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Hunting in Virginia: 10 Things to Know About Urban Deer Hunting in Cities and Suburbs

By    |   Friday, 05 Jun 2015 11:57 PM

Virginia offers an urban deer hunting season annually to hunters as a way to manage human-deer conflicts. The season was first established in 2002 and has continued as an annual tradition since.

Urban hunting isn't statewide, and the hunter's location often determines the rules and regulations that apply to the hunt. While firearm hunting is not permitted during the urban hunting season, bow hunters are welcome to use their archery skills, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Here is what you need to know about archery urban deer hunting in cities and suburbs in Virginia.

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1. During urban deer hunting season only antlerless deer may be taken.

2. Hunters are expected to abide by state hunting laws during the season, as well as local regulations and ordinances.

3. Urban archery is only allowed on Sundays on private lands where hunters have received previous permission from the landowner. Public hunting on Sundays is forbidden. As a courtesy, neighbors to the private land should be notified that the hunt is taking place.

4. Season limits apply to urban deer hunting as they would during regular season. These limits cannot be exceeded unless an additional "bonus" permit has been purchased for the hunt.

5. Hunters are not permitted to use dogs to take deer.

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6. Deer remains should be disposed of in a proper manner. Deer must also be checked after they are taken. This can be done by contacting (866) 468-4263, logging on to the state's website or visiting a big game check station.

7. Hunters cannot hunt from a moving vehicle.

8. It is not permitted to fire an arrow across an open street or within a specific distance of a dwelling or building. Each area that participates in the hunt has its own distances required for firing near dwellings.

9. The state does not keep a database of urban archery hunt properties like it does with other hunts. Hunters should look into hunt clubs, deer check stations, and speak with private landowners to find opportunities to hunt.

10. For the purpose of this hunt, crossbows are considered legal.

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

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