DO I NEED A HUNTING LICENSE TO HUNT WITHIN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA?
Yes. A Hunting License is different from a Hunter Education Certificate and is required for any person who hunts any game animal within the state. This includes both residents and non-residents. Varying licenses must be purchased and carried depending on the hunter’s age, residency, and the type of game being hunted. Certain exceptions may apply depending on the game animal being hunted. For more information on Virginia, hunting licenses visit the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources website.
WHAT ARE THE VIRGINIA TAGGING REQUIREMENTS?
Certain game animals must be tagged after they’re taken, including big game animals such as deer, elk, bear, and turkey. It’s important for hunters to understand the tagging and/or harvest reporting requirements for the game animal they’re hunting, and to ensure that the animal is tagged and reported properly.
Tag Validation Requirements
Upon harvesting and tagging big game animals, the tag must be validated before the carcass can be moved. Tag validation can be completed electronically, or by manually notching the tag. For hunters who have access to the Go Outdoors Virginia app can electronically validate their tag by logging into the app, selecting the appropriate license, and touching the appropriate notch area to electronically notch the tag. For paper tags, the hunter must manually notch the appropriate area on the paper tag.