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Dove/Waterfowl Quota Hunts

Virginia Bird Hunting

2017-2018
Dove/Waterfowl 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

Quota Hunts Having Early Application Deadlines

  • Princess Anne Early Season Waterfowl Hunt, Series #112 — Applications must be received on or before July 28, 2017.
  • Chickahominy Wildlife Management Area Dove Hunt, Series #608 — Application must be received on or before July 28, 2017.
  • Adams 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 two 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 for the hunt. 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 general duck season. Each successful applicant will be allowed two guests. Three hunters will be randomly selected for each 3-day block (except on 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 in 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 will be allowed 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!

  • 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. 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.

Dove

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. HIP number is required.

  • Hunt dates: September 2, 4 and 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 is required.

  • Hunt dates: September 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13 and 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.