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White-tailed Deer Hunt Lottery Information

The 2016 white-tailed deer lottery hunt at Back Bay NWR will take place October 24-25. You may register for the hunt beginning in July at . Registration will end on August 19. Please see below for further registration information. 

Details for Back Bay/False Cape Lottery Hunt

A total of 116 hunters will be selected per hunt day. UNLIMITED incidental harvest of feral hogs is permitted during the hunt. To apply for the lottery hunt at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park review the information included on this website. This information includes the rules and regulations for the hunt as well as zone maps. Please review the zone maps and select your preferred zone. Once you have determined the date and zone you prefer visit the VA Quota Hunts website to apply for the hunt. The hunt number for the Back Bay/False Cape hunt is #205. There is a non-refundable application fee of $7.50.  

Hunters may apply at: 

On the day of the hunt, all hunters must enter the Refuge gates between 4:00 a.m. and 4:30a.m. Hunters selected for a zone within Back Bay NWR should drive through the Visitor Center parking area and continue one quarter mile down the gravel road to the Refuge shop compound for registration. Hunters selected for zones in False Cape State Park should park in the Refuge Visitor Center parking lot and enter the Visitor Center to register. A $10.00 daily hunt fee is charged for all hunters. A 50% discount will be applied to the Back Bay NWR fee for holders of the America the Beautiful Senior or Access passes.

After a safety briefing hunters will be shuttled to their respective zones, with the exception of those in Zones 1 and 2. Hunters in Zone 1 must bring their own boat to transport themselves to Long Island. Hunters in Zone 2 will drive their vehicles to the hunt zone, located along the Refuge entrance road. In addition, Zone 5 has been designated as a zone for "non-ambulatory hunters" as described by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. An individual holding a Virginia State Disabled Hunter's License, Federal Senior Pass and/or Federal Disabled Access Pass, and who is in need of special accommodations, should contact the Refuge Manager or his designee in advance and notify them of the special hunting techniques to be utilized, and special equipment required. The Refuge Manager can be reached at (757)301-7329 ext. 3101.

At the end of the day all hunters in Zones 3-14 must be out of the field by the final designated shuttle pickup time. Hunters in Zone 1 must be off Long Island by 4:45pm and those in Zone 2 must be out of the zone by the official close of the hunt day. All hunters must check out at the Refuge check station prior to departure. 

CHANGES - Beginning in 2016 tree stands are permitted on Long Island (Zone 1). Tree stands cannot attach to trees and must be removed at the end of the day. Hunters must use a safety harness at all times if using a tree stand. Also beginning in 2016, all selected hunters will automatically be selected to bring a buddy.  


Hunting Standby 

On each day of the hunt, the Refuge gates will open at 4:00a.m. and close promptly at 4:30a.m. No late arrivals will be permitted after that time. All standby hunters should follow the direction of the fee booth attendant to park in the Back Bay Visitor Center parking lot. Standby registration and the pre-hunt safety briefing will take place in the Refuge Visitor Center.  

A standby drawing is held at 5:00 a.m. to fill vacant hunter slots after selected hunters have been registered. A second standby drawing is held at 1:00p.m. Hunters wishing to hunt standby at the 1:00 p.m. drawing will be permitted to enter the Refuge gates between 12:00p.m. and 1:00p.m. Hunters are encouraged to come out and hunt all days of the hunt as standby. Individuals hunting standby will be charged the $10.00 daily hunt fee if they are selected. Standby hunters must follow the same regulations as those who were selected in the lottery. Print the Rules and Regulations, sign the bottom portion and bring with you to the standby drawing. 



We encourage all hunters (selected and standby) to visit the hunt zones during daylight hours the week prior to the hunt to scout your selected zone. Scouting will be permitted October 17-23, 2016. During pre-hunt scouting trips, you may not add any trail markings or alter the control signs. You must wear a blaze orange hat and body covering to help us identify individuals engaged in scouting activities. When visiting to scout your zone you may park at either Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge or at Little Island City Park. Parking fees apply. Biking to your zone is recommended. 

Hunters may ride on the Blue Goose Express tram to reach their zone for a scouting trip. Tram fees apply - $8/adult, $6/senior. Please let the tram driver know where you would like to be dropped off. If you would like to arrange a pick-up time please coordinate with the tram driver directly.


Directions to the refuge from Interstate 264 East  

Exit 21A First Colonial Road. Right onto First Colonial Road. First Colonial Road will bend left and become Oceana Boulevard. Travel Oceana Blvd. 3.8 miles and turn right onto General Booth Blvd. Travel General Booth Blvd. 2.7 miles. Turn left onto Princess Anne Road and travel 0.8 miles. Stay in the center lane and proceed straight through the light onto Sandbridge Road. Travel 5.2 miles and turn right onto Sandpiper Road. Travel 3.9 miles to the entrance of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. 

If you have any questions prior to the hunt, please feel free to call: 

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge: 757-301-7329 ext. 3109 or False Cape State Park at 757-426-7128 


Use the following links to view the New Zone Maps and Regulations

Last Updated: Jul 11, 2016
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