Contact Information

Virginia Bird Hunting


7870 Villa Park Drive, Suite 400

Henrico, VA 23228

(804) 367-1000; (804) 367-1278 V/TDD

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 90778

Henrico, VA 23228-0778

Boating Registration/ License Fees

(804) 367-1000

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.

Additional Contacts

Report Wildlife Violations Only

(800) 237-5712

or wildlifecrime@virginiawildlife.gov

Boating Registration/ License Fees

(804) 367-1000

Quota Hunts


Virginia Department of Forestry

Headquarters: (434) 977-6555

State Forests: (804) 492-4121


Department of Conservation and Recreation Reservation Center


(800) 933-7275

USDA Wildlife Services

(804) 739-7739

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.

Safety Tips

  • 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.

Regional Offices

Region 1

3801 John Tyler Memorial Hwy.

Charles City, VA 23030

(804) 829-6580

Region 2

1132 Thomas Jefferson Road

Forest, VA 24551-9223

(434) 525-7522

Region 3

1796 Highway Sixteen

Marion, VA 24354

(276) 783-4860

Region 4

P.O. Box 996, 517 Lee Highway

Verona, VA 24482

(540) 248-9360

1320 Belman Road

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

(540) 899-4169

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:


Federal Electronic or “E-Stamp” Duck Stamp Program

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.

Waterfowl Information

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
Wildlife Resources
Waterfowl Homepage


USFWS and Flyway
Council website


Federal Register Documents