Virginia Hunting News

New Sighting-In Range For Hunters
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) opened its new sighting-in range at the C.F. Phelps Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Fauquier County this week. The facility, located off Rogers Ford Road, offers hunters a safe place to become more proficient with their firearms. Unlike shooting ranges, the sighting-in range will not be available for organized competitive shooting.
Hunters Fill Their Freezers and Others As Well
Attention hunters: if you’ve sat out for a few years, this is the year to get back in the field. The Commonwealth of Virginia is experiencing a great start to the general firearms deer season. Game check stations, meat processors, and taxidermists report they are swamped with customers.
Man Charged with 55 Wildlife Violations
Game wardens with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) have charged Daniel Edsel Edwards of Sandy Level in Pittsylvania County with 55 counts of wildlife violations in connection with an illegal bear trap and bait operation. Officers with VDGIF’s Special Law Enforcement Assistance Patrol (SLAP) team conducted the 47-day surveillance that led to the charges.
Managed Deer Hunts Available to Youth and Women
This is an opportunity for youth and women to hunt whitetailed deer on the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Prince William County.
Feeding Black Bears Banned
The Board of Game and Inland Fisheries recently adopted a regulation making it unlawful to place or to distribute food, minerals, carrion, or similar substances to feed or to attract bears. That regulation became effective on July 1, 2003. Of the 27 states that have bears and allow bear hunting, 16 of them restrict bear feeding in some way.
CWD Not Found in Deer Samples
Samples collected from 1,114 Virginia deer during 2002 have all tested negative for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) according to representatives of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF). The Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study in cooperation with the school of veterinary medicine at the University of Georgia ran the tests.
David Stack Reward Continues to Grow
More anonymous donations of reward money have been pledged to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) for the arrest of the individual or individuals responsible for the death of David B. Stack. Game Wardens continue to investigate the incident in which Stack was killed while turkey hunting in Rockbridge County on Saturday, April 12.
Deer, Bear, and Turkey Harvest Figures Available
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) announced preliminary figures for bear, deer, and turkey harvests for the 2002-2003 Fall Seasons. Overall, there were no surprises. Bear and deer preliminary harvest figures are consistent with recent years. Preliminary fall harvest figures for wild turkey declined significantly from last year, however they remain only slightly below the average for the last five years.
Hunting Seasons Not Closed
Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources and Drought Coordinator David K. Paylor made it clear today that hunting season is not closed, and currently no plans are underway for a forest closure. Rumors have been circulating about a closure due to the drought.
September 28th Proclaimed Hunting and Fishing Day
Governor Mark R. Warner has officially declared Saturday, September 28, 2002, as Hunting & Fishing Day throughout the Commonwealth. In the Certificate of Recognition Governor Warner acknowledges that hunting and fishing foster a deep and abiding respect for our natural resources and build awareness of our role as stewards of our precious land and water. The designation further recognizes the significant contributions that hunters and anglers make to Virginia's economy and that hunting and fishing are long-standing traditions that connect generations of Virginians as well as communities and friends together.