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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 15. Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Chapter 50. Game: Bear
10/28/2020

4VAC15-50-11. Open Season; Generally.

A. It shall be lawful to hunt bears in the following localities, including the cities and towns therein, during the following seasons:

Location

Season

Accomack County

Closed

Albemarle County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Alleghany County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Amelia County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Amherst County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Appomattox County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Arlington County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Augusta County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Bath County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Bedford County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Bland County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Botetourt County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Brunswick County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Buchanan County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Buckingham County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Campbell County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Caroline County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Carroll County

Monday nearest December 2 through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Charles City County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Charlotte County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Chesapeake (City of)

October 1 through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Chesterfield County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Clarke County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Craig County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Culpeper County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Cumberland County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Dickenson County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Dinwiddie County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Essex County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Fairfax County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Fauquier County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Floyd County

Monday nearest December 2 through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Fluvanna County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Franklin County

Monday nearest December 2 through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Frederick County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Giles County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Gloucester County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Goochland County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Grayson County

Monday nearest December 2 through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Greene County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Greensville County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Halifax County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Hanover County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Henrico County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Henry County

Monday nearest December 2 through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Highland County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Isle of Wight County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

James City County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

King and Queen County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

King George County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

King William County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Lancaster County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Lee County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Loudoun County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Louisa County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Lunenburg County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Madison County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Mathews County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Mecklenburg County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Middlesex County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Montgomery County
(southeast of I-81)

Monday nearest December 2 through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Montgomery County (northwest of I-81)

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Nelson County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

New Kent County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Northampton County

Closed

Northumberland County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Nottoway County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Orange County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Page County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Patrick County

Monday nearest December 2 through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Pittsylvania County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Powhatan County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Prince Edward County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Prince George County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Prince William County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Pulaski County
(southeast of I-81)

Monday nearest December 2 through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Pulaski County
(northwest of I-81)

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Rappahannock County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Richmond County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Roanoke County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Rockbridge County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Rockingham County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Russell County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Scott County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Shenandoah County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Smyth County

(southeast of I-81)

Monday nearest December 2 through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Smyth County

(northwest of I-81)

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Southampton County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Spotsylvania County

Fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Stafford County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Suffolk (City of)

October 1 through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Surry County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Sussex County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Tazewell County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Virginia Beach (City of)

October 1 through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Warren County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Washington County
(southeast of I-81)

Monday nearest December 2 through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Washington County
(northwest of I-81)

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Westmoreland County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

Wise County

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Wythe County
(southeast of I-81)

Monday nearest December 2 through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

Wythe County
(northwest of I-81)

Monday following the last Saturday in September and for two days following; and the fourth Monday in November through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive.

York County

Monday nearest December 2 and for 19 days following.

B. Notwithstanding provisions of subsection A of this section, bears may be hunted from the first Saturday in October through the first Saturday in January, both dates inclusive, within the incorporated limits of any town or city that allows bear hunting.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-103 and 29.1-501 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 27, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2011; amended, Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 25, eff. August 15, 2013; Volume 30, Issue 24, eff. August 1, 2014; Volume 33, Issue 23, eff. August 1, 2017; Volume 35, Issue 23, eff. August 1, 2019.

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