October 26, 2019

Hog Island – Youth October Waterfowl Day

The Department, in cooperation with The Wildlife Foundation of Virginia, will host a youth waterfowl hunting day for 20 youths on October 26, 2019. Only youth 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. All youth hunters must register for this event and will be a first come, first serve basis. To register, contact the Hog Island WMA between September 13-20 at (757) 357-5224. There are no blinds or decoys provided for these hunts. Dogs are allowed and recommended.

  • Hog Island WMA
September 28, 2019–December 12, 2019More InformationRegister

Beginner Deer Hunting Workshop and Mentored Hunt at Widewater State Park

DGIF and DCR are excited to partner together to enhance our impact on conservation in Virginia by helping people learn how to become safe and ethical deer hunters. This beginner deer hunting workshop includes two classroom sessions (Sept. 28-29) and two hunting days with an assigned mentor (Dec. 5 and 12) using only shotgun. The workshop will cover deer hunting skills, biology, safe hunting practices, firearm techniques and more. Attendees will then be paired with a hunting mentor for two days of deer hunting with shotguns. For more information, please contact Joanna Sadly at 540-288-1400 or Ed Herndon at 804-367-0585.

October 26, 2019–February 8, 2020

Youth and Veterans Waterfowl Hunting Days

October 26, 2019 and February 8, 2020 – Open to Youth 15 years of age and under, Military Veterans (as defined in section 101 of title 38, United States Code) and members of the Armed Forces on active duty, including members of the National Guard and Reserves on active duty (other than for training). Participants may harvest the allowed daily bag limit of ducks (see above), sea ducks (including in the Special Sea Duck Zone), and other waterfowl, including Atlantic brant, coots, mergansers, gallinules, moorhens, light geese, 1 Canada goose in the Atlantic Population Zone, 5 Canada geese in the Southern James Bay Population and Resident Population zones, and 1 tundra swan (if in possession of a tundra swan permit) on the designated days. Resident youth aged 12–15, nonresident youth age 15 or under, and Veterans need a valid Virginia hunting license, unless license exempt. All hunters participating must be Virginia HIP registered ( All youth must be accompanied and directly supervised by an adult at least 18 years of age or older who has a valid Virginia hunting license (unless license exempt). The accompanying adult cannot hunt ducks (unless they are a Veteran), but may hunt for those species for which there is an open season.

  • Statewide
October 26, 2019–February 8, 2020

Princess Anne WMA – Youth Waterfowl Days

Float blind stakes and the impoundments will be open on a first-come, first-served basis to youth 15 years or younger when accompanied by an adult on youth waterfowl hunting days. Only youth may hunt and carry a firearm. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed adult. There are no blinds or decoys provided for these hunts. Hunters may not occupy the area before 5:00 a.m.

  • Princess Anne WMA
April 4, 2019–April 5, 2020More Information

Youth and Apprentice Spring Turkey Hunting Weekend

It is vital now more than ever for Virginia hunters to mentor and help people of all ages learn and develop as hunters. Youth and Apprentice Hunting Days are great opportunities for these experiences by allowing only newer and younger hunters to get outdoors and hunt with an experienced hunting mentor on select days throughout Virginia.

Both resident and nonresident Youth hunters (15 and under) and Apprentice License holders can hunt on these days but must be accompanied and directly supervised at all times by a mentor over 18 who has a valid Virginia hunting license or is exempt from purchasing a license.

  • Statewide