Hunting opportunities at Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge vary by unit, and include white-tailed deer, coyote, fall turkey, spring turkey, rabbit, squirrel, and waterfowl (see annual hunt letter: 2022 Hunt Letter). All state regulations apply. For fall and winter hunting seasons, permits become available beginning on the first Sunday in August, at noon. Hunters can acquire up to one archery, one muzzleloader and/or one shotgun permit during a 2-week, first-come first-served, time period. After this 2-week period, all remaining permits are available on a first-come first-served basis, with no restrictions on how many a hunter can purchase, until all permits are sold. Three Refuge units (Mothershead, Franklin, and Wright) do not require a permit, rather, the use of an online check in/check out system. There is no Sunday hunting. For spring turkey, permits become available by the end of February.
Scouting on the Refuge is permitted on designated days for each season (see the annual hunt letter: 2022 Hunt Letter). Driving directions to each Refuge unit can be found here: 2022 Directions to Hunt Units (and also you can view the Refuge map here: Rappahannock RV NWR Map).
In 2021, a new hunt plan was finalized which increased existing hunting opportunities (2022 Hunting and Fishing Plan) at Rappahannock River Valley NWR. Non-lead ammunition is required for waterfowl, turkey, coyote, squirrel, and rabbit. By 2026 or earlier, non-lead ammunition will be required for deer.
Hunting permits, and the use of the online check in/check out system can be accessed at RecAccess. Registration is free.