The Oakley Forest Wildlife Management Area is approximately 2,911 acres in size, located in western Spotsylvania County, west of Todd’s Tavern. Oakley Forest WMA was part of a larger working farm that practiced wildlife and forest management for several decades. The habitats consist of a mosaic of upland mixed hardwood and pine forests containing with a few small areas of open fields, pastures, and old field habitats.
Procedures for hunting at Oakley Forest WMA have changed for the 2018–2019 hunting seasons. Two quota hunts are offered on the WMA: Multi-Species Series #305 and Spring Turkey Series #411 (to view descriptions of these quota hunts, use the previous links and scroll down to the appropriate hunt listing). To apply for these quota hunts, please visit gooutdoorsvirginia.com. Hunter quota restrictions do not apply on open hunting season dates other than those listed for the Quota Hunts.
Special Regulations for Oakley Forest WMA
The following restrictions pertain to hunting, fishing, and trapping on Oakley Forest WMA:
- Sunday hunting is prohibited for all species except waterfowl.
- Dogs may not be used to hunt bear or deer.
- Antlered deer must have four points one inch or longer on one side.
- During the General Firearms Season, legal weapons include rifles, pistols, shotguns, muzzleloaders, and/or archery tackle.
Oakley Forest WMA is located along State Route 612 (Catharpin and Pamunkey Roads) and State Route 608 (West Catharpin Road), west of Todd’s Tavern.
Images by: Meghan Marchetti - DGIF