Purpose: To maintain the deer herd at a healthy level compatible with planned habitat goals and objectives while minimizing impacts to wildlife and visitors.
- 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.
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. - 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 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 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
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
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 http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/managed-hunts/ Scroll down to Hunting Workshops – Deer. The application form posted above cannot be used for the Youth Hunt.
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Ospreys are one of the most common bird species seen at Occoquan Bay NWR during spring and summer. They return in early March to re-form pair bonds and establish breeding territories. Breeding pairs can be observed nesting on platforms located throughout the refuge.