Virginia Hunting News

Ticks Spreading Meat Allergies Across the Southeastern United States

According to a recent study, tick bites are spreading meat allergies across the southeastern United States. The National Institutes of Health published a report by researchers who believe that the bite of lone star ticks, named for the white spot on its back, is spreading meat allergies.

What is the Real Killer of Deer in Virginia’s Forests?

As the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) struggles to manage a deer hunting season amid a declining population, biologists are trying to determine the leading causes for the drop in deer numbers. Scientists have employed radio-collared tracking devices that are greatly helping scientists determine a fawn’s fate.

Restored Kentucky Elk Populations Being Shared with Other States

Now that Kentucky’s elk population has been successfully restored, the state is unafraid to share its “natural” wealth. While Wisconsin is still rewriting its elk management plan and hoping to receive elk from Kentucky soon, elk restoration is already underway in southwestern Virginia with support from Kentucky.

Virginia Black Bear Tests Positive for Rabies

On April 17th, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) was contacted by two men who encountered a bear that appeared to be acting very erratically in Afton, Virginia, Albemarle County. The men were driving a small 4-wheel off-road utility vehicle on a large, secluded parcel of land, when a bear approached and began biting the vehicle's tire, and then attempted to enter the occupied vehicle. The men were able to exit the vehicle without injury and ultimately shot and killed the bear.

In Ten Years, NSSF® Has Awarded $4.7 Million to State Agencies to Promote Hunting

$392,185 in Hunting Heritage Partnership® Grants Go to 12 Projects

Virginia DGIF Recognizes Assistance of Hunters, Reports Two New CWD Positives in Western Frederick County

Not unexpectedly, two new cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) have been detected very close to where CWD-infected deer were found in 2009 and 2010. Both deer - a 4.5 year old buck and 1.5 year old doe - were killed by a hunter in November 2011 in western Frederick County, Virginia, very close to the West Virginia border. Given the proximity of these new positives to the previous cases, changes to the current management actions or restrictions are not anticipated, although CWD surveillance in that particular area may be heightened.

Virginia's Bear, Deer, Turkey Harvest Data Announced

Wildlife biologists with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) have compiled preliminary figures for deer, turkey, and bear harvests for the 2011-2012 fall/winter hunting seasons. The white-tailed deer harvest was slightly up from last year while the turkey harvest increased significantly. The bear harvest was down from the previous year. Poor and spotty mast crops across the state this past fall coupled with management actions to meet population objectives all factored into fluctuations in populations and harvest trends.

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Seeks Public Input for Virginia Wild Turkey Management Plan

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), in cooperation with Virginia Tech's Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, recently initiated an effort to develop a Virginia Wild Turkey Management Plan, similar in scope and intent to the existing statewide management plans for black bear and white-tailed deer. Virginia Tech personnel will be hosting a series of focus group meetings in March and April to discuss various aspects of wild turkey management with Virginians who have a strong interest in management of wild turkeys.

Virginia Officials Confirm Elk Restoration to Begin Soon

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has been officially notified that elk restoration efforts in Virginia will begin this spring.
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries officials confirmed the news to RMEF, the project’s leading financial contributor with a pledge of $300,000. RMEF leaders say they will now step up local fundraising efforts to ensure the project, once started, continues to move forward and remains on schedule.

Virginia Offers Increased Options, Decreased Costs: Multi-year License Discount Goes into Effect January 1, 2012

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) will introduce reduced pricing for resident annual hunting, trapping and freshwater fishing licenses for two-, three- and four-year periods beginning January 1, 2012. Purchasers will save $2 for each additional year over the first since the license price is reduced $1 and the associated $1 license agent fee will be saved.