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Hunting in Virginia: 9 Animals to Hunt in the Fall

By    |   Friday, 05 Jun 2015 09:52 PM

Hunting in Virginia offers a wide variety of game animals for hunters to pursue, and fall is a prime season for the sport. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries manages the state's vast inventory of hunting lands, promoting game growth and outdoor recreational opportunities.

Here are several animals hunters should consider taking aim at during the fall hunting season.

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1. Bears
For one day during September, kids ages 15 and younger and holders of apprentice licenses may bear hunt, according to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. During this hunt, an adult who possesses a valid Virginia hunting license must accompany both youth and apprentice hunters. All bear must be checked at an official check station. Bear limits and restrictions also apply, meaning if a hunter takes a bear on this date, they cannot take another bear in any other season that year.

Archery bear season, for all hunters, starts in the beginning of October and runs until the middle of November.

2. Deer
Early archery deer season takes place from the beginning of October until the middle of November statewide.

3. Wild Turkeys
Archery turkey season kicks off in the beginning of October through the beginning of November. A special youth and apprentice hunt day takes place in October each year.

Firearm turkey season is brief in the fall, with most counties holding a weeklong hunt. The season opens at the end of October and closes in early November. For the most up-to-date county list, check the Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations digest, published annually.

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4. Crows
Crow can be hunted from early September until early spring on National Forest lands, but only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday. Crow are a federally regulated migratory species.

5. Groundhogs
Groundhogs may be hunted continuously on private lands but are a limited hunt on public lands. Public land hunts can only take place from early September until early March on National Forest and department lands.

6. Grouse
Grouse season is from late October until mid-February for those hunting west of Interstate 95. There is a limit of three grouse per day. Hunting of these birds is continuously closed in areas east of I-95.

7. Quail and Pheasants
Quail and pheasants are considered in season from early November until late January. Quail have a bag limit six birds per day, while pheasants have no daily or seasonal bag limit.

8. Red Squirrels and Gray Squirrels
From early September to late February hunters can take aim at squirrels, with a limit of six squirrels per day.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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