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Deer Hunting


Mason Neck Deer 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 and Mason Neck State Park  

2016 Hunt Dates
Scout Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016; 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Bonus Hunt: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 (Harvest 2 antlerless deer to qualify)

Hunt Application

- The 2016 deer hunt application period is now closed.

- Selection notices will be mailed on Friday, September 30, 2016  

Hunt Information

- Click here for 2016 Mason Neck Hunt Information regarding firearm qualifications, permit swaps, alternates, standbys, bag limits, rules, and more. 

-  2016 Mason Neck Hunt Area Map 
2012-2015 Mason Neck Hunt Harvest and Hunter Statistics


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.
- Click here for firearm qualification range locations.  

Orientation Requirements
Selected 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 Mason Neck Deer Hunt Orientation on-line, complete a 25 question test, and have the answers verified by staff.

     Online Orientation Program:
          View the Mason Neck Hunt Orientation Video

              Click here for the Mason Neck Deer Hunt Test Questions and Test Answer Sheet

       Online Orientation Test Verification and Permit Purchase:
       Staff is available to verify the online hunt orientation test answers and issue permits at the
       specified dates and times listed below no 
appointment necessary. 

       Location:  Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex Headquarters Office
                          12638 Darby Brook Court
                          Woodbridge, VA 22192

Date          Day                 Morning                       Afternoon               
Oct. 6 Thursday      9:30 - 11:30 am      1:30 - 3:30 pm    
Oct. 12 Wednesday        ---------------- 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Oct. 13 Thursday 9:30 - 11:30 am  1:30 - 3:30 pm
Oct. 17 Monday 9:30 - 11:30 am 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Oct. 18 Tuesday 9:30 - 11:30 am 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Oct. 19 Wednesday    ----------------  3:30 - 6:30 pm





Last Updated: Oct 18, 2016
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