Purpose: To maintain the deer herd at a healthy level compatible with planned habitat goals and objectives while minimizing impacts to wildlife and visitors.
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
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- Click here for a list of 2015 firearm qualification standards and range locations.
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 22079
8:00 am - Occoquan Bay Hunt Program9:30 am - Mason Neck Hunt Orientation11:00 am - Standby, Swaps, and Extra Permit Sales2) 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 CourtWoodbridge, VA 22192
10am – 3pm
2pm – 6:30pm
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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.