Ryan Hunt sent in this shot, which he reported was taken at the family home in Roanoke. (Not sure if it’s city or county.)
If you want to see deer afoot, just drive around in the evening in suburban parts of Roanoke County or the woodier sections of Roanoke (or, really, anywhere where there are open fields). The whitetails will be visible, possibly even more visible than during the late summer when they flood fields.
So, on to suburban deer hunting, the idea of which has piqued the interest of Stu, as he mentioned in a previous comment.
First, if you missed my most recent column on urban/suburban deer hunting, you can still find it online.
Stu had some questions about urban hunting.
I’ll start by saying that the regulations vary by county and locality. You can find everything you need in the DGIF hunting regulations digest, which is also online.
More than 30 localities offer special urban archery seasons. Those are antlerless only seasons before the regular archery seasons open, and after other deer seasons close in January.
In some cases, archery tackle is the only hunting gear that can be used at any time due to firearms discharge restrictions. But if the localities have urban archery seasons, they also allow hunting (with bows or sometimes guns) during the regular deer seasons. I’m not going to get into specific regulations for the counties and localities, which you can find online. But I’ll refer to a couple of examples.
Take Roanoke County. It has urban archery seasons because it meets population density requirements that make it “urban.” (These seasons really are more like “suburban” archery seasons because it’s not like these hunts are taking place in population-dense areas. The best hunting (and, sometimes only legal, due to property size restrictions) is in areas where there is a mix of woods and open areas. Anyway, when regular seasons open, hunters can opt to use muzzleloaders, rifles, etc., in Roanoke County.
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