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Quota Hunts (2013-2014)

General Information/Application

Quota hunts provide hunters unique 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, turkeys, and feral hogs. To participate, hunters must apply pre-season and submit a non-refundable application fee. Applicants should be aware there is a risk that when applying, there is no guarantee that you will be selected for the hunt or hunt dates. Your application fee will not be returned.

Your application fee(s) are used to process the application, conduct computer random hunter selections and for mailing or posting online hunter notifications. Application fees are $7.50 for all hunts except the Radford Deer Hunt. The application fee for the Radford Deer Hunt is $10.00.

A hunter may apply by mail, telephone or through the Agency website at vaquotahunts.com.

  • Apply Online. Note: Online applicants should keep their confirmation number for future reference. If selected, online applicants will retrieve their hunt materials online. Your hunt materials will not be mailed to you.
  • When applying by mail, download and fill out the application (PDF). Mail application to: Virginia Quota Hunts, c/o CyberData, Inc., P.O. Box 9009, Hicksville, New York 11802. Remit check(s) payable to: CyberData, Inc.
  • When applying by telephone, call 1-877-VAHUNTS (1-877-824-8687) between the hours of 9:30 A.M.- 4:30 P.M., Monday - Friday. Have your credit card number and hunt selections available at the time of your call. In addition, have pencil and paper ready to write down and save your confirmation number for future reference.

Hunters who apply will receive a confirmation number for each hunt applied for. Mail-in and telephone applicants will receive notification on their selection status (selected or not selected) by mail or email. Online applicants will receive their notifications by email only.

Hunters may receive additional hunt dates as a bonus if the hunt series does not fill to capacity. To be eligible for this opportunity, select "I will accept any date" when applying for your hunt.

New for the 2013 - 2014 Quota Hunt Season

#109 Doe Creek WMA Waterfowl Hunts: Hunt waterfowl on selected managed impoundments at Doe Creek WMA in Accomack County. Hunt includes half day hunting each Saturday during the last segments of the general duck season. The 447 acres is on bayside of the Eastern Shore. This new Wildlife Management Area is located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, north of the town of Onancock.

#216 Doe Creek WMA Archery Deer Hunts: Archery hunting for white-tailed deer on designated lands of the Doe Creek WMA in Accomack County. The 447 acres is on bayside of the Eastern Shore. This new Wildlife Management Area is located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, north of the town of Onancock.

#217 Doe Creek WMA Archery or Muzzleloader Deer Hunts: Muzzleloader or Archery hunting for whitetailed deer on designated lands of the Doe Creek WMA in Accomack County. This 447-acre new Wildlife Management Area is located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, north of the town of Onancock.

#405 Doe Creek WMA Spring Turkey Hunts: Hunt spring gobblers on the Doe Creek WMA in Accomack County.

Great Dismal Swamp NWR Managed Deer Hunt, Series #701: Is a USFWS "managed hunt" and subject to an additional $15 permit fee. All who apply receive a permit to hunt. To scout and hunt all dates available, applications must be submitted by August 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.

Quota Hunts Having Early Application Deadlines:

  • Radford Army Ammunition Plant Deer Hunts, Series #211 - Applications must be received on or before Friday, August 9, 2013
  • New Kent Forestry Center Dove Hunts, Series #601 - Applications due July 26, 2013 and only by telephone or online!

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 AM each Saturday during the last 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. Hunting parties are provided a blind, boat and decoys for the hunt. Nine hunters are 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.

  • Hunt dates: Nov. 16, 23, 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2014
  • Applications due: September 27, 2013

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 last segments of the general duck season. Hunter check-in starts at 4:45 A.M. Four hunters will be randomly selected for each day of hunting and selected hunters are allowed three guests. Dogs are allowed and recommended. Note: Blinds, boats and decoys are no longer available for this hunt. Hunters are to provide their own decoys.

  • Hunt dates: Nov. 16, 23, 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2014
  • Applications due: September 27, 2013

Dutch Gap Conservation Area Waterfowl Hunts - Series #103

Hunt waterfowl on the Dutch Gap Conservation Area in Chesterfield County. Hunt days are during the last two segments of the waterfowl season. Each successful applicant will be allowed two guests. Three hunters will be randomly selected for each set of hunt dates. Hunting is from floating blinds at designated blind stakes only.

  • Hunt dates: Nov. 16; Nov 20, 22-23; 27, 29-30; Dec 7; Dec 11, 13-14; 18, 20-21; 25, 27-28; Jan 1, 3-4; 8, 10-11; 15, 17-18; 22, 24-25, 2014
  • Applications due: September 27, 2013

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.

  • Tundra Swan season: December 2, 2013-January 31, 2014 (No Sunday hunting)
  • Applications due: September 27, 2013

Lake Orange Waterfowl Hunts - Series #105

Hunt waterfowl on Lake Orange, Orange County. Hunt days are Wednesdays and Saturdays during the last two segments of the waterfowl season. Each successful applicant will be allowed two guests. One hunter will be randomly selected for each hunt date. 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.

  • Hunt dates: Nov. 16, 20, 23, 27, 30, Dec. 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28, Jan. 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 2014
  • Applications due: September 27, 2013

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 waterfowl season. Two hunters will be randomly selected for each hunt date. Hunts begin ½ hour before sunrise and end at 3:00 P.M. each Wednesday. Selected hunters may bring two guests. 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.

  • Hunt dates: Nov. 20, 27, Dec. 11, 18, 25, Jan. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2014
  • Applications due: September 27, 2013

Princess Anne WMA Floating Blind Stake Waterfowl Hunts - Series #107

Hunt waterfowl for half days on the waters of Back Bay and North Landing River in the City of Virginia Beach. There are 55 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.

  • Hunt days: Three days weekly. Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays (except for holiday weeks when hunts coincide with some state holidays and opening day).
  • Hunt dates: Nov. 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30 Dec. 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, Jan. 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 2014
  • Applications due: September 27, 2013

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 from licensed blind locations. Hunters select preferred dates for two-day hunt packages during the last two segments of the regular duck season. Each hunter selected is allowed 2 guests. Hunters must provide their own boat access to the refuge, decoys, and hunting gear. Use of retrieval dogs are 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).

  • Hunt Days: Opening Days, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Holidays*
  • Hunt dates: Nov. 16 & 20; Nov. 23 & 27; Nov. 28 & 30; Dec. 7 & 11; Dec. 14 & 18; Dec. 21 & 23; Dec. 25 & 26, Dec. 28 & Jan. 1, 2014; Jan. 4 & 8; Jan. 11 & 15; Jan.18 & 22; Jan. 24 & 25
  • Application due: September 27, 2013
  • More information: USFWS or (804) 829-9020.

Doe Creek WMA Waterfowl Hunts - Series #109

Hunt waterfowl on selected managed impoundments at Doe Creek WMA in Accomack County. Hunt includes half day hunting each Saturday during the last segments of the general duck season. Hunters may access the area after 4:30 A.M. Two hunters will be randomly selected for each day of hunting and selected hunters are allowed two guests. Dogs are allowed and recommended. Note: Blinds, boats, and decoys are not provided for this hunt. Hunters are to provide their own decoys.

  • Hunt dates: Nov. 16, 23, 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2014
  • Applications due: September 27, 2013

Deer

Hog Island WMA Arhcery Deer Hunts - Series #201

Archery hunting for white-tailed deer on the Hog Island WMA in Surry County during the dates listed below. A total of seven hunters are selected for each set of hunt days. Each successful applicant will be allowed one guest. Hunters must be present for a 5:00 A.M. pre-hunt briefing on first hunt day of assigned period. Stand-by drawings will be held to fill "no-show" vacancies at 5:15 A.M. on first day of each hunt period.

  • Hunt dates archery: October 5-9 (no Sunday hunting), 10-12, 14-16, 2013
  • Applications due: August 16, 2013

Hog Island WMA Deer Shotgun and Muzzleloader Hunts - Series #202

Shotgun or muzzleloader hunting for whitetailed deer on the Hog Island WMA in Surry County during the dates listed below. A total of seven hunters are selected for each set of hunt days. Each successful applicant will be allowed one guest. Hunters must be present for a 5:00 A.M. pre-hunt briefing on first hunt day of assigned period. Stand-by drawings will be held to fill "no-show" vacancies at 5:15 A.M. on first day of each hunt period.

  • Hunt dates muzzleloader: October 17-19, 21-23, 24-26, 28-30, 2013
  • Applications due: August 16, 2013

The Nature Conservancy, North Landing River - Series #203

Hunt deer on a 2300 acre tract on the North landing River in Virginia Beach. Please note: this tract is accessible only by boat and is composed of very dense difficult wetland habitat. Hunters must provide their own boat for access. There is no high-ground access for foot travel, and hunters are highly recommended to provide own map/GPS equipment to navigate interior travel. Fifty hunters will be selected to hunt this property for the 2013-2014 deer seasons (general firearms, late archery and late muzzleloader). Each successful hunter will be allowed one guest. Successful applicants must return a signed waiver prior to the season. Failure to submit a waiver will result in revocation of hunting privileges.

  • Hunt dates: October 1, 2013-January 4, 2014 (No Sunday hunting)
  • August 16, 2013
  • Map (PDF)

Mockhorn Island WMA Deer Hunts - Series #204

Muzzleloader hunting for white-tailed deer on the GATR Tract of Mockhorn Island WMA in Northampton County during the dates listed below. The 365-acre GATR Tract is the mainland portion of Mockhorn Island WMA on the Eastern Shore. This tract is accessible by vehicle. A total of two hunters are selected for each set of hunt dates. Each successful applicant will be allowed one guest.

  • Hunt dates muzzleloader: November 2-6 (no Sunday hunting), Nov. 7-9, Nov. 11-13, Nov. 14-15 (2 days only), 2013.
  • Applications due: August 16, 2013

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park Deer Hunt - Series #205

Shotgun hunting for white-tailed deer on Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park in the City of Virginia Beach for the dates listed below. Unlimited incidental harvest of feral hogs permitted during the hunt. A total of 116 hunters are selected per hunt day. A stand-by drawing will be available for "no shows" each morning of the hunt. In addition, there will be a standby drawing each day at 1:00 P.M. A hunter education certification (card) is required. Please note: for successful applicants there will be a hunt permit fee per person of: $10.00/day to the Back Bay NWR / False Cape SP payable on the day of the hunt. For complete lottery/standby information and zone maps go to the following Web sites before registering for this hunt: USFWS or DCR.

  • Hunt dates: October 23-26, 2013
  • Application due: August 16, 2013.

Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge - Series #206

Archery hunting for white-tailed deer on the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Caroline, Essex, King George, Richmond and Westmoreland counties for the dates listed below. Hunt tracts include: Hutchinson, Thomas (Essex County); Mothershead (Westmoreland County); Toby's Point (King George County); Tayloe, Laurel Grove, Wright, Franklin (Richmond County); Port Royal (Caroline County). Applicants may apply for both seasons. Applicants must indicate their preference to bring a guest on the application. Please note: For successful applicants there will be an additional hunt fee of $25/season per hunter to CyberData, Inc. Successful applicants will be notified by U.S. mail on where to mail hunt fee. Applications for unfilled hunt slots will be accepted (on a walk-in basis only) from 9:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M. every Tuesday-Thursday, beginning Tuesday, October 1, 2013 through Thursday, October 31, 2013.

  • Hunt dates archery:
    • Season I - October 5-18 (except Sundays)
    • Season II - October 19-November 1 (except Sundays)
  • Application due: August 16, 2013
  • More information: USFWS or (804) 333-1470.

Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge - Series #207

Muzzleloader hunting for white-tailed deer on the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Essex, King George and Richmond counties for the dates listed below. Hunt tracts include: Hutchinson (Essex County); Toby's Point (King George County); Laurel Grove, Tayloe, Wilna, Wright (Richmond County). Applicants may apply for multiple hunt dates. Applicants must indicate their preference to bring a guest on the application. Please note: For successful applicants there will be an additional hunt fee of $10/day per hunter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Successful applicants will be notified by U.S. mail on where to mail hunt fee. Applications for unfilled hunt slots will be accepted (on a walk-in basis only) from 9:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M. every Tuesday- Thursday, beginning Tuesday, October 22, 2013 through Thursday, November 7, 2013.

  • Hunt dates muzzleloader: November 2, 8, 9, 2013
  • Application due: August 16, 2013
  • More information: USFWS or (804) 333-1470.

Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge - Series #208

Firearms (shotgun/muzzleloader) hunting for white-tailed deer on the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Essex, King George and Richmond counties for the dates listed below. Hunt tracts include: Hutchinson (Essex County); Toby's Point (King George County); Laurel Grove, Tayloe, Wilna, Wright (Richmond County). Applicants may apply for multiple hunt dates. Applicants must indicate their preference to bring a guest on the application. Please note: For successful applicants there will be an additional hunt fee of $10/day per hunter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Successful applicants will be notified by U.S. mail on where to mail hunt fee. Applications for unfilled hunt slots will be accepted (on a walk-in basis only) from 9:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M. every Tuesday-Thursday, beginning Tuesday, October 22, 2013 through Tuesday, November 26, 2013.

  • Hunt dates firearms: November 16, 18, 22, 23, 25 and 30, 2013
  • Application due: August 16, 2013
  • More information: USFWS or (804) 333-1470.

Presquile National Wildlife Refuge - Series #209

Firearms hunting for white-tailed deer on the Presquile National Wildlife Refuge in Chesterfield County for the dates listed below. Presquile is an island in the James River near Hopewell, Virginia. Hunters must provide their own boat access to the island and hunting gear. The nearest boat launch access to the refuge is from Deep Bottom public boat ramp (Henrico County) or Hopewell Marina (launch fee collected on site), City of Hopewell. Please note: For successful applicants (and guest, if identified upon application) there will be an additional hunt fee of $10/day per hunter, payable to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Successful applicants will be notified by U.S. mail on where to mail hunt fee.

  • Hunt dates firearms: November 18, 22 and 30, 2013
  • Application due: August 16, 2013
  • More information: USFWS or (804) 829-9020.

James River National Wildlife Refuge - Series #210

Archery hunting for white-tailed deer on the James River National Wildlife Refuge in Prince George County for the dates listed below. For successful applicants (and guest, if identified upon application) there will be an additional hunt fee of $50/season per hunter payable to CyberData, Inc. Successful applicants will be notified by U.S. mail on where to mail hunt fee.

  • Hunt dates archery: October 5 - 26, 2013 (excluding Sundays)
  • Application due: August 16, 2013
  • More information: USFWS or (804) 829-9020.

Radford Army Ammunition Plant Deer Hunts - Series #211

Hunt quality white-tailed deer at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant (RAAP) in Pulaski County. Bow hunting and shotgun hunting are allowed. Hunters and the day they will hunt are selected by computer drawing. Applications are limited to one per hunter per year. The application is found on page 69 of the Hunting Digest. Hunters who are drawn must submit a background check as required by the Department of Defense. Information regarding background checks will be supplied to successful applicants.

  • Hunt dates archery: October 19, November 2, 2013
  • Hunt dates shotgun: November 13, 20, 23, 30 and December 4, 7, 2013
  • Application due: On or before August 9, 2013
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Lone Star Lakes Park - Series #212 (Hunters Choice)

Hunting for white-tailed deer within Suffolk's Lone Star Lakes Park during the dates listed below. A total of 8 hunters are selected for the hunt dates. Each successful applicant will be allowed one guest. Hunters must be present for a 5:00 A.M. pre-hunt briefing on the first hunt day of assigned period. Please note: For successful applicants there will be an additional hunt fee of $25.00 payable to the City of Suffolk payable on the day of the hunt period. Please make all checks payable to Ronald H. Williams, Treasurer. Stand-by drawings for no-show slots will be held prior to the pre-hunt briefing on a walk-in basis only. Hunters may use shotgun, muzzleloader, or archery equipment.

  • Hunt dates: October 11-12, 2013
  • Application due: August 16, 2013

Lone Star Lakes Park - Series #213 (Hunters Choice)

Hunting for white-tailed deer within Suffolk's Lone Star Lakes Park during the dates listed below. A total of 8 hunters will be selected for hunt dates. Each successful applicant will be allowed one guest. Hunters must be present for a 5:00 A.M. pre-hunt briefing on the first day of assigned period. Please note: For successful applicants there will be an additional hunt fee of $25.00 payable to the City of Suffolk payable on the first day of a hunt period. Please make checks payable to Ronald H. Williams, Treasurer. Stand-by drawings for no-shows slots will be held prior to the pre-hunt briefing on a walk-in basis only. Hunters may use shotgun, muzzleloader or archery equipment.

  • Hunt dates archery: November 8-9, 2013
  • Application due: August 16, 2013

Lone Star Lakes Park - Series #214 (Muzzleloader/Archery)

Hunting for white-tailed deer within Suffolk's Lone Star Lakes Park during the dates listed below. A total of 8 hunters will be selected for hunt dates. Each successful applicant will be allowed one guest. Hunters must be present for a 5:00 A.M. pre-hunt briefing on the first day of assigned period. Please note: For successful applicants there will be an additional hunt fee of $25.00 payable to the City of Suffolk payable on the first day of a hunt period. Please make checks payable to Ronald H. Williams, Treasurer. Stand-by drawings for no-shows slots will be held prior to the pre-hunt briefing on a walk-in basis only. Hunter may only use muzzleloader or archery equipment.

  • Hunt dates archery: December 13-14, 2013
  • Application due: August 16, 2013

Lone Star Lakes Park - Series #215 (Urban Archery Hunting)

Archery hunting for ANTLERLESS whitetailed deer only within Suffolk's Lone Star Lakes Park during the dates listed below. This hunt is part of the new Urban Archery season which has been incorporated within the City of Suffolk. A total of 8 hunters are selected for each set of hunt dates. Each successful applicant will be allowed one guest. Hunters must be present for a 5:00 A.M. pre-hunt briefing on the first hunt day of assigned period. Please note: For successful applicants there will be an additional hunt fee of $25.00 payable to the City of Suffolk payable on the day of the hunt. Please make all checks payable to Ronald H. Williams, Treasurer. Stand-by drawings for no-show slots will be held prior to the prehunt briefing on a walk-in basis only.

  • Hunt dates: February 7-8, 2014 (Archery only)
  • Application due: January 10, 2014

Doe Creek WMA Archery Deer Hunts - Series #216

Archery hunting for white-tailed deer on designated lands of the Doe Creek WMA in Accomack County during the dates listed below. A total of two hunters are selected for each set of hunt days. Each successful applicant will be allowed one guest.

  • Hunt dates archery: October 5-9 (no Sunday hunting), Oct 10-12, 14-16, 17-19, 21-23, 24-26, 28-30, 31-Nov. 1 (2 days only), 2013
  • Applications Due: August 16, 2013

Doe Creek WMA Archery or Muzzleloader Deer Hunts - Series #217

Muzzleloader or archery hunting for whitetailed deer on designated lands of the Doe Creek WMA in Accomack County during the dates listed below. This tract is accessible by vehicle. A total of two hunters are selected for each set of hunt dates. Each successful applicant will be allowed one guest.

  • Hunt dates muzzleloader: November 2-6 (no Sunday hunting), Nov. 7-9, Nov. 11-13, Nov. 14-15 (2 days only), 2013
  • Application due: August 16, 2013

Multi-Species WMA Hunts

Cavalier WMA (Not including the Dismal Swamp tract) - Series #301

Hunt white-tailed deer, and any other legal game species in season during the General Deer Firearm season in the City of Chesapeake. A total of 50 hunters are selected for each set of hunt dates. Each successful applicant will be allowed one guest. No center fire rifles permitted.

  • Hunt dates firearm: October 1-3, 4-5 (2 days only), 7-9, 10-12, 14-16, 17-19, 21-23, 24-26, 28-30,October 31-November 2, 4-6, 7-9, 11-13, 14-16, 18-20, 21-23, 25-27, 28-30, 2013.
  • Applications due: August 16, 2013.

Featherfin WMA - Series #302

Hunt any game species in season on the Featherfin WMA in Appomattox, Buckingham, and Prince Edward Counties. A total of 14 hunters are selected for each set of hunt days. Each successful applicant will be allowed one guest. Applicants who do not receive their preferred hunt dates will be assigned random hunt dates. Hunter quota restrictions do not apply on open hunting season dates other than those listed below. A special 4-pt. antler rule is posted and applies during all open deer seasons.

  • Hunt dates: November 2-6 (no Sunday Hunting), 7-9, 11-13, 14-16, 18-20, 21-23, 25-27, 28-30, December 2-4, 5-7, 9-11, 12-14, 16-18, 19-21, 23-25, 26-28, 2013; December 30, 2013-January 1, 2014, January 2-4, 2014.
  • Applications due: August 16, 2013

Merrimac Farm WMA - Series #303

Hunt any game species in season (except quail) on Merrimac Farm WMA in Prince William County. One hunter will be selected for each hunt day. Each successful applicant will be allowed up to two guests. When hunting deer with a muzzleloader or shotgun, hunters must use an elevated stand. Two handicapped accessible blinds are located on the WMA and are available for disabled hunter use. Dogs may be used to find and retrieve game, except that dogs may not be used to pursue deer.

  • Hunt dates: September 28, October 5, 7, 10, 14, 19, 23, 26, 28, 30, November 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30, December 2, 9, 11, 14, 18, 21, 23, 28, 30, January 1, 4, 11, 15, 18, 20, 25, 2014, February 8, 17, 2014.
  • Applications due: August 16, 2013

Fall Turkey Hunts

York River State Park - Series #407

This is a 1 day opportunity to take and mentor a youth (ages 12-15), with an expert guide if requested, on a Fall Turkey Hunt on York River State Park, a place that rarely gets hunted.

  • Hunt date: October 19, 2013.
  • Applications due: September 27, 2013

2014 Spring Turkey Hunts

Featherfin WMA - Series #401

Hunt spring gobblers on the Featherfin WMA in Appomattox, Buckingham, and Prince Edward Counties. A total of 6 hunters are selected to hunt during each set of hunt days. Successful applicants will be entitled to bring one guest. Hunter quota restrictions are not in effect on the Youth/Apprentice Hunt Day (April 5, 2014) and from May 5-17, 2014.

  • Hunt dates: April 12-16 (no Sunday hunting), 17-19, 21-23, 24-26, 28-30, May 1-3, 2014.
  • Applications due: September 27, 2013

Amelia WMA - Series #402

Hunt spring gobblers on the Amelia WMA in Amelia County. A total of 3 hunters are selected to hunt during each set of hunt days. Successful applicants will be entitled to bring one guest. Hunter quota restrictions are not in effect on the Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day (April 5, 2014) and from May 5-17, 2014.

  • Hunt dates: April 12-16 (no Sunday hunting), 17-19, 21-23, 24-26, 28-30, May 1-3, 2014.
  • Applications due: September 27, 2013

Mockhorn Island WMA Spring Turkey Hunts - Series #403

Hunt spring gobblers on the GATR Tract of Mockhorn Island WMA, Northampton County. The GATR Tract is the mainland part of Mockhorn Island WMA on the Eastern Shore. A total of one hunter is selected for each hunt segment. Each successful applicant will be allowed two guests. April 5, 2014 is a youth/apprentice turkey hunting day. Adults are not permitted to carry firearms on this day. To apply for the YOUTH/APPRENTICE HUNTING DAY applicants must be licensed adults 18 years old or older. The successful applicant may chaperone one youth 15 years of age or younger on April 7 or an apprentice hunter. Hunter quota restrictions are not in effect from May 5-May 12th.

  • Hunt dates: April 5, 2014 (Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day only), April 12-16 (no Sunday hunting), 17-19, 21-13, 24-26, 28-30, May 1-3, 2014.
  • Applications due: September 27, 2013.

Merrimac Farm WMA - Series #404

Hunt spring gobblers on Merrimac Farm WMA in Prince William County. One hunter will be selected for each hunt segment listed below. The successful applicant drawn for Segment 1 will be allowed to chaperone a youth as a guest on April 5, 2014 (see pg. 47 for more information on Youth/Apprentice Hunt Day). Each successful applicant will be allowed one guest. Each hunter may harvest no more than one turkey for the entire Spring season on Merrimac Farm WMA.

  • Hunt Dates:
    • Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays only.
    • Segment 1: April 5 (Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day)
    • Segment 2: April 12, 14, 18
    • Segment 3: April 19, 21, 25
    • Segment 4: April 26, 28 and May 2
    • Segment 5: May 3, 5, 9
    • Segment 6: May 10, 12, 16, 17
  • Applications due: September 27, 2013

Doe Creek WMA Spring Turkey Hunts - Series #405

Hunt spring gobblers on the Doe Creek WMA in Accomack County. The WMA is on bayside of the Eastern Shore. A total of one hunter is selected for each hunt segment. Each successful applicant will be allowed two guests. April 5, 2014 is a youth/apprentice turkey hunting day. Adults are not permitted to carry firearms on this day. To apply for the YOUTH/APPRENTICE HUNTING DAY applicants must be licensed adults 18 years old or older. The successful applicant may chaperone one youth 15 years of age or younger or an apprentice hunter on April 5.

  • Hunt dates: April 5, 2014 (Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day only), April 12-16 (no Sunday hunting), April 17-19, April 21-13, April 24-26, April 28-30, May 1-3, May 5-7, May 8-10, May 12-14, May 15-17, 2014.
  • Applications due: September 27, 2013.

York River State Park - Series #406

This is a 1 opening day opportunity to take and mentor a youth (ages 12-15) on a Spring Gobbler Hunt at York River State Park, a place that rarely gets hunted.

  • Hunt date: April 12, 2014.
  • Applications due: September 27, 2013

Bear

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge - Series #501

Shotgun hunting (slugs only) for black bears on Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, in designated areas of the Virginia portion of the refuge for the dates listed below. A total of 50 hunters will be selected to hunt. Each hunter will be allowed to select one guest. A maximum harvest limit of 20 bears is imposed on this hunt, and therefore the number of hunt days could be reduced as this quota is approached (however, this has never occurred). 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. Please note: for successful applicants and their guests there will be an additional hunt fee of: $25 for each hunter (permit holder $25 and guest $25). Successful applicants will be notified on how to pay the $25 hunt fee. For more information about the bear hunt program, please visit the USFWS website.

  • Scouting date: November 14, 2013 (also a deer hunt permit can be purchased for additional access to hunt areas prior to the scouting day; see deer hunt # 701
  • Hunt dates: November 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 2013 (permittees hunt five days)
  • Application due: August 16, 2013

Small Game

New Kent Forestry Center Dove Hunts - Series #601

Hunt doves on designated fields at the Department of Forestry Center in Providence Forge. 30 hunters will be randomly selected for each hunt date where they may bring one guest. Gates open at 11:30 and Hunts start at 12:00 Noon. Dogs are allowed.

For hunt on September 2nd, all successful applicants must bring at least one Youth Licensed Hunter (age 12-15) or one Apprentice Hunting License holder as their guest to hunt.

  • Hunt dates: September 2 (Labor Day), 7 and 14, 2013
  • Application due: July 26, 2013 (Telephone or Online Entry Only)

New Kent Forestry Center Rabbit Hunts - Series #602

Hunt rabbits on designated lands at the Department of Forestry Center in Providence Forge. One hunter will be randomly selected for a one hunt day where they may bring 5 hunting guests to hunt. Dogs are allowed.

For the hunt on January 18, all successful applicants must bring at least one Youth Licensed Hunter (age 12-15) or one Apprentice Hunting License holder as their guest to hunt.

  • Hunt dates: January 16, 17, 18, 30, 31, and February 1, 2014
  • Applications due: September 27, 2013

New Kent Forestry Quail Hunt - Series #603

Hunt quail on designated lands at the Department of Forestry Center in Providence Forge. One hunter will be randomly selected for one hunt day where they may bring two hunting guests to hunt. Dogs are allowed.

For the hunt on January 11, all successful applicants must bring at least one Youth Licensed Hunter (age 12-15) or one Apprentice Hunting License holder as their guest to hunt.

  • Hunt dates: January 9, 10, 11, 23, 24, and 25, 2014
  • Applications due: September 27, 2013

York River State Park - Series #605

This is an opportunity to take and mentor a youth (Ages 15 and Under) by hunting what many of us were first introduced to as young hunters. Come hunt squirrel on York River State Park where populations are rarely hunted and considered quite robust. Expect a good time and success.

  • Hunt date: October 26, 2013.
  • Applications due: September 27, 2013

Managed Deer Hunt

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Managed Deer - Series #701

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 vaquotahunts.com. For more information and details on how to stay updated during the hunt, please visit the USFWS website.

  • Scouting date: September 28, 2013
  • Hunt 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.

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.