What’s New For 2018-2019

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Electronic Validation (e-notching) of License Tags

  • Successful deer and turkey hunters can use the Department’s Go Outdoors Virginia mobile smart phone app to electronically validate the appropriate license tag on their electronic deer/turkey license or bonus deer permit. (see Tag Validation & Checking)

Blaze Colors

  • “Solid blaze orange” has been defined as safety orange or fluorescent orange hue.
  • “Solid blaze pink” has been defined as safety pink or fluorescent pink hue.
  • Blaze orange or blaze pink is now required to be displayed on the exterior of an occupied ground blind during the general firearms deer season. (see General Hunting Information)

Tracking Dogs

  • Licensed hunters engaged in tracking wounded bear, deer, or turkey with a dog may possess a weapon permitted for hunting and may use such weapon to humanely kill the animal being tracked, including after legal hunting hours. Such weapon shall not be used to hunt, wound, or kill any animal other than the animal being tracked. (see General Hunting Information)

Legal Weapons

  • Arrowguns, pneumatic-powered air guns that fire an arrow, are legal for hunting any wild bird or animal for which there is a hunting season.
  • Persons with a disability that prevents them from drawing a bow or crossbow may hunt with an arrowgun during the archery season provided they have in possession an authorization form provided by the Department that has been completed by their physician. Authorization forms are found at

Tree Stands

  • Permanently disabled hunters possessing a valid hunting license, hunters holding a lifetime disabled hunting license, and hunters holding a lifetime disabled veterans hunting license are exempt from any local ordinance in which hunting from an elevated platform or tree stand is required.

Deer — Urban Archery

  • The City of Newport News, Town of Buchanan, and the counties of Prince William and Stafford have been added. (see Deer Hunting Seasons)


Wildlife Management Areas

  • Oakley Forest WMA (2,911 acres) in Spotsylvania County has been added to the Department’s Wildlife Management Area system.

Quota Hunts

  • Multispecies (#305) and Spring Turkey (#411) hunts have been added for Oakley Forest WMA.
  • Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge has started administering hunts on their lands. (see Public Hunting Quota Hunts)

Q: In Virginia, is it legal to buy or sell a mounted deer head, deer antlers, or craft items made from a deer?

A: Yes. It is now legal to buy and sell the hair, hide, tail, sinew, skull, antlers, bones, and feet of a legally possessed deer or elk carcass or carcass part, any products made from these carcass parts, and deer or elk mounts. Deer or elk meat (venison) organs, etc. cannot be bought and sold.