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 and Mason Neck State Park
DatesScout Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016Tuesday, November 29, 2016Tuesday, December 6, 2016Bonus Hunt: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 (Must have harvested 2 antlerless deer to qualify)
Lottery - Selection notices will be mailed on Friday, September 30, 2016
- Click here for 2016 Mason Neck Hunt Information regarding firearm qualifications, permit swaps, alternates, standbys, bag limits, rules, and more.
Firearm and Ammunition Qualification- Qualification cards are mailed to hunters on September 30 within their lottery selection notice.- Hunters must present qualification card to range instructor for validation- Ranges DO NOT have qualification cards.- Contact refuge headquarters for replacement qualification cards, 703-490-4979.- Firearm qualification range location list coming soon.
Orientation RequirementsSelected hunters must attend an orientation session. Staff provides two options for completing hunt orientation requirements. (1) Attend an orientation session in person on October 22, 2016 at:
Gunston Elemtary School 10100 Gunston Road Lorton, VA 22079 8:00 am - Occoquan Bay Hunt Orientation 9:30 am - Mason Neck Hunt Orientation 11:00 am - Standby, Swaps, Extra Permit Sales(2) View the Occoquan Bay Hunt Orientation on-line, complete a 20 question test, and have the answers verified by staff.If selected to hunt, time and location for in-person orientations and on-line orientation test checks will be provided on the hunt lottery notice. Attending orientation sessions from a previous year, for another hunt, or at another agency’s session cannot be counted towards this orientation requirement.
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In the early 1960’s a developer sought out land on Mason Neck to build a planned community and airport. Elizabeth van Laer Speer Hartwell, a local resident, who valued the pristine nature of the peninsula, organized an effort to stop this development. She recognized the potential of the Mason Neck peninsula as a safe haven for the endangered bald eagles along the Potomac River.