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News Release

For Immediate Release
4/4/2013
Contact
Lee Walker, Outreach Manager, Lee.walker@dgif.virginia.gov, (804) 912-6121

NOTE: This news release was distributed on 4/4/2013. The information below may no longer be the most up-to-date information available, or may pertain solely to events that occurred in the past. Please contact the person listed as the contact person for this release for the most current information.

Public Comment Period on Proposed Regulation Amendments

Richmond — On March 20–21, 2013, the Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) pursuant to §§ 29.1-103, 29.1-501, and 29.1-502, of the Code of Virginia, proposed amendments to the Commonwealth's regulations pertaining to hunting and trapping, foxhound training preserves, and other regulations of the board. A 60-day public comment period on the regulatory proposals opened April 2, 2013 and closes at 5:00 PM on May 31, 2013. The proposed regulation amendments are published on the VDGIF website (www.dgif.virginia.gov), the Board will consider the proposals for possible adoption as final regulation amendments at its June 13, 2013 meeting, and the Board solicits the public's participation in the regulatory action.

The below opportunities are offered for citizens to participate in the 2013 hunting and trapping regulation amendment process in person:

• Proposed Regulation Public Input Meetings. Public meetings to receive citizen input on the Board-proposed regulation amendments are being held by VDGIF staff at various locations around the state. For more information visit: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/regulations/public-comment-period/. There will be no formal presentation of the proposals by staff, but all current proposals will be posted on panels for public review, and staff will be available to provide clarification and rationale for the proposals and to answer questions. Forms will be available for attendees to provide written comments on any or all of the proposals. Oral statements and comments will not be included in official comment records, and all written comments will be shared with the Board members. Meetings will be held at the following locations:

Date: April 9, 2013
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Northside High School, 6758 Northside High School Road, Roanoke, Virginia

Date: April 9, 2013
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Taylor Middle School, 350 East Shirley Avenue, Warrenton, VA

Date: April 10, 2013
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Prince Edward High School, 1482 Zion Hill Road, Farmville, VA

• June 13, 2013 Meeting of the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries. 4010 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA. At its "final action" meeting, the Board again solicits public comments after VDGIF staff presents its recommendations for final amendments to hunting and trapping regulations and before the Board acts to adopt regulatory amendments.

The channels for submitting written comments during the proposed regulation public comment period are:

• Online at www.dgif.virginia.gov. An online comment systems links from the individual proposed amendments, making this the optimal channel for submitting comments; it produces the clearest, most efficient, and most timely method for Board members to receive citizens' comments on a given proposal.

• Email sent to regcomments@dgif.virginia.gov. Be sure to include full personal identifying information. (Using the online comment system ensures this and is preferred.)

• Postal mail sent to Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Attn: Policy Analyst and Regulatory Coordinator, 4010 West Broad Street, P.O. Box 11104, Richmond, Virginia 23230-1104.

• Comment forms available at nine public input meetings.

Regulatory comments received by VDGIF during the April 2- May 31 comment period will be provided to, and considered by, the Board. In order to be submitted to the Board for their consideration during regulatory actions, comments must be in writing and accompanied by the name, address, and telephone number of the party offering the comments. Comments lacking the submitting party's identifying information may be received by staff but will not be considered by the Board.

Please note that comments on the proposed regulation amendments received outside of the public comment period are not provided to the Board. (The exception is public comments made in person at the March "regulatory proposal" and the June "final action" Board meetings; these are considered by the Board even though given outside of the designated public comment period.)

Board-proposed regulation amendments are also published in the Virginia Register of Regulations and summaries are published in major newspapers. To learn more about Virginia wildlife regulations visit the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website at www.dgif.virginia.gov.