How To Qualify For Managed Deer Hunts


 How To Qualify

1. Managed hunt participants will be selected via hunt lottery. The number of hunters selected is based on the number of tree stand positions determined at each managed hunt location.

2. All Hunters will be required to qualify with the Fairfax County Police Department. Qualifications are valid for three (3) years.

Each hunter will be allowed 3 attempts per weapon.   Only weapons and ammunition qualified with and listed on the certification card may be used or possessed during the hunt.  All participants must qualify.

Again, this year you have the option of qualifying with three types of firearms. Selected participants will be permitted to use shotguns with buckshot; shotgun with slugs; OR muzzleloaders:

New managed hunt qualifications have been developed with the expertise of the FCPD Range personnel.


Qualification Dates/Times:

  • Tuesday October 8, 2013 from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Thursday October 10, 2013 from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday October 29, 2013 from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Thursday October 31, 2013 from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Location: Fairfax County Firearms Training Facility 3721 Stone Croft Blvd. Chantilly, Virginia 20151

*Hunters should follow additional signs once through the gate straight to the Rifle deck building.

*Contact Animal Control Officer Forrest Higginbotham, Assistant of the Fairfax County Wildlife Biologist Office, at 703-246-6868, with the date and time you would like to qualify.

 

Managed Hunt Qualification Criteria

 

Firearm

Managed Hunt Qualifications

     Shotgun with buckshot

1  round: sitting at 50 yards

2 rounds: standing at 25 yards

      Shotgun with slugs

1 round: sitting at 75 yards

1 round: standing at 50 yards

1 round: standing at 25 yards

       Muzzleloaders

1 round: sitting at 100 yards

1 round: standing at 25 yards

 

Nominal changes have been made to the structure and process of qualifying to participate in the public managed hunts:

  • Qualifications for use of shotgun with slugs and muzzleloaders will be conducted at the FCPD Range on dates and times listed above.
  • Last call will be at 1900. Anyone arriving after 1900 will not be allowed to shoot.
  • Ammo and weapons should be stored separately until given directions by the Firearms Instructors.
  • Qualification will be on full size deer targets, and from an elevated deer stand.
  • FCPD Range staff will provide criteria for qualifying when you arrive at the range.
  • FCPD Range has determined that no fee will be charged for weapons qualification.
  • FCPD Range is not a “sight-in” facility and no practice shooting will be permitted at the range prior to a qualification attempt.You must come with your weapon already sighted in and ready to go.  Failure to not have your weapon or ammo ready will eliminate you from qualifications.
  • Hunters must provide their own ammunition and qualify with the firearm to be used during the managed hunt(s).
  • Ladder stand equipment will be provided for elevated position use at the FCPD Range.


Hunters must provide own safety strap and may use brace/support to qualify, if necessary.

NOTE: Bring ear and eye protection – Most ranges require protection to get on the firing line.

All firearms must be unloaded with action open while at a range except when specifically instructed by range instructor to load and fire weapon. Failure to comply with regulations, unsafe activity, or instructions by range instructor will result in immediate removal from the site, not completing requirements for the hunt, and no permit or firearms qualifications.

The range instructor’s decision regarding safety or qualification at the range is final – NO APPEALS


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