Revenue Regulations

Action Taken at May 3, 2011 Board Meeting

The Board of Game and Inland Fisheries enacted a license fee increase at their May 3, 2011 meeting with an effective date of July 1. At that same time they created a facility use permit for Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) wildlife management areas or public fishing lakes that will go into effect January 1, 2012. Anyone over 16 years old who does not have an annual hunting, fishing, or trapping license or a boat registration will need this new use permit. Users will have the choice of paying $4 for a daily pass or $23 for an annual pass to all VDGIF facilities.

Over the course of a 120-day public comment period, the Department and the Board listened to nearly 1,300 comments gathered online, via in-person meetings, and by mail. The Board did not exercise its full statutory authority when raising prices—not all license fees increased and those that did increase did not necessarily increase as much as they could have. The Board did not increase any annual youth fees. In addition, the Board only raised the non-resident licenses by the same proportion as the resident licenses (which was less than their authority).

Background on VDGIF Finances and Funding

The following documents provide background information on the Department's finances and funding. These documents were prepared prior to the May 3, 2011 Board meeting and may contain information that does not fully or accurately reflect the Board's May 3, 2011 action.