Duck Hunting in Virginia

Virginia, Duck Hunting Nation State, Waterfowl Hunting, Waterfowl Hunting




Duck Statewide Harvest


Goose Statewide Harvest


No. Waterfowl Licenses Sold Annually


Ducks Per Hunter


Geese Per Hunter


Cost of Resident Waterfowl Hunting License


Cost of Resident State Stamps and Permits


Federal Duck Stamp

$111; three-day license $60

Cost of Non-Resident Waterfowl Hunting License


Cost of Non-Resident State Stamps and Permits


Federal Duck Stamp

Much like South Carolina, Virginia's eastern coast probably elevates the state to a B grade. The Chesapeake Bay area is a classic waterfowling mecca and still offers good shooting.

Mallards top the harvest list, but Old Dominion hunters also take good numbers of woodies, gadwalls, black ducks and other puddlers. Divers provide great opportunity, too, as hunters shoot lots of scoters, tons of buffleheads and good numbers of canvasbacks, redheads, bluebills and ringnecks. Goose hunters fare well, too. As an added treat, Virginia also offers swan hunting.

The state has some quota hunts for waterfowl, available by application only, at properties such as Hog Island, Princess Anne, Dick Cross, Game Farm Marsh and other wildlife areas. Some military installations — Fort Picket, Fort A.P. Hill and Quantico Marine Corps Base, for example — have lots of beaver ponds and offer good wood duck shooting. Some restrictions and additional regulations apply.

— Compiled and written by Brian Lovett

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