Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Hunt Program


The refuge hunt program is only for White Tail Deer or American Black Bear. Refuge Hunt license are available from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries's Hunter Registration website. Applications can be only be made on-line. The Great Dismal Swamp NWR hunts are referenced as Hunt 501 for the Bear Hunt and Hunt 701 for the Deer Hunt.



 2019 Refuge Hunt Season Registration  

  •  When using the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries hunt registration site you will have a permanent hunter id and password that will stay with you from year to year. Register at  Under purchase a license; you can find the Great Dismal Swamp NWR license listed under “Special Licenses.”  If you don’t see it, make sure you hit the blue “Purchase Individual Licenses” button on the right of your home screen. 
  • Hunter registrations will begin July 1 each year.
  • Hunter registrations will only be online.
  • The selection process for the GreatDismal Swamp Bear Hunt has changed:  The first 100 hunters to register and pay for the refuge bear hunt license will be issued the refuge license.  There are no guest appointments. Bear Hunt registration will remain open until 100 permits are issued- there are no cut off dates for registration.



Download more information below

2018 Deer Hunt Rules           2018 Deer Hunt Map

2018 Bear Hunt Rules            2018 Bear Hunt Map

The following attachments are for information only. 

2017 Hunt Harvest Summary

2017 Deer Hunt Regulations         2017 Deer Hunt Map

2017 Bear Hunt Regulations         2017 Bear Hunt Map

2016 Hunt Harvest Summary

  2015 Hunt Harvest Summary