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.

  • Draft Hunting and Fishing Plan for Public Review

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    We need your input on the draft documents for our Draft Hunting and Fishing Plan!

    • Our press release highlights some of the proposed changes.
    • The full Draft Hunting and Fishing Plan is available as a PDF.
    • The comment period is open until July 6, 2021.
    • You can submit your comments to the refuge by mail at 5003 Hallett Circle, Cape Charles, VA 23310 or by email to and please put “Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR” in the subject line.  


  • 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.

    You will need to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader to open brochures, applications and permit documents. You can get this software for free at

  • 2021-2022 Archery and Firearms Hunt

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