Deer Hunting Seasons - Virginia Hunting (2022)

Archery Deer Seasons

Early Archery Season

October 1 through November 18:

Statewide.

Late Archery Seasons

December 4 through January 7:

  • In all areas west of the Blue Ridge unless noted in the season exception below.
    Season Exception: Clarke and Floyd counties and on private lands in Carroll, Frederick, Montgomery, and Pulaski counties.
  • On all National Forest and Department-owned lands west of the Blue Ridge.
  • On the C. F. Phelps WMA.
  • On National Forest lands in Amherst, Bedford and Nelson counties.

December 1 through January 7:

  • In the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk (east of the Dismal Swamp line), and Virginia Beach.

December 18 through January 7:

  • In the counties (including the cities and towns within) of Amherst (west of Route 29), Bedford, Carroll, Floyd, Franklin, Henry, Montgomery, Nelson (west of Route 151), Patrick, and Pulaski.

Archery Either-Sex Deer Hunting

Deer of either sex may be taken full season during the early and late archery deer seasons, including the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk (east of the Dismal Swamp line), and Virginia Beach.

Urban Archery Deer Seasons

During these seasons only antlerless deer may be taken.

September 3 through September 30 and January 8, 2023 through March 26, 2023

  • Within the incorporated limits of the cities of Charlottesville, Chesapeake (except on Department-owned lands), Colonial Heights, Danville, Emporia, Franklin, Fredericksburg, Galax, Hopewell, Lexington, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Poquoson, Radford, Richmond, Staunton, Suffolk, and Winchester; and in the towns of Altavista, Amherst, Bedford, Blacksburg, Blackstone, Boones Mill, Buchanan, Chatham, Christiansburg, Farmville, Front Royal, Halifax, Hillsville, Hurt, Independence, Irvington, Kenbridge, Lebanon, Pearisburg, Pulaski, Richlands, Rocky Mount, Saltville, Scottsville, Smithfield, Stuart, Tazewell, Victoria, West Point, and Wytheville; and in the counties of Chesterfield, Fairfax, James City, Prince William (except DOD land), Roanoke (except on National Forest and Department-owned lands), Stafford, and York.
  • Archery or crossbow deer hunters hunting during the early urban archery deer season are required to wear blaze color on the Youth and Apprentice Deer Hunting Weekend. For exceptions to the blaze color requirement see Hunting Information
  • Lists of properties available for hunting are not maintained by the Department or local governments.
  • Go to www.virginiawildlife.gov/hunting/urban-archery-season for local restrictions and other urban archery information.
  • All other normal deer regulations apply (e.g., daily and season bag limits, tagging and reporting, DCAP, DMAP, EAB, antler point restrictions, etc.).

NOVA Late Archery Season

During this season only antlerless deer may be taken.

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March 27, 2023 through April 30, 2023:

  • In Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William (except on Department-owned lands) counties (including the cities and towns within).

Legal Methods and Restrictions During Archery Deer Seasons

Special restrictions may apply during this season. See Legal Use of Firearms and Archery Tackle, , and Local Firearms.

  • Archery tackle.
  • Persons with a disability that prevents them from drawing a bow or crossbow may hunt with an arrowgun during the special archery season(s) provided they have in possession an authorization form provided by the Department that has been completed by their physician.
  • Broadhead widths must be at least 7/8-inch wide or expand upon impact to 7/8-inch.
  • It is unlawful to use explosive head arrows or arrows to which any drug, chemical, or toxic substance has been added.
  • It is unlawful to use dogs, except that dogs may be used to track wounded or dead deer (see Hunting with Dogs, Hunting Information).
  • It is unlawful to have a firearm in possession except that a muzzleloading firearm, as defined in the muzzleloader deer seasons section, may also be in possession when and where there is an overlap with a muzzleloading deer season where deer hunting with a rifle or muzzleloading firearm is permitted. (See exception for valid concealed handgun permit holders on )

Muzzleloader Deer Seasons

In all areas where hunting with a muzzleloading rifle is permitted.

Note: Deer hunters west of the Blue Ridge Mountains may take their season limit of two antlered deer during the early muzzleloading season. In designated areas, EAB regulations would apply.

Muzzleloader deer hunters and persons accompanying a muzzleloader deer hunter shall wear a blaze color, except when physically located in a tree stand or other stationary hunting location.

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Early Muzzleloader Season

November 5 through November 18:

There is no early muzzleloader season in the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk (east of the Dismal Swamp line), or Virginia Beach since it occurs during the general firearms season.

Antlered deer may be taken every day of the season. Antlerless deer may only be taken on the designated either-sex deer hunting days listed below.

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days East of the Blue Ridge:

November 5 through November 18 (full season):

In all areas (including Merrimac Farm WMA and Occoneechee State Park) unless otherwise noted below.

  • November 12: On State Forest lands, State Park lands (except Occoneechee State Park), Department-owned lands (except Merrimac Farm WMA), and Philpott Reservoir.
  • Antlered deer only–no either-sex deer hunting days: On National Forest lands in Amherst, Bedford, and Nelson counties. Special Youth and Apprentice Antlerless Deer Regulation applies.

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days West of the Blue Ridge:

November 5 through November 18 (full season):

  • On private lands in Augusta, Botetourt, Carroll, Clarke, Floyd, Frederick, Grayson, Montgomery, Page, Pulaski, Roanoke, Rockingham (east of Route 613 and 731), Scott, Shenandoah, Warren and Wythe counties.

November 12:

  • On private lands in Alleghany, Bath, Bland, Craig, Dickenson, Giles, Highland, Rockbridge, Smyth and Washington counties, and on the Highland WMA.

Antlered deer only–no either-sex deer hunting days:

  • On all National Forest and Department-owned lands in all counties west of the Blue Ridge Mountains (except the Highland WMA).
  • In Buchanan, Lee, Rockingham (west of Routes 613 and 731), Russell, Tazewell, and Wise counties.
  • On Channels State Forest, Grayson Highlands State Park, Hungry Mother State Park, PALS (Public Access Lands for Sportsmen) in Dickenson County, and Flannagan Reservoir.
  • Special Youth and Apprentice Antlerless Deer Regulation applies.

Late Muzzleloader Season East of the Blue Ridge

December 17 through January 7:

In the counties (including the cities and towns within) of Amherst (west of Route 29), Bedford, Franklin, Henry, Nelson (west of Route 151), and Patrick, and in the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk (east of the Dismal Swamp line), and Virginia Beach.

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Either-sex Deer Hunting Days East of the Blue Ridge:

December 17 through

January 7 (full season):

  • 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.

January 2 through January 7:

  • In the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk (east of the Dismal Swamp line), and Virginia Beach.

January 7:

  • On National Forest lands in Amherst, Bedford, and Nelson counties.

Late Muzzleloader Season West of the Blue Ridge

December 17 through January 7:

In all areas west of the Blue Ridge unless noted in the season exception below.

Season Exception:

  • There is no late muzzleloader season in Clarke County and on private lands in Frederick County since it occurs during the general firearms season.

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days West of the Blue Ridge:

December 17 through

January 7 (full season):

  • On private lands in Augusta, Botetourt, Carroll, Floyd, Grayson, Montgomery, Page, Pulaski, Roanoke, Rockingham (east of Routes 613 and 731), Shenandoah, Warren, and Wythe counties.

January 2 through January 7:

  • On private lands in Bland, Craig, Giles, Rockbridge, Scott, Smyth and Washington counties.

January 7:

  • In Alleghany, Bath, Dickenson, Highland, Lee, Rockingham (west of Routes 613 and 731), Russell, Tazewell, and Wise counties.
  • On all National Forest and Department-owned lands in all counties west of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • On Channels State Forest, Grayson Highlands State Park, and Hungry Mother State Park.

Antlered deer only–no either-sex deer hunting days:

  • In Buchanan County. Special Youth and Apprentice Antlerless Deer Regulation applies.

Legal Methods and Restrictions During Muzzleloading Deer Seasons

Special restrictions apply to specific fire­arms use during this season. See Legal Use of Firearms and Archery Tackle, , and Local Firearms Ordinances for details.

  • Muzzleloading guns that can be used during these deer seasons include:
    • Single shot muzzleloading rifles .40 caliber or larger, firing a single projectile or sabot (with a .35 caliber or larger projectile) where the projectile is loaded from the muzzle;
    • Muzzleloading shotguns (one or more barrels) not larger than 10 gauge where the projectiles are loaded from the muzzle;
    • Muzzleloading pistols (one or more barrels) .45 caliber or larger, firing a single projectile or sabot (with a .35 caliber or larger projectile) per barrel where the propellant and projectile are loaded from the muzzle;
    • Muzzleloading revolvers .45 caliber or larger, firing a single projectile or sabot (with a .35 caliber or larger projectile) per cylinder where the propellant and projectile are loaded from the forward end of the cylinder.
  • Flintlock, percussion, or electronic ignitions are permitted.
  • It is unlawful to have in immediate possession any firearm other than a muzzleloading firearm while hunting with a muzzleloader. (See exception for valid concealed handgun permit holders on .)
  • Smokeless powder is allowed in muzzleloading firearms designed for it. Never use smokeless powder in a muzzleloading firearm that is not specifically designed for it.
  • Scopes are permitted.
  • For the purposes of transportation in a vehicle, muzzleloading firearms are considered “unloaded” when all powder has been removed from the flashpan, or the percussion cap, primer, or battery has been removed from the firearm.
  • Pneumatic arrowguns are allowed.
  • It is unlawful to hunt deer with dogs, except that dogs may be used to track wounded or dead deer (see Hunting with Dogs, Hunting Information).
  • It is lawful to carry archery tackle when and where there is an overlap with a deer archery and deer muzzleloader season.

Muzzleloader Either-Sex Deer Hunting for Incorporated Cities and Towns

  • Deer of either sex may be taken full season during the muzzleloader seasons within the incorporated limits of any city or town in the Commonwealth that allows muzzleloading deer hunting (except in the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach) and only with the weapons (archery tackle and/or muzzleloaders) authorized by each individual city or town.
  • Earn a buck applies to all cities and towns except Chesapeake, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach (see Deer Hunting).

Q: Are pop-up blinds legal for deer hunting in Virginia?

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A: Yes, but blaze orange which is visible from 360 degrees must be displayed on the outside of the blind when it is occupied.

Q: Are deer cover scents legal in Virginia?

A: Yes, but there is a catch. They are illegal if they are used in a way where a deer can lick or consume it. A good rule of thumb about these products is if a deer can only smell it, it is a cover scent and it is legal. If a deer can lick and ingest it, it is considered bait and it is illegal.

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FAQs

Can I hunt deer on Sunday in va? ›

Sunday Hunting. Hunting is allowed on Sundays except under the following circumstances: within 200 yards of a house of worship or any accessory structure thereof. to hunt or kill any deer or bear with a gun, firearm, or other weapon with the aid or assistance of dogs.

What hunting season is it right now in VA? ›

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Virginia hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons.
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Virginia Deer Seasons.
Youth HuntSept. 25-26
NOVA Late ArcheryMarch 28-Apr. 24, 2022
Early MuzzleloaderOct. 30-Nov. 12
Late MuzzleloaderDec. 11-Jan. 1
General SeasonNov. 13-27**
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How many deer can you shoot in a day in VA? ›

Bag Limits

The bag limit for deer shall be two a day, six a license year. Of the six-deer limit, no more than three may be antlered deer and at least three must be antlerless deer (unless noted in the exceptions below).

Can you hunt out of season on your own property in VA? ›

Another question we hear is, “Do you need a hunting license to hunt on your own property?” or, “Can you hunt on your own land?” Yes, you can hunt, game, fish, and trap on your own property without a license.

Can a game warden come on private property in VA? ›

When you are within your own home, you have the highest expectation of privacy. Both law enforcement officers and game wardens must honor this expectation and need the warrant to search your home. Police and game wardens can search your home, however, if you give them consent.

Can I hunt on my own land without a license in VA? ›

Resident or nonresident landowners, their spouses, their children and grandchildren and the spouses of such children and grandchildren, or the landowner's parents, resident or nonresident, do not need a license to hunt, trap or fish (on inland waters) within the boundaries of their own lands.

Is Sunday hunting legal in Virginia? ›

Q: Am I allowed to hunt on Sunday in Virginia? A: Yes. Sunday hunting is allowed on private land with permission from the landowner. In addition, beginning on July 1, 2022, public land management agencies may also allow Sunday hunting on properties under their management.

Can you bait deer in Virginia? ›

Placing corn, pellets, minerals, salt or other materials to attract deer to shoot is considered baiting and is illegal. It is also illegal to feed deer in Virginia for any reason from September 1 though the first Saturday in January.

Can I shoot a bear on my property in Virginia? ›

Historical: Summary: This Virginia law states that a landowner may shoot fur-bearing animals upon his own land during closed season when these animals are causing damage to crops or property, or are posing a threat to human health or safety, or are otherwise causing a nuisance.

Can you hunt on Sunday in Virginia National Forest? ›

Effective July 1, 2022, Virginia law permits hunting on Sunday on public or private land including National Forest System lands, so long as it takes place more than 200 yards from a place of worship.

Is it illegal to sell deer antlers in VA? ›

It is illegal to sell antlers in Virginia, including sheds.

Can you hunt with an AR 15 in Virginia? ›

Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Virginia, Ohio, Washington and West Virginia all allow AR-15 ownership but require that hunters use cartridges larger than . 223.

How many shells can a shotgun hold legally in Virginia? ›

It shall be unlawful to hunt migratory game birds with a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells in the magazine and chamber combined, unless otherwise authorized by the director and consistent with applicable federal regulations. §§ 29.1-501 and 29.1-502 of the Code of Virginia.

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