2015 White-tailed Deer Hunt Information:
Refuge Permits - Refuge Hunters must possess a Refuge permit and all applicable state licenses to hunt deer in Virginia. The permit fee is $30.00 and covers both the archery and shotgun hunts. Permit fees are non-refundable. Permits may be purchased starting on September 15, 2015 at the Refuge Headquarters. Cash, check or money orders are accepted. No credit/debit cards.
You do not need a hunt permit to participate in the daily hunt lottery. Permits can be purchased at the check station after the lottery.
There will be no DMAP (Virginia Deer Management Assistance Program) tags used on the refuge this year. Bonus tags can be purchased through the state. You can call the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at (804) 367-1000 for more information.
Daily Lottery - A lottery will be conducted to select 22 hunters each day to hunt the 5 hunt zones. Hunters will select their zone in the order they are drawn in the lottery. The size of the zone determines the number of hunters (2-6) per zone.
Orientation - All hunters must participate in an orientation session conducted at the check station prior to the day's hunt.
Daily Bag Limit - Two white-tailed deer of either sex may be harvested per day.
Scouting for the archery season will be open October 19-25, 2015, from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM.
Hunting will be open from October 26 - November 7, 2015, excluding Sunday, November 1, 2015.
Station Hours: October 26 - October 31, from 5:20 AM until 8:30 PM. Daily Lottery at 5:30 AM. November 2 - November 7 from 4:20 AM until 7:30 PM. Daily lottery will be conducted at 4:30 AM.
Note: Daylight Savings time change 2nd week of Archery.
Scouting for the shotgun season will be open on December 4 and 6, 2015, from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM.
Hunting will be open from December 5 - 12, 2015, excluding Sunday, December 6, 2015.
Station Hours: December 5 - 12 (excluding Sunday, December 6), from 5:00 AM until 7:30 PM. Daily lottery will be conducted at 5:10 AM.
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