|In this issue:
- Great News!
- Welcome to
Our New Director
- More Hunting
& Fishing Opportunities for the Handicapped
for Wildlife Diseases Keep Biologists Busy
- Looking for
a Place to Hunt?
- Take a Kid
- Cold Weather
It's back! Even after four years of
being out of print, people still remember the Outdoor Report.
The original Outdoor Report was produced by Spike Knuth,
renowned wildlife artist. We decided to bring it back in a new
electronic format and recruited Spike to help us with the new
version. You'll notice his original artwork and information
about a featured animal in each issue. We hope you enjoy the
new, electronic Outdoor Report and invite you to share this
information with your friends. Enjoy!
Welcome to Our New Director
Welcome to Carlton Courter, new
director of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries! He
comes to us from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services and is an avid outdoorsman in his own right. Welcome!
More Hunting and Fishing
Opportunities for the Handicapped
On December 21-23 and 26-30, a special
archery hunt for disabled hunters is scheduled at the Woodrow
Wilson Rehabilitation Center in Fishersville. The event is
sponsored by Wheelin' Sportsmen. For more information
contact Robin Clark at 434-979-6154, or via email at
- A calendar of hunts designed for
disabled participants can be found on the Department's online
NEW ACCESSIBLE FISHING PIER
The Department has had a long-standing
partnership with the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).
PVA's ongoing efforts continue to help raise needed funds to
support new accessible fishing piers. And as a result of this
partnership, VDGIF maintains 46 unique, accessible fishing
facilities across the Commonwealth.
Monitoring for Wildlife
Diseases Keeps Biologists Busy
Department biologists continue to
monitor for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the active
surveillance area that includes parts of Clarke, Frederick,
Loudoun and Shenandoah counties. VDGIF has been testing
samples of white-tailed deer since 2002 looking for any
evidence of the disease. No CWD has been detected after
testing more than 2,000 animals.
Deer hunters who hunt in that area can
assist in the surveillance effort.
Our biologists are also busy
participating in a national Avian Influenza monitoring
program. The highly pathogenic strain that has been reported
to be the cause of human deaths in Asia, Europe and Africa has
not been detected in North America. Waterfowl hunters
have been asked to assist with the monitoring effort and can
learn more at the Department's Web site.
Looking For a Place to Hunt?
Find Game, the
Department's award-winning online public hunting lands
Take a Kid Hunting
For less than the cost of a tank of
gas you can fill up your kid with a lifetime of memories by
taking him or her hunting. The Department offers special
low-cost youth licenses and unique hunting opportunities for
MAKE IT A FAMILY ADVENTURE!
The Department offers numerous
hunting, fishing and outdoor education programs designed for
families, women, beginners and seasoned outdoor
Cold Weather Boating
Whether you're on
the water this winter hunting waterfowl or
striper fishing, or just taking advantage of a warm
winter day, it just makes sense to take some
precautions to ensure a safe boating experience. A
sudden tumble into cold water can dangerously lower
your body temperature leading to hypothermia. Here
are some tips to keep you safe:
- Let someone
know your destination and expected return time
- Check water
and weather conditions and heed them
- Take more
clothing that you think you'll need to add
layers or change if you get wet
- Make sure your
boat's motor is in good running condition and
you have the proper safety equipment and it's in
good working order.
- Regardless of
weather conditions, always wear your life
In upcoming issues of the
new Outdoor Report, look for:
- Information on winter trout
- Winter bird feeding
- Extended anterless deer season
- ... and more!