As used in this digest, archery tackle includes longbow, recurve bow, compound bow, and crossbow.
Bait shall mean any food, grain, or other consumable substance that could serve as a lure or attractant; however, crops grown for normal or accepted agriculture or wildlife management purposes, including food plots, shall not be considered as bait.
Dismal Swamp Line
Beginning at a point on Rt. 10 where it intersects the Isle of Wight County line, then along this highway to its intersection with the corporate limits of Suffolk, then through Suffolk to its intersection with Rt. 642 (White Marsh Road) and then along this highway in a southwest direction to Rt. 604 (Desert Road), and then southerly along this highway to the North Carolina state line.
East & West of the Blue Ridge
The map here shows the counties that are east or west of the Blue Ridge. Counties colored blue are west of the Blue Ridge and those counties in white are east of the Blue Ridge.
West of the Blue Ridge:
Furbearer means beaver, bobcat, fox, mink, muskrat, opossum, otter, raccoon, skunk, and weasel.
Game animal means bear, bobcat, deer, fox, rabbit, raccoon, and squirrel.
Hunting and Trapping
The act of or the attempted act of taking, hunting, trapping, pursuing, chasing, shooting, snaring, or netting birds or animals, and assisting any person who is doing the same, regardless of whether birds or animals are actually taken.
Loaded Crossbow or Muzzleloader
A muzzleloading firearm is considered "loaded" when the muzzleloader is capped, or has a charged pan, or has a primer or battery installed in the firearm. The definition of a "loaded crossbow" is a crossbow that is cocked and has either a bolt or arrow engaged or partially engaged on the shooting rail or track of the crossbow, or with a "trackless crossbow" when the crossbow is cocked and a bolt or arrow is nocked.
Nonmigratory Game Birds
Nonmigratory game bird means grouse, pheasant, bobwhite quail, and turkey.
The following animals: house mouse, Norway rat, black rat, coyote, groundhog, nutria, feral hog (see below), European starling, English sparrow, mute swan, and pigeon (rock dove) are designated as nuisance species and may be taken at any time (except on Sunday) by use of a firearm or other weapon (unless prohibited by local ordinances, see page 21) and on some public lands during certain time periods (see National Forest-Game Department Regulations).
It is unlawful to take, possess, transport, or sell all other wildlife species not classified as game, furbearer, or nuisance, unless otherwise specifically permitted by law or regulation.
Feral hogs (also called wild hogs) are classified as a nuisance species in Virginia. Any pig that is outside of the property of its owner and cannot be claimed by its owner will be classified as a feral hog. They are an extremely invasive animal and cause damage to habitat wherever they exist. Feral hogs have been found to destroy turkey, grouse, and quail nests. They can also prey on deer fawns, destroy sensitive wetland habitat, and compete with our native wildlife for food resources. Feral hogs carry numerous diseases that can affect wildlife, domestic animals, and humans. The transmission of swine brucellosis and pseudorabies is a major concern to the commercial swine industry.
The DGIF is taking every measure possible to ensure that feral hogs do not become established in Virginia, and encourages the harvest of as many of these animals as possible. If feral hogs are suspected or seen on private or public property, the DGIF asks that reports be made to your nearest Department office. Once present and reproducing, feral hogs are nearly impossible to eradicate. It is illegal to release hogs to the wild in Virginia.
To kill feral hogs, a person must have a hunting license and landowner permission. Like coyote hunting, any feral hog taking activity on Department- owned lands is legal September 1–March 9. The DGIF does not currently have feral hogs established on any of its lands. There is no closed season on private property, although hunting on Sunday is not lawful. There is no daily bag limit for feral hogs.