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Hunting and Trapping Public Input Period

VDGIF is seeking your input on potential changes to hunting and trapping regulations for the 2015-2016 seasons. The period to provide input on potential changes runs through October 1, 2014. We are asking for more than just a simple statement of your proposed change so that we can better understand the issue. We ask the public to inform us of values and concerns regarding hunting or trapping, or what should be accomplished. From this information, VDGIF staff can better determine a course of action, or how we can best address these issues.

“Harvell Dam in Petersburg Removed”

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.

Hunting on Sundays Law Effective July 1, 2014

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 »

Stocked Trout Fishing: Public Input Wanted

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 »

Nuisance & Problem Wildlife

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 »

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“Trout Fishing is Available All Summer!”

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 »