The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) aims to provide opportunities for all to enjoy hunting, fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing opportunities. In order to continue our efforts we need your feedback to improve the accessibility at our facilities for all people including those with disabilities. This survey will be available until Sunday, September 21, 2014. Please use this link to take the survey and thank you for your time.
Old dams prevent fish from traveling upstream. The Harvell Dam in Petersburg—the most critical fish passage impediment on the Appomattox River, and one of the highest priority sites for migratory fish restoration in Virginia—has now been removed. The demolition of this 1930s-era concrete dam has opened 127 miles of upstream habitat for migratory fish, such as American and Hickory Shad, and greatly enhanced recreational boating and fishing opportunities. Learn more in this video.
On March 5, 2014, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed into law Hunting on Sundays. The new law allows hunting on Sundays under certain circumstances. Learn more »
VDGIF and Virginia Tech's Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation have initiated a process to develop a statewide Stocked Trout Management Plan. This plan, which will attempt to incorporate all stocked trout stakeholders' values, will be similar in scope and purpose to the Virginia Black Bear and White-tailed Deer Management Plans. The Virginia Stocked Trout Management Plan will be designed to provide broad guidance on policies for addressing the complex management challenges and issues related to producing desirable fishing experiences for stocked trout. Learn more »
As human populations continue to rise and move into traditional wildlife habitat, human/wildlife contact is becoming more prevalent. Here is some general information and techniques for Virginia property owners when wildlife becomes a problem. Read more »
The Department's Special Fee Fishing Program for Trout at Big Tumbling Creek, Crooked Creek and Douthat State Park will be ongoing until the end of September. All you need to fish these special areas is a freshwater fishing license and a daily permit which costs $8.00. (A trout license is not required to fish at the fee areas.) Going to a fee area is a great way to "try out" trout fishing! More info »