Big Game & Waterfowl Hunting

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is one of over 560 National Wildlife Refuges whose objective is to provide habitat for the conservation and protection of all species of wildlife. The harvest of surplus animals is one tool used to manage wildlife populations at a level compatible with the environment, provide wholesome recreational opportunities, and permit the use of a valuable renewable resource. The various habitats found on the refuge include dune-grass community, shrub community, upland maritime forest, fresh water marsh and salt marsh. The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge manages its hunt through a permit system.

  • 2020-2021 General Information

    For questions concerning hunt regulations please refer to the brochure or contact Michael Dixon, at Michael_Dixon@fws.gov  or 757-336-6122 x2308. 

    For specific Virginia state hunting regulations and licenses information please visit the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources. 

    For information about hunting opportunities at Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge please see their website.

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  • 2020 Early Archery Big Game Hunt

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    October 3, 2020 - November 13, 2020

    Brochure/Permit (pdf 213KB)

    Orientation (pdf 2MB) - expect a long load time due to large file size

    *No hunting on Sundays or during Waterfowl Weekend Thursday, November 26th (Thanksgiving Day) - Sunday, November 29th.

  • 2020-2021 Firearms and Late Archery Big Game Hunt

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    November 14, 2020 - January 2, 2021

    Brochure/Permit (pdf 224KB)

    Orientation (pdf 2MB) - expect a long load time due to large file size

    *No hunting on Sundays or during Waterfowl Weekend Thursday, November 26th (Thanksgiving Day) - Sunday, November 29th.

  • 2020-2021 Migratory Game Bird Hunt

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    State of Virginia Seasons Apply

    Brochure/Permit (pdf 230KB)

  • 2020-2021 Wallops Island Refuge Hunt

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    State of Virginia Seasons Apply

    Brochure/Permit (pdf 483KB)

    *No hunting on Sundays.