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: TBD
Lottery result email notification: TBD
Selected hunter permit purchase deadline: TBD
Unclaimed hunt permit purchases open: TBD
Scout Day: Sunday, November 14, 2021; 9:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Deer Hunt: Thursday, November 18, 2021
Deer Hunt: Thursday, December 2, 2021

2021 Hunt Program Information
- Occoquan Bay NWR Deer Hunt Information Sheet and Map
- Northern Virginia Managed Hunt Shotgun Qualification Card

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 by TBD. 
  - 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. 


- 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 - 202-430-8531
  • Amanda Daisey, Refuge Manager - 703-490-4979 ext. 2015