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Calmes Neck Property Owners Association
A Virginia Nonstock Corporation

 Hunting on Private Property...
 Clarke County 2008 - 2009 Hunting Season
  • No hunting on Sundays
  • Large Game Bow Season:  Sep. 6 - Nov. 14; Dec. 1 - Mar. 28
  • Turkey Firearm Season:  Oct. 25 - Nov. 7; Nov. 27; Dec. 1 - Jan. 3; Apr. 11 - May 16
  • Deer Firearm Season:  Nov. 1 - Jan. 3
  • Large Game Firearm Season:  Nov. 24 - Jan. 3
  • Contact: VA Dept. of Game & Fish 804-367-1000 or online www.dgif.state.va.us/hunting

                                      .To report wildlife violations, call  1-800-237-5712 .

In Clarke County there is no hunting with firearms of game species from within 100 yds. of a road and it is unlawful to transport, possess, or carry a loaded rifle or shotgun in any vehicle on any public street, road or
highway (
Local Firearms Ordinances [PDF])

Hunting without written permission of the landowner on posted private property is unlawful and punishable by a fine of up to $2500 and/or 12 months in jail (Virginia Code Section 18.2-134).

You can download a card to be used for verifying written permission to hunt on private property by clicking here...
Permission Card to Hunt, Fish, Camp, etc. on Private Property [PDF].  This card should be signed by the landowner and the hunter and carried by the hunter while hunting.

An effective property posting strategy should include a standard sign that accurately conveys the landowner's policy on recreational use, systematic placement of signs along the boundary, routine inspection and replacement of weathered or vandalized signs, and a commitment to patrol for and prosecute violators.

Virginia Code Section 29.1-509, amended in 1982, exempts landowners who provide recreational opportunities to the public from liability for injury or damages provided:

  • The landowner does not charge a fee.
  • There is no gross negligence or "willful or malicious failure to guard or warn against a dangerous condition, use or structure" on the property.

Hunters are responsible for their own safety and for any damages they cause to the property of others. Lease agreements and individual permit cards include codes of ethical conduct while the holders are on the property.

Hunters must have the permission of the landowner to track or retrieve wounded game on private property.

Blaze Orange Requirements -

  • When hunting any game species during the firearms deer season, every hunter or person accompanying a hunter shall wear a blaze orange hat or blaze orange upper body clothing that is visible from 360 degrees or display at least 100 square inches of solid blaze orange material at shoulder level within body reach and visible from 360 degrees. Hats may have a bill or brim color or design other than solid blaze orange. Hats shall not be in "camo" style, since the latter is designated to prevent visibility. A logo, which does not detract from visibility, may be worn on a blaze orange hat.
  • Blaze orange is not required during the muzzleloading deer season or by waterfowl hunters, individuals participating in hunting dog field trials and fox hunters on horseback without firearms.
  • Hunters hunting with archery tackle during an open firearms deer season, in areas where the discharge of firearms is prohibited by state law or local ordinance, are exempt from the blaze orange requirement.

Hunting Hours -

  • One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset for non-migratory birds and game animals except during spring gobbler season.
  • One-half hour before sunrise until 12 noon, during spring gobbler season except the last 12 days the hunting hours are from one half hour before sunrise until sunset.
  • Bobcat, foxes, raccoons, and opossums may be hunted by day or night during authorized seasons.
  • Migratory game birds, waterfowl, and special resident goose (see special pamphlets for hunting these species).
  • Nuisance species may be taken day or night.

Unlawful Feeding of Wildlife -

It is unlawful for any person to place or distribute food, salt, minerals or similar substances, to feed or attract deer from September1, 2008 January 3, 2009, both dates inclusive.  It is unlawful for any person to place or distribute food, minerals, carrion or similar substances to feed or attract bear.

Hunters for the Hungry -

Hunters for the Hungry receives donated deer from successful hunters. Funds are raised to cover the costs of professional processing, then the venison is distributed to the needy across the state.  This past season 363,484 pounds of venison was distributed. Over 3.5 million pounds or 13.5 million servings of venison have been distributed in Virginia since 1991. Each $40.00 contribution allows another deer to be accepted. Hunters donating an entire deer are not required to pay any part of the processing fee. 

The David Horne Hunger Relief Bill gives you the opportunity to donate $2.00 to the Hunters for the Hungry program when you purchase your hunting license. One hundred percent of your donation will go to providing venison to the hungry.  You can make a difference to the hungry and to the future of hunting in Virginia. For additional information call 1-800-352-HUNT (4868), or e-mail: hunt4hungry@cs.com, or visit the Web site at www.h4hungry.org or write to P.O. Box 304, Big Island, VA 24526.

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