Big Game Hunting

Eastern Shore of Virginia 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 upland maritime forest, shrub community, and salt marsh. The Eastern Shore of Virginia 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 the 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 Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge please click here.

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  • 2020-2021 Archery and Firearms Hunt

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    October 3, 2020 - January 2, 2021

    Brochure/Permit (pdf 141KB)

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

    *No hunting on Sundays.
    *No hunting during Freedom Hunters Dates: October 29-31, 2020 and December 10-12, 2020.

  • Notes for Non-Hunters

    The refuge will remain OPEN to visitors during the archery hunt for other uses.

    The refuge is CLOSED to other public uses during the firearm hunts (November 28 - December 5, 2020) with the following exceptions

    • The refuge office and photography blind will remain open and accessible.
    • Only commercial boat ramp users with a valid Special Use Permit may continue to operate out of the Wise Point Boat Ramp. (The Wise Point Boat Ramp is closed to recreational boaters during the firearms hunt.)