Deer Hunting

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The refuge offers archery, limited and open muzzleloader, and limited and open shotgun hunts as well as special disabled and youth hunt opportunities for both white-tailed deer and sika deer.


Hunters are now required to apply online or by phone for the refuge deer hunt. Applications will no longer be mailed. The new application for the deer hunt is located at . The hunt application website is now active. Hunters can apply directly on the website or by calling the customer service number, 877-444-6777. Hunters are required to have a signed permit in hand while hunting or scouting on the refuge.

Deer Hunt Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Hunting at Blackwater is on a first come, first serve basis. There is no standby.

The 2020-21 Deer Hunt regulations, schedule, and map is posted below. This information can also be found at the application website. All hunters are responsible for reviewing and abiding by these regulations when hunting at Blackwater NWR.

The following files are available for viewing:

2020-21 Deer Hunt News Release (190 KB PDF file) highlighting important updates for the new season.

2020-21 Deer Hunt Regulations (140 KB PDF file)

2020-21 Deer Hunt Schedule Table (100 KB PDF file)

2020-21 Deer Hunt Map (600 KB PDF file)

Area U1 Map (370 KB PDF file) This area is designated for disabled hunters.

Area Q2 Map and Instructions (430 KB PDF file) This area is designated for disabled hunters.

Use of E-Bikes at the refuge (100 KB PDF file)

Interactive Deer Hunt Unit Map

Find out how to use a Blackwater hunt unit map on your smart phone. 

2018 Deer Density Study

Researchers from University of Delaware recently performed a deer density study at the refuge (now updated with 2018 data).  Click on the links below to view their findings (PDF files).

Deer density study one page summary. 

Deer density study presentation.