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You also must meet any additional license and permit requirements based on the game you are hunting, the hunting location, and the hunting season.

  • A Bonus Deer Permit is required to take antlerless deer in excess of the annual bag limit on:
    • Days when antlerless deer hunting is legal
    • Private lands
    • Certain public lands
  • You must have a National Forest Permit or Virginia State Forest Use Permit to hunt or trap on those properties unless you are:
    • A resident under 16 years of age who is only trapping
    • A resident 65 years of age or older who has a valid hunting or trapping license
  • To hunt bears, deer, elk, and/or turkeys during muzzleloading season, you need a muzzleloading license in addition to your basic hunting license and bear-deer-turkey license.
  • To hunt bears, deer, elk, and/or turkeys during archery season, you not only need a basic hunting license and a bear-deer-turkey license but also need:
    • An archery license if hunting with a compound bow, recurve bow, or longbow or …
    • A crossbow license if hunting with a crossbow.