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Quota Hunts (2014-2015)

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 2014 - 2015 Quota Hunt Season

  • #110 - Youth Waterfowl Hunt - New Kent Forestry Center
  • #111 Apprentice Waterfowl Hunt - New Kent Forestry Center
  • #112 - Princess Anne Early Season Waterfowl Hunt
  • #218 - Youth - York River Archery/Crossbow Hunt & Workshop
  • #219 - Apprentice Archery/Crossbow Workshop & Hunt -New Kent Forestry Center
  • #221 - Apprentice -New Kent Forestry Managed Deer Firearm Hunt & Workshop
  • #406 - Youth Spring Turkey Hunt - York River State Park New Kent Forestry Center
  • #408 - Apprentice Spring Turkey Hunt - New Kent Forestry Center
  • #605 - York River Squirrel Dog Hunt and Workshop
  • #606 - Apprentice Rabbit Hunts - New Kent Forestry Center
  • #607 - Apprentice Quail Hunt - New Kent Forestry Center

Quota Hunts Having Early Application Deadlines:

  • Radford Army Ammunition Plant Deer Hunts, Series #211 - Applications must be received on or before Friday, August 8, 2014
  • New Kent Forestry Center Dove Hunts, Series #601 - Applications due July 25, 2014 and only by telephone or online!
  • Princess Anne Early Season Waterfowl Hunt, Series #112 - Applications must be received on or before July 25, 2014.

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 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, 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: November 15, 22, & 29, 2014, December 20, 27, 2014, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 2015
  • Applications due: September 26, 2014
  • Youth hunts October 25 & January 31
  • To register youths for hunts, adults must call the Hog Island Office 757-357-5224. Registration for Oct. youth hunt begins September 15th and ends October 1st. Twenty youths will be able to participate. Registration for the January 31st youth hunt begins January 1st and ends January 15th. Ten youth will be able to participate.

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 two segments of the general duck season. Hunter check-in starts at 4:30 a.m. All winners must check in no later than 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.

  • Hunt dates: TBA
  • Applications due: September 26, 2014

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: November 15 / 19, 21-22 / 26, 28-29, 2014 / December 17, 19-20 / 24, 26-27 / December 31, 2014, January 2-3 / 7, 9-10 / 14, 16-17 / 21, 23-24, 2015
  • Applications due: September 26, 2014

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: TBA
  • Applications due: September 26, 2014

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: TBA
  • Applications due: September 26, 2014

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 one half 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: November 19, 26, 2014; December 17, 24, 31, 2014; January 7, 14, 21, 2015
  • Applications due: September 26, 2014

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: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays and the following dates Thursday November 28, 2014 (Thanksgiving), Thursday January 1, 2015 and opening day.
  • Please note:On Dec 25, 2014 (Christmas Day) - the blind stakes at Princess Anne WMA will be open without quota
  • Hunt dates: TBA
  • Applications due: September 26, 2014

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 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).

  • Hunt Days: Opening Day, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Holidays
  • Hunt dates: Nov. 15 & 19, Nov. 22 & 26, Nov. 27 & 29, Dec. 17 & 20, Dec. 24 & 25, Dec. 27 & 31, 2014, Jan. 1 & 3, Jan. 7 & 10, Jan. 14 & 17, Jan. 19 & 21, Jan. 24, 2015
  • Application due: September 26, 2014
  • 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 two 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. Please note: Blinds, boats, and decoys are not provided for this hunt.

  • Hunt dates: TBA
  • Applications due: September 26, 2014

NEW Youth Hunter Waterfowl Hunts - New Kent Forestry Center #110

This is a half day opportunity to take and mentor a YOUTH (ages 12-15) Licensed Hunter on one of the Federal Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days at the DGIF Game Farm Marsh WMA accessing by land on New Kent Forestry Center in New Kent County. This is a self-guided hunt by map and signs in provided blinds that you can walk to or assistance is provided if requested in advance. Decoys, waders and dogs are encouraged. All successful adult applicants must bring one YOUTH Licensed Hunter (age 12-15) as their guest to hunt. YOUTH HUNTERS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO APPLY but must bring a Licensed Adult Hunter as a guest.

  • Hunt dates: 2 dates, October 25, 2014 and January 31, 2015
  • Hunt Time: One half hour before sunrise to 10:00 a.m.
  • Selected: 2 hunters selected per hunt day with 2 guests allowed, 1 must be Youth Licensed, ages 12-15
  • All Applications due: September 26, 2014

NEW Apprentice Hunter - New Kent Forestry Center-Waterfowl Hunts #111

This is a half day opportunity to hunt waterfowl and take and mentor an APPRENTICE licensed hunter at the DGIF Game Farm Marsh WMA accessing it by land on New Kent Forestry Center in New Kent County. This is a self-guided hunt by map and signs in provided blinds that you can walk to or assistance is provided if requested in advance. Decoys, waders, and dogs are encouraged. All successful applicants must bring one APPRENTICE Licensed Hunter as their guest to hunt. APPRENTICE HUNTERS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO APPLY but must bring a Licensed Hunter as a guest.

  • Hunt dates: October 10, 2014
  • Hunt Time: One half hour before sunrise to 10:00 a.m.
  • Selected: 2 Hunters selected per hunt day with 2 guest allowed, 1 must be Apprentice Licensed
  • All Applications due: September 26, 2014

NEW Princess Anne Early Season Waterfowl Hunt #112

Hunt September Canada geese/teal and waterfowl (during the October waterfowl season) on the Princess Anne WMA and North Landing River in 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!

  • Hunt days: Three days weekly. Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays
  • Hunt dates: September 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15 (Canada Goose Only) 17, 20, 22, 24 (Canada Goose & Teal) September 27, 29 (Teal Only) Oct 11(A), 13(B) (Early Waterfowl - Black Duck closed)
  • Applications due: July 25, 2014

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. Individuals age 16 years and older must have a valid picture ID for security.

  • Hunt dates archery: October 4-8 (no Sunday hunting), 9-10, 13-15, 16-18, 2014
  • Applications due: August 15, 2014

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. Individuals age 16 years and older must have a valid picture ID for security.

  • Hunt dates: October 20-22, 23-25, 27-29.
  • Applications due: August 15, 2014

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 2014-2015 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 4, 2014-January 3, 2015 (No Sunday hunting)
  • August 15, 2014
  • 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: November 1-4 (no Sunday hunting), Nov. 5-7, Nov. 8-10 (no Sunday hunting), Nov. 11-14, 2014.
  • Applications due: August 15, 2014

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. Hunt Zone #1 is a boat-in only area; hunters must provide their own boat. 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 27-30, 2014.
  • Application due: August 15, 2014.

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. Award letters to successful applicants will provide instructions on how to pay hunt fees. Applications for unfilled hunt slots will be accepted on selected days and times (on a walk-in basis and limited phone-in opportunities).

  • Hunt dates archery:
    • Season I - October 4-17 (except Sundays)
    • Season II - October 18-October 31 (except Sundays)
  • Application due: August 15, 2014
  • More information: USFWS or (804) 333-1470 Ext. 118.

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 fees. Applications for unfilled hunt slots will be accepted on selected days and times (on a walk-in basis and limited phonein opportunities).

  • Hunt dates: November 1, 7, 8, 2014
  • Application due: August 15, 2014
  • 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 fees. Applications for unfilled hunt slots will be accepted on selected days and times (on a walk-in basis and limited phone-in opportunities).

  • Hunt dates: November 15, 17, 21, 22, 24, and 29, 2014
  • Application due: August 15, 2014
  • 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, 29, and December 2,
  • Application due: August 15, 2014
  • 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. Please note: For successful applicants (and guest, if identified upon application) there will be an additional hunt fee of $50/season per hunter payable to Cyber- Data, Inc. Successful applicants will be notified by U.S. mail on where to mail hunt fee.

  • Hunt dates archery: October 4-25, 2014 (excluding Sundays)
  • Application due: August 15, 2014
  • 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. Hunters must apply for and participate in an antlerless hunt before they are eligible to apply for and participate in a buck hunt. Applications are limited to one per hunter per year. The application is found on page 72 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 22, 25, 2014 (both 2014 dates are for antlerless deer only)
  • Hunt dates shotgun: November 12, 15, 19, 22 and December 3, 6, 2014
  • Application due: On or before August 8, 2014
  • 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 due 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 walkin basis only. Hunters may use shotgun, muzzleloader, or archery equipment.

  • Hunt dates: October 10-11, 2014
  • Application due: August 15, 2014

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 due 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 7-8, 2014
  • Application due: August 15, 2014

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 due 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 walkin basis only. Hunter may only use muzzleloader or archery equipment.

  • Hunt dates archery: December 19-20, 2014
  • Application due: August 15, 2014

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 due 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 6-7, 2015 (Archery only)
  • Application due: January 19, 2015

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 and Mink Farm Tract in Accomack County during the dates listed below. These tracts are accessible by vehicle. A total of five hunters are selected for each set of hunt dates. An official permit slip to access Mink Farm Tract will be included in the packet, and each successful applicant will be allowed one guest.

  • Hunt dates: November 1-4 (no Sunday hunting), Nov. 5-7, Nov. 8-10 (no Sunday hunting), Nov. 11-14, 2014
  • Following Muzzleloader Quota, the Mink Farm tract is open without quota restriction to Archery Deer; the Doe Creek tract is closed through the duck season
  • Application due: August 15, 2014

NEW Youth Hunter - York River Archery/Crossbow Hunt and Workshop - Series #218

Hunt the Rut! This Archery and Crossbow HUNT and WORKSHOP includes expert demonstrations and exercises in tracking, tree stand safety, shooting ethics and techniques followed by a qualification which allows hunters to hunt for 5 days on designated lands at the York River State Park in James City County.

All successful adult applicants must bring one YOUTH Licensed Hunter (age 12-15) as their guest to hunt. YOUTH HUNTERS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO APPLY but must bring a Licensed Adult Hunter as a guest.

  • Workshop Date: November 1, Time TBA
  • Hunt dates: November 1 and 3-7
  • Hunt Time: Gates open 1 hour before sunrise till 1 hour after sunset
  • Selected: 10 Selected with 1 Guest Allowed, 1 must be YOUTH Licensed
  • All Applications due: September 26, 2014

NEW Apprentice Hunter -New Kent Forestry Center Archery/Crossbow Hunt and Workshop - Series #219

Hunt the Rut! This Archery and Crossbow hunting WORKSHOP includes expert demonstrations and exercises in tracking, tree stand safety, shooting ethics and techniques followed by a qualification which allows hunters to hunt for 6 days on designated lands at the New Kent Forestry Center in New Kent County.

All successful applicants must bring one APPRENTICE Licensed Hunter as their guest to hunt. APPRENTICE HUNTERS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO APPLY but must bring a Licensed Hunter as a guest.

  • Workshop Dates: November 8, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • Hunt dates: November 8 and 10-14
  • Hunt Time: Gates open 1 hour before sunrise till 1 hour after sunset
  • Selected: 25 Selected with 1 Guest Allowed, 1 must be Apprentice Licensed
  • All Applications due: September 26, 2014

NEW Apprentice Hunter -New Kent Forestry Managed Deer Firearm Hunt and Workshop - Series #221

This is an opportunity to take and mentor an APPRENTICE LICENSED HUNTER on a Firearm Deer Hunt at New Kent Forestry Center. Hunters will be assigned a hunting location for a 2 hour a.m. and p.m. hunt. Over lunch, hunters will be given hunter education on tree stand safety.

All successful applicants must bring one Apprentice Hunting License hunter as their guest to hunt. APPRENTICE HUNTERS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO APPLY but must bring a Licensed Hunter as a guest.

  • Hunt Date: December 27, 2014.
  • Hunt Time: Half hour before sunrise- Half hour after sunset
  • 24 Selected , 1 Guest Allowed, 1 must be Apprentice Licensed
  • Applications due: September 26, 2014

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 1-4, 6-8, 9-11, 13-15, 16-18, 20-22, 23-25, 27-29, October 30-November 1, November 3-5, 6-8, 10-12, 13-15, 17-19, 20-22, 24-26, 27-29, 2014.
  • Applications due: August 15, 2014.

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 1-5 (no Sunday Hunting), 6-8, 10-12, 13-15, 17-19, 20-22, 24-26, 27-29 December 1-3, 4-6, 8-10, 11-13, 15-17, 18-20, 22-24, 25-27, 29-31, January 1- Jan. 3, 2015.
  • Applications due: August 15, 2014

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. September 27 is the Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day. Adults are not permitted to carry firearms on this day if they are accompanying a youth or apprentice hunter. The successful applicant may chaperone one youth 15 years of age or younger or an apprentice hunter on September 27. If a youth or apprentice hunter is selected for September 27, they can hunt as long as they are accompanied by a licensed adult 18 years of age or older.

  • Hunt dates: September 27, October 4, 6, 9, 13, 18, 22, 25, 27, 29, November 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29, December 1, 8, 10, 13, 17, 20, 22, 27, 29, January 1, 3, 2015.
  • Applications due: August 15, 2014

2015 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 4, 2015) and from May 4-16, 2015.

  • Hunt dates: April 11-15 (no Sunday hunting), 16-18, 20-22, 23-25, 27-29, April 30-May 2, 2015.
  • Applications due: September 26, 2014

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 4, 2015) and from May 4-16, 2015.

  • Hunt dates: April 11-15 (no Sunday hunting), 16-18, 20-22, 23-25, 27-29, April 30-May 2, 2015.
  • Applications due: September 26, 2014

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 4, 2015 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 must chaperone one youth 15 years of age or younger or an apprentice hunter on April 4, 2015. Hunter quota restrictions are not in effect from May 4-16.

  • Hunt dates: April 4, 2015 (Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day only), April 11-15 (no Sunday hunting), 16-18, 20-22, 23-25, 27-29, April 30-May 2, 2015.
  • Applications due: September 26, 2014.

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. Each successful applicant will be allowed one guest. Hunter may harvest no more than one turkey for the entire spring season on Merrimac Farm WMA. April 4, 2015 is the Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day. Adults are not permitted to carry firearms on this day. The successful applicant must chaperone one youth 15 years of age or younger or an apprentice hunter on April 4. If a youth or apprentice hunter is selected for Segment 1, which includes the Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day, they can hunt as long as they are accompanied by a licensed adult 18 years of age or older.

  • Hunt Dates:
    • Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays only.
    • Segment 1: April 4 (Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day), 11, 13, 17
    • Segment 2: April 18, 20, 24
    • Segment 3: April 25, 27 and May 1
    • Segment 4: May 2, 4, 8
    • Segment 5: May 9, 11, 15, 16
  • Applications due: September 26, 2014

Doe Creek WMA Spring Turkey Hunts - Series #405

Hunt spring gobblers on the Doe Creek WMA and Mink Farm Tract in Accomack County. These lands are on the bayside of the Eastern Shore. A total of two hunters are selected for each hunt segment. A permit to access Mink Farm Tract will be included in the packet and must be signed and carried. Each successful applicant will be allowed two guests. April 4, 2015 is the Youth/ Apprentice Hunting Day. Adults are not permitted to carry firearms on this day. The successful applicant must chaperone one youth 15 years of age or younger or an apprentice hunter on April 4. If a youth or apprentice hunter is selected for Segment 1, which includes the Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day, they can hunt as long as they are accompanied by a licensed adult 18 years of age or older.

  • Hunt dates: April 4, 2015 (Youth/Apprentice Hunting Day only), April 11-15 (no Sunday hunting), 16-18, 20-22, 23-25, 27-29, April 30-May 2, May 4-6, May 7-9, May 11-13, May 14-16, 2015.
  • Applications due: September 26, 2014.

NEW York River State Park - Series #406

This is a 1 day opportunity to take and mentor a YOUTH (ages 12-15) Licensed Hunter on a Spring Turkey Hunt on designated lands on York River State Park.

All successful adult applicants must bring one YOUTH Licensed Hunter (age 12-15) as their guest to hunt. YOUTH HUNTERS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO APPLY but must bring a Licensed Adult Hunter as a guest.

  • Hunt Date: April 4, 18, May 2, 16, 2015.
  • Hunt Time: 1 Hour before sunrise to noon
  • Selected: 1 Selected Hunter per hunt day with 1 Guest Allowed, 1 must be Youth Licensed
  • Applications due: September 26, 2014

NEW Apprentice Hunter- New Kent Forestry Center Spring Turkey - Series #408

This is a 1 day opportunity to take and mentor an APPRENTICE Hunter, on a Spring Turkey Hunt on designated lands at New Kent Forestry Center.

All successful applicants must bring one APPRENTICE Licensed Hunter as their guest to hunt. APPRENTICE HUNTERS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO APPLY but must bring a Licensed Hunter as a guest.

  • Hunt Date: April 25, 2015.
  • Hunt Time: 1 Hour before sunrise to noon
  • Selected: 4 Selected on date, 1 guest allowed, 1 must be Apprentice Licensed
  • Applications due: September 26, 2014

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 6, 2014 (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 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 2014 (permittees hunt five days)
  • Application due: September 26, 2014

Small Game

Youth/Apprentice-New Kent Forestry Center Dove Hunts - Series #601

Take this opportunity to mentor a YOUTH (Ages 12-15) Licensed and/or APPRENTICE Licensed Hunter, and hunt 1 day on designated managed fields for dove at New Kent Forestry Center in Providence Forge. Dogs are allowed.

For hunt on September 1st and 6th, all successful adult applicants must bring at least one Youth Licensed Hunter (age 12-15) and/or one Apprentice Hunting License holder as their guest to hunt. YOUTH and/or APPRENTICE HUNTERS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO APPLY but must bring a Licensed Adult Hunter as a guest.

  • Hunt dates: September 1 (Labor Day) and September 6
  • Hunt Time: Gates open at 1:30 and Hunts start at 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Selected: 40 Selected with 1 Guest, 1 must be Youth and/or Apprentice Licensed
  • All Applications due: July 25, 2014
  • Additional Hunt Day September 13th will be open without quota. Hunt will be limited to the first 20, Hunt #601 - 2014-15 Unsuccessfully Notified Draw Participants, gates will open at 11:30-Sunset

New Kent Forestry Center Rabbit Hunts - Series #602

Hunt rabbits for 1 day on designated lands at the New Kent Forestry Center in Providence Forge. Dogs are encouraged. Successful applicants may bring 4 licensed hunters as their guest to hunt.

  • Hunt dates: January 1, 2, 29, 30, 2015
  • Hunt Time: Sunrise-Sunset
  • Selected: 1 Selected- 4 Guest Allowed
  • Applications due: September 26, 2014

New Kent Forestry Quail Hunt - Series #603

Hunt quail for 1 day on designated lands at the Department of Forestry Center in Providence Forge. Dogs are encouraged. Successful applicants may bring 2 licensed hunters as their guest to hunt.

  • Hunt Dates: January 15 and 16, 2015
  • Hunt Time: Sunrise-Sunset
  • Selected: 1 Selected per hunt date-2 Guest Allowed
  • Applications due: September 26, 2014

NEW YOUTH (12 and under) - York River Squirrel Dog Hunt and Workshop - Series #605

This is an opportunity to take and mentor a youth (age 12 and under) by hunting what many of us were first introduced to as young hunters. Come enjoy a squirrel hunting workshop and hunt squirrel on York River State Park in James City County. Workshop includes squirrel dog hunting, squirrel cleaning and cooking demonstrations. Squirrel dogs are allowed.

For hunt on December 20th, all successful adult applicants must bring at least one Youth Hunter (age 12 and under) as their guest to hunt. YOUTH HUNTERS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO APPLY but must bring a Licensed Adult Hunter as a guest.

  • Hunt date: December 20, 2014.
  • Hunt Time: Gates open at Noon, Demonstrations and Hunt till Sunset
  • Selected: 10 Selected with 1 Guest, 1 must be Youth
  • Applications due: September 26, 2014

NEW Apprentice Hunter-New Kent Forestry Center Rabbit Hunts #606

Take this opportunity to hunt 1 day on designated and managed lands for rabbits and mentor an APPRENTICE Licensed Hunter at New Kent Forestry Center in Providence Forge. Dogs are encouraged.

For hunts on January 3rd and 31st, successful applicants must bring at least one Apprentice Hunting License Hunter as their guest. APPRENTICE HUNTERS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO APPLY but must bring a Licensed Adult Hunter as a guest.

  • Hunt Dates: January 3 and 31, 2015.
  • Hunt Time: Sunrise to sunset
  • Selected: 1 Selected per hunt date-4 Guest Allowed, 1 must be an Apprentice Licensed Hunter
  • Applications due: September 26, 2014

NEW Apprentice Hunter-New Kent Forestry Center Quail Hunt #607

Take this opportunity to hunt designated and managed lands for quail and mentor an APPRENTICE Licensed Hunter at New Kent Forestry Center in Providence Forge, New Kent County. Dogs are encouraged.

Successful applicants must bring at least one Apprentice Hunting License Hunter as their guest. APPRENTICE HUNTERS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO APPLY but must bring a Licensed Adult Hunter as a guest.

  • Hunt Date: January 17, 2015.
  • Hunt Time: Sunrise to sunset
  • Selected: 1 Selected, 2 Guest Allowed, 1 must be an Apprentice Licensed Hunter
  • Applications due: September 26, 2014

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 27, 2014
  • Hunt dates: October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 31 and November 1, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 2014
  • Application due: To scout and hunt all dates available, applications must be submitted by August 15, 2014. However, if you miss this early registration, you may continue to apply up to and thru November 14, 2014. 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 Departmentowned 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.