Summer is drawing to a close, and the start of deer season in some Virginia jurisdictions is less than two weeks away. To follow are the dates Virginia deer hunters should mark on their calendars to cover the next two months:
- Sept. 3 - Urban Archery season begins in many Virginia cities, including Chesapeake, Lynchburg and Roanoke. Don't forget, only antlerless deer may be harvested during this season.
- Sept. 3 - Meanwhile, the Northern Virginia Early Firearms season opens in Loudoun, Prince William and Fairfax the same day. Again, this is antlerless only. Be sure and check your local firearms ordinances and keep in mind that archery and muzzleloader hunting are legal as well during this early season hunt.
- Sept. 24 & 25 - Youth and Apprentice Deer Hunting Days; statewide. This is the one of the best weekends of deer season, when kids - accompanied by a licensed adult - can harvest any deer with any legal weapon.
- Oct. 1 - Statewide Archery Deer Season opens
- Nov. 5 - Early Muzzleloader Season begins. With the growing popularity - and ever increasing accuracy and range - of muzzleloading rifles, this has become the biggest "opening day" for many Virginia hunters. Many believe the two-week muzzleloader season gives them the best chance to harvest a big buck.
- Nov. 19 - General Firearms Season kicks off.
So many opening days to look forward to over the next couple months! Click here for more information on deer hunting in Virginia.