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Virginia Muzzleloader Hunting Season

Virginia Muzzleloader Hunting Season

Updated as of 4/7/2020 - “Only muzzleloading firearms .45 caliber or larger loaded (propellant and projectile) from the muzzle of the gun. Muzzleloading firearms must be single shot, capable of firing only a single bullet or saboted bullet (.35 caliber or larger). Flintlock, percussion, or electronic ignitions are permitted. It is unlawful to have in immediate possession any firearm other than a muzzleloading firearm while hunting with a muzzleloader. (See exception for valid concealed handgun permit holders on page 20.) Smokeless powder is allowed in muzzleloading firearms designed for it. Never use smokeless powder of any type in any quantity in a muzzleloading firearm that is not specifically designed for it. Scopes are permitted."




Muzzleloader Deer Hunts 

Season Bag Limit Season Dates Notes
Muzzleloader See Regs Nov 2nd - Nov 15th  Early
Muzzleloader See Regs Dec 14th - Jan 4th  Late

Muzzleloader Bear Hunts 

Season Bag Limit Season Dates Notes
Muzzleloader See Regs Nov 9th - Nov 15th  



  • Muzzleloaders must be .45 caliber or larger
  • Muzzleloaders must fire a single shot and a single projectile
  • Smokeless powder is permitted in muzzleloaders that are specifically designed for smokeless powder only
  • Scopes are permitted


This information is subject to change, for more information visit: Virginia Hunting Regulations


Muzzleloader Hunting season is the best for low-pressure hunting and plentiful wildlife. If you are new to muzzleloaders or would like more information on your state's muzzleloader hunting regulations, make sure to give us a call. is focused on promoting black powder hunting in all 50 states and can help you determine when your particular state's hunting season starts. If you have questions about Virginia Muzzleloader Hunting Season, please call us at 1-855-236-5000 or email us at

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