Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge, in cooperation with the Mason Neck State Park, hosts an annual white-tailed deer hunt to manage the deer population on the site. The hunter success rate, coupled with the overall popularity of the large-scale hunt within Northern Virginia, is a huge factor in drawing hunters back each year. Hunts are generally scheduled for November and December. To purchase a hunt permit, each hunter must view an online orientation video that defines the rules of the hunt as well as the management objectives. All hunters are required to have a state hunting license and must show proficiency with firearms by qualifying at a firing range. The hunt qualifies through the Virginia’s Deer Management Assistance Program. Information on the 2022 hunt season below:
Hunt Dates: Tuesday November 15 & 29
Scout Date: Sunday November 6, 9am-4pm
Hunter orientation available beginning Friday September 16 at 12pm, all hunters must complete the orientation and test before purchasing a permit.
Permits on sale Saturday September 24 at 12pm. Hunters will only be able to purchase one permit, coordinate with anyone in your party to decide on a date. Review your permit before purchasing to make sure you have the correct permit type (regular adult, senior, youth, mobility impaired) no refunds will be issued.
Extra permits on sale Saturday October 1 at 6pm.
Permit sale closes Monday November 7 at 11:59pm.
Lottery, orientation, and permit sales administered on https://potomacriverrefugehunts.recaccess.com/#