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 www.vaquotahunts.com . Registration
will end on August 19. Please see below for further registration
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: www.vaquotahunts.com
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.
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
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
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
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The American black duck is a priority species and indicator for the fall-winter migration. While their plumage is actually a very dark brown the birds appear black from any distance. Look for a small iridescent purple speculum (wing patch) when the duck is in flight to help identify these winter visitors. The best time to spot black ducks is from November to February out on Back Bay or in the impoundments on a winter tour with the Blue Goose Tram.