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Your deer/turkey and bear licenses include game tags. When you kill a big game animal, you must meet these requirements.

  • If you kill a bear, deer, elk, or turkey, you must validate (notch) the appropriate tag on your bear license; deer/turkey license; bonus deer permit; or other special permit before you can remove the animal legally from the place of kill.
  • If you mistakenly validate (notch) a tag before you kill an animal, you must void the tag by writing “VOID” in ink on the line on the tag.
  • If you kill an elk, you must validate an appropriate deer tag.
Virginia deer tags
To validate a tag, remove the notch from the appropriate tag on the license. Do NOT remove the tag from your license.