Hunting on Virginia's State Forests

Hunting is permitted on some of Virginia's State Forests. State Forest hunting regulations and seasons follow those of the county in which the State Forest is located.

Prospective hunters interested in hunting on the state forest should be aware of the following:

  • Sunday hunting is prohibited on public lands including State Forests, except for waterfowl, as outlined in DGIF regulations for migratory birds.
  • A valid State Forest Use Permit and valid hunting license in accordance with state hunting regulations must be on your person when hunting.
  • Special restrictions, such as Either-Sex Deer Hunting Days, may be in effect.
  • Wear blaze orange during hunting season.
  • To ensure your safety, read our state forest regulations before visiting a forest.

Contact your local Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries office for:

Hunting is only permitted on these state forests

Hunting maps and guides are in English, PDF format.

State Forest Use Permit

A State Forest Use Permit is required for those persons aged 16 or older to practice the following activities on a state forest:

  • ride horses
  • ride mountain bikes
  • hunt
  • fish
  • trap

A valid Virginia hunting license or fishing license in addition to a State Forest Permit ($16 per year) are required for hunting, trapping or fishing on the forest.

A State Forest Use Permit is not required for forest visitors who practice the following activities on a state forest:

  • walking
  • hiking
  • boating

Permits can be purchased two ways

  • Go to any location where you purchase a hunting license. Ask the clerk for the "State Forest Permit" to be added to your license.
  • Use your credit card and purchase a permit online from the Virginia Department Of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) website.

Virginia Hunting Season

Search for hunting locations and access using this interactive mapping website from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

About the State Forests

All State Forests are managed by the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) for multiple-use purposes, including watershed protection, recreation, timber production, hunting, fishing, and applied forest research.

The State Forests are self-supporting (no taxes are used to operate the system).

  • State Forests are open daily from dawn to dusk.
  • There are no charges to visit the State Forests. A State Forest Use Permit is required for some activities.
  • Foot travel, non-motorized bikes, and horses are permitted.
  • ATVs are not permitted on any of the State Forests.

Last modified: Tuesday, 13-Jun-2017 10:37:48 EDT

Walking, Hiking and Boating
A State Forest Use Permit is not required for forest visitors who walk, hike or boat on a state forest.

Riding Bicycles and Riding Horses
On forests where these activities are allowed, a valid State Forest Use Permit is required for persons aged 16 years-old or older.

Hunting and Fishing
On forests where these activities are allowed, a valid State Forest Use Permit and valid hunting or fishing license are required for persons aged 16 years-old or older in accordance with state regulations.

State Forest Use Permits
Permits cost $16 USD and are valid for one year from date of purchase. Permits can be purchased two ways: