A Hunting We Will Go

Rappahannock County’s fall deer-hunting season with firearms is right around the corner, starting Saturday, Nov. 18, through Saturday, Jan. 6.

The early archery deer season in Rappahannock, already underway, will conclude Friday, Nov. 17.

It’s important to remember that a new state-issued deer hunting regulation for 2017-18 deals specifically with this county: “It shall be unlawful to take a second antlered deer on private lands in Rappahannock County prior to taking at least one antlerless deer on private lands . . . and it shall be unlawful to take a third antlered deer . . . prior to taking at least two antlerless deer on private lands in Rappahannock County.”

Statewide, the bag limit for deer is two a day, and six during a license year. Of the six-deer limit, no more than three may be antlered deer and at least three must be antlerless deer.

The regular firearms bear season in Rappahannock will begin Monday, Nov. 27 through Saturday, Jan. 6. Archery bear season, also already underway, will conclude Friday, Nov. 17.

Bear bag limits: One per license year, at least 100 pound live weight or 75 pounds dressed weight. Females with cubs may not be harvested. And it’s unlawful to use dogs when hunting bear.

Hunters must purchase a bear license in addition to all other applicable licenses, permits or stamps. And all bears must be checked at an official bear check station.

The fall firearms turkey season, which began Oct. 28, wraps up tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 10. However, the turkey hunting season in Rappahannock County will resume for one day, Nov. 23, and then from Dec. 4 through Dec. 30, and Jan. 13 through 27, 2018. (Madison and Page counties have a much shorter firearms turkey season, Oct. 28 through Nov. 10, and Nov. 23).

Archery turkey season concludes tomorrow, Nov. 10, in Rappahannock.

No more than two turkeys can be taken in the fall season — only one per day, either sex. Wild turkeys killed in the fall also must be checked at a game check station.

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John McCaslin is the editor of the Rappahannock News. Email him at editor@rappnews.com.

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