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News Release

For Immediate Release
1/15/2014
Contact
Gary Costanzo, (804) 829-6580

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Waterfowl Hunters - Dates Have Changed For Purchase of Riparian Stationary Blind Licenses and Geographic Coordinates Are Now Required For All Stationary Waterfowl Blinds

Waterfowl hunters should note that last year the Virginia Legislature passed a law to change the dates when riparian stationary blind licenses can be purchased. In addition, the law now requires that latitude and longitude coordinates be submitted when any stationary blind licenses (riparian and non-riparian) are purchased. These changes became effective January 1, 2014 and will apply to blind licenses purchased for the 2014-2015 waterfowl hunting season.

The date changes affect when riparian landowners (or their lessees or permittees) can purchase stationary blind licenses, while the dates for the purchase of non-riparian licenses have remained the same.

A summary of the new purchase periods for Riparian Stationary Blind licenses:

Riparian landowners or their lessees or permittees licensing a stationary blind that was not licensed the previous year by the riparian owner, lessee, or permittee may purchase a stationary blind license from February 1 through June 15. A stake or a stationary blind shall be erected on the site, and a license plate supplied with the license for that season shall be affixed thereto, by June 30. If a stake has been erected on the site of a stationary blind, such stake shall be replaced by a blind by November 1.

Riparian owners or their lessees or permittees licensing a stationary blind that was licensed the previous year by the riparian owner, lessee, or permittee may purchase a stationary blind license from February 1 through August 15. A stake or a stationary blind shall be erected on the site, and a license plate supplied with the license for that season shall be affixed thereto, by August 31. If a stake has been erected on the site of a stationary blind, such stake shall be replaced by a blind by November 1.

As a reminder, all blind licenses must be obtained through the department's point of sale (POS) system just as other licenses are sold. They are available at any license agent in the state or you can purchase it yourself on the internet from your home: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/licenses/ You must provide geographic coordinates of your blind location (latitude and longitude) when purchasing your license.

Information on the new dates and the purchasing process is posted on our website. If you have questions on obtaining your stationary blind license you may contact our Customer Service office during business hours at 1-866-721-6911. Thank you for your support of our wetland and waterfowl resources.