Hunting & Fishing

Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge is one of over 560 National Wildlife Refuges whose objective is to provide habitat for the conservation and protection of all species of wildlife. The harvest of surplus animals is one tool used to manage wildlife populations at a level compatible with the environment, provide wholesome recreational opportunities, and permit the use of a valuable renewable resource. The various habitats found on the refuge include upland maritime forest, shrub community, and salt marsh. The Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge manages its hunt through a permit system.

  • General Information

    For questions concerning hunt regulations please refer to the brochure or contact the Michael Dixon at Michael_Dixon@fws.gov or 757-336-6122 x2308. 

    For specific Virginia state hunting regulations and licenses information please visit the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.

    For information about hunting opportunities at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge please click here.

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  • 2021-2022 Eastern Shore of Virginia Hunt

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    September 1, 2021 - February 28, 2022 (State of Virginia seasons apply during this time)  

    Brochure/Permit (pdf 837KB)

    2021 hunting and fishing plan (new - pdf 5MB) 

      No hunting on Sundays except for waterfowl.

    • 2021-2022 Fisherman Island Hunt

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      September 1, 2021 - February 28, 2022 (State of Virginia seasons apply during this time)

      Brochure/Permit (pdf 133KB)

      2021 hunting and fishing plan (new - pdf 5MB)

    • New Hunting and Fishing Plan

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      The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a final hunting and fishing plan for Eastern Shore of Virginia and Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuges.

      A draft plan was issued in the spring of 2021, and during the 88-day public comment period, 27 comment letters were received from the public. We are grateful to the people who provided meaningful comments on the draft, which helped in developing the final plan.

      Some comments reflected an opposition to hunting and fishing in general and in particular on refuge lands. We understand and respect this viewpoint. The legislation which guides how national wildlife refuges across the country are managed not only requires us to consider allowing wildlife observation, hunting, fishing, photography, environmental education, and interpretation, but further directs us to promote these activities when compatible with refuge purposes. Not one of these recreational uses have a priority over another – they are simply different ways people choose to enjoy the refuges and to engage themselves, their families, and their friends in the outdoors.

      A summary of all substantive comments, and our responses, can be found in Appendix F (Summary of Public Comments and Service Responses) and Appendix G (Finding of No Significant Impact). Modifications were made between the draft and final versions of the Hunting and Fishing Plan. These changes can be found in Appendix F.

      Get your pdf copy of the plan (5MB).