What's New for 2013-2014
- 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.
Youth/Apprentice Bear Hunt Day
- 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
- 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
Youth/Apprentice Deer Hunt Day
- Created a late antlerless-only archery
deer season in April in Arlington, Fairfax,
Loudoun, and Prince William counties.
- 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).
- 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
- Established one firearms either-sex deer
hunting day on Chickahominy WMA.
- Established a two deer per day daily bag
limit on private lands in Roanoke County.
Earn A Buck (EAB)
- Restricted EAB requirements to individual
- 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
- Made the feeding of deer and elk illegal
year-round in Buchanan, Dickenson, and
- 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.
- 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
- It is now legal to train dogs on rabbits
year- round on private lands from ½
hour before sunrise until midnight.
Youth/Apprentice Turkey Hunt Days
Furbearers Hunting & Trapping
- The season limit for otters trapped west
of the Blue Ridge Mountains increased
from 2 to 4 otters per trapper per year.
- 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.
- 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
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.