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September 5, 2003
Contact: Nelson LaFon
Telephone: (804) 598-3706


Richmond, VA -- Following a successful first season in 2002, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) once again made the special urban archery season available to all cities and towns across the Commonwealth during 2003.  Localities that have chosen to participate during the 2003-04 season are the cities of Colonial Heights, Franklin, Lynchburg, and Martinsville; the towns of Altavista, Amherst, Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Farmville, Independence, Tazewell, and West Point; and Fairfax County. 

The special urban archery season is open September 20–October 3, 2003 and January 5–March 27, 2004 (excluding Sundays) in the 13 localities named above. During this season, only antlerless deer (does and button bucks) may be taken.  All participating localities, except Tazewell, also allow archery hunting during the regular archery and firearms seasons (October 4, 2003 – January 3, 2004), during which time hunters may take both antlered bucks, button bucks and does.  All normal daily and season bag limits, tagging requirements, and checking regulations apply to the urban archery season and the regular seasons.  Hunting regulations and restrictions applicable to specific localities can be found on the VDGIF Web site (

Numerous cities and towns across the Commonwealth have requested assistance regarding damage caused by deer to vehicles and personal property.  The objective of the special urban archery season is to reduce human-deer conflicts in urban areas by concentrating hunting pressure in or near developed areas.  Archery deer hunting is an effective, quiet, and safe method of harvesting deer in urban settings.  The concept is modeled after a successful special urban archery season initiated several years ago in West Virginia.  

The special urban archery season gives localities a means to reduce deer populations within their jurisdictions while providing hunting recreation.  Last year, 102 antlerless deer were harvested in nine localities during the new 2-week special urban archery season.  Archery hunters will be able to provide even more relief this year to participating localities because of the three additional months in the late season (January 5 – March 27, 2004).  

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