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.

  • General Information

    For questions concerning hunt regulations please refer to the brochure or contact Michael Dixon, at  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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  • 2021-2022 Migratory Game Bird Hunt

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    State of Virginia Seasons Apply

    Brochure/Permit (pdf 255KB) 

  • 2021 Archery Big Game Hunt

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    October 2 - November 12, 2021

    Brochure/Permit (pdf 209KB)

    Orientation (pdf 5MB)

    No hunting on Sundays.

  • 2021-2022 Firearms Big Game Hunt

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    November 13, 2021 – January 1, 2022

    Brochure/Permit (pdf 221KB) 

    Orientation (pdf 5MB) 

    No hunting on Sundays or November 25-28, 2021.

  • 2021-2022 Wallops Island Refuge Hunt

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    State of Virginia Seasons Apply

    Brochure/Permit (pdf 508KB) 

    No hunting on Sundays.