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Game Bird Hunting

Waterfowl Managed Hunts

2021-2022 Managed Hunts

Note to Managed Hunt Applicants

While the Department remains hopeful its managed hunt program can occur during the 2021-2022 hunting season, safety of the public and Department staffs must take precedence over these hunting opportunities. Depending upon the prevailing COVID-19 conditions at the time of the hunts advertised below, the Department may cancel the hunt or modify operational procedures of the hunt 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 program, please visit https://www.virginiawildlife.gov/covid-19/.

Managed Hunts are generally by on-site random drawings or by application through the local Resource Office. Hunting opportunities are provided on various Department Wildlife Management Areas and National Wildlife Refuges.

Waterfowl

Hog Island WMA September Waterfowl Hunts

Hunt resident Canada geese and teal when in season on the first, third, and fourth Wednesdays in September until 11:00 a.m. on Hog Island WMA in Surry County. A total of 10 parties of no more than 3 hunters per party will be selected each morning of the hunt. There are no blinds or decoys provided for these hunts. Hunters should call in advance to determine field hunting conditions (crops in/out or of the fields). Phone number: (757) 357-5224. Dogs are allowed and recommended.

  • Drawing begins promptly at 4:15 a.m.

Hog Island - Youth October Waterfowl Day

The Department in cooperation with The Wildlife Foundation of Virginia will host a youth waterfowl hunting day for 20 youths on the youth waterfowl hunting day. Only youth may hunt and carry a firearm. The hunt is restricted to youths (15 years of age and under) and each youth must be accompanied by a licensed adult. All youth hunters must register for this event and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, contact the Hog Island WMA between October 4-8, 2021, at (757) 357-5224. There are no blinds or decoys provided for these hunts. Dogs are allowed and recommended.

  • Hunters to arrive by 4:30 a.m.

Hog Island - Youth February Waterfowl Day

This is an opportunity for nine youths to hunt waterfowl on the Hog Island WMA in Surry County on the February Youth Waterfowl Hunt Day. Only youths may hunt and carry a firearm. The hunt is restricted to youths (15 years of age and under) and each youth must be accompanied by a licensed adult. All youth hunters must register for this event and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, contact the Hog Island WMA between January 17-21, 2022, at (757) 357-5224. Dogs are allowed and recommended.

  • Hunters to arrive by 4:30 a.m.

Princess Anne WMA Impoundments September Canada Goose/Teal Hunts

This is an opportunity to hunt September Canada geese/teal on the Princess Anne WMA in Virginia Beach. The area’s impoundment system will be open on a first-come, first-served basis for half-day hunting on Saturdays only. 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. Hunters are required to park in the designated parking areas off Munden Road. There are no blinds or decoys provided for these hunts.

  • Hunters may not occupy area before 5:00 a.m.

Princess Anne WMA Light Goose Conservation Order Season (Snow and Ross’s Geese)

This is an opportunity for hunters to hunt snow geese (light geese) at the Princess Anne WMA after the general duck season. The Princess Anne float blind stakes and impoundments at Back Bay are available for snow goose hunting after the general duck season. These hunts will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Daily hunting times will be one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. The impoundments are open for late snow goose hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays and state holidays only. The blind stakes may be hunted Mondays–Saturdays. A boat is required to hunt the float blind stakes.

  • No Sunday hunting.

Princess Anne WMA -
Youth Waterfowl Days

Float blind stakes and the impoundments will be open on a first-come, first-served basis to youth 15 years or younger when accompanied by an adult on Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days. Only youth may hunt and carry a firearm. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed adult. There are no blinds or decoys provided for these hunts. Note: During the October hunt date there may also be deer hunters using the area around the impoundments.

  • Hunt day: October and February Youth Waterfowl Hunt Days
  • Hunters may not occupy area before 5:00 a.m.

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

This program received federal financial assistance in Sport Fish and/or Wildlife Restoration. Under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to the Office for Human Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4040 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 300, Arlington, VA 22203.

Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp

Ron Louque has been an avid outdoorsman since growing up in Louisiana hunting and fishing. He studied ornithology and zoology at Louisiana State University. While there he was inspired by two ornithologist/artists to take up bird illustration in 1972.

Louque began his career in 1974 as a professional artist. His paintings combine anatomical accuracy with sheer beauty, leading to him becoming one of the top duck and conservation stamp artists in the nation by the late 1980s. He moved to Virginia in 1983 and began to paint the landscapes and wildlife habitats of the Mid-Atlantic and Blue Ridge Mountains. His work has appeared on 29 previous state conservation stamp designs, including the first Virginia state duck stamp in 1998, and on the 2002 Federal Duck Stamp

For information on ordering the 2021 Virginia Duck Stamp print contact vaduckstamps@gmail.com

Lynda Richardson / DWR

2021 Virginia Migratory Waterfowl

Conservation Stamp artwork.

© Ron Louque