A hunt­ing we will go

Rappahannock News - - WASHINGTON • OBITUARIES - — John Mc­Caslin

Rap­pa­han­nock County’s fall deer-hunt­ing sea­son with firearms is right around the cor­ner, start­ing Satur­day, Nov. 18, through Satur­day, Jan. 6.

The early archery deer sea­son in Rap­pa­han­nock, al­ready un­der­way, will con­clude Fri­day, Nov. 17.

It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that a new state-is­sued deer hunt­ing reg­u­la­tion for 201718 deals specif­i­cally with this county: “It shall be un­law­ful to take a sec­ond antlered deer on pri­vate lands in Rap­pa­han­nock County prior to tak­ing at least one antler­less deer on pri­vate lands . . . and it shall be un­law­ful to take a third antlered deer . . . prior to tak­ing at least two antler­less deer on pri­vate lands in Rap­pa­han­nock County.”

Statewide, the bag limit for deer is two a day, and six dur­ing a li­cense year. Of the six-deer limit, no more than three may be antlered deer and at least three must be antler­less deer.

The reg­u­lar firearms bear sea­son in Rap­pa­han­nock will be­gin Mon­day, Nov. 27 through Satur­day, Jan. 6. Archery bear sea­son, also al­ready un­der­way, will con­clude Fri­day, Nov. 17.

Bear bag lim­its: One per li­cense year, at least 100 pound live weight or 75 pounds dressed weight. Fe­males with cubs may not be har­vested. And it’s un­law­ful to use dogs when hunt­ing bear.

Hunters must pur­chase a bear li­cense in ad­di­tion to all other ap­pli­ca­ble li­censes, per­mits or stamps. And all bears must be checked at an of­fi­cial bear check sta­tion.

The fall firearms tur­key sea­son, which be­gan Oct. 28, wraps up to­mor­row, Fri­day, Nov. 10. How­ever, the tur­key hunt­ing sea­son in Rap­pa­han­nock County will re­sume for one day, Nov. 23, and then from Dec. 4 through Dec. 30, and Jan. 13 through 27, 2018. (Madi­son and Page coun­ties have a much shorter firearms tur­key sea­son, Oct. 28 through Nov. 10, and Nov. 23).

Archery tur­key sea­son con­cludes to­mor­row, Nov. 10, in Rap­pa­han­nock.

No more than two tur­keys can be taken in the fall sea­son — only one per day, ei­ther sex. Wild tur­keys killed in the fall also must be checked at a game check sta­tion.

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