Virginia Publishes New Hunting Regulations for 2018-2019 Season


The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) has published its new hunting regulations.

DGIF urges hunters and fishermen to review the regulations closely to make sure they are up to date on the newest regulations, which include:

  • Blaze orange or blaze pink is now required to be displayed on the exterior of an occupied ground blind during the general firearms deer season.
  • Licensed hunters engaged in tracking wounded bear, deer or turkey with a dog may possess a weapon permitted for hunting and may use such weapon to humanely kill the animal being tracked, including after legal hunting hours.
  • Persons with a disability that prevents them from drawing a bow or crossbow may hunt with an arrowgun or pneumatic-powered air guns that fire an arrow during the archery season, provided they have in possession an authorization form provided by DGIF that has been completed by their physician.
  • Permanently disabled hunters possessing a valid hunting license, hunters holding a lifetime disabled hunting license and hunters holding a lifetime disabled veteran’s hunting license are exempt from any local ordinance in which hunting from an elevated platform or tree stand is required.
  • Raccoons may now be hunted all day on Sundays.
  • All hunters requiring a Virginia hunting license, including lifetime license holders who plan to hunt doves, waterfowl, rails, woodcock, snipe, coots, gallinules or moorhens in Virginia, must be registered with the Virginia Harvest Information Program.
  • A migratory waterfowl conservation stamp is required of all persons (unless license exempt) 16 years of age and older hunting or taking any migratory waterfowl within the Commonwealth.
  • A federal duck stamp is required for all persons 16 years and older in order to hunt waterfowl.
  • Go Outdoors VA smart phone users can now validate the appropriate license tag on their electronic deer/turkey license or bonus deer permit.

Go to the DGIF website for a complete list of regulations, including the new requirements.

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