Sunday hunting not permitted on State Forests

forestry12Officials at the Virginia Department of Forestry remind all hunters that Sunday hunting on State Forests is prohibited.

“While a new law allowing hunting in Virginia on Sundays went into effect July 1st, that law applies only to private lands,” said Gary Heiser, manager of Virginia’s 24 State Forests.  “Hunting on Sunday is still prohibited on public lands, including the State Forests.”

Anyone with questions regarding the new Sunday hunting law is encouraged to contact his or her local Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries office or visit the agency’s website at

Several of Virginia’s State Forests are open for hunting in season on days other than Sunday.  “Regular” hunting during appropriate seasons is available at these State Forests: Appomattox-Buckingham; Cumberland; Prince Edward-Gallion; Big Woods; Browne; Dragon Run; Sandy Point; Channels, and Moore’s Creek.  During archery and muzzle-loading only seasons, hunting is available at the Lesesne and Chilton Woods state forests.  Archery only hunting is available at Matthews State Forest.  And a lottery permit hunt is offered at Conway Robinson State Forest.

Anyone hunting on any of these properties must have a State Forest Use Permit, which is available for purchase at any location that sells hunting licenses in Virginia.

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