Hunting Travel Services Chesapeake VA

Hunting travel services provide travelers with hunting travel packages, hunting tours, hunting vacations, and big game hunts and other travel services and products. See below for local businesses in Chesapeake that give access to hunting travel services as well as advice and content on hunting seasons and hunting gear.

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
(757) 721-2412
4005 Sandpiper Road Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach, VA
Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge
(252) 429-3100
316 Marsh Causeway Knotts Island
Knotts Island, NC
Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge
(703) 490-4979
13950 Dawson Beach Rd Woodbridge
Woodbridge, VA
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
(757) 721-2412
4005 Sandpiper Road Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach, VA
Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuge
C/O Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge 8231 Beach Road Chincoteague
Chincoteague Island, VA
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
(757) 986-3705
3100 Desert Road Suffolk
Suffolk, VA
Currituck National Wildlife Refuge
(252) 429-3100
316 Marsh Causeway Knotts Island 27950-0039
Knotts Island, NC
Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge
(804) 333-1470
336 Wilna Road Warsaw
Warsaw, VA
Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge
(703) 490-4979
7603 High Point Rd Lorton
Lorton, VA
James River National Wildlife Refuge
(804) 829-9020
Flowerdew Hundred Road Prince George
Chester, VA

Go Winter Backpacking in Your Hunting Area


First of all, if you haven't gone winter backpacking, it needs to happen in the near future. It puts a very unique twist on the summer version of the activity. Yes, it's cold but it's nothing that being prepared can't remedy. Beyond it's therapeutic and recreational value, I think it is a very good tool for the big game hunter as well. I don't think that you can spend too much time getting to know the ins and outs of the area that you hunt. And there is no better way to gain experience in your normal haunt than to backpack in it. And in winter, you get a perspective that you don't during the rest of the year.

When the air is cold and the snow is deep, you get a very good idea of what it would be like to try and make a living in the wild year round. Game animals have to do this. By backpacking during the winter you can get a snapshot of what they might have to deal with. This can prove beneficial because it allows you to envision what routes animals might take when the snow really starts to fly. If a drainage is far too nasty to even think about traversing with too much snow, than it might be a safe assumption that game might steer clear of it as well. You might find drainage's away from roads and trails that receive comparatively less weather and are thus easier to travel through. Just as it makes your trek easier, it makes the going a little easier for the critters. This exploration just might lead you into new areas that you haven't ev...

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Hunting Midwest Whitetails - January thru December

Brett Homer

January: Last years Season has ended.
Time to start focusing on next year's season. You will need to find out what bucks might still be alive that made it through the last years hunting season. After the hunting season sometimes bucks and does might leave your area and go to another traditional winter yarding area. But they will return to the area around late February early march to spend the rest of their summer there. At this time of year, the use of scouting cameras will be the tool in maybe finding out what bucks are still alive and still in the area. Now,,,Just because you might not get allot of pics on your camera. DON’T PULL IT OUT!! You gotta give the camera time to do its job. The information that you get off of the camera will teach you about the specific deer activities that take place each month of the year on that property. Even if there are no deer there for one month. It will teach you when deer traditionally return to the area. With using scouting cameras during the winter months, this will allow you to find out when bucks start dropping shed antlers or if you should even waste precious hours walking in search of shed antlers that wont be there. It will also help you to understand when the proper time is to start stomping around the property scouting and looking for shed antlers. Invasion of an area to soon could drive a buck ( that was once comfortable with his surroundings) onto a neighboring property or even out of the area. Thus finding his sheds now have become impossible.

February and March, Shed hunting, preseason scouting.
From the beginning of February through March is the key time to start doing your scouting for next year. The information you get from the trail cams will tell you when it is time to start intruding deeper into your hunting area, other than just to the area where you scouting camera is placed. During these two months the trails really open up for a great view from the deer travel on the constantly freezing and thawing ground. With no vegetation on the trees, bushes or plants. You have a wide open view of what you cannot see while trying to scout during the months of August and September. If you do your scouting in the spring and with the use of trail cams through the summer? You will not need to do allot of scouting (if any) during the late summer months. So this time that you really need to be taking advantage of and getting into the bedding areas, travel corridors and feeding areas. Leave no stone unturned on each visit. and scout all aspects of the property that you are hunting. Do it right and you wont have to spend allot of time educating deer even during the preseason.
1. You can use the information gained on your scouting trips and apply the locations of Bedding areas and the deers point of view and smell from the bedding area..... to figure out best stand placements, entrance and exit routes to your stand. You might find that they have been smel...

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The Traveling Hunter

I remember the first time I watched an airline worker load my bow case on a plane. I stared out the window of the 747 and cringed as my bow was tossed around like an old rag. I was on my way to Idaho to hunt elk and I knew that when I arrived, the chances of my bow being in one piece were going to be slim. Sure enough, when my hunting buddy and I showed up at camp and opened our cases, we discovered the sight on my bow was knocked off and the cable guard on his bow was broken off. Fixing our bows took hours and destroyed our shooting confidence on the week long trip. What was supposed to be a great hunting adventure turned into a fiasco because of the gear mishap.

Since that hunt, I have traveled to dozens of states and Canada. I have learned through the school of hard knocks how to transport weapons, hunting gear and antlers. Below are a few tips and tactics for hunters who plan on traveling on an airline within the United States or Canada.

When you begin planning a trip, realize that you can't take everything except the kitchen sink on an airplane. Airlines have weight restrictions and dimension restrictions on luggage - usually 50 pounds and 60 inches. Every airline has different rules and regulations; make sure you check with the airline you are flying with about restrictions before you travel. Carry-on dimensions vary by airline as well; some allow one carry-on item, others allow one carry-on and a purse or laptop. If your carry-on is too large, most airlines will treat it like extra baggage. If you exceed the airlines limits, you will have to pay extra fees. If you know that you have more gear than the airline allows, ship it to your final destination ahead of time.

If you plan on traveling with a bow or gun, spend as much money as you can afford on a quality bow or gun case. Usually a $50 case won't do a very good job protecting your gear. There are several brands that make good cases - SKB, Plano, and Vanguard to include a few. Many hunters who travel on a regular basis rely on aluminum cases. They are very durable and can take a beating without getting broken.

Gun Case - Aluminum gun cases are popular because they are extremely durable.

When packing my case, I usually pack a lot of hunting clothes around my bow to protect the sight and rest. I pack lots of clothes in the case to eliminate extra room that my bow could wiggle around in if it came loose from the straps. Use a marker to mark where each pin is located is a good idea. If your sight gets bumped and the pins come loose, you can line them up with the marker line and shoot a few times to ensure the pins are positioned correctly before you go hunting. Once my case is closed, I head to the airport. I know that while at the airport, my weapon will be inspected very closely. The case will be opened and everything will be inspected.

Bow Case - a quality bow case is a must when traveling.

If you are traveling with a gun, keep your ammunition in its' original container insid...

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