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Managed Hunts & Workshops (2013-2014)

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.

New for 2012 - 2013 Managed Hunt Season

Doe Creek WMA - Squirrel and Woodcock hunting opportunities.

Princess Anne - Archery Deer.

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 12:00 P.M. on Hog Island WMA in Surry County. A total of 30 hunters are 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.

  • Hunt days: Wednesdays
  • Hunt dates: TBA, 2013
  • Drawing begins promptly at 4:45 A.M.

Hog Island - Youth October Waterfowl Day

This is an opportunity for 20 youths to hunt waterfowl on the Hog Island WMA in Surry County. The Department in cooperation with The Wildlife Foundation of Virginia will host a youth waterfowl hunting day on October (to be announced Sept. 1, 2013 see Agency website). 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 (only the youth may carry a firearm). All youth hunters must register for this event and registration will be first come first serve. To register, contact the Hog Island WMA between: September 15, 2013-October 1, 2013, at: (757) 357-5224. There are no blinds or decoys provided for these hunts. Dogs are allowed and recommended.

  • Hunt date: TBA, 2013
  • Hunters to arrive by 4:45 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 (to be announced Sept. 1, 2013 see Agency website). 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 (only the youth may carry a firearm). All youth hunters must register for this event and registration will be first come first serve. To register, contact the Hog Island WMA between: January 1, 2014-January 15, 2014, at: (757) 357-5224. Dogs are allowed and recommended.

  • Hunt date: TBA, 2013
  • Hunters to arrive by 4:45 A.M.

Princess Anne WMA Float Blind September Canada Goose/Teal Hunts and October Waterfowl

Hunt September Canada geese/teal and waterfowl (during the October waterfowl season) on the Princess Anne WMA in Virginia Beach. The area's 55 float blind stakes are available to float blind hunters on a first come, first served basis. Hunters are not allowed to tie to float blinds to stakes before 5:00 A.M. Half-day (until 1:00 P.M.) hunting allowed on Opening Day, Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and State Holidays. 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. Dogs are allowed and recommended.

  • Hunt days: Opening Day, Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and State Holidays.
  • Hunt dates:
    • September Geese: September TBA, 2013
    • September Teal: September TBA, 2013
    • October Waterfowl: October TBA, 2013 (No Sunday Hunting)
  • Hunters may not tie up to blind stakes until 5:00 A.M.

Princess Anne WMA Impoundments September Canada Goose/Teal Hunts and October Waterfowl

This is an opportunity to hunt September Canada geese/teal and waterfowl during the October waterfowl season 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 (until 1:00 P.M.) hunting on Saturdays. Hunters are required to park in the designated parking areas off Munden Road.

  • Hunt days: Saturdays.
  • Hunt dates:
    • September Geese: September TBA, 2013
    • September Teal: September TBA, 2013
    • October Waterfowl: October TBA, 2013
  • Hunters may not occupy area before 5:00 A.M.

Princess Anne WMA Late Snow Goose (Light Goose) Hunts

This is an opportunity for float blind hunters to hunt snow geese (light geese) at the Princess Anne WMA after the general duck season. The Princess Anne blind stakes and impoundments at Back Bay are available for snow goose hunting after the general duck season. These hunts will be permitted after the general duck season and will be on a first come, first served basis. Daily hunting times will be ½ hour before sunrise to sunset. The impoundments are open for late snow goose hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays and State Holidays. The blind stakes may be hunted Mondays-Saturdays.

  • Season dates: January-March TBA, 2014 (No Sunday Hunting)
  • Conservation Order Season: February TBA-March TBA, 2014

Princess Anne WMA - Youth Waterfowl Day

Float blind stakes and the impoundments will be open on a first come, first served basis to youths 15 years or younger when accompanied by an adult on youth waterfowl hunting days (to be announced September 1, 2013, see Agency website). Only youths may hunt and carry a firearm. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed adult.

  • Hunt day: October and February TBA, 2013
  • Hunters may not occupy area before 5:00 A.M.

Deer

Princess Anne WMA October Archery

Archery hunt deer on the Whitehurst and Beasley tracts of Princess Anne WMA in Virginia Beach. Hunters must stay within the wooded areas, or along wooded edges while hunting. Hunters must obtain a signed authorization form, available beginning September 1st, from the area manager. Hunters are required to park in the designated parking areas off Munden Road, and scouting is allowed on Sundays.

  • Hunting days: Mondays-Saturdays
  • Hunt dates: October 1-31
  • Hunters may not occupy area before 5:00 A.M.

C. F. Phelps WMA Deer Hunt for the Disabled

This is an opportunity for disabled hunters, disabled defined as mobility impaired due to a permanent physical condition, to hunt white-tailed deer on the Hogue Tract of C.F. Phelps WMA in Fauquier County. Two disabled hunters will be chosen by random drawing to hunt each day during the archery, muzzleloader, and general firearms deer seasons. Each successful applicant may be accompanied by one companion, who may hunt if properly licensed. Applications for this special hunt must include the name, address, telephone number(s) (home, cell, and/or business), e-mail address, hunting license number, vehicle description, and vehicle license number of the disabled hunter and companion hunter, and 2 preferred hunting dates for each deer season. Mail the application to: Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, ATTN: Hogue Tract Hunt, 1320 Belman Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. Applications must be received by the close of business on September 13, 2013.

  • Hunting days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and State Holidays.
  • Hunt dates archery: October 5 through October 30, 2013
  • Hunt dates muzzleloader: November 2 through November 13, 2013
  • Hunt dates general firearms: November 16 through November 30, 2013

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Deer Hunt

Public deer hunting by shotgun and bow on Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, in designated areas for the dates listed below. Either sex deer may be taken all season, per State and Federal regulations. Hunting conditions could be considered "rigorous." First time hunters are encouraged to visit the Refuge and attend scouting day to familiarize themselves with hunting conditions. During the hunt, some areas may close early or be closed completely due to weather, road conditions, emergency operations or state regulations. There is a refuge fee of $15.00. To obtain a permit, visit www.vaquotahunts.com. For more information and details on how to stay updated during the hunt, please visit the USFWS website.

  • Hunting dates: October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, and November 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 2013
  • Application due: To scout and hunt all dates available, applications must be submitted by Aug 16, 2013. However, if you miss this early registration, you may continue to apply up to and thru November 22, 2013. Know that late applications may miss some of the available hunt dates
  • Scouting date: September 28, 2013

Hunting Workshops

Deer - Occoquan Bay National Wildlife

On Saturday, December 7, 2013, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will host a Novice Youth Deer Hunt on the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Prince William County. This is an opportunity for beginning hunters to learn more about deer and deer hunting and participate in an afternoon hunt.

For registration information and workshop details, please see the event information.

Squirrel - Doe Creek WMA

This is an opportunity to hunt squirrel September 7-30, 2013 (no Sunday Hunting) on designated lands of the Doe Creek WMA in Accomack County. Hunters are required to park in the designated parking areas off Mink Farm Road.

  • Hunting days: Monday - Saturday
  • Hunting dates: September 7-30, 2013 (no Sunday hunting)

Woodcock - Doe Creek WMA

This is an opportunity to hunt woodcock on the Doe Creek WMA on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Hunters will be required to remain in designated areas and park in the designated lot off of Mink Farm Road.

  • Hunting days: Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Hunting dates: TBA

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.

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.