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Loudoun County deer hunting: What's legal?

PostPosted: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:47:54
by Mindflayer
The Loudoun County web site has regulations from all years, and they aren't linked well. These two below confuse me. It looks like one thing says shotguns with slugs is legal; the other seems to indicate it's not legal. Does anyone know what the law is?

684.03 (a) (1)

The Board of Supervisors prohibits the discharge of firearms, except for certain hunting activities provided herein, in the following area of the County:

The area within a line following State Route 620 (Braddock Road) from the boundary with Fairfax County west to its intersection with State Route 659, then along State Route 659 north to its terminus at State Route 7, then following State Route 7 west to the corporate limits of the Town of Leesburg, then following the corporate limit line of the Town of Leesburg north and west to the Potomac River, then east along the Potomac River boundary with Maryland to the Fairfax County line, then southwest along the Fairfax County line to its intersection with State Route 620.

Nothing herein shall prohibit the following hunting activities with firearms, subject to other applicable laws and regulations:
A. Deer hunting with handguns, shotguns or muzzle-loading rifles using a single

projectile; or

2012 Replacement



Weapons and Explosives 684.99

B. All other hunting with rifles of .22 caliber rimfire or less, handguns, shotguns and muzzle-loading rifles using single or multiple projectiles.

(3) Nothing herein shall prohibit the outdoor shooting of sporting clays, subject to other applicable laws and regulations.


It shall be unlawful for any person to hunt any game or fowl within the county using a rifle of a caliber larger than .22 rimfire or a shotgun loaded with slugs, except on tracts or parcels of fifty (50) acres or larger. Notwithstanding the foregoing restriction, the use of muzzle-loading rifles for the hunting of game species is permissible during the prescribed open seasons. Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor.

Re: Loudoun County deer hunting: What's legal?

PostPosted: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:05:12
by Nevermore1
The second is saying it is not legal unless you are hunting in an area that is 50 acres or larger. The way I read it is they are legal but you must be on a parcel of 50 acres or more, if it is less then it is illegal. Of course I'm not a lawyer and they may interpret it differently.

Re: Loudoun County deer hunting: What's legal?

PostPosted: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 20:02:15
by Vince
Where exactly in Loudoun do you plan on hunting? I used to hunt in Waterford and could shoot any caliber (above .22 for deer) but mainly just used bow or black powder. I have never heard of the 50 acres or more, reading laws requires a degree in rocket science now...