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State Parks

Virginia State Parks offer a wide variety of hunting opportunities as well as countless other outdoor activities for the entire family. Hunting opportunities range from open hunting in designated areas to managed deer hunts where individuals participate through a reservation or lottery system.

Specific sites that offer hunting may change from year to year. Managed deer hunts are

a tool in Virginia State Parks’ overall deer management program. Participating hunters are asked to support our management efforts by following harvest guidelines associated with each hunt.

For more information about hunting in a Virginia State Park or to make reservations go on the Web at www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/hunting.shtml or call (800) 933-PARK (7275). Overnight accommodations are available at many sites during part of the hunting season; contact the Customer Service Center or visit the website for additional information and to reserve cabins or campsites. Detailed hunting opportunities are listed below.

Virginia State Parks and Natural Areas Hunting Opportunities 2017-2018 Season

Location

Hunting Dates

Reservation Period Begins

Number of Hunters/Day

Weapons Allowed

Reservation Fee

Hunter Education Required

Belle Isle

Lancaster County

804-462-5030

11/7–8

9/22

12

M

$15

12/11–12

9/22

12

M,S

$15

Caledon

King George County

540-663-3861

11/16

9/8

10

M

$15

Claytor Lake

Pulaski County

540-643-2500

1/5–6

10/5

20

M,Ss

$15

Grayson Highlands

Grayson County

276-579-7092

11/6–7

9/7

30

M

$15

11/20–21

9/7

30

G

$15

James River

Buckingham County

434-933-4355

11/6–7

9/15

15

M

$15

11/20–21

12/4–5

9/15

15

M,S

$15

Kiptopeke

Northampton County

757-331-2267

11/15–16

9/13

12+

A, M

$15

12/6–7

9/13

12+

A, M, S

$15

Lake Anna

Spotsylvania County

540-854-5503

11/8

9/29

20

M

$15

12/6–7

9/29

20

M, Ss

$15

Leesylvania

Prince William County

703-730-8205

12/6, 12/13

10/6

15

Ss*

$15

Natural Tunnel

Scott County

276-940-2674

11/13–14

9/28

15

M^

$15

11/4

9/28

15

YM^

$15

1/19–20

9/28

15

M, Ss^

$15

Pocahontas

Chesterfield County

804-796-4255

11/6–11

9/27

10+

A, M^

$15

12/11–13

1/3–5

9/27

25+

A, M, S^

$15

Shenandoah River

Warren County

540-622-6840

11/13

9/20

7

YM^

$15

11/7, 11/14

9/20

14

M^

$15

Smith Mountain Lake

Bedford County

540-297-6066

11/6–7

11/13–14

9/14

30

A, M

$15

Widewater

Stafford County

703-730-8205

12/7, 12/14

10/4

10

Ss*

$15

York River

James City County

757-566-3036

11/13–14

9/21

5 ,37

A, M

$15

Key:

A Archery

M Muzzleloading firearms

S Shotgun

bs buckshot only

s slugs only

G General Firearms

YM Youth Muzzleloading firearms

YG Youth General Firearms

* special qualification required

+ some slots allow for hunting buddy

^ Earn a Buck

Call the State Parks Customer Service Center at 1-800-933-PARK to participate. All hunts have special regulations.

Contact the individual park or the customer service center to obtain the hunt specific rules.

All of Virginia State Parks’ managed hunts will be filled by reservation, except the Cooperative Hunts listed below.

Reservation Hunts

Hunters may reserve a preferred day and at some sites, a preferred stand or zone. There is a non-refundable reservation fee of $15 per day; there may be limits to the number of reservations allowed per call. Proof of hunter education certification and required licenses must be presented at check-in. To make a reservation call the State Parks Customer Service Center at 1-800-933-PARK (7275) to participate.

Special Youth Hunts

Two special Youth Hunts are planned: Monday, November 13 at Shenandoah River State Park (muzzleloader), and Saturday, November 4 at Natural Tunnel State Park (muzzleloader). To participate, youth ages 12–17 should follow the same process as for our other hunts. Note that youth ages 16–17 may hunt alone, youth ages 12–15 must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult (with valid hunter safety certification).

Special Southern Heritage Hunt

Chippokes Plantation State Park hosts a traditional hunting experience on Saturday, December 2. This is an old-fashioned hunt featuring three traditional meals, a blessing of the hounds, rides to and from the hunt stands and a butchering service. Reservations may be made up to one year in advance. Fee: $325/adult or youth 16 and older; $200/child, ages 12–17, if stand is shared with a paying adult; $50 per non-hunting companion.

Cooperative Hunts

Wheelin’ Sportsmen Hunt

There are three special opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in hunts. Special Muzzleloader hunts will be held at Shenandoah River State Park on Monday, Nov. 6, and at Lake Anna State Park on Tuesday, Nov. 7. A special General Firearms hunt will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Staunton River State Park. Applications will be available August 1, and the deadline is September 30. Apply or download the application at http://vanwtf.com/wheelin.aspx. Contact Robin Clark, 434-249-6154, weeeelz@aol.com for more info.

False Cape State Park Deer and Feral Hog Lottery Hunt

There will not be a hunt at False Cape this year.

Mason Neck State Park

This hunt is run in conjunction with the Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Hunt dates are November 28 and December 5. All selected hunters must attend an orientation and show proof of weapons qualification in order to participate. There is an application and hunt fee. Applications will be accepted from August 1 to September 15. Lottery information and applications are available by calling the Refuge office at 703-490-4979 or online at www.fws.gov/refuge/Mason_Neck/visit/deerhunt.html.

Claytor Lake State Park Youth Deer Hunting Workshop

This workshop and hunt for youth (ages 12–17) is held in conjunction with the VA Department of Game & Inland Fisheries on Dec. 15-16. Workshop includes a Friday evening seminar on deer biology/management, hunting safety/ethics and muzzleloader safety, and a Saturday guided hunt. Participants must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, and meet all hunter education and licensing requirements. For more information and to register contact Tracy Howard at (540) 731-3639, tracy.howard@radfordva.gov.

Pocahontas Archery Hunt by Permit

Pocahontas State Park offers an opportunity for archery hunters to obtain a permit for archery hunting in special designated areas. Approximately 3,000 acres is open Monday through Thursday only to archery hunters who obtain a permit through the main park office. Permits are valid from October through February and are limited to a total of 100 permits. All normal VDGIF regulations and bag limits apply to this hunt. Proof of hunter safety education course completion is required to obtain a permit. Contact the park office at 804-796-4255 for more information.