Purpose: To maintain the deer herd at a healthy level compatible with planned habitat goals and objectives while minimizing impacts to wildlife and visitors.
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
Selection Notices will be mailed on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.
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
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
Gunston Elementary School
10100 Gunston Road Lorton, VA 220792) 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.
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Ospreys are one of the most common bird species seen at Occoquan Bay NWR during spring and summer. They return in early March to re-form pair bonds and establish breeding territories. Breeding pairs can be observed nesting on platforms located throughout the refuge.