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Waterfowl Quota Hunts

Virginia Bird Hunting

Note to Quota Hunt Applicants

Because safety of the public and Department staffs takes precedence over the quota hunt opportunities listed on the following pages, the Department may cancel or modify operational procedures of some hunts to maintain consistency with the Governor’s guidelines for group activities and social distancing. The Department will strive to provide as much advanced notice of any changes to the details listed below. For the latest information on closures, cancellations, or modifications to Department facilities and programs, please visit https://www.virginiawildlife.gov/covid-19/.

General Information/Application

Quota hunts provide hunters 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.

Quota Hunts Having Early Application Deadlines

  • Princess Anne WMA Early Season Waterfowl Hunt, Series #112 — Applications must be received on or before July 31, 2020.
  • Land’s End WMA Dove Hunt, Series #610— Applications must be received on or before July 31, 2020

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. Hunters must bring their own decoys. Nine hunters will be 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.

  • Applications due: September 25, 2020.

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 general duck season. Four hunters will be randomly selected for each day of hunting and selected hunters are allowed three guests. Hunter check-in is from 4:15-4:45 a.m. Stand-by drawings will be held promptly at 4:45 to replace “no show” vacancies; individuals with a current “unsuccessful draw notification letter” will be given priority. Dogs are allowed and recommended. All hunters are required to stop hunting at 1:00 p.m. and have all decoys retrieved and be away from the impoundments by 2:00 p.m. Note: No decoys or blinds provided.

  • Applications due: August 28, 2020.

Dutch Gap Conservation Area Waterfowl Hunts – Series #103

Hunt waterfowl on the Dutch Gap Conservation Area in Chesterfield County. Hunt days are Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays during the last two segments of the general duck season. Three hunters will be randomly selected for each set of hunting dates and selected hunters may bring two guests. Hunting is from floating blinds at designated blind stakes only.

  • Applications due: September 25, 2020.

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.

  • Applications due: September 25, 2020.

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 general duck season. One hunter will be randomly selected for each hunt date and selected hunters may bring 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.

  • Applications due: September 25, 2020.

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 general duck season. Two hunters will be randomly selected for each hunt date and selected hunters may bring two guests. Hunts begin one half hour before sunrise and end at 3:00 p.m. 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.

  • Applications due: September 25, 2020.

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 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays during the last two segments of the general duck season. There are 43 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! See Princess Anne WMA page for maps.

  • Applications due: September 25, 2020.

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 on Wednesday, Saturday, and some holidays from licensed blind locations. Hunters select preferred dates for two-day hunt packages during the last two segments of the general duck season and each hunter selected may bring two 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).

  • Applications due: September 25, 2020.
  • More information: USFWS or (804) 829-9020.

Princess Anne WMA 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 43 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!

  • Applications due: July 31, 2020.

Game Farm Marsh (WMA) #113

Hunting at Game Farm Marsh WMA in New Kent County is by Quota Hunt drawing on the first two dates of the October segment and the opening day of the November and December segments. Seven parties will be randomly selected to hunt the area on these days. 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 DWR-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. No other equipment is provided. You will need a boat to access the WMA. Dogs are allowed and recommended.

  • Applications Due: August 28, 2020.

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

NEW Land’s End WMA Dove Hunt – Series #610

Hunt dove at the Land’s End Wildlife Management Area in King George County. Hunts will take place over agricultural fields growing corn and soybean. Hunts will take place on September 12 and 14, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 20 hunters will be selected and each hunter may bring two guests. Hunters and their guests must hunt together as a group. Only non-toxic shot will be allowed on the field and each hunter will be limited to 40 shells. Each hunter must check in with staff at the field.

  • Applications due: July 31, 2020

The Department of Wildlife Resources reserves the right to manage hunter access and hunter use on Department-owned and controlled lands as deemed appropriate.