Virginia Hunting News

O’Bannon Woods State Park Hosts Sportsman Challenge
O’Bannon Woods State Park will launch this year’s Sportsman Challenge Series with a session on taxidermy and trophy mount care on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 1-4 p.m. at the park nature center.
CWD not Detected in White-Tail Deer Population
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) has good news concerning the results of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing in a surveillance area that included parts of western and northern Shenandoah, Frederick, Loudoun, and Clark counties. More than 550 samples from white-tailed deer collected this fall were tested and CWD was not detected.
Deer Hunters Need to Help with CWD Surveillance
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is requesting continued assistance from deer hunters with the Department's chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance efforts. The Department is making progress on collecting 550 deer heads for CWD testing from a 1,190 square mile area, but additional samples are needed.
Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is requesting assistance from deer hunters with the Department's chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance efforts. The Department will be collecting about 550 deer heads for CWD testing from a 1,190 square mile area including most of western Shenandoah County, western and northern Frederick County, northern Clarke County, and western Loudoun County.
Undercover Operation Nets More Than 100 State Charges
It is the mission of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) to manage wildlife populations. One component of that is to enforce seasons, bag limits and other wildlife laws. As hunting season approaches, Virginians can enjoy strong populations of bear and deer, largely due to management efforts by wildlife biologists and enforcement by game wardens.
VDGIF Prepared to Respond to West Virginia CWD Case
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) was notified this afternoon by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) that they confirmed the first known case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in West Virginia.
Chronic Wasting Disease Update
After two rather quiet years, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has jumped further east. Last week, the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets reported that captive white-tailed deer from two separate facilities in Oneida County in central New York had tested positive for CWD.
Hunter's Tip Leads to Vandalism Arrests
A call from a concerned raccoon hunter led game wardens to Chickahominy Wildlife Management Area in Charles City County late Friday night in time to catch a group of men destroying state property. The hunter called the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries 24-hour Dispatch to report the situation as it was happening.
New Program Opens Land to Public Hunting
In a first for the Commonwealth, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) has finalized a licensing agreement with The Forestland Group, LLC that will make over 19,000 acres of land in Dickenson County available for public hunting.
Joint Operation Cracks International Poaching Ring
At a joint press conference, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) and the National Park Service (NPS) announced the results of a multi-year, joint undercover investigation that has produced numerous wildlife violation charges and directly linked the communities surrounding Shenandoah National Park with the multi-million dollar international black market trade in American black bears and American ginseng plants.