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

Life Line Hunter Safety System

Watch a short Life Line Hunter Safety System Instructional Video
Click here for a Life Line Hunter Safety System fact sheet 


Last Updated: Dec 18, 2014
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