2019 White-tailed Deer Hunt

Two Deer

Rappahannock River Valley is proud to offer white-tailed deer hunt permits to hunters selected through the Virginia Quota Hunt Lottery.

Quota Hunt Applications 

Quota hunts provide hunters unique opportunities to access public lands that otherwise may be closed to hunting. At Rappahannock River Valley NWR, hunters can participate only in random drawings to hunt white-tailed deer. To participate, hunters must apply preseason and submit a non-refundable application fee. Applicants should be aware there is a risk that when applying, there is no guarantee that you will be selected for the hunt or hunt dates. Your application fee will not be returned. The hunt application fee ($5.00) is used to process the application, conduct computer random hunter selections and for mailing or posting online hunter notifications.

Visit the refuge's RecAccess site now to create an account and/or apply for our quota hunt.


2019 Hunt Dates

Hunters may apply for any of the following seasons (archery) and/or days (firearms).

  • Archery:
    Season I – October 5 to October 18, excluding Sundays
    Season II – October 19 to November 1, excluding Sundays
  • Muzzleloader: November 2, 8, and 9
  • Shotgun: November 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 and December 2


Hunt Tract Locations

Applicants may apply to hunt on the following refuge tracts, please click the links for tract hunt maps.

*Directions to hunt tracts


Hunt Permit Fees

The following fees are charged to successful quota hunt lottery participant (in addition to the $5.00 Quota Hunt Lottery application fee).

  • Archery: $30.00 per season
  • Muzzleloader: $10.00 per day
  • Shotgun: $10.00 per day

If you were selected to bring a hunt companion, there will be an additional charge of $30.00 per archery season and/or $10.00 per firearms hunt day for the guests permit.


Refuge Regulations

All permitted hunters are subject to the refuge’s permit conditions. Each permit must be signed by the hunter and kept on their person during the hunt.


Scouting on the Refuge

Scouting is permitted from 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM on the dates listed below. Please notify the refuge at least one business day in advance of requested scout day(s). You may make your reservation to scout by calling the office at (804) 333-1470 ext. 113 or via email at William_Crouch@fws.gov. Please include your name, the unit(s) and date(s) you would like to scout, how many people will be in your party, a description of the vehicle that will be driven to the unit(s), and your best contact number.

  • Archery: September 21 through October 1
  • Muzzleloader: October 20 and November 3
  • Shotgun: November 10, 11, and 12