VA Hunting Season 101: Everything You Need to Know About When and Where to Hunt


Hunting is a popular outdoor activity enjoyed by many in Virginia. However, to ensure the conservation of wildlife and their habitats, it is important to know when hunting season starts and ends. In this blog post, we will discuss when hunting season begins in VA.

Hunting Season Dates

In Virginia, hunting seasons vary depending on the type of game you are targeting. The general deer hunting season typically starts in early November and runs through mid-January. Bear hunting season usually overlaps with deer hunting season but ends earlier around December 31st. Small game animals such as quail, rabbit, squirrel have varied dates that begin from October throughout January.

Licensing Requirements

Before heading out into the wilderness for some big-game action or small game hunt, hunters must obtain proper licenses for their desired species and follow all laws surrounding them while doing so. Additionally licensing requirements may vary whether you are an out-of-state resident or not.

Safety Tips

With any outdoor activity comes great responsibility towards safety! Hunters should always be aware of their surroundings and follow basic safety guidelines such as wearing brightly colored clothing during firearms season so they can easily be seen by others in the area (including other hunters), using appropriate gear like hearing protection devices especially if firing high caliber rifles – these cause significant ear damage over time- , never shoot towards a sound without verifying what it might be first etcetera.

In conclusion,

Hunting can provide great enjoyment while experiencing nature up close -but only if done responsibly! So whether you’re a seasoned veteran hunter or new to this exciting world sportsmen community; follow all laws in regards to licensing requirements before heading out into woods knowing what specific dates apply for your preferred species’ designated seasons . Keep yourselves & fellow hunters safe by following basic rules associated with firearm use and hunting etiquette. Always leave the wilderness better than when you arrived! Happy Hunting.