Duck Hunting in Virginia

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  • B
  • 149,900

    Duck Statewide Harvest

  • 61,100

    Goose Statewide Harvest

  • 22,700

    No. Waterfowl Licenses Sold Annually

  • 7.7

    Ducks Per Hunter

  • 4.7

    Geese Per Hunter

  • $23

    Cost of Resident Waterfowl Hunting License

  • $10

    Cost of Resident State Stamps and Permits

  • $25

    Federal Duck Stamp

  • $111; three-day license $60

    Cost of Non-Resident Waterfowl Hunting License

  • $10

    Cost of Non-Resident State Stamps and Permits

  • $25

    Federal Duck Stamp

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Much like South Carolina, Virginia’s eastern coast probably elevates the state to a B grade. The Chesapeake Bay area is a classic waterfowling mecca and still offers good shooting today.

Mallards top the harvest list, but Old Dominion hunters also take good numbers of woodies, gadwalls, black ducks and other puddlers. Divers provide great opportunity, too, as hunters shoot lots of scoters (more than 9,200 in 2017), tons of buffleheads (14,527 in 2017) and good numbers of canvasbacks, redheads, bluebills and ringnecks. Goose hunters fare well, too, having shot more than 61,000 birds in 2017. As an added treat, Virginia also offers swan hunting.

The state offers some quota hunts for waterfowl, available by application only, at properties such as Hog Island, Princess Anne, Dick Cross, Game Farm Marsh and other wildlife areas. Some military installations — Fort Picket, Fort A.P. Hill and Quantico Marine Corps Base, for example — have lots of beaver ponds and offer good wood duck shooting. Some restrictions and additional regulations apply.

— Compiled and written by Brian Lovett


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