Overview and Local Regulations

Hunters are welcome in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, including designated wildernesses. Bows, rifles, shotguns, and muzzleloaders are all permitted during the appropriate seasons. Crossbows are not allowed. Whitetails, turkeys, grouse, squirrels and several other species are abundant.

Hunters must possess the appropriate state and local hunting licenses and stamps as well as a National Forest stamp, and must obey all state and local hunting laws and regulations. Blaze Orange must be worn as dictated by Virginia law and is suggested at other times as well. Flashlights are also recommended when going and coming from the woods in the dark.

Hunters are reminded that it is illegal to shoot a firearm from, across, or within 100 yards of any public road including Forest Service roads open to use by private vehicles. It’s also illegal to discharge a firearm within 100 yards of an established campground. Think safety!

Seasons and Licences

Virginia’s extensive variety of game and seasons varies from area to area — it is recommended that you contact the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for current information. The closest office to Damascus is: Marion – Region 3, Rt. 1, box 107, Marion VA 24354, (276) 783-4860. Current Hunting & Trapping regulation information is available at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Website.

Hunters for the Hungry

Hunters for the Hungry is a nonprofit in VA that receives donated deer from successful hunters, processes it professionally and distributes it across the state to those in need.  You can make a difference to the hungry and to the future of hunting in Virginia.  For more information, visit the organization’s website.

To Report Wildlife Violations

Call 1-800-237-5712

When reporting try to get as much information as possible, such as: What happened;  Where did it happen (be as specific as possible); Who was involved (describe persons, vehicles, names of other witnesses); When did it happen.  Don’t allow the actions of a few outlaws to tarnish the reputation of Virginia’s sportsmen!