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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-14-2018, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Question Hunting Near Newport News?

I'm moving there this summer and will be interested to find nearby hunting grounds. I hear things are little different in the east, but I'm hoping to avoid some of the challenges and hunt on private property. Anyone know someone willing to hook a brother up with somewhere to hunt or land trap?

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I lived there before & found several options. One is buy a (cheap) permit from the timber companies. Another is get a map of the state game lands - there is a large plot in Chickahominy, which isn't an unreasonable distance . Lastly, join a hunt club.

Note: rifles are severely restricted for deer, at least on the Peninsula - and seasons vary from county to county, so you need to be sure which side of the line you are on.
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The hunt clubs worry me. I really don't like the fact that dogs are used to chase deer. I prefer my deer to me lean on adrenaline and I like to pattern deer and hunt them one on one in their environment.

I'll look into the other options you mentioned.

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Yeah, chickahominy isn't too far from nn. You might get access to timber land. A lot of that and most private land is leased by hunt clubs.
I believe there's some rifle area in Suffolk, not far away, but other than that, the only rifle use is muzzleloaders. You'd have to go pretty far West to get rifles back. You can use rifled shotguns with sabot slugs.

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I hunt all seasons. I just want to avoid the deer drive hunts with dogs and hunt in peace and quiet.

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Reason I asked was I got a piece of land, and it's backed up to a wildlife management area. It's 35 acres, not overly large. I've got several people now hunting it during gun season, not counting me.
I don't think any of them are hunting it archery or muzzleloader season.
Dogs don't come out until gun season.

I'm trying finish a pretty much whole house renovation, and I'll move there. Had the place 2yrs now, haven't even hunted it yet.

There are hunt clubs all around, so dogs will cross the property, nothing I can do about it. But I'm pretty selective about permission to hunt there. Guy next door on one side doesn't let much on his 70acres either. Idk if the wma behind me allows dog hunting by clubs, wouldn't be hard to find out. Not a lot of people outside local know about this wma, and it has several quite large tracts.

It's a little over an hour from nn. I currently live in hampton.

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Gunfixr,
Let's meet sometime after I get settled. Hampton is on our list of places to explore for housing.

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Yeah, chickahominy isn't too far from nn. You might get access to timber land. A lot of that and most private land is leased by hunt clubs.
I believe there's some rifle area in Suffolk, not far away, but other than that, the only rifle use is muzzleloaders. You'd have to go pretty far West to get rifles back. You can use rifled shotguns with sabot slugs.

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forgot to mention - in some areas you must be in a tree stand before you can use a rifle. it's (or at least was) a confusing mess, so be careful !
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Oh, I get a reg book every year.
Yes, some places require tree stand, and I think Suffolk is one, but I'd have to check.
It's been many years since I've been, not a big fan of dog hunting, so not a member of any clubs. Also, until I got this property, the only state spots I knew of, you needed body armor to hunt.
At my spot, there's archery, muzzleloader, and gun season. For large game, gun season is shotguns, or slug guns.

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Gunfixr,
Let's meet sometime after I get settled. Hampton is on our list of places to explore for housing.

Thanks, Dinny
Roger that.
Hopefully in a yr or two, I'll get my range set up.
The plan is two berms, 100-150yds, and 500yds.

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