Deer Hunting at Eastern Neck

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


In 2019, Eastern Neck NWR transitioned to an online hunt application system administered by You will no longer receive a hunt packet by mail. Please create an account on to apply for all refuge hunt permits. Hunters apply directly on the web site or by calling the customer service number: 877-444-6777. All hunts are first-come, first-served. Hunters are required to have a printed and signed permit in hand while hunting or scouting on the refuge. We appreciate your patience as we transition to this new system.

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Hunting at Eastern Neck is on a first-come, first-served basis.  There is no standby.

The 2020-2021 Deer Hunt has ended. The regulations and information posted below is for reference only; dates and some regulations may change for next hunting season. All hunters are responsible for reviewing and abiding by these regulations when hunting at Eastern Neck NWR. Updated information is typically posted to this web page in July.

Eastern Neck Deer Hunt Regulations 2020-21 (213 KB PDF file)

Eastern Neck Deer Hunt Map (370 KB JPEG file)

If you have any questions, you can email us at (*preferred contact method due to reduced staffing during COVID-19 protocols) or call Blackwater NWR at 410-228-2677. Please indicate that you wish to speak to someone about the Eastern Neck hunt.