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Here's What You Can Hunt in August in Virginia

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  • Here's What You Can Hunt in August in Virginia

    Hunters will always be looking forward to deer hunting in Virginia, or turkey and waterfowl. But hunting small game and other birds can help sharpen shooting skills. Here is what has opened this month, or open season.

    Crow
    Season Dates
    August 17 through March 20 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

    September 2 through March 10 on National Forest Lands and Department lands on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays only.

    Crows are a federally regulated migratory species; however, no HIP registration is required and hunters may use unplugged shotguns to hunt them. Electronic calls may be used on private and public lands. Written permission of the landowner is not required to hunt crows with electronic calls, except when hunting on posted property.

    Coyote
    Season
    Continuous open season except on National Forest lands and Department lands. Coyote hunting on National Forest lands and Department lands is permitted from September 1 through March 10 and during the spring turkey season. Coyotes may also be hunted on Department lands during the spring squirrel season unless otherwise posted.

    Coyote Bounty Law
    Coyote bounties are not administered by DGIF. Counties have the option of establishing their own coyote bounty system. For more information, hunters and trappers should contact their County Administrator or County Board of Supervisors.

    Groundhog
    Season Dates
    Continuous open season on private lands.

    Groundhog hunting on National Forest lands and Department lands is permitted from September 1 to March 10 and during the spring turkey season.
    Groundhog hunting is permitted during the spring squirrel season on Department lands that are open for spring squirrel hunting. Groundhog hunting is not permitted on National Forest lands during the spring squirrel season.


    Raccoon
    Chase-Only Seasons
    NO RACCOON MAY BE TAKEN EXCEPT DURING THE FIREARMS SEASON.

    Continuous open season
    statewide (including Sundays): Except on Department-controlled lands west of the Blue Ridge Mountains and on National Forest lands.

    Licenses Required
    License requirements are the same as those for hunting raccoons with firearms.

    August 1 through September 28 (including Sundays): On Department-controlled lands west of the Blue Ridge Mountains and on National Forest lands where bear hound training is permitted.

    Restrictions
    It is unlawful to have in possession a firearm, bow, axe, or any tree climbing device when chasing raccoons outside of the firearms season. Possession shall include, but not be limited to, having these devices in or on ones person, vehicle, or conveyance while engaged in the act of chasing. (See exception for valid concealed handgun permit holders.)


    Skunk
    Season
    Continuous open season to hunt striped skunk except on National Forest lands and Department lands. Striped skunk hunting on National Forest lands and Department lands is permitted from September 1 through March 10 and during the spring turkey season. Striped skunks may also be hunted on Department lands during the spring squirrel season unless otherwise posted.
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