Deer Hunting 2014

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Compiled here are Virginia hunting season start dates for hunters’ convenience. All information below, unless otherwise specified is quoted directly from VDGIF.

Hunters may also be interested in further hunting opportunities this year, including events and expos, scheduled state park hunts, and reservations of hunting grounds within state parks. For more information, check out this Roanoke Times article.

Archery
Archery hunting kicks off the season in Virginia, with statewide archery hunting from October 4 through November 1.
                              
There are also late archery seasons, specified by location:

  • November 30 through January 3:
    In all areas west of the Blue Ridge (except Clarke and Floyd counties and on private lands in Frederick County).
    In the counties (including the cities and towns within) of Amherst (west of Route 29), Bedford, and Nelson (west of Route 151).
  • December 1 through January 3:
    In the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk (east of the Dismal Swamp line), and Virginia Beach.
    On the Chester F. Phelps WMA and on National Forest lands in Frederick County.
  • December 14 through January 3:
    In the counties (including the cities and towns within) of Floyd, Franklin, Henry, and Patrick.

The late, antlerless-only archery season is available in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties (including the cities and towns within) from March 30, 2015 through April 26, 2015.

For hunters in urban areas archery seasons are antlerless-only, from September 6 through October 3 and January 4, 2015 through March 29, 2015. Please visit the VDGIF website for information on restrictions to hunting in urban areas. Urban areas are considered to be the following locations:

  • Within the incorporated limits of the cities of Chesapeake (except on Department- owned lands), Colonial Heights, Danville, Emporia, Franklin, Fredericksburg, Galax, Hopewell, Lexington, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Radford, Richmond, Staunton, Suffolk, and Winchester; and in the towns of Altavista, Amherst, Bedford, Blacksburg, Blackstone, Christiansburg, Farmville, Halifax, Hurt, Independence, Irvington, Kenbridge, Pearisburg, Pulaski, Richlands, Rocky Mount, Saltville, Smithfield, Stuart, Tazewell, and West Point; and in the counties of Chesterfield, Fairfax, James City, Roanoke (except on National Forest and Department-owned lands), and York.

Muzzleloading
Early muzzleloading deer hunting, for areas where it is permitted, is from November 1 through November 14. Please note that there is no early muzzleloading season in the cities of Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, or Suffolk (east of the Dismal Swamp line) since it occurs during the general firearms season. For information on legal methods and restrictions on muzzleloading, visit the VDGIF website.

East of the Blue Ridge:

  • Either-sex hunting is permitted season long in all areas (including Occoneechee State Park) unless otherwise noted below.
  • On November 8, either-sex muzzleloading hunting is restricted to State Forest lands, State Park lands (except Occoneechee State Park), Department-owned lands, and Philpott Reservoir.
  • Hunting is restricted to antlered deer only on National Forest lands in Amherst, Bedford, and Nelson counties.

West of the Blue Ridge:

  • Either-sex hunting is permitted season long on private lands in Carroll, Clarke, Floyd, Frederick, Grayson, Montgomery, Roanoke, Shenandoah, and Warren counties.
  • On November 8, either-sex muzzleloading hunting is restricted to National Forest and Department owned Lands in Bland, Carroll, Craig, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, and Wythe counties. On this day it is also allowed on private lands in Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Bland, Botetourt, Craig, Giles, Highland, Page, Pulaski, Rockbridge, Rockingham (except on private lands west of Routes 613 and 731), Scott, and Wythe counties.
  • Hunting is restricted to antlered deer only on:
    • National Forest and Department owned Lands in Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Botetourt, Dickenson, Frederick, Grayson, Highland, Lee, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Russell, Scott, Shenandoah, Smyth, Tazewell, Warren, Washington, and Wise counties.
    • Private lands in Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Rockingham (west of Routes 613 and 731), Russell, Smyth, Taze well, Washington, and Wise counties.
    • Channels State Forest, Grayson Highlands State Park, PALS (Public Access Lands) in Dickenson County, and Flannagan Reservoir.

The late muzzleloading season is from December 13 through January 3.

East of the Blue Ridge:

  • Either-sex hunting is permitted season long in the counties of Amherst (west of Route 29 except on National Forest lands), Bedford (except on National Forest lands), Franklin, Henry, Nelson (west of Route 151 except on National Forest lands), and Patrick and the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk (east of the Dismal Swamp line), and Virginia Beach.
  • On January 3, hunting is restricted to National Forest lands in Amherst, Bedford, and Nelson counties.

West of the Blue Ridge:

  • The season is closed in Clarke County and on private lands in Frederick County.
  • Either-sex hunting is permitted season long on private lands in Carroll, Floyd, Grayson, Montgomery, Roanoke, Shenandoah, and Warren counties.
  • Hunting is restricted to the following locations from December 29 through January 3:
    • On private lands in Augusta, Bland, Botetourt, Craig, Giles, Page, Pulaski, Rockbridge, Rockingham (except on private lands west of Routes 613 and 731), and Wythe counties.
    • On National Forest and Department owned lands in Carroll, Craig, Bland, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, and Wythe counties.
  • On January 3, hunting is restricted to:
    • Private lands in Alleghany, Bath, Dickenson (north of Route 83), Highland, Lee, Rockingham (west of Routes 613 and 731), Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, and Wise counties.
    • National Forest and Departmentowned lands in Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Botetourt, Dickenson (north of Route 83), Frederick, Grayson, Highland, Lee, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Russell, Scott, Shenandoah, Smyth, Tazewell, Warren, Washington, and Wise.
    • Channels State Forest, Grayson Highlands State Park, and Flannagan Reservoir.
  • Hunting is restricted to antlered deer only on private lands in Buchanan and Dickenson (south of Route 83) and on PALS (Public Access Lands) in Dickenson County.

For information on firearms seasons in Virginia counties, please visit the VDGIF website.

White-tailed Deer Hunting Seasons for other states: