Virginia Bird Hunting
7870 Villa Park Drive, Suite 400
Henrico, VA 23228
(804) 367-1000; (804) 367-1278 V/TDD
P.O. Box 90778
Henrico, VA 23228-0778
Boating Registration/ License Fees
Note: The Headquarters Office is the only Department location where visitors may title/register a boat. These services are not available at the Regional Offices.
Report Wildlife Violations Only
Boating Registration/ License Fees
Virginia Department of Forestry
Headquarters: (434) 977-6555
State Forests: (804) 492-4121
Department of Conservation and Recreation Reservation Center
USDA Wildlife Services
U. S. Forest Service Supervisor George Washington and Jefferson Forest
(540) 265-5100 or (888) 265-0019
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
(Federal wildlife inquiries only)
(804) 771-2883; (804) 771-2280
Don’t Forget to Register With HIP
All hunters (whether licensed or license-exempt) who plan to hunt migratory game birds including dove, waterfowl, rail, woodcock, snipe, coots, gallinules, or moorhens, must be registered with the Virginia Harvest Information Program (HIP). A new HIP registration is required on July 1 of each year. Hunters are no longer given a separate HIP number, but confirmation of your HIP registration will be printed on your license, or issued separately for license-exempt hunters. Information obtained from HIP is vital for the management of migratory birds in Virginia. Register for HIP online at www.gooutdoorsvirginia.com or call 888-788-9772.
If you DO NOT hunt the migratory birds noted above, you DO NOT need to register for HIP.
Sportsmen: Boat Smart, Wear Your Life Jacket
Wearing a life jacket may save your life. It is estimated that 80 percent of boating-related drownings could have been prevented had the victim been wearing a life jacket.
The newest type of life jacket, the manual or automatic inflatable, is lightweight and comfortable. They are versatile enough to be worn at any time of the year, and fit easily over a hunting coat or sweater.
- Check the weather before leaving.
- Wear a life jacket or float coat.
- Remain seated and keep weight evenly distributed.
- Anchor from the bow, never from the stern.
- Properly load your boat.
- Stay with your boat if it should capsize.
- Dress for the water temperature—guard against hypothermia.
- Leave the alcohol at home.
For more information, contact Boating Education at: BoatSafety@dwr.virginia.gov.
3801 John Tyler Memorial Hwy.
Charles City, VA 23030
1132 Thomas Jefferson Road
Forest, VA 24551-9223
1796 Highway Sixteen
Marion, VA 24354
P.O. Box 996, 517 Lee Highway
Verona, VA 24482
1320 Belman Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Do you use a boat to hunt?
Boating Safety Courses
Are Required to Operate Boats With Motors 10 HP or Greater
For more information visit:
A Federal Duck Stamp is required for all persons 16 years and older in order to hunt waterfowl. A convenient online option is available whereby hunters can obtain an E-stamp for $27.50. The E-stamp is valid immediately following the purchase and for up to 45 days. The actual Federal Duck Stamp will be mailed to the customer within 45 days and must be signed and carried thereafter while hunting waterfowl. Waterfowl hunters can still purchase their Federal Duck Stamp at some U.S. Post Offices at a cost of $25.00.
To obtain the E-stamp Federal Duck Stamp go to the Department’s website (www.gooutdoorsvirginia.com) and click on hunting and fishing licenses or visit one of over 800 license agents throughout the Commonwealth.
The web is a wonderful tool for waterfowlers. Information on season dates and bag limits can be found along with information on waterfowl population status, habitat conditions, as well as current waterfowl research being conducted in Virginia. Sites we recommend include:
Virginia Department of
USFWS and Flyway
Federal Register Documents