Apply at: http://www.vaquotahunts.com/
How to Hunt Standby
On each day of the hunt, the refuge gates will open at 4:00 a.m. and close promptly at 4:30 a.m. No late arrivals will be permitted after that time. Standby hunters will be processed beginning at 5:00 a.m. Follow the directions of the parking attendants to find the appropriate place to park. You will park in the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge parking lots, enter the visitor center to register, and listen to the mandatory pre-hunt briefing. All hunters must be out of the field by the designated final pickup time and must check out at the refuge check station prior to departure.
There will be a standby drawing to fill vacant hunter "slots" after selected hunters have been registered, at 5:00am and at 1:00pm (gates will open from 12:00pm to 1:00pm). You are encouraged to come and hunt all days of the hunt as standby. Individuals hunting standby will be charged the $10.00 daily hunt fee if they are selected. Standby hunters must follow the same regulations as those who were selected in the lottery. Print the Rules and Regulations, sign the bottom portion and bring with you to the standby drawing.
We encourage you to visit the hunt zones during daylight hours during the week prior to the hunt to scout your selected zone. Scouting will be permitted October 19-26, 2014. During the pre-hunt scouting trips, do not add any trail markings or alter the control signs. Wear a blaze orange hat and body covering to help us identify scouting activities. When visiting the hunt zones to scout your zone you may park at either Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge or at Little Island City Park. Parking fees apply. Biking to your zone is recommended.
Directions to the refuge from Interstate 264 East
Exit 21A First Colonial Road. Right onto First Colonial Road. First Colonial Road will bend left and become Oceana Boulevard. Travel Oceana Blvd. 3.8 miles and turn right onto General Booth Blvd. Travel General Booth Blvd. 2.7 miles. Turn left onto Princess Anne Road and travel 0.8 miles. Stay in the center lane and proceed straight through the light onto Sandbridge Road. Travel 5.2 miles and turn right onto Sandpiper Road. Travel 3.9 miles to the entrance of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
If you have any questions prior to the hunt, please feel free to call:
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge: 757-301-7329 ext. 153 or False Cape State Park at 757-426-7128 or 3657
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American bitterns are year-round inhabitants of Virginia Beach and members of the heron family. These birds are typically very shy and secretive, hiding among reeds and grasses along the edges of lakes and bays. There are a few very friendly bitterns at Back Bay though, so keep your eyes peeled and camera ready next time you are in the area. Their camouflage is excellent so we must be attentive to detail to spot these beautiful birds.