Bag Limits in Virginia
East of the Blue Ridge (excluding specific National Forest lands): Deer hunters are subject to a daily limit of two deer and a yearly limit of six. Within the annual six-deer quota, a maximum of three may be antlered, and a minimum of three must be antlerless, with certain exceptions detailed below.
West of the Blue Ridge & Specified National Forest Areas: The regulation stipulates a daily limit of two deer and a yearly limit of five. Of the five allowed deer, only two may be antlered, and at least three should be antlerless, subject to noted exceptions.
Specific Regulations and Exceptions
- Unlimited Daily Bag in Certain Areas: In Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties, along with most cities east of the Blue Ridge (excluding Chesapeake, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach), hunters may take an unlimited number of deer daily. However, the total number of antlered deer taken in a license year cannot exceed three. This unlimited bag rule also applies to cities and towns west of the Blue Ridge, with a yearly cap of two antlered deer.
- Restricted Areas: On National Forest lands and Department-managed areas east and west of the Blue Ridge, only one deer may be harvested per day.
- Special County Regulations: In Alleghany, Bath, Highland, or Rockbridge County, if a hunter takes two antlered bucks in a license year, one must have a minimum of four points, each at least one inch long, on one side of the antlers.
- Elk Hunting: Statewide, only one elk may be taken per day.
Additional Considerations for Deer Hunters
Deer hunters, irrespective of their need to purchase a license, may exceed the license-year bag limit of antlerless deer on private and authorized public lands through bonus deer permits or special deer permits (DCAP, DMAP, and DPOP). Notably, tags from DCAP, DMAP, and DPOP are not counted against the daily or season bag limits.