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Updates Related to COVID-19

The Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) is taking the COVID-19 virus very seriously and wants to make sure our staff and constituents are taking all necessary precautions. We want the outdoors to be a place of escape for the public during this time, and it will take all of us working together to make sure that this can be done in a safe manner. DWR encourages everyone in the Commonwealth to utilize the online option, GoOutdoorsVirginia.com for all of your licensing and registration needs. Hunters, anglers, boaters and wildlife enthusiasts can do most transactions online.

DWR Updates

DWR offices and fish hatcheries are operating according to the following schedule.

DWR offices:

  • Headquarters, Henrico, VA: Open to walk-ins every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
  • Charles City, VA: Closed to walk-in traffic until further notice.
  • Fredericksburg, VA: Closed to walk-in traffic until further notice.
  • Forest, VA: Closed to walk-in traffic until further notice.
  • Marion, VA: Closed to walk-in traffic until further notice.
  • Verona, VA: Closed to walk-in traffic until further notice.
  • Fish Hatcheries: Closed to walk-in traffic until further notice.

As you may have seen circulating around social media, DWR has not canceled any hunting seasons or fishing opportunities. Everyone hunting and fishing in Virginia MUST have a license and follow all rules and regulations.

For detailed information on Virginia’s hunting seasons and regulations, please visit the Hunting & Trapping Regulations section of the DWR website.

DWR’s Wildlife Management Areas remain open to the public.

Beyond DWR’s Wildlife Management Areas, hunting opportunities abound on other public lands in Virginia. Before heading afield on these public lands, DWR encourages hunters to check with the governing agency to ensure and familiarize themselves with rules and regulations specific to these lands and ensure there are no restrictions or facilities closures.

George Washington and Jefferson National Forest

  • Supervisor’s Office (540) 265-5100
  • Clinch Ranger District (276) 679-8370
  • North River Ranger District (540) 432-0187
  • Glenwood-Pedlar Ranger District (540) 291-2188
  • James River Ranger District (540) 839-2521
  • Lee Ranger District (540) 984-4101
  • Mt. Rogers Recreation Area (276) 783-5196
  • Eastern Divide Ranger District (540) 552-4641
  • Warm Springs Ranger District (540) 839-2521

State Forests

  • Headquarters (804) 492-4121

United States Fish & Wildlife Service, Federal Refuges

  • Back Bay (757) 301-7329
  • Chincoteague (757) 336-6122
  • Great Dismal Swamp (757) 986-3705
  • Eastern Shore (757) 331-2760
  • Rappahannock River Valley (804) 333-1470
  • James River (804) 829-9020
  • Plum Tree Island (804) 829-9020
  • Presquile (804) 829-9020
  • Mason Neck/Occoquan (703) 490-4979

Military Areas

  • Fort A.P. Hill (804) 633-8984
  • Fort Pickett (434) 292-2618
  • Quantico Marine Reservation (703) 784-5523/5329
  • Fort Belvoir (703) 805-3969

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Virginia State Parks

  • Hunting Information (800) 933-7275

Q: Are sighting-in ranges closed?

The Department’s sighting-in ranges will open under their normal operating hours beginning on September 1, 2020. Users are welcome to bring cleaning supplies should they desire to wipe down the station prior to shooting. Sighting-in ranges on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest are open, visit the GW&JNF website for more details.

Q: Are the barrier-free trails and blinds closed?

The Department’s barrier-free trails and blinds are open for use during the hunting seasons. Users are welcome to bring cleaning supplies should they desire to wipe down the blind prior to shooting.

Facilities

Before heading out, first check with individual sites on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail to find out whether they are still open to the public. Information regarding closures is typically posted on a site’s own website. Be advised that some sites, even if still open, may have certain public facilities closed during this time. If a site is still open, maintain CDC social distancing guidelines while enjoying the outdoors.

For education, DWR has some resources for you.

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DWR asks that if you or someone you have been in contact with has a known connection to COVID-19, please stay at home so that you do not spread the virus and/or germs. DWR will keep working diligently with other agencies to make sure we do our part to help prevent the spread of the virus.

If you have any questions regarding DWR services or activities, please give them a call (804-367-1000) and they will help with your needs as best they can.