VA DGIF HUNTING SEASONS

Muzzleloader deer hunters and persons accompanying a muzzleloader deer hunter shall wear blaze color, except when physically located in a tree stand or other stationary hunting locations. Continuous open season except on National Forest lands and Department lands. To thank hunters and encourage donations of deer, a free hunter incentive drawing is held. Clarke County on private lands: Bedford County on private lands. Electronic calls may also be used on public lands except where specifically prohibited during periods when the use of firearms is allowed. Bowhunters Needed for Survey The Department has an ongoing statewide bowhunter survey to obtain information on bear, deer, turkey, small game, and furbearer populations.

Rappahannock County on private lands: All legal deer hunting weapons including bows, crossbows, muzzleloaders, pistols, shotguns, and rifles are legal. Fauquier County on private lands. Frederick County on private lands. In the counties including the cities and towns within of Augusta, Scott, Smyth, and Washington. During a license year, it shall be unlawful to take a second antlered deer in Loudoun County prior to taking at least two antlerless deer in Loudoun County, and it shall be unlawful to take a third antlered deer in Loudoun County prior to taking at least three antlerless deer in Loudoun County.

Small Game Hunting Seasons

The bag limit for deer shall be two a day, six a license year. The bag limit for deer shall be one a day and five a license year. Local firearm ordinances prohibit the discharge of firearms in Arlington County. Rappahannock County on private lands. Coyote hunting on National Forest lands and Department lands is permitted from September 1 through March 10 and during the spring turkey season. During a license year, it shall be unlawful to take a second antlered deer on private lands in Clarke County prior to taking at least one antlerless deer on private lands in Clarke County.

For example, if a youth deer hunter, 15 years of age or younger, killed one or more antlerless deer on designated either-sex deer hunting days, he or she could still take one antlerless deer on a day not designated an either-sex day.

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Coyotes may also be hunted on Department lands during the spring squirrel season unless otherwise posted see area listings for spring squirrel season.

Hunting & Trapping Regulations

Counties have the option of establishing their own coyote bounty system. To help the program be as cost-effective as possible, hunters are asked to donate mature, large-bodied deer. Participants will receive an annual survey form to complete during the early archery deer season and a copy of the results after they are compiled.

There is no early muzzleloader season in the cities of Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, or Suffolk east of the Dismal Swamp line since it occurs during the general firearms season. Bedford County on private lands.

Fauquier County on private lands. Electronic calls may be used to hunt bobcats, coyotes, crows, foxes and raccoons, but not other species. In the counties including the cities and towns within of Amherst east of Rt. During a license year, it shall be unlawful to take a second antlered deer on private lands in Montgomery County prior to taking at least one antlerless deer on private lands in Montgomery County.

Small Game Hunting Seasons | VDGIF

No parcel size restrictions exist for archery deer sezsons. Clarke County on private lands. Raw bobcat pelts and unskinned carcasses that are bought, sold, bartered, traded, solicited for purchase, or transported out of state must also have a CITES tag affixed to each pelt by the trapper or hunter who harvested the animal.

Deer hunters west of the Blue Ridge Mountains may take both of their season limit of two antlered deer during the early muzzleloading season. If you plan to take the bobcat to a taxidermist, you must securely attach written documentation to the carcass that includes the full name of the hunter or trapper, date of kill, and the harvest confirmation number.

Continuous open season to hunt striped skunk except on National Forest lands and Department lands. Frederick County on private lands: The above does not apply to members of the household or employees of the owner or lessee of private property on which the ATV is operated. Special restrictions apply to specific firearms use during this season. Special restrictions may apply during this season. During a license year, it shall be unlawful to take a second antlered deer in Arlington County prior to taking at least two antlerless deer in Arlington County, and it shall be unlawful to take a third antlered deer in Arlington County prior to taking at least three antlerless deer in Arlington County.

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The Department does not encourage the feeding of wildlife at any time sasons the year. Nonresident hunters or trappers who need to leave the state before they are able to secure a CITES tag should plan to leave the bobcat pelt or carcass in the care huntinb someone in Virginia until a tag can be attached.

Resident or nonresident deer hunters 15 years of age and under may take one antlerless deer per license hhunting on days other than designated eithersex deer hunting days during the muzzleloading season s or the firearms season s in all counties that have at least one seaons deer hunting day during the firearms deer season.

During a license year, it shall be unlawful to take a second antlered deer on private lands in Bedford County prior to taking at least one antlerless deer on private lands in Bedford County, and it shall be unlawful to take a third antlered deer on private lands in Bedford County prior to taking at least two antlerless deer on private lands in Bedford County.

Special restrictions apply to specific firearms use during these seasons.

On Department-controlled lands west of the Blue Ridge Mountains and on National Forest lands where bear hound training is permitted. Clarke County on private lands: Continuous closed season for taking spotted skunks, and the pelts of spotted skunks may not be sold.