DCR Update on Hunting in Virginia State Parks this Year

According to a press release from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, there are new updates for hunting opportunities at Virginia State Parks.

Each year Virginia State Parks, which are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, offer a wide variety of hunting opportunities. Managed deer hunts are key to handling the parks’ overall deer management program. Participating hunters are asked to support this effort by following harvest guidelines associated with each hunt.

What’s new this year is that reservations must be made online through the new State Parks reservation system. To make a reservation, visit online at https://reservevaparks.com/Web/.  You must have an email address and create an online account in order to reserve a hunting time and location. It is encouraged that you create an online account before the reservation period opens up, as it can take some time for the account information to process.

All hunts will have a go-live day in September and the sales begin at 9 a.m. so be sure to review information at www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/hunting for more details on hunt locations and dates.

Hunting opportunities range from open hunting in designated areas to managed deer hunts. Hunters can also reserve stands or zones on a first-come, first-served basis using the online system.

Virginia State Parks Hunting Rules:
•    Hunting and camping is permitted only in designated areas.
•    Virginia game laws apply in all designated hunting areas.
•    All state park hunts require proof of completion of a hunter safety course. This is beyond the requirements of State Hunting Regulations.
•    Hunters are required to wear a Blaze Color (Blaze Orange or Blaze Pink) hat and vest while hunting in any park. This is beyond the requirements of State Hunting Regulations.

For more information about hunting opportunities and programs in Virginia State Parks visit www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/hunting.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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