Deer Hunting


Mason Neck Management Hunt:  

Purpose: To maintain the deer herd at a healthy level compatible with planned habitat goals and objectives while minimizing impacts to wildlife and visitors.
Administration: Managed in partnership by Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge, US Fish and Wildlife Service and Mason Neck State Park, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
2021 Hunt Program Dates:
  • Orientation and Test available: Friday, September 17, 2021 
  • Permit Purchase Opens: Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 12p.m. 
  • Extra Permits Open: Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 6p.m.
  • Scout Date: Sunday, November 7, 2021; 9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 16, 2021
  • Tuesday, November 30, 2021 
  • Bonus Hunt: Tuesday, December 7, 2021 (Adult hunters must harvest 2 antlerless deer to qualify, youth hunter and mentor may participate regardless of harvest results)
 2021 Hunt Program Information
Permit Fees
  • $20.00 for general public 
  • $10.00 for Federal Senior and Access Pass holders 

Mason Neck Hunt Orientation:

The orientation will be available on the RecAccess website ( on Friday, September 17th. On the top headings bar of the website there will be a link for "Orientation". Click the link, watch the orientation, and take the orientation test. Once you've passed you will be ready for permit purchase on Saturday, September 25th at noon. 

Deer Hunt Permit Purchase: 
  • BE AWARE: Permits are issued on a first come, first served basis via an online system. Hunters are only allowed to purchase one permit on 1st day of sale. Please coordinate accordingly to purchase a permit for your preferred date. 
  • Permit Purchase Opens: Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 12p.m.
  • Extra Permits Open: Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 6p.m.
  • Permits are purchased on-line with RecAccess at  
  • Follow the link above to the RecAccess home page, then click the "Permits & Lottery" link at the top left
  • Permit fees must be paid in the form of a credit or debit card. 

- For assistance with the RecAccess Online Account and Permit Purchase System, visit: 
- For questions regarding Hunt Program general information, rules or regulations, please contact:

  • Carina Velazquez-Mondragon, Visitor Service Specialist 703-490-4979 ext. 52585
  • Amanda Daisey, Refuge Manager - 703-490-4979 ext. 52581