Hunting In Virginia


Virginia Another hunting and trapping season is just around the bend in the woods, waters, and fields of Virginia. With a large percentage of land being privately owned and a large population there is a significant opportunity for landowners to get a good price on a hunting lease. Harvest opportunities for Deer, Bear, and Turkey are good due to healthy populations.



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Below are some of the featured public hunting listings in the state of Virginia that are available on HLRBO as well as contact information for the Department of Natural Resources in Virginia should you have any questions about regulations or licensing.




Virginia Featured Listings


White Oak Mountain WMA
White Oak Mountain Wildlife Management Area
Chatham, VA 24531

Located in south-central Virginia, the White Oak Mountain Wildlife Management Area provides outdoor enthusiasts in the region with a variety of opportunities. In addition to hunting and fishing, the road and trail system offers visitors excellent access to view wildlife, take a hike or enjoy the area’s diversity of habitats. More accurately a plateau, the topography of the White Oak Mountain Wildlife Management Area is moderately rolling with elevations ranging from about 550 to 900 feet. The area’s 2,748 acres are about twothirds forested. Timber types are mixed hardwoods and pines including loblolly, and Virginia pine. Hardwood species are primarily the upland oaks — white, black, chestnut, and southern red. Habitat enhancement is accomplished by a combination of forest management, annual and perennial plantings, and an aggressive prescribed burning program in the open areas. The area is dotted with ponds that range in size up to about one acre. The area’s meandering northwest boundary is formed by the Banister River. White Oak Mountain Wildlife Management Area is known primarily as a small game hunting area, although deer and turkey hunting opportunities do exist. The area is particularly suitable for rabbits, quail, doves, and squirrels. Planted fields, prescribed burning and strip disking provide diverse plant communities supporting a variety of wildlife species. There are some opportunities to hunt wood ducks. Populations of these are being aided by the use of nesting boxes on or near the ponds.
2748 Acres



Weston WMA
4401 Weston Rd
Catlett, VA 20119

The Weston, owned by the Department since 1959, has escaped the attention given to the larger neighboring Phelps and Thompson Wildlife Management Areas. A forgotten jewel, the Weston Wildlife Management Area offers the outdoor enthusiast a variety of recreational opportunities. Dog training, wildlife observation and nature studies are just a few. Located near Casanova, close to the heart of Fauquier County’s horse country, the 271 acre Weston has a variety of habitat features. Mature hardwood forests predominate and are found on upland terraces and along the meandering Turkey Run. Once actively managed farmland has now reverted to dense cedar thickets and old fields in various stages of succession. The mosaic of fields are distinctly divided by well developed hedgerows. Turkey Run, which forms the eastern boundary, provides a dependable year-round water supply. Within the Weston WMA is a 10 acre privately owned parcel. Formerly the home of Miss Charlotte Saint George Nourse, the parcel is now owned and managed by the Warrenton Antiquarian Society. The Weston is currently designated as a Chase Only area. The area is very popular for beagle and birddog training. A chase only season begins September 1 and runs through March 31 annually. Training activities are allowed during daylight hours only. No firearms are allowed. Fox hunting with hounds is also a major activity. The Antiquarian property is home to the local Casanova Hunt.
271 Acres



Ware Creek WMA
21060 Kirbys Farm Rd
Barhamsville, VA 23011-2138

Ware Creek WMA is 2600 acres in New Kent County in the community of Barhamsville. Located on the York River and bounded by Philbates and Ware Creeks, this area offers extensive wetlands, as well mixed hardwood and pine forests and open fields. The uplands of Ware Creek WMA are comprised primarily of variously aged mixed pine and hardwood forests with some pine plantation. Agricultural fields offer upland habitat variety along with small wildlife clearings. Wetlands include rich saltmarshes as well as tidal freshwater marshes and small interior ponds and beaver wetlands. Excellent opportunities exist for a variety of upland game, especially deer and wild turkey as well as small game. Terrapin Point Marsh on the York River, along with the marshes of Ware and Philbates Creeks offer good waterfowl and rail hunting opportunities. Agricultural fields and field edges provide habitat variety and support some early successional species. There are currently no dedicated dove fields at this WMA – but these will likely be developed in the future. Except as noted below Ware Creek is open for hunting as per the seasons and regulations set out in the Hunting Digest and WMA rules. Hunting deer or bear with dogs is prohibited on Ware Creek WMA. Dove Hunting Ware Creek WMA is open for dove hunting as per WMA rules and regulations and seasons listed in the Hunting Digest. The fields at this WMA are currently planted in corn. Due to the to timing of our acquisition of this property in the spring of this year, planting occurred relatively late and the corn will not be cut for some weeks yet. Next year we expect to have dedicated dove fields that will be prepared in advance of the season opening. Turkey Hunting Ware Creek is open for fall turkey hunting, except that turkey hunting is closed during the general deer firearms season. Ware Creek WMA is open to fall turkey hunting on Thanksgiving Day. Spring Turkey Hunting at Ware Creek WMA is administered through the Department’s Quota System. Waterfowl Waterfowl hunting on and within 500 yards of the WMA is permitted (except portions of Philbates Creek — see below) as per 4VAC15-260-75 and will be allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Hunters may not occupy their hunting location until 5 AM and hunting must end by 1 PM. Waterfowl hunting is allowed on the marshes, agricultural fields, shorelines and creeks, except that no hunting is allowed on Philbates Creek from the mouth of the creek at the York River to the head of the Creek. Waterfowl hunting is allowed on the marshes, agricultural fields, shorelines and creeks, except on Philbates Creek. On Philbates Creek, no hunting is allowed in the waters or marshes along the main stem of the Creek. Hunting is allowed on the southeastern tributary of Philbates creek that runs into the interior of the WMA. The area open to hunting will be posted along the mouth of this tributary. Hunters can access the area by foot, bicycle or by boat. Waterfowl hunters are reminded that hunting from a floating blind in not allowed within 500 yards of any privately licensed stationary blinds on the adjacent properties. Trapping Ware Creek WMA is generally open to trapping except that no trapping is allowed in the Terrapin Point marsh or on DGIF-owned property within the marshes of Ware Creek and Philbates Creek during the general waterfowl season.
2600 Acres



Virginia DNR Information


VA State DNR

Address: P.O. Box 90778
Henrico, VA  23228-0778

Phone #: (804) 367-1000
Website: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/


Virginia Hunter Safety Course


Hunter safety courses are required in most states in order to purchase a hunting license. Follow the link below to take a certified hunter safety course online for Virginia.

Virginia Hunter Safety Course