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question on Virginia hunting regulations

Howdy folks...I am just getting back into hinting. I have a couple questions about hunting in Virginia. Per Virginia's regulation:

Either-sex deer tags (commonly called "buck" tags) may be used on antlered or antlerless deer.

 Antlerless only deer tags (commonly called "doe" tags) may only be used on antlerless deer.

 

This implies that both bucks and does can be used with "either-sex deer tags" right? I think if you got a doe/anterless deer then you apply the doe tags. If you got a buck...you apply the either-sec deer tag. However one thing to keep in mind with this is if you got a anterless deer and apply the either-sex deer tag then you lose the opportunity to get a buck (or at least one of three bucks is lost). Is this how you interpret this? In VA one must get 3 bucks and 3 does...cannot get more than 3 does unless have EAB (earn a buck). Right?

 

Another part of regulation I am not sure of. I have a friend that has land in southern piedmont Virginia (east of blue ridge) and he will let me hunt it and asks I follow regulations. I checked DGIF and see there are no special regulations for land owners. So for this regulation:

 

Nov 13 - Jan 1: Either-sex hunting days November 20, November 27, and December 4-January 1: In all areas unless otherwise noted below.

 

This portion of the regulation implies that both buck and doe can be hunted on these days only. All the other days must be anterless right? Or is it the other way around and All other days must be bucks? From the regulation above...Either-sex is both buck and anterless and this leaves only the anterless tags so this implies that the other days are anterless.

 

Throw in your comments. I been out of hunting for well over 20 years so thought I'd get some "meat" in the freezer and eat healthy LOL...but I am good for game meats. I am just a bit confused over regulations and know it is easy once some things are cleared up. Also it looks like for "land owners" they still have to follow the regulations of either-sec hunting days and cannot just kill 3 bucks and 3 does on their properties on any day they see these deer?

Thanks for your help guys...hope I get a buck to hand up for you guys!

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I found this on dgif's

I found this on dgif's website hope it helps with your EAB?'s

 

Earn A Buck (EAB) Questions and Answers

 •What is EAB? ◦EAB is designed to increase the antlerless (a doe or button buck) deer kill.

•When and where will EAB be in effect? ◦EAB is mandatory on private lands during all open deer seasons (archery, muzzleloading, and firearms) in Bedford, Clarke, Fairfax, Fauquier, Franklin, Frederick, Loudoun, Patrick, Prince William, Roanoke, Shenandoah, and Warren counties and in the City of Winchester.

•Will deer hunters have to kill an antlerless deer first under EAB? ◦No, the first deer can be an antlered buck or an antlerless deer (a doe or button buck).

 •How will EAB work? ◦Hunters hunting on private lands in EAB counties will be required to shoot at least one antlerless deer (a doe or a button buck) before they can kill their second antlered buck of the deer season. East of the Blue Ridge, they will be required to kill a second antlerless deer on private land in an EAB county before they can kill their third antlered buck of the season.

 •What if I hunt deer in one of the EAB counties and in other counties in Virginia? ◦EAB will still apply. Antlered bucks taken anywhere in the state count against the EAB antlered buck requirement, but only antlerless deer taken on private lands in the 13 designated EAB counties count toward the EAB antlerless deer requirement.

 •Why require EAB? ◦The Department's Deer Management Plan calls for deer populations to be reduced in all these counties, and traditional liberal deer regulations have not effectively achieved that objective. In fact, deer populations in several of these counties have increased. EAB has been demonstrated in several other states to be an effective management tool to control and reduce deer numbers.

 •Can a deer hunter shoot an antlerless deer first and be "pre-qualified" to kill two bucks? ◦Yes.

•Can antlerless deer "carry over" from year to year? ◦No.

•What should I do if I have additional EAB questions? ◦Email Matt Knox at matt.knox@dgif.virginia. gov.

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The thing about  va is

The thing about  va is that just about every county is different and you have to look at the regs for the county you will be hunting in. For example I will be hunting in Faquier (to start with) and the Either sex deer days are Nov. 13-Jan. 1 (full season) and the EAB applies. Then there are exceptions for Nov. 13-27 for  C.F. Phelps WMA and National forest lands in Frederick County. The way I am reading the regs is that as long as the first kill is a doe or button buck than I will be good for a nice buck. But you still can have 3 qualified bucks and 3 qualified antlerless deer. Anlerless is either a button buck or a Doe or a buck that has shed his antlers.  I hope this helps and doesn't tell you anything you already know.

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It's the same in NC. You have

It's the same in NC. You have to pay attention to which county you are hunting. Most of the counties will have different regulations to follow.
As far as their explanation of either sex deer in Va, I don't agree with lumping button bucks in as either sex deer. Button bucks should remain in a seperate category. For example, in the EAB program VA offers, if you harvest an antlerless deer, you a buck tag. Well, the problem is people will kill button bucks and still earn a buck tag. It should be the other way around. If you shoot a button buck, you should loose a buck tag because the button bucks of today are the future "monster" bucks. You need to let them grow.
Either sex days are for antlerless and antlered deer. All other days are bucks only.

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button bucks

ecubackpacker wrote:
It's the same in NC. You have to pay attention to which county you are hunting. Most of the counties will have different regulations to follow. As far as their explanation of either sex deer in Va, I don't agree with lumping button bucks in as either sex deer. Button bucks should remain in a seperate category. For example, in the EAB program VA offers, if you harvest an antlerless deer, you a buck tag. Well, the problem is people will kill button bucks and still earn a buck tag. It should be the other way around. If you shoot a button buck, you should loose a buck tag because the button bucks of today are the future "monster" bucks. You need to let them grow. Either sex days are for antlerless and antlered deer. All other days are bucks only.

I don't disagree with your comment on the button bucks. I have no intentions on shooting one. This state has some weird hunting laws. I grew up hunting in CO and there is no comparison. The only thing I like out here is that there is a longer hunting season and you can put more meat in the freezer on a license, and you can just go buy a license versus having to put in for 1 and hope your name gets called.

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A Hunter wrote: "The only

A Hunter wrote: "The only thing I like out here is that there is a longer hunting season and you can put more meat in the freezer on a license, and you can just go buy a license versus having to put in for 1 and hope your name gets called."

I agree 100%. You can't beat having the longer huntint seasons. You get to spend more time in the field and put more venison in the freezer. Just don't let the state of VA know how much money states like Colorado are making on their license fees or else you will get 1 week to 10 days to kill all your deer.

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