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Buck on Occoquan Bay NWR

Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge 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.

Hunt Dates 

- Saturday, December 3, 2016 - Youth Hunt Only
- Thursday, December 8, 2016 
- Thursday, December 15, 2016
- No Scouting for Occoquan Bay Hunt 

 Hunt Applications 
- The 2016 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 Occoquan Bay Hunt Area Map 
2012-2015 Occoquan Bay 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 Occoquan Bay Hunt Orientation on-line, complete a 22 question test, and have the answers verified by staff.

     Online Orientation Program:
          View the Occoquan Bay Hunt Orientation Video

              Click here for the Occoquan Bay Deer Hunt Test Questions and Test Answer Sheet

       Life Line Hunter Safety System

       Watch a short Life Line Hunter Safety Instructional Video
       Click here for a Life Line Hunter Safety Fact 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


Youth Hunt 
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will host a Novice Youth Deer Hunt at Occoquan Bay NWR for beginner hunters ages 12-18 on Saturday, December 3, 2016. For information contact: Brian Moyer, VDGIF, 804-367-4370 or visit Scroll down to Hunting Workshops – Deer. The application form posted above cannot be used for the Youth Hunt. 



Last Updated: Oct 11, 2016
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