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
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.
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.