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Virginia Bird Hunting

Hunt or kill any wild bird or wild animal, including any nuisance species, with a gun, firearm, or other weapon, or to hunt or kill any deer or bear with a gun, firearm, or other weapon with the aid or assistance of dogs, on Sundays. Exceptions to Sunday hunting prohibition:
  1. Raccoons may be hunted until 2:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
  2. Waterfowl (ducks, coot, geese, brant, and swans), and rails, gallinules, and moorhen may be hunted on Sundays subject to geographical limitations established by the Director and except within 200 yards of a place of worship or any accessory structure thereof.
  3. Any landowner or member of his family or any person with written permission from the landowner may hunt or kill any wild bird or wild animal, including any nuisance species, on the landowner’s property on Sunday, except within 200 yards of a place of worship or any accessory structure thereof.
  4. Hunting is permitted on licensed shooting preserves.

No persons shall take migratory game birds:

  • With a trap, snare, net, rifle, pistol, swivel gun, shotgun larger than 10 gauge, punt gun, battery gun, machine gun, fish hook, poison, drug, explosive, or stupefying substance;
  • With a shotgun of any description capable of holding more than three shells, unless it is plugged with a one-piece filler, incapable of removal without disassembling the gun, so its total capacity does not exceed three shells. This restriction does not apply to crows and during dates states have selected under the Conservation Order for light geese (i.e., greater and lesser snow and Ross’s geese);
  • From or by means, aid, or use of a sinkbox or any other type of low floating device, having a depression affording the hunter a means of concealment beneath the surface of the water;
  • From or by means, aid, or use of any motor vehicle, motor-driven land conveyance, or aircraft of any kind, except that paraplegics and persons missing one or both legs may take from any stationary motor vehicle or stationary motor-driven land conveyance;
  • From or by means of any motorboat or other craft having a motor attached, or any sailboat, unless the motor has been completely shut off and/or the sails furled, and its progress therefrom has ceased;
  • By the use or aid of live birds as decoys; although not limited to, it shall be a violation of this paragraph for any person to take migratory waterfowl on an area where tame or captive live ducks or geese are present unless such birds are and have been for a period of 10 consecutive days prior to such taking, confined within an enclosure which substantially reduces the audibility of their calls and totally conceals such birds from the sight of wild migratory waterfowl;
  • By the use or aid of recorded or electrically amplified bird calls or sounds, or recorded or electrically amplified imitations of bird calls or sounds. This restriction does not apply to crows or during dates states have selected under the Conservation Order for light geese (i.e., greater and lesser snow and Ross’s geese);
  • By means or aid of any motor-driven land, water, or air conveyance, or any sailboat used for the purpose of or resulting in the concentrating, driving, rallying, or stirring up of any migratory bird;
  • By the aid of baiting, or on or over any baited area, where a person knows or reasonably should know that the area is or has been baited.

Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp

The artwork for the 2017 Virginia State Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp, painted by Guy Crittenden, is entitled “Winter Ringbills” and depicts a pair of ring-necked ducks swimming.

The painting by Crittenden was selected by a judging panel made up of VDGIF staff and representatives from Virginia Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, and the Virginia Waterfowlers Association.

This is the sixth time that Virginia artist Guy Crittenden has been selected as the winning artist for the Virginia Waterfowl Conservation Stamp. He won the “First of State” stamp contest in 2005 with Wood Ducks. He followed that with wins in 2007, 2010, 2014, and 2015.

Guy prefers to work in oils and his subjects are best described as landscapes, wildlife, and sporting scenes.

For information on ordering the 2017 Virginia Duck Stamp print visit https://crittendenstudiostore.com.

A Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp is required of all persons, unless license exempt, 16 years of age and older hunting or taking any migratory waterfowl (ducks, geese, brant and swans) within the commonwealth. The annual duck stamp can be purchased for a fee of $10 (resident or nonresident) at license agents or clerks who sell Virginia hunting licenses, or from the Department’s website.

2017 Virginia Migratory Waterfowl© Guy Crittenden

Conservation Stamp artwork.