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Hunting in Virginia: 3 Things to Know Before Applying for a Hunting Permit for Adults

By    |   Friday, 05 Jun 2015 03:50 PM

Everything you need to know about hunting in Virginia is provided in detail on the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website. This includes requirements for getting hunting license. These requirements cover such things as age, residency, hunter education, qualifying game and weapons used.

Here are three things to know about applying for a hunting permit in Virginia.

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1. Residency
To apply for a resident hunting license, the person must live in the state for six months before purchasing a license and be considered a domiciliary resident. Other ways to satisfy the residency requirement for a resident hunting license include being a student enrolled at a Virginia college, an active duty member of the military, or landowners who have lived in the state for five consecutive years leading up to purchasing their hunting license.

2. Exemptions
A few hunters do not need to obtain a hunting license in Virginia. These exemptions include residents older than 65 years old and children younger than 12. Those hunters who are younger than 16 do not need a license to trap as long as they are in the presence of a licensed, certified hunter at all times.

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Two additional exemptions exist in Virginia for special cases. According to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, those exemptions include Native Americans who live on an Indian reservation as well as stockholders owning 50 percent or more of the stock of any domestic corporation owning land in Virginia. A stockholder's immediate family members also do not need a license to hunt, trap and fish on property owned by the corporation.

3. Types of Licenses
Various licenses are required depending on what game you’re after and what weapons you want to use. Different licenses, permits or stamps are needed for hunting small game, birds and bears, but also when a hunter wants to use archery, muzzleloaders or traps.

Like many states, to receive a hunting license, most interested parties must complete the hunter education course. It’s also noteworthy that only hunters younger than 18 are required to complete a field day to receive their hunter education certification in Virgina, according to Hunter-Ed.com.

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

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