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Big Game & Waterfowl Hunting

2014 - 2015 Hunt Information

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is one of over 550 National Wildlife Refuges whose objective is to provide habitat for the conservation and protection of all species of wildlife. The harvest of surplus animals is one tool used to manage wildlife populations at a level compatible with the environment, provide wholesome recreational opportunities, and permit the use of a valuable renewable resource. The various habitats found on the refuge include dune-grass community, shrub community, upland maritime forest, fresh water marsh and salt marsh. The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge manages its hunt through a permit system.

Brochures and Applications are now available!!

New This Year

The application and payment process has changed!

Please click here for instructions on applying. Make sure you mail all payments to the Hunt Coordinator at:

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
PO Box 62
Chincoteague, VA 23336

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.

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Archery Hunt

Archery Substitution Form

Hunt Dates

October 20 - 22, 2014 and October 27 - 29, 2014

  • Application deadline: August 29, 2014
  • Results posted: September 5, 2014
  • Permit fee due: September 26, 2014
  • Permit fee due for alternates: October 10, 2014

Big Game Firearm Hunt

Firearm Substitution/Add on Form  
Open Zones  

Hunt Dates

White-tail and Sika - December 8-9, 11-12, 15-16, 18-19
Sika - only January 5-6, 8-9
Wildcat Marsh Unit (white-tail) - December 5-6, 15-16

  • Application deadline: September 26, 2014
  • Results posted: October 10, 2014
  • Permit fee due: November 1, 2014
  • Permit fee due for alternates: November 14, 2014
  • Zones posted for standby: November 21, 2014

Wallops Hunt


Hunt Dates

November 15, 2014 - January 3, 2015

Scouting Dates

Friday, November 14, 2014 and all Sundays thereafter

Request for non-hunting assistant permits must be submitted with hunters' application.

There will not be a lottery drawing for hunting at Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuge. Permits are issued via email upon receipt of a complete and valid application as well as the $25.00 application and permit fees.

Migratory Game Bird Hunt


For specific Virginia state hunting regulations and licenses information please visit the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries.

For questions concerning hunt regulations please refer to the brochure or contact the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge at or 757-336-6122 x2324.

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2014
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