Deer Hunting

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.
2021 Hunt Program Dates
  • Deer hunt lottery application period: Friday, July, 30, 2021 - Sunday, September 12, 2021
  • Lottery result email notification: Monday, September 20, 2021
  • Selected hunter permit purchase deadline: Sunday, October 3, 2021
  • Unclaimed hunt permit purchases open: Friday, October 8, 2021 at 12p.m.
  • Scout Day: Sunday, November 14, 2021; 9:00 am - 2:00 pm 
  • Deer Hunt: Thursday, November 18, 2021
  • Deer Hunt: Thursday, December 2, 2021

Application Fees

  • $10.00 for general public
  • $5.00 for Federal Senior and Access Pass holders
Apply to the Deer Hunt Lottery
  • Deer Hunt Lottery Applications will be available Friday, July, 30, 2021 - Sunday, September 12, 2021.
  • Hunters must apply online with RecAccess at
  • Follow the link above to the RecAccess home page, then click the "Permits & Lottery" link on the top left of the page  
  • Application fees must be paid in the form of a credit or debit card. 
  • If you've been chosen for the hunt you can then watch the orientation and purchase your permit.

- For assitance with the RecAccess Online Account, Lottery Application,  and Permit Purchase System, visit:
- For questions regarding the Hunt Program general information, rules or regulations, please contact: 

  • Carina Velazquez-Mondragon, Visitor Services Specialist - 703-490-4979 ext. 52585
  • Amanda Daisey, Refuge Manager - 703-490-4979 ext. 52581