Virginia Bear Hunting Seasons: Dates and Methods

Virginia offers a variety of bear hunting seasons, each with specific start and end dates. Below is a detailed overview of these seasons:

Archery Bear Season

  • Dates: October 7, 2023 - November 17, 2023

Youth and Apprentice Bear Hunting Weekend

  • Dates: October 14, 2023 - October 15, 2023
  • Note: Specifically designed for youth and apprentice hunters.

Muzzleloader Bear Season

  • Dates: November 11, 2023 - November 17, 2023

Early Firearms Bear Season

  • Dates: October 2, 2023 - October 4, 2023

Firearms Bear Seasons

  • Various Periods:
    • October 1, 2023 - January 6, 2024
    • November 27, 2023 - January 6, 2024
    • December 4, 2023 - January 6, 2024
  • Note for Specific Counties: Bear hunting is closed in Accomack and Northampton counties.

Bear Hound Training/Chase Season

  • Training Seasons:
    • November 18, 2023 - December 2, 2023
    • August 1, 2023 - September 30, 2023

These diverse seasons cater to different hunting methods, including archery, muzzleloading, and firearms, and also provide special opportunities for youth and apprentice hunters. It's important for hunters to be aware of the specific dates and regulations for each season, particularly in terms of regional variations and method-specific restrictions. Compliance with all hunting laws, licensing requirements, and ethical hunting practices is essential for a responsible and successful bear hunting experience in Virginia.

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