Virginia State Parks to hold special lottery deer hunts

Special deer hunts at Virginia State Parks this year.
Special deer hunts at Virginia State Parks this year. Courtesy photo

Several Virginia state parks from the Eastern Shore to Southwest Virginia are holding special lottery deer hunts this fall and winter and are accepting applications now.

Applications are being accepted for special lottery deer hunts at Kiptopeke State Park in Northampton County, Leesylvania State Park in Prince William County and Natural Tunnel State Park in Scott County.

Kiptopeke will hold archery-muzzleloader hunts Nov. 3 and Nov. 16, and archery-muzzleloader-shotgun hunts Nov. 17, Nov. 30, Dec. 1, and Jan. 4-5. The lottery deadline for the hunts at Kiptopeke is Sept. 26.

 Leesylvania State Park will hold a shotgun hunt Jan. 16. The application deadline is Nov. 2.

Natural Tunnel State Park will hold a youth muzzleloader hunt Dec. 15, and a regular muzzleloader hunt Dec. 17-18. Applications for both hunts are due Oct. 26.

A $5 non-refundable application fee must be submitted for each hunt. Anyone may enter the lotteries for a chance to participate in the controlled hunts, however successful applicants on the day of the hunt must show proof of completion of a hunter safety education course and pay a $10 fee. Each lottery entry requires a separate application. The Leesylvania hunt requires a weapons qualification certificate and participation in a pre-hunt briefing.

For more information about these and other hunting opportunities and programs in Virginia State Parks or to obtain a lottery application, contact the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 1-800-933-PARK. Applications and information may also be found online here.

In addition to the lottery hunts above, two state parks are participating in hunts with adjoining public land owners. False Cape State Park, in conjunction with Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, will hold lottery hunts for deer and feral pig on Oct. 5-6 and Oct. 26-27 with a lottery deadline of Aug. 17.

Interested hunters must apply through the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries quota hunt system. Applications may be made online or by phone at 877-VAHUNTS from 9:30 to 4:30 Monday-Friday.

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