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What's New for 2013-2014

General Information

Hunter Educations

  • As of July 1, 2013, there will no longer be a ten-hour Hunter Education Course in Virginia. There will be a self-study requirement for students, followed by six hours of classroom instruction. The new course should allow students more flexibility in scheduling and will focus on safety, hunting ethics and conservation.

Route 29 Line/Amherst County

  • The Route 29 "line" in Amherst County was redefined as: that area east or west of the "line" defined as Business U.S. 29 from the James River to its intersection with U.S. 29 just south of the town of Amherst continuing north on U.S. 29 to the Tye River.

Bear

Youth/Apprentice Bear Hunt Day

Bear Firearms

  • Bear firearms season has been extended by two weeks in the counties (or portions) of Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell (except on the Channels State Forest and Clinch Mountain WMA), Scott, Washington (northwest of I-81 and west of Route 19), and Wise.
  • The 6-day open season in eastern and southside Virginia will open one week earlier.
  • The bear firearms season in Augusta (North of US-250), Frederick, Roanoke, Rockingham, and Shenandoah will open on a Monday and not a Saturday.

Bear Hound Training

Deer

Youth/Apprentice Deer Hunt Day

Archery

  • Created a late antlerless-only archery deer season in April in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties.

Muzzleloader

  • Reduced the number of late muzzleloader either-sex deer hunting days on private lands in Alleghany, Bath and Highland counties from 6 to 1 (last day).

Firearms

  • Established an early antlerless-only firearms deer season in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties in September. Note: local firearms ordinances prohibit the discharge of firearms in Arlington County and in Fairfax County a special landowner permit is required to firearms deer hunt on private lands. Contact the Div. of Animal Control, 4500 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 for details. No special police permit is required for archery deer hunting on private lands in Fairfax County. Local firearms restrictions also apply in Loudoun and Prince William counties (see Local Firearm Ordinances).
  • Established a uniform 7-week firearms deer season in Campbell County.
  • Removed Fauquier County from the late antlerless-only firearms deer season.
  • Reduced firearms either-sex deer hunting days in Accomack, Amelia, Bland (private), Caroline, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Grayson (public), Henry, King and Queen, King George, Northampton, Nottoway, Patrick, Powhatan, Russell (public), Smyth (public), Spotsylvania, Tazewell (public), and Washington (public).
  • Established one firearms either-sex deer hunting day on Chickahominy WMA.

Bag Limits

  • Established a two deer per day daily bag limit on private lands in Roanoke County.

Earn A Buck (EAB)

  • Restricted EAB requirements to individual counties.
  • Increased the number of antlerless deer required for EAB in Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties.
  • Removed Franklin, Fauquier, Patrick, and Shenandoah counties from EAB.

Antler Point Restrictions (APR)

  • Added Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Highland, and Rockbridge counties to the APR regulation.

Deer Feeding

  • Made the feeding of deer and elk illegal year-round in Buchanan, Dickenson, and Wise counties.
  • Made it illegal to feed deer or elk in any county, city, or town during any deer or elk hunting season.
  • Established a requirement that all feed be removed from any deer feeding site prior to September 1st.
  • Established a regulation that makes any area where deer feed has been distributed a "baited" area for 10 days following the complete removal of the food.

Chronic Wasting Disease/Deer Carcass Importation

  • Prohibited the importation of a deer carcass or part (except boned-out meat, quarters, clean skulls, etc.) from any enclosure in North America intended to confine deer or elk.
  • Allowed the importation of cleaned skulls, with or without antlers.

Small Game

  • The gray and red squirrel season has been lengthened by 1 month. It now runs from the first Saturday in September through the last day of February.
  • It is now legal to trains dogs on squirrels on private lands year-round during daylight hours.
  • It is now legal to train dogs on rabbits year- round on private lands from ½ hour before sunrise until midnight.

Turkey

Youth/Apprentice Turkey Hunt Days

Furbearers Hunting & Trapping

Otter

  • The season limit for otters trapped west of the Blue Ridge Mountains increased from 2 to 4 otters per trapper per year.

Trapping

  • It is now unlawful to intentionally set traps within 50 feet of animal carcasses or parts unless the carcasses or parts are completely covered when the trap is set or visited. Completely covered is defined as not being visible from above.

Public Lands

  • Doe Creek is the newest wildlife management area. It is 447 acres located bayside in Accomack County. The area has an excellent waterfowl impoundment system and hunting opportunities will be provided through the quota hunt program for waterfowl, archery deer, muzzleloader deer, and spring turkey hunting. Managed hunt opportunities will include: squirrel and woodcock. As the area is further developed, wildlife viewing opportunities will be improved.
  • Two hundred and sixty acres in James City County has been added to the PALS (Public Access Lands for Sportsmen) program.