Virginia Hunter Safety Course


Unlawful Methods

Unlawful Methods (See 2013-14 Virginia Hunting Regulations Digest, page 22, for entire list)

  • To handle a firearm in a reckless manner so as to endanger the life, limb or property of any person.
  • Discharge a firearm or archery tackle in or across or within the right-of-way of any public road.
  • To alter, change, borrow or lend a hunting license or permit.
  • To hunt while under the influence of intoxicants or narcotic drugs.
  • To shooting at wildlife from a vehicle and/or from across a public road.
  • To willfully and intentionally impede the lawful hunting or trapping of wild birds or wild animals.
  • To exceed the bag limit or possess over the daily limit of any wild bird or animal while in the forests, fields or waters of the state.
  • To shoot a rifle or pistol at wild birds or animals on or over the public inland waters of the state.
  • To put out bait or occupy any baited blind or place for the purpose of taking or attempting to take any wild game bird or animal.  

Click here to see the entire list of Unlawful Methods. 

Seasons and Bag Limits

These vary by area, please consult the Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations for all information on seasons and bag limits -

How to Report a Violation

To report a violation, please call 1-800-237-5712 or visit