-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28; November 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, December 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30; January 4-5
  • Applications due: August 31, 2018

Oakley Forest WMA – Series #305

Hunt any game species in season on the Oakley Forest WMA in Spotsylvania County. Ten hunters will be randomly selected for each set of hunt days and selected hunters may bring 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 3-7 (no Sunday Hunting), 8-10, 12-14, 15-17, 19-21, 22-24, 26-28, Nov. 29 -Dec. 1, 3-5, 6-8, 10-12, 13-15, 17-19, 20-22, 24-26, 27-29 and Dec. 31 – Jan. 2, 3-5
  • Applications due: August 31, 2018

Spring Turkey Hunts

Featherfin WMA – Series #401

Hunt spring gobblers on the Featherfin WMA in Appomattox, Buckingham, and Prince Edward counties. Six hunters will be randomly selected for each set of hunt days and selected hunters may bring one guest. Hunter quota restrictions are not in effect on the Youth/Apprentice Hunt Day (April 6, 2019) and from May 6-18, 2019.

  • Hunt dates: April 13-17 (no Sunday hunting), 18-20, 22-24, 25-27; April 29-May 1, 2-4
  • Applications due: September 28, 2018

Amelia WMA – Series #402

Hunt spring gobblers on the Amelia WMA in Amelia County. Three hunters will be randomly selected for each set of hunt days and selected hunters may bring one guest. Hunter quota restrictions are not in effect on the Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day (April 6, 2019) and from May 6-18, 2019.

  • Hunt dates: April 13-17 (no Sunday hunting), 18-20, 22-24, 25-27, April 29-May 1, 2-4
  • Applications due: September 28, 2018

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. One hunter will be randomly selected for each hunting segment and selected hunters may bring two guests. April 6, 2019 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 6, 2019. Hunter quota restrictions are not in effect from April 29-May 18, 2019.

  • Hunt dates: April 6, (Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day only), April 13-17 (no Sunday hunting) and 18-20, 22-24, 25-27
  • Applications due: September 28, 2018

Merrimac Farm WMA – Series #404

Hunt spring gobblers on Merrimac Farm WMA in Prince William County. One hunter will be randomly selected for each hunt segment and selected hunters may bring one guest. Each hunter may harvest no more than one turkey for the entire spring season on Merrimac Farm WMA. April 6, 2019 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 6. 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 6 (Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day), 13, 15, 18
    • Segment 2: April 20, 22, 25
    • Segment 3: April 27, 29, May 2
    • Segment 4: May 4, 6, 9
  • Applications due: September 28, 2018

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. Three hunters will be randomly selected for each hunt segment and selected hunters may bring two guests. A permit to access Mink Farm Tract will be included in the packet and must be signed and carried. Guests must hunt with the applicant. April 6, 2019 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 6. Hunter quota restrictions are not in effect from April 29-May 18, 2019.

  • Hunt dates: April 6, (Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day only), April 13-17 (no Sunday hunting), and 18-20, 22-24, 25-27.
  • Applications due: September 28, 2018

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 Licensed APPRENTICE 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 27
  • Hunt time: 1 Hour before sunrise to noon
  • Selected: 4 Selected on date, 1 guest allowed, 1 must be Apprentice Licensed
  • Applications due: September 28, 2018

Ware Creek WMA – Spring Turkey – Series # 409

Hunt spring gobblers on the Ware Creek WMA in New Kent County. Five hunters will be randomly selected for each hunt segment and selected hunters may bring two guests. Guests must hunt with the applicant. Successfully drawn hunters must have their award notification with them during the hunt period. April 6, 2019 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 6. Hunter quota restrictions are not in effect from April 20-May 18.

  • Hunt date: April 6 (Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day only), April 13-17 (no Sunday hunting), and 18-20, 22-24, 25-27.
  • Applications due: September 28, 2018

Adams Daniel Farm – Spring Turkey – Series #410

Hunt spring gobblers on the Adams Daniel Farm in Pittsylvania County. One hunter will be randomly selected for each set of hunt days and selected hunters may bring one licensed guest. Each hunter may not harvest more than one turkey. April 6-7, 2019 is the Youth/Apprentice Hunting Weekend. Adults are not permitted to carry firearms on Youth/Apprentice 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 6-7 Youth and Apprentice Weekend, April 13-14, 19-21, 26-28, May 3-5 10-12, 17-18
  • Applications due: September 28, 2018

Oakley Forest WMA – Series # 411

Hunt spring gobblers on the Oakley Forest WMA in Spotsylvania County. A total of six 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 6, 2019) and from May 6 – May 18, 2019.

  • Hunt dates: April 13-17 (no Sunday hunting), 18-20, 22-24, 25-27, 29-May 1, 2-4
  • Applications due: September 28, 2018

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. One hunter will be randomly selected for the hunt day and selected hunter may bring four licensed guests.

  • Hunt date: February 16
  • Hunt time: Sunrise-Sunset
  • Applications due: September 28, 2018

New Kent Forestry Quail Hunt – Series #603

Hunt quail on designated lands at the Department of Forestry Center in Providence Forge. Dogs are encouraged. One hunter will be randomly selected for the hunt day and selected hunter may bring two guests.

  • Hunt date: January 12
  • Hunt time: Sunrise-Sunset
  • Applications due: September 28, 2018

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. One hunter will be randomly selected for the hunt day and selected hunter may bring four guests. At least one guest must be an Apprentice Hunting Licensed hunter. APPRENTICE HUNTERS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO APPLY but must bring a Licensed Adult Hunter as a guest.

  • Hunt date: February 9
  • Hunt time: Sunrise to sunset
  • Applications due: September 28, 2018

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. One hunter will be randomly selected for the hunt day and selected hunter may bring two guests. One guest must be an Apprentice Hunting Licensed hunter. APPRENTICE HUNTERS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO APPLY but must bring a Licensed Adult Hunter as a guest.

  • Hunt date: January 5
  • Hunt time: Sunrise to sunset
  • Applications due: September 28, 2018

Adams Daniel Farm – Dove Hunt #609

Hunt doves on managed fields on the Adams Daniel Farm in Pittsylvania County during the early dove season segment. Eight hunters will be randomly selected for each hunt day and selected hunters may bring one guest. 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 are from 12 noon until sunset. HIP number required.

  • Hunt dates: September 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15
  • Applications due: July 27, 2018

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.