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.

  • 2018 General Information

    For questions concerning hunt regulations please refer to the brochure or contact the Hunt coordinator, Chase Sands, at or 757-336-6122 x2315. Please note correspondence sent to the email address will not be replied to until after September 15, however applications sent prior to this date are still accepted.

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

    For information about hunting opportunities at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge please click here.

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  • 2018 Archery and Firearms Hunt

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    OCTOBER 6 - DECEMBER 8, 2018

    Brochure - (pdf 518KB)

    Orientation(pdf 1.8MB)

    Application - (pdf 443KB)

    *No hunting on Sundays or during Freedom Hunters Dates (November 1-3, 2018)


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

    The refuge is CLOSED to other public uses during the firearms hunt with the following exceptions:   

    • The visitor center, 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.)