2021 Hunts

Two Deer

Final Hunt/Fish Plan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a final hunting and fishing plan for Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

A draft plan was issued earlier this spring, and during the 88-day public comment period, 20 comment letters were received from the public. We are grateful to the people who provided meaningful comments on the draft, which helped in developing the final plan.

Some comments reflected an opposition to hunting and fishing in general and in particular on NWR lands. We understand and respect this viewpoint. The legislation which guides how national wildlife refuges across the country are managed not only requires us to consider allowing wildlife observation, hunting, fishing, photography, environmental education, and interpretation, but further directs us to promote these activities when compatible with refuge purposes. Not one of these recreational uses have a priority over another – they are simply different ways people choose to enjoy the refuges and to engage themselves, their families, and their friends in the outdoors.

A summary of all substantive comments, and our responses, can be found in Appendix E (Finding of No Significant Impact). No significant changes have been made between the draft and final versions of the Hunting and Fishing Plan. No significant modifications were incorporated into the final plan and decision documents. However, based on comments regarding safety, we have decided change the method of take in the final Hunting and Fishing Plan by removing muzzleloaders and rifles on the Mothershead and Franklin units of Rappahannock River Valley NWR

We may begin to implement the Hunting and Fishing Plan for Eastern Virginia Rivers NWR Complex upon publication of the final 2021-2022 Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations in the Federal Register. The final plan can be viewed here: Eastern Virginia Rivers Final Hunt/Fish Plan


Hunt Applications 

The Refuge hunt program provides hunters a unique opportunity to access public lands that otherwise may be closed to hunting. At Rappahannock River Valley NWR, hunters can participate in first come first served hunts for white-tailed deer, turkey and coyote. To participate, hunters must apply preseason for deer, turkey and coyote. 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. Permits vary in price, but each permit requires an additional $5.00 fee. Also, three Refuge units will allow small game hunting in 2021. Small game hunts, as well as deer, turkey and coyote on the Mothershead, Wright and Franklin units will require hunters to check in and out online.

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

See the the Refuge's 2021 Hunting Letter for more details, including hunt seasons and scouting dates.


Hunt Unit Locations

Applicants may apply to hunt on the following Refuge units, please click the links for unit hunt maps.

Cat Point Creek Archery Hunt Map  

Fones Cliffs Archery Hunt Map

Fones Cliffs Firearm Hunt Map

Franklin Hunt Map

Hutchinson Archery Hunt Map

Hutchinson Firearm Hunt Map

Laurel Grove Firearm Hunt Map

Mothershead Hunt Map

Port Royal Hunt Map

Tayloe Hunt Map

Thomas Hunt Map

Toby's Point Hunt Map

Wilna Archery Hunt Map

Wilna Firearm Hunt Map

Wright Hunt Map  

         *Directions to Units


Hunt Permit Fees

Permit costs are as follows (with an addition to the $5.00 application fee for each permit received):

Archery: $30.00 per season
Muzzleloader: $10.00 per hunter per day
Shotgun: $20.00 per two days

Refuge Regulations 

All permitted hunters are subject to the refuge’s permit conditions. Hunters agree to abide by all hunting regulations.