Deer season is about to get underway here in the Commonwealth, and hunters should keep the following important dates in mind. And don't forget, Virginia's long-standing ban on Sunday hunting is no more; yes, you can hunt on Sundays! It may be hot now, but the hunt begins this Saturday:
- Sept. 6 - Urban archery and early firearms seasons begin. This means you can hunt antlerless deer with a bow in several counties and cities and with firearms in a few others, including Loudoun and Prince William.
- Sept. 7 - the first Sunday you can legally hunt deer. Did I mention Sunday hunting is now legal?
- Sept. 27 - Youth and Apprentice Deer Hunting Day, when kids 15 and under get the opportunity to harvest any deer with any legal weapon, as long as he or she is accompanied by a licensed adult. This is the best opportunity of the year to introduce our youth to hunting; please take a kid deer hunting if you can!
- Oct. 4 - The statewide archery deer season gets underway.
- November 1 - Muzzleloader deer season begins.
- November 15 - General firearms.
Virginia is a great place to be a hunter, and the best time of the year is right in front of us!
And in the meantime, deer movement will steadily increase until it peaks in November, so be careful on the road, especially here in Northern Virginia. And if a deer gets hit by a car and chooses your property as a place to die, you know who to call!