Hunting is a way of life in the United States, and we are here to help you be as successful on the hunt as possible.
The start of deer season in the state of Virginia depends on two things: 1) the type of weapon used, and 2) location. Youth Deer Hunting day is September 29 statewide for deer hunters aged 5 and under if accompanied by an adult and when in compliance with all applicable laws and licensing requirements. Early Archery Season runs October 6 through November 16. Late Archery Season runs December 1 through January 5 depending area. Early Anterless-Only Archery Season begins September 1 through October 6 in a few counties. Urban Archery Seasons are September 1 through October 5 and January 7 through March 30 only is specified counties and properties.
Some areas of the state permit the use of muzzleloading rifles. Early Muzzleloading Season is in early November with specific days set aside for either-sex hunting. Late Muzzleloading Season for specific counties both east and west of the Blue Ridge is mid December through early January.
Firearms Deer Seasons vary depending on county and section of the state. The following link give a map breakdown with counties listed for each season listed here: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/regulations/deer.asp .
Hunters using archery tackle or muzzleloading firearms to hunt deer during firearms hunting season must adhere to the following:
Special restrictions apply within each county for firearms usage. See this link for details regarding local ordinances: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/regulations/local-ordinances.pdf
Permissible weapons can be summed up in these regulations:
Go to the website of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/regulations/general.asp#legal-use for additional information regarding hunting weaponry.
VIRGINIA STATE REGULATIONS
In addition to season and weapons information, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries offers detailed information about all state regulations. A downloadable pdf of regulations is available, along with what’s new for 2012 – 2013, licenses and fees, ordinances, hunting on public and private lands, and other information is available on their site: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/regulations/
SPECIES OF DEER AVAILABLE TO HUNT
The white-tailed deer is the most popular deer species hunted in Virginia. VDGIF provides an informative fact sheet on the species. http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/va_game_wildlife/deer_fact_sheet.pdf
WHERE TO FIND DEER
The VDGIF provides a link to a site that provides a point-and-click map to assist in finding deer populations. In addition, numerous clubs, associations, and guide services exist to offer assistance. An internet search provides many choices.