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FINAL MINUTES  
(APPROVED AT THE JUNE 27, 2003, MEETING OF THE BOARD OF GAME & INLAND FISHERIES)

BOARD OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES MEETING
4000 WEST BROAD STREET
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 

MAY 1, 2003, 9:00 A.M.

PRESENT:  Charles G. McDaniel, Chairman, Richard L. Corrigan, Vice Chairman, Dan Hoffler, Richard E. Railey, Jr., Will McNeely, Sherry S. Crumley, Dan R. McCoy (left at noon), Cecil Campbell, Chuck Cunningham, ABSENT:  Jimmy Dean, Jack T. Shoosmith, personal illness.  LEGAL COUNSEL:  Roger Chaffe, DIRECTOR:  William L. Woodfin, Jr.; SENIOR STAFF:  Ray Davis, Bob Duncan, Herb Foster, Gary Martel, Charlie Sledd, Jeff Uerz 

Chairman McDaniel called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m., welcomed the public, and Jeff Uerz was requested to lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. 

To accommodate the public in attendance, a video feed was installed for the conference room in the 4010 West Broad Street building, and an audio feed was placed in the parking lot to allow individuals unable to get into the buildings to listen to the proceedings.  

Recognition of Special Guests and Others:  Bob Duncan was recognized.  The Virginia State Chapter of the Wildlife Society, at its recent meeting, recognized The Honorable Charles R. Hawkins, Senator of Virginia, Chairman of the Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, by awarding him the A. Willis Robertson Citizen Conservation Award for his outstanding work on natural resources and wildlife issues, and for championing legislation on high fence deer enclosures.  At the request of the Virginia State Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Senator Hawkins attended this Board meeting to accept the A. Willis Robertson Citizen Conservation Award from the Society’s President, Marc Puckett.  Senator Hawkins thanked the Society for the honor, and urged everyone to practice ethics while hunting.  

Jeffrey C. Southard, Chief, Planning and Environmental Affairs for the Virginia Department of Transportation was introduced.  Upon joining the Virginia Department of Transportation, Mr. Southard contacted Director Woodfin to discuss opportunities for partnering with the agency to enhance the environment and meet some identified mitigation needs.  As a result of that effort, several projects have resulted, i.e., a peregrine falcon program, a $1 million contribution to the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail, and funding for research on wildlife movement to assist in the placement of animal crossings on roadways.   At this meeting, Mr. Southard presented a deed to the Board and the Department for 750 plus acres adjacent to the Great Dismal Swamp, along Route 17.  This property was donated to the Department as part of the Route 17 mitigation package for the relocation and widening of Route 17.  The property will be managed by the Department as a wildlife management area and known as the Great Dismal Swamp Wildlife Management Area.  The old Route 17 will be converted to a hiking and biking trail and will provide citizen access to this new wildlife management area.  

Mr. Woodfin presented a plaque to Mr. Southern expressing the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ appreciation for the Virginia Department of Transportations’ outstanding work and partnership efforts with this agency.  

Charlie Sledd was recognized.  Mr. Sledd recognized Mr. Ron Louque and his wife Ann, from Charlottesville, and announced that Mr. Louque, has won the competition for the new federal duck stamp.  Mr. Louque has offered to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this stamp to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  He has requested individuals purchasing the stamp to notify him that they had read the information in the Virginia Wildlife magazine so that the donation can be made to the Department.  Mr. Louque was the artist that painted Virginia’s first voluntary waterfowl stamp in 1988. 

Mr. Louque was introduced.  He indicated that he was honored to have his artwork selected and he thanked the Fish and Wildlife Service for its work to preserve waterfowl and its habitat.  The print was on display. 

Denise Doetzer, State Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) was introduced.  She indicated that at the National Biologists’ recent meeting, Marc Puckett received the NRCS Partnering Award for work in the community and with NRCS’ Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program.  

Director Woodfin, at the request of the American Fisheries Society (AFS), asked Gary Martel, Director of the Fisheries Division, to come forward to receive an award from AFS in appreciation of his outstanding work as President of the Fisheries Administrators Section of the American Fisheries Society. 

Closed Session:  In open session at 9:25 a.m., Ms. Crumley moved, seconded by Mr.  Cunningham, passed unanimously, that the Board go into a closed session pursuant to § 2.2-3711.A.1 of the Code of Virginia for discussion or consideration of employment, assignment, appointment, promotion, performance, demotion, salaries, disciplining, or resignation of specific public officers, appointees or employees of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, specifically regarding the Board’s annual evaluation of the performance of the Director. 

At 9:55 a.m., Ms. Crumley certified, seconded by Mr. Railey, passed unanimously that whereas the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries had convened a closed meeting on this date pursuant to an affirmative recorded vote and in accordance with the provisions of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, and whereas § 2.2-3712.D of the Code requires a certification by this Board that such closed meeting was conducted in conformity with Virginia law, now, therefore, be it resolved that the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries hereby certifies that (i) to the best of each member’s knowledge, only public business matters lawfully exempted from open meeting requirements by Virginia law were discussed in the closed meeting to which this certification resolution applies, and (ii) only such public business matters as were identified in the motion convening the closed meeting were heard, discussed or considered by the Board. 

PUBLIC COMMENTS:  NON-AGENDA ITEMS:  Chairman McDaniel, to accommodate all individuals desiring to comment to the Board, requested individuals to limit their comments to three minutes.  Individuals representing groups were requested to limit comments to five minutes. 

Betty Ostergren, Hanover, VA representing the Virginia Watchdog, requested the Board to exercise the authority granted it by State Code to take action to disallow VIPNet to sell personal information pertaining to those individuals purchasing hunting and fishing licenses or registering boats. 

Dale Taylor, Beaverdam, VA asked the Board to exercise the authority granted it by State Code, not to release personal information being collected without the personal consent of the affected individual. She also requested the Board to assist her in finding out what is going on with personal information being collected and requested that the release of personal information be discontinued.  She also presented concerns pertaining to the legality of Virginia Interactive, the parent organization for VIPNet. 

MINUTES OF MEETING:  The minutes of the March 6, 2003 Board meeting were distributed to members with the briefing materials.  The Chairman called for additions or corrections to the minutes.  Mr. Cunningham requested that the minutes be amended on page 19 to provide more detail.  He requested the addition of the phrase, “ and he pointed out that appointment of a nominations committee, not the election of a Chairman, was on the meeting agenda.”  There were no objections to this request.  Mr. Cunningham moved approval of the amended minutes, seconded by Mr. Corrigan, passed unanimously. 

Mr. Cunningham moved, seconded by Mr. McCoy, failed 6:3, that Richard Corrigan be re-elected to serve as Vice Chairman of the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries.  Ayes:  Cunningham, McCoy and Corrigan.  Nays:  Crumley, McNeely, Hoffler, Campbell, McDaniel and Railey. 

WILDLIFE REGULATION PROPOSALS:  Using Power Point, Bob Duncan presented the following staff recommendations for wildlife regulation proposals . Since March 6, 2003, these proposals have been advertised for public comment.  In addition, public comments have been heard at 11 public input meetings that were held around the state, in writing, and via email.  Director Woodfin reviewed the Board’s regulatory review process and indicated that public comments are reviewed by Department staff to see where, with amendment, regulation proposals may be improved.  Members of the Board were also requested, prior to the Board’s vote, to declare any private comments they may have received on the advertised regulation proposals.  The Board confirmed that written comments received from interested individuals had been shared with each Board member. 

TURKEY:  Amend 4 VAC 15-240-31 to increase the fall turkey hunting season by six hunting days in the counties of Charles City, Gloucester, James City, King George, Lancaster, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland, and York (except on Camp Peary) and include Mathews County which was previously closed. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-240-50 to remove Mathews County from the counties that are closed to fall turkey hunting. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-240-40 to add youth hunting opportunities with a special youth spring gobbler season day on the first Saturday in April and to allow the hunting of turkeys from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset during the last 12 days of the spring season.  In its final action, the Board amended this advertised proposed to allow hunting from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. 

DEER:  Amend 4 VAC 15-90-10 to change the opening day of the general firearms deer season from the third Monday in November to the Saturday prior to the third Monday in November. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-90-20 to (i) establish the opening date for general firearms deer season as the Saturday prior to the third Monday in November and add one more hunting day at the end of the season, (ii) add towns as localities that will have the firearms deer season and, (iii) remove the counties of Franklin, Henry, Pittsylvania (west of Norfolk Southern Railroad) and the Fairystone Farms Wildlife Management Area, Fairystone State Park and Philpott Reservoir from the two-week general firearms deer season.  This proposal was amended from the advertised proposal resulting in no change in the deer season for the counties of Amherst, Campbell and Nelson. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-90-21 to (i) establish the opening date of the general firearms deer season as the Saturday prior to the third Monday in November and add one more hunting day at the end of the season, (ii) add towns as localities that will have the firearms deer season, and (iii) add the counties of Floyd, Franklin, Henry and Pittsylvania (west of the Norfolk Southern Railroad) to the four-week general firearms deer season.  This regulation proposal was amended, based upon comments heard, to include Floyd County in the four-week season. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-90-70 to (i) end the early archery season on the Friday prior to the third Monday in November, (ii) add towns as localities that will have the archery seasons, (iii) establish a late special archery season on the Chester F. Phelps Wildlife Management Area, (iv) extend the time frame for the special urban archery season to include the Monday following the first Saturday in January through the last Saturday in March, both dates inclusive, to those cities, towns and counties participating in the urban archery program, (v) allow for a one-time notification of intent to participate or not to participate in the urban deer archery season, and (vi) remove the sunrise clause since the season is now in effect.  The approved proposal was amended from the advertised proposal, to reflect public comments heard. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-90-80 to (i) establish the opening date of the early muzzleloading gun season as the Saturday prior to the first Monday in November and the ending date as the Friday prior to the third Monday in November east of the Blue Ridge Mountains except on national forest lands in Amherst, Bedford and Nelson counties and in the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk (east of the Dismal Swamp line) and Virginia Beach, (ii) add towns as localities that will have the muzzleloading seasons, (iii) allow deer of either sex to be taken during the entire early special muzzleloading season on Occoneechee State Park in Mecklenburg County, (iv) establish the opening date of the early muzzleloading gun season as the Saturday prior to the second Monday in November and the ending date as the Friday prior to the third Monday in November west of the Blue Ridge Mountains and on national forest lands in Amherst, Bedford, and Nelson counties, (v) add the City of Virginia Beach to the late special muzzleloading season, (vi) establish full season either-sex deer hunting during the early and late special muzzleloading seasons in Floyd County and on private lands in Roanoke County, (vii) re-establish an either-sex deer hunting day on national forest lands in Frederick, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren counties during the early special muzzleloading season, and (viii) establish full season either sex muzzleloading deer seasons within the incorporated limits of any city or town in the Commonwealth that allows deer hunting except in the cities and towns in Buchanan, Dickenson, and Wise counties and the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.  

Amend 4 VAC 15-90-90 to (i) increase the bag limit on deer east of the Blue Ridge Mountains effective July 1, 2004 from four a license year to six and increase the number of antlerless only tags from one to three, (ii) increase the bag limit on deer west of the Blue Ridge Mountains and on national forest lands in Amherst, Bedford, and Nelson counties effective July 1, 2004 from three to five a license year and increase the number of antlerless tags from one to three, (iii) clarify that all youth hunters 15 years of age and under, whether exempt or non-exempt from license requirements, resident or non-resident, can take one antlerless deer per license year on days other than designated either sex deer hunting days and further removes the reference to the use of a specific tag. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-90-100 to (i) strike the wording “including cities within” from this section, (ii) remove Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Bland, Carroll, Craig, Giles, Highland, Pulaski, Rockbridge, and Wythe counties from this section and add them to 4 VAC 15-90-190, which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days on private lands in these counties from three days to seven days, (iii) add Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, and Washington counties to this section which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days on private lands in these counties from two days to three days, and (iv) add national forest and department-owned lands in Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Bland, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Giles, Highland, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, Rockbridge, and Wythe counties to this section which will increase either-sex deer hunting days on these public lands from one or two days to three days.   The approved proposal was amended from the advertised proposal regarding doe days in Scott County. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-90-110 to (i) strike the wording “including cities within” from the section, (ii) remove Lee, Russell, Smyth, Tazewell, and Washington counties from this section and add them to 4 VAC 15-90-100, which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days on private lands in these counties from two days to three days, (iii) remove Scott County from this section and add it to 4 VAC 15-90-190 which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days on private lands in the county from two days to seven days, (iv) remove national forest lands and department-owned lands in Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Bland, Botetourt, Carroll, Giles, Highland, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, Rockbridge, and Wythe counties from this section and add them to 4 VAC 15-90-100, which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days on these public lands in these counties from two days to three days, and (v) add national forest lands in Frederick, Grayson, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, and Warren counties and the Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area and Hidden Valley Wildlife Management Area and portions of Grayson-Highlands State Park open to hunting to this section which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days on these public lands from one day to two days. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-90-120 to remove the City of Suffolk east of the Dismal Swamp line (except on the Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge) from this section and add it to a new section 4 VAC 15-90-121 which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days from six days to eight days.  It will not affect the either-sex deer hunting days on the Dismal Swamp NWR. 

Add 4 VAC 15-90-121 to increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days in the City of Suffolk east of the Dismal swamp line (except on the Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge) from the last six days either-sex to the first two Saturdays and last six days by creating this new section.  It will not affect the either-sex deer hunting days on the Dismal Swamp NWR. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-90-141 to (i) strike the wording “including cities within” from the section, and (ii) remove Chesterfield County from this section and add it to 4 VAC 15-90-195 which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days in the county from four days to eight days.  

Amend 4 VAC 15-90-160 to (i) add Botetourt and Grayson counties to this section which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days on private land in these counties from seven days to full season, (ii) add Clarke County, and private land in Frederick County to this section which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days in these counties from 27 days to full season, (iii) add Fauquier County to this section which will increase the number of either sex deer hunting days on private land in the county from 14 days to full season, (iv) remove Greensville and Southampton counties from this section and add them to 4 VAC 15-90-200 which will decrease the number of either-sex days in these counties from full season to 27 days, (v) add Montgomery County to this section which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days on private land from seven days to full season, (vi) add Northampton County to this section which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days in the county from 27 days to full season, (vii) establish full season either-sex deer hunting in the City of Richmond, and (viii) establish a full season, either-sex general firearms deer season within all incorporated cities and towns in the Commonwealth, where deer hunting is allowed.  

Amend 4 VAC 15-90-170 to (i) remove national forest land in Frederick, Grayson, Page, Shenandoah, Smyth, Rockingham, Tazewell, Washington, and Warren counties and the Clinch Mountain and Hidden Valley WMA’s and portions of Grayson-Highlands State Park open to hunting from this section and add them to 4 VAC 15-90-110 which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days on these public lands from one day to two days, and (ii) remove national forest land in Craig County from this section and add it to 4 VAC 15-90-100 which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days on public land in the county from one day to three days. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-90-190 to (i) strike the wording “including cities within” from the section; (ii) remove Botetourt and Grayson counties from this section and add them to 4 VAC 15-90-160 which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days on private land in these counties from seven days to full season, (iii) remove Mathews and Middlesex counties from this section and add them to 4 VAC 15-90-195, which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days in these counties from seven days to eight days, (iv) add Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Bland, Carroll, Craig, Giles, Highland, Pulaski, Rockbridge, and Wythe counties to this section which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days on private lands in these counties from three days to seven days. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-90-195 to (i) strike the wording “including cities within” from the section, (ii) add Chesterfield County to this section which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days in these counties from four days to eight days, (iii) remove Richmond County from this section and add it to 4 VAC 15-90-210 which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days in this county from eight days to 14 days, and (iv) add Mathews and Middlesex counties to this section which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days in these counties from seven days to eight days.  

Amend 4 VAC 15-90-200 to (i) strike the wording “including cities within” from the section, (ii) remove Clarke and Frederick counties from this section and add them to 4 VAC 15-90-160 which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days from 27 days to full season, (iii) add Albemarle County to this section which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days in the county from 14 days to 27 days, (iv) add Greensville and Southampton counties to this section which will decrease the number of either-sex deer hunting days in the counties from full season to 27 days, (v) remove Northampton County from this section and add it to 4 VAC 15-90-160 which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days in the county from 27 to full season either sex. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-90-210 to (i) strike the wording “including cities within” from the section, (ii) remove Albemarle County from this section and add it to 4 VAC 15-90-200 which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days in the county from 14 days to 27 days, (iii) remove Fauquier County from this section and add it to 4 VAC 15-90-160 which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days in the county from 14 days to full season, and (iv) add Richmond county to this section which will increase the number of either-sex deer hunting days in this county from eight days to 14 days. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-90-220 to add towns as localities within the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson and Wise that will have a buck only firearms deer season. 

BEAR:  Rescind 4 VAC 15-50-30 to expand bear hunting in the Commonwealth. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-50-70 to expand the bear archery season to a statewide season from the second Saturday in October through the Saturday prior to the second Monday in November.  Based on comments heard, the Board amended this regulation. 

Add 4 VAC 15-50-71 to (i) establish a muzzleloading gun season on black bear from the Tuesday prior to the third Monday in November and for three consecutive hunting days following, except in the counties of Amherst, Augusta (east of Interstate 81 and south of Interstate 64), Bedford, Bland, Botetourt (east of Interstate 81), Buchanan, Campbell (west of Norfolk Southern Railroad), Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Henry, Lee, Montgomery, Nelson, Patrick, Pittsylvania (west of Norfolk Southern Railroad), Pulaski, Roanoke, Rockbridge (east of Interstate 81), Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and Wythe, (ii) prohibit the use of dogs during the bear muzzleloading gun season, (iii) define a muzzleloading gun for the purpose of this section, and (iv) prohibit the possession of other firearms during the muzzleloading gun season.  The approved proposal was amended from the advertised proposal, based on public comments heard. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-50-10 to except out of the general firearms bear season the identified 55 counties and three cities.  

Amend 4 VAC 15-50-20 to establish an open hunting season on bear in 21 counties or portions of counties, as described, from the first Monday in December and for 11 consecutive hunting days following and to remove the unnecessary reference to the Clinch Mountain and Hidden Valley Wildlife Management Areas.  The approved proposal was amended from the advertised proposal based on public comments heard. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-50-25 to include the City of Virginia Beach in the open season for hunting bears as found in the cities of Chesapeake and Suffolk. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-50-110 to (i) remove Campbell and Pittsylvania counties from subsection A and add them to subsection C that makes it unlawful to use dogs for bear hunting at anytime in these counties, (ii) makes it unlawful to hunt bear with dogs at any time in the counties of Campbell (west of Norfolk Southern Railroad), Carroll, Floyd, Franklin, Grayson (east of Route 21), Henry, Montgomery (south of Interstate 81), Patrick, Pittsylvania (west of Norfolk Southern Railroad), Pulaski (south of Interstate 81), and Wythe (that part east of Route 21 which is south of Interstate 81).  The approved proposal was amended from the advertised proposal pertaining to Roanoke County, based on public comments heard.  

Amend 4 VAC 15-50-120 to delineate the counties and cities where bear hound training season (chase) is prohibited.  Amended from advertised proposal to allow the bear hound training season in Grayson (west of Route 21) Smyth, Washington and Wythe (south of Interstate 81 and west of Route 21). Mount Rogers Recreation Area to not allow bear hound training (amended from advertised regulation). 

TAGGING AND CHECKING:  Amend 4 VAC 15-50-80 to make this section not effective after June 30, 2004.  Section 4 VAC 15-50-81 is being recommended to govern tagging of bear commencing July 1, 2004. 

Add 4 VAC 15-50-81 to (i) establish a new validation system for tagging bear by notching the appropriate bear tag instead of detaching the tag, (ii) provide for the checking of a bear carcass using the validated notched tag, (iii) specify when check cards need to be attached to the harvested bear, (iv) allow hunters to dismember a bear carcass to pack it out from the place of kill after properly validating the kill, (v) provide for mistakenly validated tags, and (vi) delay the effective date of this new section until July 1, 2004. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-50-90 to make this section not effective after June 30, 2004.  Section 4 VAC 15-50-91 is being recommended to govern tagging of bear commencing July 1, 2004. 

Add 4 VAC 15-50-91 to (i) establish the procedures for checking bear by persons exempt from holding a license, (ii) prohibit the destruction of the sex identification and allow dismemberment of a bear carcass to pack it out from a place of kill, and (iii) delays the effective date of this section until July 1, 2004. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-90-230 to make this section not effective after June 30, 2004.  Section 4 VAC 15-50-231 is being recommended to govern tagging of deer commencing July 1, 2004. 

Add 4 VAC 15-90-231 to (i) establish a new validation system for tagging deer by notching the appropriate deer tag instead of detaching the tag, (ii) establish a telecheck system to report the harvest of deer and describes the procedures for properly checking the deer through the telecheck system, (iii) specify when check cards or other written documentation need to be attached to the harvested deer, (iv) allow hunters to dismember a deer carcass to pack it out from the place of kill after properly validating the kill, (v) provide for mistakenly validated tags, and (vi) delay the effective date of this new section until July 1, 2004. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-90-240 to make this section not effective after June 30, 2004.  Section 4 VAC 15-50-241 is being recommended to govern tagging of deer commencing July 1, 2004. 

Add 4 VAC 15-90-241 to (i) establish the provisions for a person exempt from a hunting license or holding a license authorization number issued by telephone to report a harvested deer through the department’s telecheck system or at a check system, (ii) prohibit the destruction of the sex identification and allows dismemberment of a deer carcass to pack it out from the place of kill, and (iii) delay the effective date of this new section until July 1, 2004.  Amended from the advertised proposal to require individuals exempt from license requirements, when using the telecheck system to report a harvest, to create written documentation of the telecheck confirmation number. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-240-80 to make this section not effective after June 30, 2004.  Section 4 VAC 15-240-81 is being recommended to govern tagging of bear commencing July 1, 2004. 

Add 4 VAC 15-240-81 to (i) establish a new validation system for tagging turkey by notching the appropriate turkey tag instead of detaching the tag on the bear, deer, turkey license, (ii) establish a telecheck system to report the harvesting of a spring turkey and describes the procedures for properly checking a spring turkey through the telecheck system, (iii) specify when check cards or other written documentation need to be attached to the harvested turkey, (iv) provide for mistakenly validated tags, and (v) delay the effective date of this new section until July 1, 2004. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-240-90 to make this section not effective after June 30, 2004.  Section 4 VAC 15-240-91 is being recommended to govern tagging of turkey commencing July 1, 2004. 

Add 4 VAC 15-240-91 to (i) establish the provisions for a person exempt from a hunting license or holding a license authorization number issued by telephone to report a harvested spring turkey through the department’s telecheck system, (ii) describe the proper processing of a turkey carcass via telecheck or at a check station, (iii) prohibit destruction of the turkey sex identification prior to checking for these license-exempt hunters, and (iv) delay the effective date of this new section until July 1, 2004.  The Board amended this regulation to require individuals exempt from license requirements, when using the telecheck system to report a harvest, to create written documentation of the telecheck confirmation number. 

RACCOON and OPOSSUM:  Amend 4 VAC 15-210-30 to provide for a uniform hunting season for raccoon by rescinding the reference to east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Rescind 4 VAC 15-210-40 to provide for a uniform hunting season for raccoon by rescinding the open season west of the Blue Ridge Mountains and on national forest lands east of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  

Amend 4 VAC 15-160-10 to provide for a uniform statewide hunting season of opossum by rescinding the reference to east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Rescind 4 VAC 15-160-20 to provide for a uniform statewide hunting season for opossum by rescinding the open season west of the Blue Ridge Mountains and on national forest lands east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

TRAPPING SEASONS and METHODS:  Amend 4 VAC 15-60-20 to establish a continuous open trapping season for beaver within incorporated limits of any city or town in the Commonwealth and in the counties of Arlington, Chesterfield, Fairfax, Henrico, James City, Loudoun, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Roanoke and York. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-140-20 to establish a continuous open trapping season for muskrat within incorporated limits of any city or town in the Commonwealth and in the counties of Arlington, Chesterfield, Fairfax, Henrico, James City, Loudoun, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Roanoke and York. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-160-31 to establish a continuous open trapping season for opossum within incorporated limits of any city or town in the Commonwealth and in the counties of Arlington, Chesterfield, Fairfax, Henrico, James City, Loudoun, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Roanoke and York. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-210-51 to establish a continuous open trapping season for raccoon within incorporated limits of any city or town in the Commonwealth and in the counties of Arlington, Chesterfield, Fairfax, Henrico, James City, Loudoun, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Roanoke and York. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-40-230 to clarify the ending date when traps may be set in the waters of the Commonwealth and establishes a year-round time period for setting traps in waters within the incorporated limits of cities and towns in the Commonwealth and in the counties of Arlington, Chesterfield, Fairfax, Henrico, James City, Loudoun, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Roanoke, and York, unless prohibited by local ordinances. 

Rescind 4 VAC 15-140-40 to rescind the regulation restricting the setting of traps on a stob, float or floating device for capturing muskrat. 

SMALL GAME:  Amend 4 VAC 15-200-10 to extend the rabbit season by two weeks by changing the closing date from January 31 to February 14. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-230-20 to make the opening date of squirrel season uniform statewide by changing the opening date from the second Saturday in October to the first Saturday in September. 

Rescind 4 VAC 15-230-30 since it is unnecessary with the establishment of a statewide season opening date for squirrel season in 4 VAC 15-230-20. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-230-60 to (i) add the counties of Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Highland, Loudoun, Page, Rappahannock, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren to this section which will change the opening date of the fox squirrel hunting season in these counties to the first Saturday in September, (ii) establish a fox squirrel hunting season in Culpeper, Madison and Orange counties that were previously closed, and (iii) to close fox squirrel hunting in Fairfax County. 

Rescind 4 VAC 15-230-70 to provide for a uniform open season date on fox squirrels by rescinding this section and adding the identified counties, except Fairfax, to 4 VAC 15-230-60 which establishes an opening date of the first Saturday in September. 

GENERAL REGULATIONS:  Add 4 VAC 15-40-282 to prohibit the unauthorized feeding of bear. 

Add 4 VAC 15-40-283 to prohibit chasing with dogs, hunting with dogs, and the training of dogs on any wild animal from a baited place or to put out bait or salt for the purpose of chasing, hunting, and training of dogs on any wild animal.  The approved regulation was amended to reflect public comments heard regarding food plots. 

Add 4 VAC 15-40-284 to (i) prohibit the intentional crippling or harming of non-migratory game birds or game animals for the intent of continuing a hunt, chase or for the purpose of training dogs; (ii) make it unlawful to dislodge an animal from a tree to further a chase or to train dogs, and (iii) to prohibit the use of telemetry equipment to aid in the chase, harvest or capture of wildlife.  The approved regulation was amended from the advertised proposal, based on public comments heard.  

PERMITS:  Amend 4 VAC 15-30-50 to authorize persons operating under conditions of a commercial nuisance animal permit to capture, temporarily hold or possess, transport, release, and when necessary, humanely euthanize wildlife, under the provisions and conditions established by the department. 

Amend 4 VAC 15-290-115 to allow the department to authorize permitted foxhound field trials within foxhound training enclosures and raccoon hound field trials to be issued at anytime. 

WATERFOWL:  Amend 4 VAC 15-260-120 to (i) remove the reference to old squaw ducks and replace it with long-tailed duck, (ii) open the Pocomoke Sound during the special sea duck season, and (iii) clarify that the hunting of waterfowl species other than sea ducks is permitted within 800 yards of any shore, island or emergent vegetation (during the special sea duck season) if a season for such species is open, and (iv) clarify and simplify the sea duck season area description. 

Chairman McDaniel announced a break at 10:50 a.m. and the meeting was reconvened at 11:00 a.m. 

An opportunity was provided for Board members to discuss the proposed regulations that had been advertised for public comment and to seek clarification from staff regarding any concerns. 

The Chairman opened the floor to public comment on the regulation proposals as amended, based on comments heard during the open public comment period. 

John Bellemore, Roanoke, VA, representing the U.S. Forest Service, George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, spoke in support of adopting final regulation amendments, which included staff's final recommendations to the Board, which address concerns the Forest Service had with some of the proposals.  He indicated that the Forest Service still had some concerns regarding winter management issues for roads. 

David Burpee, Springfield, VA, representing the traditional bow hunters of Virginia and the Virginia Sports Club, spoke in support of the regulation proposals. 

Kirby Birch, Powhatan, VA, representing the Commonwealth Sportsmen’s Alliance, spoke in support of recommendations to encourage youth participation.  He suggested, if allowed, that full day turkey hunting close at sunset instead of 6:00 p.m.  He spoke in opposition to all bear regulation proposals.  Bear hunters felt that they were excluded from the development of the recommendations and indicated they were unaware of the identified enforcement issues relating to existing regulations. 

Tom Evans, Richmond, VA representing the Virginia Foxhound Club and Virginia Fox Hunters Association, supported staff’s final recommendations regarding the use of telemetry to retrieve dogs.  He felt that the bear regulation proposals were too hasty and could perhaps be viewed as anti-hunting efforts.  

Anthony Dillon, New Castle, VA spoke in opposition to the proposals that would close any area to hunting with dogs and he opposed the proposed prohibition on feeding bear. 

Robert Kane, Brightwood, VA representing the Virginia Hunting Dog Owners’ Association and Sportsmen and Animal Owners’ Voting Alliance expressed a concern for what he viewed as an overall change in Virginia toward urbanization and an absence of legislative support for hunting interests.  He felt that some of the proposals were slanted towards animal rights interests.  He urged support for sportsmen interests.  He also suggested that the grouse season be extended to the end of February. 

Timothy Griffith, Charlottesville, VA representing the Central Virginia Citizens Cooperative Bear Management Association, spoke in opposition to the proposed prohibition on bear feeding and any reduction in the use of hounds.  His membership allows bear chasing on their properties.  He stated that the two effective methods for hunting bear are hunting from baited sites or hunting with hounds.  

James Massie, Madison Heights, VA, representing the United Eastern Virginia Coonhunting Society and United Eastern Virginia Hunting Dog Association spoke in opposition to the proposed closing of Roanoke County and the Havens Wildlife Management to the bear hound chase season.  

Jennifer Falls, Troutville, VA opposed the bear regulation proposals regarding bear feeding, the expansion of any bear muzzleloading and archery seasons and the Roanoke County proposed closure.  

Harold Horn, Salem, VA supported the Roanoke County proposed closure to bear chase and hunting.  As a landowner, he felt that his rights are being violated when individuals are allowed to come upon his lands to retrieve dogs.  

David Shelor, Salem, VA supported the Havens Wildlife Management Area and Roanoke County proposed closure to bear chase and hunting since surrounding landowners have had confrontations with bear hunters pursuing their dogs and the problems that are caused by bear hounds on their property.  

Randell Brillhart, Blacksburg, VA, representing the Virginia Bear Hunters Association, opposed the bear hunting proposals, which he felt supported the anti-hunting movement. 

Carrie Crawford spoke in opposition to the proposed regulations regarding bear feeding and closing a portion of Roanoke to bear hunting with dogs, based upon landowners’ complaints.  She urged enhanced enforcement of existing laws. 

Tony Hinkle, Harrisonburg, VA, representing the Feed Stone Hunt Club, presented a petition to the Board Chairman prior to the meeting, that opposed the proposed prohibition of bear feeding, chasing or training from baited sites, or the prohibition of intentionally crippling or harming animals for the purpose of continuing the chase or hunt.  Mr. Hinkle spoke in opposition to all regulation proposals concerning bear.  

Matthew Gray, Daleville, VA spoke in opposition to all bear regulation proposals and tracking collars. 

Christine Gray, Daleville, VA spoke in opposition to all bear regulation proposals.  

Jim Gray, Daleville, VA opposed the Roanoke County proposed closure and any restrictions on the use of tracking collars.  He asked for stronger enforcement on individuals who tamper with tracking collars being used on dogs.  

Cecil Boggs, Waynesboro, VA representing several unidentified groups, spoke in opposition to the advertised bear regulation proposals.  

Dale Smith, Fulks Run, opposed the advertised bear regulation proposals pertaining to bear feeding. 

Warren Radford, Radford, VA opposed banning the feeding of bear on private land and the proposed closure of a section of Roanoke County to bear hunting with hounds. 

J. R. Blankenbaker, Shenandoah, VA opposed all of the advertised bear regulation proposals, including the added muzzleloading season and any restrictions on the use of tracking collars.  

Gary Peery, Buchanan, VA opposed the proposed closure of a portion of Roanoke County to bear hound hunting and the proposed prohibition on feeding bear on private property. 

Bob Weaver, Standardsville, VA opposed all proposed bear regulations, including the closure of a portion of Roanoke County to dogs, the muzzleloading season unless it was limited to East of U. S. Route 29, and a ban on feeding bear on private property.  He asked for an extended bear hound training season. 

Jennifer Cromwell, Amelia, VA, representing the Virginia Chapter of The Wildlife Society, spoke in support of the proposed regulation to ban the feeding of bear and the regulation proposal to establish a permitting program for the nuisance control wildlife industry. 

The meeting was recessed for lunch at 12:20 p.m. and reconvened by the Chairman at 1:00 p.m. 

James Steger, New Castle, VA opposed the proposed bear regulation changes.  He felt that supplemental feeding of bear leads to increased bear reproduction. 

Danny Thorn, Blacksburg, VA, President of the Virginia Bear Hunters Association, opposed the proposed bear regulations.  He indicated that he felt Department staff should have discussed their recommendations with the Virginia Bear Hunters Association before they were presented to the Board in March.  He asked the Board to instruct the Department, in future regulation processes, to discuss recommendations on future regulation proposals with the involved hunting groups to allow them to participate in the crafting of language in order to be fair to all.  He asked for increase enforcement efforts to curtail unlawful bear feeding.  He felt if wildlife feeding is to be prohibited, it should include all species.  He also opposed the proposed muzzleloading season in any county with an existing bear season or asked that the existing line be moved from east of Interstate 81 to east of U. S. Route 29 or that action on the proposal be delayed to provide an opportunity to develop a fair regulation for all involved groups.  He also opposed the closure of a portion of Roanoke County to bear hounds, and asked the National Forest Service to allow the bear hound-training season south of Interstate 81 on private lands.   

Lance Hutton, New Castle, VA opposed the proposed closure of a portion of Roanoke County and bear hunting on Fort Lewis Mountain.  He asked for enhanced law enforcement efforts and prosecution of violations.  

David Steger, Catawba, VA, representing the Magnum Hunt Club, opposed the proposed bear regulation changes pertaining to the feeding of bear, prohibiting chasing or hunting from a baited site, the 30-day provision disallowing hunting or chasing from a baited site, and the proposed closure of a portion of Roanoke County to bear hounds.  He welcomed the staff's final recommendation regarding the telemetry proposal, which was developed as a result of the public comments received.   He suggested that the passage of the Constitutional Amendment guaranteeing the rights of citizens to hunt, fish and harvest game has impacted the Department and Board’s authority to regulate hunting.  

Gary Crawford, New Castle, VA opposed the bear regulation proposals pertaining to bear feeding on private property and the proposed closure of a portion of Roanoke County. 

Brian Wright, Roanoke, VA representing the Low Moor Bear Club, opposed the bear regulation proposals (282, 283 and 284) and the proposed closure of Roanoke County to bear hound hunting. 

David Dye, Clifton, VA, representing Suburban Whitetail Management of Northern Virginia, Appalachian Bowhunters Association, and Cub Run Archers, supported the bear regulation proposals and efforts to address and control urban deer populations. 

David McGann, Nelson County, VA supported staff's final recommendations regarding the proposed regulation governing the use of telemetry collars and its final recommendation regarding the deer season for the County.  He opposed changes to regulations governing bear chase and bear feeding and baiting. 

Ronald Hurd, Fort Lewis Mountain, opposed the proposed closure of a portion of Roanoke County (Fort Lewis Mountain) to bear hound hunting. 

Charles Montgomery, Buchanan, VA opposed the proposed changes to bear regulations, including the ban on bear feeding and a closure of a portion of Roanoke County to bear hound hunting. 

Este Fisher, Mt. Crawford, VA opposed the proposed bear regulation proposals, particularly the proposed four-day muzzleloading season for bear in any area where bear hound hunting is allowed.  If allowed, he asked that the muzzleloading line be moved to east of U. S. Route 29.  He also opposed the proposed closure of a portion of Roanoke County to bear hound hunting and the proposed ban on bear feeding on private property.  He asked for an open line of communication among all hunting groups to provide for a review of all staff recommendations for regulations with all interested parties prior to the March meeting of the Board. 

Wayne Hensley, Bedford, VA speaking for Milford Shifflett, Wolftown, VA supported the feeding of bear.  He asked for additional work with the Virginia Bear Hunters Association and law enforcement before approving the ban on bear feeding.  

Leri Thomas, Wolftown, VA opposed regulation proposals to restrict the use of telemetry and the ban on feeding bear on private property. 

Gerald Keith, Buchanan, VA opposed the proposed closure of a portion of Roanoke County to bear hound hunting. 

Larry Baker, Farmville, VA, representing Troublesome Creek Hunt Club, supported the proposed bear hunting muzzleloading and archery seasons in eastern counties.  

Onnie Roach, Dyke, VA representing the Eastern Region of the Virginia Bear Hunters Association, opposed the bear regulation proposals pertaining to the feeding of bear, use of telemetry, intentional crippling or harming of wildlife to continue a chase or hunt, and prohibiting chasing or hunting from a baited site, and muzzleloading and archery seasons. 

Rex Dooley, Salem, VA opposed the proposed regulation changes regarding bear baiting and the proposed closure of a portion of Roanoke County to bear hound hunting. 

R. W. Truxell, West Augusta, VA, representing the Virginia Houndsman and Sporting Dog Association, opposed the bear regulation changes, particularly the proposed ban on bear feeding.  He urged increased enforcement efforts to address wildlife violations and problems in Roanoke County.  He suggested that the proposed four-day muzzleloading season be moved to east of Interstate 81, with no change in the muzzleloading season for bear. 

Kevin Reedy, Woodlawn, VA representing the Virginia Bowhunters Association, spoke in support of the proposed wildlife regulations, particularly efforts that promote youth hunting, the Saturday opening, the youth Turkey hunting day, and the bear regulation proposals.  

Steve Fritton, Hanover, VA expressed concern for the proposed full day to turkey hunting during the last 12 days of the spring gobbler season because of its potential negative future impact on fall hunting and turkey reproduction.  He also suggested that buckshot not be allowed during the spring gobbler season. 

David Sexton, Oakwood, VA representing the Southwest Virginia Coon Hunters Association, encouraged the Board to approve the raccoon regulation proposals. 

Based on concerns heard from Southampton Country sportsmen regarding the potential for increased illegal hunting activities from the road if full day turkey hunting is allowed during the last 12 days of the spring gobbler season, Mr. Railey moved to eliminate the provision for full day turkey hunting during the last 12 days of the spring gobbler season, seconded by Mr. McNeely, failed 8:2 after additional discussion by the Board.  Nays Railey and McNeely.   

Mr. Corrigan moved approval of the advertised turkey regulation proposals, as amended to allow the hunting of turkey from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset during the last 12 days of the spring gobbler season, seconded by Mr. Hoffler, passed unanimously. (4 VAC 15-240-31, 4 VAC 15-20-50 and 4 VAC 15-240-40) 

Mr. Railey moved approval of deer regulation proposals as advertised and amended to address requests received from the counties of Floyd, Franklin, Henry and western Pittsylvania and doe-days adjustments, seconded by Mr. Hoffler, passed unanimously. (4 VAC 15-90-10, 4 VAC 15-90-20, 4 VAC 15-90-21, 4 VAC 15-90-70, 4 VAC 15-90-80, 4 VAC 15-90, 4 VAC 15-90-100, 4 VAC 15-90-110, 4 VAC 15-90-120, 4 VAC 15-90-121, 4 VAC 15-90-141, 4 VAC 15-90-160, 4 VAC 15-90-170, 4 VAC 15-90-190, 4 VAC 15-90-195, 4 VAC 15-90-200, 4 VAC 15-90-210 and 4 VAC 15-90-220)  

Ms. Crumley moved approval of 4 VAC 15-50-70 expanding the bear archery season, as amended based on public comments received, seconded by Mr. Campbell, passed unanimously.  

Mr. Campbell moved approval of 4 VAC 15-50-71 establishing the four-day muzzleloading season for bear, as amended based on public comments received, seconded by Mr. Hoffler, passed unanimously.  

Mr. Railey moved that 4 VAC 15-50-110 be amended to reject the reference to closing Roanoke County to bear hound hunting, seconded by Mr. Cunningham, passed unanimously after additional discussions (results in no change from the area’s previous season).  Board members urged bear hunters to police themselves and to report known violations to avoid any future movements that could result in having to close some or all of this area to bear hunting with hounds.  

Mr. Cunningham moved approval of 4 VAC 15-50-10 and 4 VAC 15-50-20 and 4 VAC 15-50-110 regarding the general firearms season for bear as amended to address public comments heard, seconded by Mr. Railey, passed unanimously.   Portions of Tazewell, Smyth and Washington counties will remain in the six-week season and Clinch Mountain and Hidden Valley WMA’s will retain the two-week season.  

Mr. Cunningham moved approval of the remaining bear regulations, rescinding 4 VAC 15-50-30 and amending 4 VAC 15-50-110, seconded by Mr. Corrigan, passed unanimously.  

Mr. Cunningham moved the approval of 4 VAC 15-25-25 to allow bear hunting in the City of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Suffolk, seconded by Mr. Hoffler, passed unanimously.  

Mr. Railey moved approval of 4 VAC 15-50-120, as amended to establish bear hound training season in the counties and cities identified, seconded by Mr. Cunningham, passed unanimously.   

Ms. Crumley moved that 4 VAC 15-50-120 be amended to reject the proposed closure of Roanoke County to the bear hound training season and to allow for the continuation of the six-week bear hound training season in all of Grayson and portions of Roanoke, Smyth, Washington and Wythe Counties, seconded by Mr. Railey, passed unanimously.  

Mr. Corrigan moved, seconded by Mr. Cunningham, that 4 VAC 15-90-231 be amended to include a new section E to require that no data collected by a vendor operating the telecheck program may be used for any economic purposes or be sold to others for that purpose unless the individuals whose information being provided gives his or her consent.  

Legal counsel advised that State Code authorizes the collection and distribution of information.  After being reminded that the proposed regulation would not become effective until July 2004,  and after consultation with legal counsel, the motion was withdrawn to enable further study and research by staff and legal counsel.  

Mr. Corrigan moved approval of the advertised regulation proposals dealing with tagging and checking requirements (4 VAC 15-50-80, 4 VAC 15-50-81, 5 VAC 15-50-90, 4 VAC 15-50-91, 4 VAC 15-90-230, 4 VAC 15-90-231, 4 VAC 15-90-240, 4 VAC 15-90-241, 4 VAC 15-240-80 4 VAC 15-240-81 4 VAC 15-240-90, and 4 VAC 15-240-91), seconded by Mr. Hoffler, passed unanimously.  

Mr. Cunningham moved approval of the advertised regulation proposals dealing with raccoon and opossum (4 VAC 15-210-30, 4 VAC 15-210-40, 4 VAC 15-160-10 and 4 VAC 15-160-20), seconded by Ms. Hoffler, passed unanimously.  

Mr. Cunningham moved approval of advertised regulation proposals dealing with trapping seasons and methods (4 VAC 15-60-20, 4 VAC 15-140-20, 4 VAC 15-160-31, 4 VAC 15-210-51, 4 VAC 15-40-230, and 4 VAC 15-140-40), seconded by Mr. Campbell, passed unanimously.  

Mr. Cunningham moved approval of regulations dealing with changes to small game seasons (4 VAC 15-200-10, 4 VAC 15-230-20, 4 VAC 15-230-30, 4 VAC 15-230-60 and 4 VAC 15-230-70), seconded by Mr. Railey, passed unanimously, after issues regarding the grouse season were discussed.  

Staff was requested to bring recommendations regarding possible changes to the grouse season to the Board at a future meeting, once data has been analyzed from a recently completed study, and when any Board action would conform with public notification requirements and the printing of law digests. 

Ms. Crumley moved approval of 4 VAC 15-40-282, seconded by Mr. Railey, passed 6:2 after additional discussion, that the unauthorized feeding of bear be prohibited.  Ayes:  Crumley, McNeely, Railey, Hoffler, McDaniel and Campbell.  Nays:  Corrigan and Cunningham 

Mr. Corrigan moved approval of 4 VAC 15-40-283 to make it illegal to chase, hunt or train from a baited site and to define the length of time that a site is considered baited, seconded by Mr. McNeely, passed unanimously. 

Mr. McNeely moved approval of 4 VAC 15-40-284, seconded by Mr. Cunningham, passed unanimously, as amended as a result of Mr. Corrigan’s approved motion referenced below.  Staff was requested to add the language “or for the recovery or tracking of dogs” at the end of the second sentence in Section C of the advertised proposal as amended to address public comments received.  As there were no objections heard from the Board, the revised language was accepted by the chairman as an amendment to the regulation.  

Upon further discussion by the Board, staff was requested to delete subsection D from the advertised regulation proposal (4 VAC 15-40-284).  

Mr. Corrigan moved that “by the arresting officer” be deleted from Section D of 4 VAC 15-40-284, seconded by Mr. Railey, passed unanimously upon further discussion and agreement to strike the language contained in Section D.  To provide an opportunity for staff to discuss the impact of the requested amendment, the Chairman called for a break at 3:00 p.m. and the meeting reconvened at 3:10 p.m.   

Mr. Railey moved approval of 4 VAC 15-30-50 and 4 VAC 15-290-115 dealing with permits as advertised, seconded by Mr. Cunningham, passed unanimously. 

Ms. Crumley moved approval of 4 VAC 15-260-120 as advertised, seconded by Mr. Corrigan, passed unanimously. 

Staff requested the Chairman to revisit the regulations regarding the chase season west of Route 21 (Mount Rogers Recreation Areas and adjacent counties).  Staff asked and was granted permission to conform the final language to comply with the Board’s action.  The Chairman requested that the minutes reflect that the Board unanimously accepted staff’s request.  

Mr. Corrigan proposed an amendment to 4 VAC 15-50-110 and 4 VAC 15-50-120 to encourage a bear hunter entering the property of another to retrieve a dog or dogs to make a reasonable effort to respectfully notify the landowners before doing so.  Further, firearms or vehicles may not be brought onto the private property of another while retrieving a dog or dogs without the permission of the landowner.  Seconded by Ms. Crumley.  Upon advice received from staff and legal counsel, no action was taken on this proposed motion.  

Director’s Report:  Director Woodfin recognized David Coffman with the Holiday Lake 4-H Education Center.  He provided information to the Board on the weeklong Forestry Camp, sponsored by the forestry industry and soil and water districts to teach forestry management practices to approximately 90 youth.  Due to budget cuts, financial support for the camp has been cut.  Mr. Coffman invited sportsmen groups and organizations to consider contributing to an individual’s participation in this camp.  He thanked the Department and its staff for support of this camp.  

Director Woodfin advised the Board that renovations to the recently acquired 4016 West Broad Street building are near completion, and Board members were invited to tour the facility.  The Board asked that the June 6 meeting agenda include a tour of the building by Board members. 

The first Governor’s Natural Resources Summit was held in April.  Approximately 160 individuals participated.  This was an effort to attempt to improve spending for natural resources.  Mr. Woodfin informed Board members that funding issues for the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries were at the forefront during discussion at the Summit. 

Board members were invited to attend a shad stocking in the Rappahannock River that will be held May 6, 2003 on the Phelps Wildlife Management Area at the Kellys Ford Landing. 

A retirement ceremony is being held to honor A. Victor Thomas.  The Delegate has indicated that June 16, 2003 is the date that he could be available.  Board members were requested to reserve this date for that event. 

Information was provided to the Board on the FLW “Jacobs Cup” Fishing Tournament. This event will be held in Richmond September 10-13, 2003.  The Board was encouraged to participate in events surrounding this tournament, as schedules allow. 

The Board authorized staff to administratively deal with three requests received from license agent applicants for exemption from requirements of the Board policy that deals with the appointment and removal of license agents. 

ADJOURNMENT:  As there was no further business, the Chairman adjourned the meeting at 3:30 p.m. 

                                                                        Respectfully submitted, 

                                                                        Belle Harding
                                                                        Secretary to the Director

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