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Big Game & Waterfowl Hunting

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is one of over 550 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.

2015-2016 Hunt Information

What's New for 2015-2016?

  • No lottery for Archery: The archery hunt will be run on a first come first serve basis
  •  The Hunt Coordinator can be reached at:

Please click here for instructions on applying. Make sure you mail all payments to the Hunt Coordinator at:

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
PO Box 62 
Chincoteague, VA 23336

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.

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Archery Hunt - Closed for Season


Please note that there is an error in the archery brochure and payments are not due until 5 days prior to the hunt you are applying for (please see below).

Hunt Dates

 Session 1: October 19 - 21, 2015 

 Session 2: October 26 - 28, 2015

Application and Payment deadline:

 Session 1: October 14, 2015

 Session 2: October 21, 2015

Big Game Firearm Hunt - Closed for Season


Hunt Dates

White-tail and Sika - December 7-8, 10-11, 14-15, 17-18
Sika - only January 4-5, 7-8
Wildcat Marsh Unit (white-tail) - December 7-8, 14-15

  • Application deadline: September 25, 2015
  • Results posted: October 9, 2015
  • Permit fee due: November 1, 2015
  • Permit fee due for alternates: November 14, 2015
  • Zones posted online for standby: November 25, 2015

Wallops Hunt - Closed for Season


Hunt Dates 

November 14, 2015 - January 2, 2016

Scouting Dates

Friday, November 13, 2015 and all Sundays thereafter

Request for non-hunting assistant permits must be indicated on the hunters' application.

There is no lottery drawing for hunting at Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuge. Permits are issued via email upon receipt of a complete and valid application as well as the $25.00 application and permit fees.

Migratory Game Bird Hunt - Closed for Season

Harvest Report

For specific Virginia state hunting regulations and licenses information please visit the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries.

For questions concerning hunt regulations please refer to the brochure or contact the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge at or 757-894-8051.

Last Updated: Feb 17, 2016
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