Virginia Hunting News

Indictments in Bear Incident
Since November 2001, an intensive investigation has been conducted by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries concerning the killing of a black bear by Mr. Shannon Simmons of Bedford County. The investigation included numerous witness interviews, along with forensic testing and evaluation of evidence. The results of this investigation were then turned over to the Bedford County Commonwealth Attorney's Office. Upon review of the evidence by that office, three indictments were presented to the March 2002 Bedford County Grand Jury. The Grand Jury returned three true bills against Shannon Simmons.
Muzzloader Hunters Be Careful
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) and Department of Forestry (DOF) are urging hunters to use extra caution while in the woods. Muzzleloading Deer Season started on Monday, November 5 east of the Blue Ridge (except on National Forest lands in Amherst, Bedford and Nelson counties) and will start west of the Blue Ridge (and on National Forest lands in Amherst, Bedford and Nelson counties) on November 12. General Firearms Deer Season is scheduled to start on Monday, November 19. Extremely dry weather conditions led Governor James S. Gilmore, III to issue an open air burning ban on October 26, which will remain in effect until existing weather conditions improve with significant rain or snow.