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Deer Hunting

Buck on Occoquan Bay NWR

Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge Deer Management Hunt

Purpose: To maintain the deer herd at a healthy level compatible with planned habitat goals and objectives while minimizing impacts to wildlife and visitors.

2014 Occoquan Bay Deer Hunt Dates

Monday December 8, 2014
Wednesday December 10, 2014
Scout Date: ** No Scouting for the Occoquan Bay Hunt**
Late Season Antlerless Hunt:

If staff determines the hunt has yet to reach desired management goals, an additional hunt day for STANDBY hunters only may be added on Friday January 9, 2015. Staff will accept calls from hunters unable to obtain a hunt permit for the first two hunts on Monday, January 5 at 8:00 am at 703-490-4979 x 2015. Twenty three stands will be filled on a first-call first served basis. 

Hunt Applications

- The 2014 application period has closed.
Hunt applications must be postmarked no later than Saturday September 20, 2014
- $10 fee per application, $5 application fee with a valid Senior and Access Pass
- Application fees are non-refundable


- Selection Notices will be mailed on Wednesday October 1, 2014

Hunt Information

- Click Here for 2014 Hunt Information regarding firearm qualifications, permit swaps, alternates, standbys, bag limits, rules and more.
- Occoquan Bay NWR Hunt Stand Map 

Firearm and Ammunition Qualification 

- Qualification cards are mailed to hunters on October 1 within their lottery selection notice.
- Hunters must present qualification card to range instructor for validation.
- Ranges DO NOT have qualification cards.
- Contact refuge headquarters for replacement qualification cards, 703-490-4979
- Coming Soon: Click here for firearm qualification range locations- Coming in September- Approved firearm qualification range locations 

Orientation Requirements

Selected applicants must attend an orientation session. Staff provides two options to complete the hunt orientation requirement.

(1) Attend an orientation session in person on October 18, 2014 at:

Gunston Elementary School
10100 Gunston Road
Lorton, VA 22079
8:00 am - Occoquan Bay Hunt Orientation
9:30 am - Mason Neck Hunt Orientation
11:00 am - Standby, Swaps, Extra Permit Sales


(2) View the Mason Neck Hunt Orientation On-line, complete a 25 question test, and have your answered verified by staff.

On-line Orientation Program

Coming in October - On-line orientation program will be posted on this website

On-line Orientation Test Verification and PErmit Purchases
Staff is available to verify on-line hunt orientation test answers and issue permits at specified dates, and locations, no appointment necessary.


Headquarters Office                  Occoquan Bay Refuge Visitor Contact Station
12638 Darby Brook Ct.              13950 Dawson Beach Rd.
Woodbridge, VA 22192              Woodbridge, VA 22191 

Date Day     Time Location
Oct. 6 Monday 10am - 3pm Headquarters Office
Oct. 7 Tuesday 10am - 3pm Headquarters Office
Oct. 8 Wednesday 2pm - 7pm Headquarters Office
Oct. 9 Thursday 10am - 3pm Headquarters Office
Oct. 11 Saturday 1pm - 4pm Visitor Contact Station
Oct. 14 Tuesday 10am - 3pm Headquarters Office
Oct. 15 Wednesday 10am - 3pm Headquarters Office


Youth Hunt
On Saturday, December 6, 2014, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will host a Novice Youth Deer Hunt on the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Prince William County. This is an opportunity for beginning hunters to learn more about deer and deer hunting and participate in an afternoon hunt.

For registration information and workshop details, click here: 2014 Youth Hunt Information.

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2014
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