Virginia Hunting News

Effective Jan 1, You May Need an Access Permit to Visit WMAs and DGIF-owned Public Fishing Lakes in Virginia

Holders of valid Virginia hunting, freshwater fishing, and trapping licenses, and people with Virginia boat registrations will be exempt.

Virginia Hunters Needed for Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance and Management

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) would like to ask for hunters continued support in its surveillance and management of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Chronic wasting disease was detected in Virginia for the first time in a deer killed November 2009 in Frederick County less than one mile from the West Virginia state line. A second CWD-positive deer was also harvested in 2010 approximately 1.5 miles from the first.

Hunters: Check the Regulations Before Taking Your Deer Carcass Out of Virginia

Since Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been detected from two deer harvested in Frederick County, Virginia, deer hunters must follow carcass importation regulations in other states when they transport a deer carcass out of Virginia.

Virginia Hurricane Damage to Waterfowl Hunting Blinds Requires Action by Hunters

Hurricane Damage to Waterfowl Hunting Blinds Requires Action by Hunters to Retain Their Locations

Virginia Extends Deadline for Public Comment

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) and researchers from Virginia Tech's Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation have extended the public comment period on a draft statewide management plan for Virginia's wildlife management areas (WMAs). The policy-level management plan is the culmination of a multi-year process to assess the use of and develop a statewide management plan for Virginia's WMAs.

Virginia DGIF Supports Sunday Hunting

At their June 7, 2011 meeting, the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries passed a resolution supporting Sunday hunting in Virginia. For years the Board has maintained a neutral stance on this issue. The right of Virginian's to hunt and harvest game is protected by Article XI, Section 4 of the Constitution of Virginia subject only to authority and restrictions prescribed by the General Assembly. The ban on Sunday hunting is set in the Code of Virginia by the Virginia General Assembly and repealing it would take legislative action.

Virginia Spring Turkey Results Available

Spring turkey hunters reported harvesting 15,687 birds during the 2011 season. The statewide harvest was 3% higher than last year's total of 15,190 birds. Counties east of the Blue Ridge Mountains increased 3% with a harvest of 10,441 birds compared to 10,130 birds last year. The harvest in counties west of the Blue Ridge (5,265) was 4% higher than last year's take (5,054). Most (85%) of the birds taken were adult gobblers. Forty-six bearded females were harvested. Overall, the spring harvest suggests a stable or slightly increasing turkey population.

Virginia House Committee Members Table Deer, Elk and Bear Damage Bill

Sportsmen should thank Committee members for voting to stop a bill that would have allowed for the unlimited killing of deer, elk and bear.

Senate Bill 868, introduced by Senator Richard Stuart (R- Montross), would have required the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to issue agricultural damage kill permits to any person claiming that deer, elk, or bear were causing agricultural damage without first investigating if any damage actually occurred.

Virginia Finds Another CWD Positive Deer in Frederick County

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) wishes to recognize the excellent cooperation of hunters in sampling for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Frederick and Shenandoah counties this past November. To date, VDGIF has collected samples from more than 500 deer brought to check stations and self-service drop stations or killed on the road.

Virginia DGIF Seeking Hunters Help with CWD Surveillance

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries would like to ask for your support in our surveillance and management of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). CWD was detected in Virginia for the first time in a deer killed November 2009 in Frederick County less than one mile from the state line. In addition, the continued existence of the disease nearby in Hampshire County, West Virginia remains a concern.