Virginia Hunting News

Virginia DGIF Acquires Short Hills Management Area

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) announced that it has acquired Short Hills Wildlife Management Area, a 4,232-acre tract in Rockbridge and Botetourt counties. The acquisition involved The Wildlife Foundation of Virginia and the Virginia Outdoors Foundation who combined resources to provide interim funding to assist the VDGIF with the acquisition.

VDGIF Executive Director Bob Duncan noted, "Without the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and The Wildlife Foundation of Virginia this acquisition could not have been possible."

Starting Sept. 1st - Virginia Law Prohibits Deer Feeding

Effective September 1, it will be illegal to feed deer statewide in Virginia. The annual prohibition runs through the first Saturday in January. In addition, it is now illegal to feed deer year-round in Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, and Warren counties as part of the Department's chronic wasting disease (CWD) management actions established in April.

Virginia Deer, Turkey and Bear Harvest Data Available
Wildlife biologists with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) have compiled preliminary figures for deer, turkey, and bear harvests for the 2009-10 fall/winter hunting seasons.
Virginia Has First Confirmed Case of CWD
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) received laboratory confirmation on January 19, 2010, that a white-tailed deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).
Legislation in Virginia Benefits Youth
Thanks to groundbreaking legislation, Virginia youth who attend events educating them about Virginia's fish and wildlife resources will now have an easier time participating in hunting and fishing during the events.
Virginia Working Toward Sustainable Elk Herd
Kentucky's elk herd runneth over, and Virginia has decided to welcome the overflow and build a sustainable, huntable population of its own.
Virginia DGIF Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Amendments
After much discussion at the February 27th meeting, the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries approved proposed hunting and trapping regulation amendments for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons.
Virginia Harvest Figures Released for Bear, Deer and Turkey
Wildlife biologists with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) have compiled preliminary figures for bear, deer, and turkey harvests for the 2008-09 fall seasons.
Virginia DGIF Hosts First Annual Archery in Schools Tournament
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) is conducting the First Annual National Archery in the Schools Program Tournament on February 28, 2009, at the Augusta Expoland in Fishersville, Virginia.
Virginia's Floyd County Deer Need Focus of Hunters
Deer seasons and bag limits in Floyd County are the most liberal offered in western Virginia. Yet over the past decade Floyd County has averaged more out-of-season deer kill permits than any county in the state except Albemarle (Charlottesville) and Fairfax, both of which have significant urban deer management issues. These permits are issued to farmers and landowners who demonstrate damage due to deer.