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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.


2015 - 2016 Hunt Dates
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Monday, January 11, 2016


Late Season Antlerless Hunt: If staff determines the hunt has yes to reach desired management goals, an additional hunt day for Standby hunters may be added on March 21, 2015.

Scout Day
**No Scouting for the Occoquan Bay Hunt**
Hunting occurs from refuge provided treestands only

Hunt Application: Click Here 
- Hunt Applications must be postmarked no later than Saturday, September 19, 2015
- $10 fee per application, $5 application fee with a valid federal Senior or Access Pass
- Application fees are non-refundable  

- Selection Notices will be mailed on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

Hunt Information
- Click Here for 2015 Occoquan Bay NWR Hunt Information regarding firearm qualifications, permit fees, permit swaps, alternates, standbys, bag limits, rules, and more.
- Occoquan Bay NWR Hunt Area Map 

Firearm and Ammunition Qualifications
- Qualification cards are mailed to hunters on September 30 within lottery notices
- Hunters must present a qualification card to range instructors for validation
- Ranges DO NOT have qualification cards
- Contact refuge headquarters for replacement qualification cards, 703-490-4979
- Coming Soon: 2015 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 24, 2015 at:

Gunston Elementary School
10100 Gunston Road
Lorton, VA 22079

2) View the 2015 Mason Neck Deer Hunt Orientation on-line, complete a 25 question test, and have your answers verified by staff.

Orientation video and test will be posted here on October 1, 2015.


Last Updated: Jul 02, 2015
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