More Big Game Hunts On U.S. Military Bases


Published: September - 1998

Quantico Marine Corps Combat Development Command: This 60,000-acre Marine Corps base is located near Dumfries, Virginia, which is about 30 miles southwest of Washington, DC. The hunting here is for whitetail deer and turkeys. This is rolling woodlands, forested with pines, oak and hickory. About 47,000 acres are used for hunting. Approximately 700 to 1,000 deer are taken on the base every year, including anywhere from 40 to 80 bucks with eight-point-or-better racks. The bag limit is one deer per day and three per hunting season. No guide service is available.

Hunters must carry a $10 base hunting permit, which is good for the entire season. To obtain this permit, hunters must hold a Virginia hunting license (non-resident cost is $30 for three consecutive days or $60 for one year), plus a non-resident bear/deer/turkey license, which costs $60. Archery and muzzleloader hunters must also purchase $25 weapons permits. The other requirement to obtain a base hunting permit is to attend an orientation class, held each morning on Monday through Saturday throughout hunting season.

Once these requirements are met and a permit is held, hunters must then obtain free passes to hunt areas that are not being used for training exercises. These passes are issued every morning at the Game Check-In Station on a first-come, first-served basis, and only on mornings when trainings are not being held. According to Natural Resources officer, Tim Stamps, these daily passes are sometimes sold out or not available at all for a given day, so hunters need to be flexible in making arrangements for a potential hunt. In general, the base issues one daily pass for every 75 acres of open hunting area. As regards accommodations, civilians must stay off-base. There is camping in nearby Prince Williams Forest Park and motels in the town of Fredericksburg.

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