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when does muzzle loder seasonstartvirginia?

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    1 decade ago
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    Go check on their website. Just search "virginia hunting regulations". Or, do you need someone to do that for you? OK, I'm feeling generous this morning. Here you go. It started 3 days ago:

    Muzzleloader Deer Seasons

    Early Muzzleloader Season

    October 31-November 13:

    * In all areas where deer hunting with a rifle or muzzleloading firearm is permitted unless noted in the season exception listed below.

    * Season Exceptions:

    o Closed in the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk (east of the Dismal Swamp line), and Virginia Beach.

    Either-sex Deer Hunting Days East of the Blue Ridge: October 31-November 13 (full season):

    * In all areas (including Occoneechee State Park) unless otherwise noted below.

    * November 7:

    o On State Forest lands, State Park lands (except Occoneechee State Park), Department-owned lands, and Philpott Reservoir.

    * Antlered deer only-no either-sex deer hunting days:

    o OOn National Forest lands in Amherst, Bedford and Nelson counties.

    Either-sex Deer Hunting Days West of the Blue Ridge:

    * November 7:

    o On private lands in Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Bland, Botetourt, Craig, Giles, Highland, Page, Pulaski, Rockbridge, Rockingham (except on private lands west of Routes 613 and 731), Scott, Shenandoah, and Wythe counties and on National Forest lands in Craig, Bland, Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski counties and on National Forest and Department-owned lands in Carroll, Roanoke, and Wythe counties.

    * October 31-November 13 (full season):

    o In Clarke and Floyd counties and on private lands in Carroll, Frederick, Grayson, Montgomery, Roanoke, and Warren counties.

    * Antlered deer only-no either-sex deer hunting days:

    o In the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, and Wise and on National Forest lands in Alleghany, Botetourt, Frederick, Grayson, Page, Rockingham, Scott, Shenandoah, and Warren counties, and on National Forest and Department-owned lands in Augusta, Bath, Highland, and Rockbridge counties and on Grayson Highlands State Park and on private lands west of Routes 613 and 731 in Rockingham County.

    Late Muzzleloader Season

    December 12-January 2:

    * West of the Blue Ridge (except Clarke County and on private lands in Frederick County).

    * East of the Blue Ridge in the counties (including cities and towns within) of Amherst (west of Rt. 29), Bedford, Campbell (west of Norfolk Southern Railroad), Franklin, Henry, Nelson (west of Rt. 151), and Patrick, and in the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk (east of the Dismal Swamp line), and Virginia Beach.

    Either-sex Deer Hunting Days:

    * December 28-January 2:

    o On private lands in Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Bland, Botetourt, Craig, Giles, Highland, Page, Pulaski, Rockbridge, Rockingham (except on private lands west of Routes 613 and 731), Shenandoah, and Wythe counties and on National Forest lands in Craig, Bland, Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski counties and on National Forest and Department-owned lands in Carroll, Roanoke, and Wythe counties and in the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk (east of the Dismal Swamp line), and Virginia Beach.

    * December 12-January 2 (full season):

    o In the counties of Amherst (west of U.S. Route 29 except on National Forest lands), Bedford (except on National Forest lands), Campbell (west of Norfolk Southern Railroad), Floyd, Franklin, Henry, Nelson (west of Route 151 except on National Forest lands), and Patrick and on private lands in Carroll, Grayson, Montgomery, Roanoke and Warren counties.

    * January 2:

    o In the counties of Dickenson (north of Rt. 83), Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, and Wise and on National Forest lands in Alleghany, Amherst, Bedford, Botetourt, Frederick, Grayson, Nelson, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren counties, and on National Forest and Department-owned lands in Augusta, Bath, Highland, and Rockbridge counties and on private lands west of Routes 613 and 731 in Rockingham County and Grayson Highlands State Park.

    * Antlered deer only-no either-sex deer hunting days:

    o In Buchanan and Dickenson (south of Rt. 83).

    Muzzleloading Either-sex Deer Hunting for Incorporated Cities and Towns

    Deer of either sex may be taken full season during all muzzleloading seasons within the incorporated limits of any city or town in the Commonwealth that allows deer hunting with a muzzleloader (except in the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson and Wise and in the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach).

    Legal Methods and Restrictions During Muzzleloader Deer Seasons

    Special restrictions apply to specific firearms use during this season. See Legal Use of Firearms and Archery Equipment and Local Firearms Ordinances for details.

    * Only muzzleloading firearms, .45 caliber or larger, loaded from the muzzle of the gun.

    * Muzzleloading firearms must be single shot, capable of firing only a single bullet or saboted bullet (.38 caliber or larger).

    * Flintlock, percussion or electronic ignitions are permitted.

    * Unlawful to have in immediate possession any firearm other than a muzzleloading firearm while hunting with a muzzleloader (see exception for concealed handguns).

    * Unlawful to use muzzleloading pistols.

    * Must use at least 50 grains of black powder or black powder equivalent.

    * Smokeless powder is allowed in muzzleloading weapons designed for it. Never use smokeless powder of any type, in any quantity, in a muzzleloading firearm that is not specifically designed for it.

    * Scopes are permitted.

    * For the purposes of transportation in a vehicle, muzzleloading firearms are considered "unloaded" when all powder has been removed from the flashpan, or the percussion cap, primer, or battery has been removed from the firearm. For complete safety, a muzzleloader should be emptied by shooting into soft ground.

    * Unlawful to hunt deer with dogs.

    * It is lawful to carry archery tackle when and where there is an overlap with a deer archery and muzzleloading season.

    Source(s): Virgina hunting regulations.
  • I'm muzzle loader hunting in a few hours. It has started in VA, Nov 1st I think was the starting date (It might have been Oct 31, don't remember exact date but its one of those two).

    Good luck to both of us, I have lots of trouble finding deer outside of my nieghborhood.

  • 1 decade ago

    It already started chief.

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