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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
Saturday, December 5, 2015 - Youth Hunt
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, 2016.


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

Hunt Application
- The 2015 application period has closed.
- 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   

Lottery
- 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
- Click here for a list of 2015 firearm qualification standards and 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

8:00 am - Occoquan Bay Hunt Program
9:30 am - Mason Neck Hunt Orientation
11:00 am - Standby, Swaps, and Extra Permit Sales

2) View the 2015 Occoquan Bay Deer Hunt Orientation video, review the Life Line Hunter Safety System Information, complete a 23 question test, and have your answers verified by staff. Click the following links to begin:

Occoquan Bay 2015 Hunt Orientation Video 

Hunter Life Line Safety System Instructional Video

Hunter Life Line Safety System Fact Sheet 

Occoquan Bay Hunt Orientation Test Questions  

Test Answer Sheet

On-line Orientation Test Verification and Permit Purchase:

Permit Purchase Location:
Headquarters Office 
12638 Darby Brook Court
Woodbridge, VA 22192

Date

Day

Time

Location

Oct. 6

Tuesday

10am – 3pm

Headquarters Office

Oct. 7

Wednesday

10am – 3pm

Headquarters Office

Oct. 8

Thursday

10am – 3pm

Headquarters Office

Oct. 14

Wednesday

10am – 3pm

Headquarters Office

Oct. 15

Thursday

10am – 3pm

Headquarters Office

Oct. 20

Tuesday

10am – 3pm

Headquarters Office

Oct. 21

Wednesday

2pm – 6:30pm

Headquarters Office

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2015
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