Virginia State Parks offering hunting opportunities

Virginia State Parks, including Occoneechee State Park in Mecklenburg County and Staunton River State Park in Halifax County, offer a variety of hunting opportunities, including reservation-only hunts and open hunting, throughout the season.

Open hunting is offered in designated areas of four state parks: Fairy Stone in Patrick and Henry counties, Grayson Highlands in Grayson County, Hungry Mother in Smyth County and Occoneechee in Mecklenburg County.

All hunting laws and regulations apply in Virginia State Parks. Additional rules may apply in individual parks, and all lottery and reservation hunts have special regulations.

Several state parks are in or near state forests, national forests or wildlife management areas that allow hunting. State parks with overnight accommodations are convenient and economical base camps for hunting anywhere in the area. These parks offer maps and affordable camping or cabin accommodations only minutes from the field. Campsites are available through early December, and cabins are open year-round.

For information on hunting licenses, hunter safety education and hunting regulations, call the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at (804) 367-1000 or visit www.dgif.virginia.gov.

For more information about hunting opportunities and programs in Virginia State Parks, or camping or cabin reservations, call 800-933-7275 (PARK), or visit http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/hunting.

Contact Occoneechee State Park at (434) 374-2210 and Staunton River State Park at (434) 572-4623