|In this issue:
Eagle Cam Provides "Bird's Eye"
Game Warden Academy Now Recruiting
Be a Sweetheart to Wildlife
- Trout Heritage Day - April 7, 2007
Forget the Cold, the Fishin' is
Deer Hunting Opportunities Still
Virginia Naturally Schools
Men Shouldn't Have All the Fun:
Becoming an Outdoors Woman
General Assembly Legislation of
Interest to You
No Campfires Before 4 PM Starting
- Help Spread the News!
Through a unique
partnership with the Virginia Department of Game and
Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), WVEC TV and Norfolk
Botanical Garden, the public will have a rare
opportunity to witness key moments in the life of
Observers are able
to catch all the activity by way of a Web cam
strategically placed in a tree near the eagles' nest
located at the Garden.
VDGIF has launched
blog with expert information provided by
Watchable Wildlife Biologist Stephen Living.
are three eggs in the nest. They are expected to
hatch in early March.
Do you have the right stuff?
Do you love the outdoors? Would you like a law enforcement
job protecting and conserving Virginia's wildlife? The
Department is recruiting for the next class of game wardens.
information, visit the
Department's Web site or call 1-804-367-DGIF.
You can make a difference
by helping to support the management of Virginia's wildlife.
When you complete your Virginia state income tax form, you
can be a sweetheart to wildlife by simply marking the
Nongame Wildlife Program checkoff box and filling in the
amount of your donation. Your contribution will help support
essential research and management of native birds, fish, and
other nongame wildlife.
On Saturday, April 7, 2007,
the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF)
will host its annual Trout Heritage Day. A group of 16
waters will be freshly stocked with trout to allow trout
anglers and communities to plan activities around a known
stocking date. The Department has worked with the U.S.
Forest Service, local communities and private landowners to
provide this opportunity.
During the previous
Trout Heritage Days, anglers reported success on
most waters and were pleased with the angling
opportunity provided. On April 7, fishing can begin
at 9 a.m. A list of the waters included in the Trout
Heritage Day program for 2007 can be found on the
Department's Web site.
biologists forecast good overall fishing statewide
for walleye and bass! To read their detailed reports
by body of water, visit:
Don't hang up your
bow just yet - opportunities still exist for archery
deer hunting across Virginia. To assist towns and
cities with urban deer management issues, the
Department established an urban archery season in
2002. This year, the season extends until March 31,
in 19 localities. Due to these areas being more
developed, there may be additional restrictions for
safety measures that hunters must follow.
According to Deer
Project Coordinator Nelson Lafon, "The Urban Archery
season plays an important role in managing
human-deer conflicts. It allows participating towns,
cities and counties to address the problems of too
many deer while offering sportsmen a chance to hunt
in these areas."
To find which of
the 19 participating localities is near you, visit
the Department's Web site.
The Department of
Game and Inland Fisheries' Virginia Naturally School
Recognition program awarded 25 schools for their
environmental education efforts during the 2005-2006
school year. The schools have made a long-term
commitment to increase the environmental literacy of
their students and completed projects to enhance
their environment. The recognition program is part
of the Commonwealth's
Environmental Education Business Plan (PDF).
Each year, schools have the opportunity to add to
their accomplishments while continuing with past
For the list of
Virginia Naturally recognized schools and program
Backpacking, canoeing, fishing, and shooting are
just some of the courses available for women at our
Becoming an Outdoors Woman weekend! Courses range
from outdoor cooking to wilderness survival.
The workshop takes place March 16-18, 2007, at the
Holiday Lake 4-H Center in Appomattox.
According to Outdoor Education Coordinator Karen
Holson, "BOW workshops are designed for women who
are beginners, so no experience is necessary!
Equipment and instruction are provided and our
professional instructors work hard to create a
comfortable and supportive atmosphere."
Hurry, the registration deadline is February
23rd! Register now to reserve your place at this
There has been a lot of
legislative action this year on issues that may affect you
as an outdoor enthusiast, landowner, or concerned citizen.
appropriate way to express your opinion about these
bills, or any other legislation, is through your
local delegate and/or senator. For more
information about your legislators and how to
contact them, please visit the
Assembly Web site. You may also contact the
Virginia General Assembly's Constituent Viewpoint
Comment line toll-free at 1-800-889-0229 (698-1990
All outdoorsmen are
reminded that the "4 PM Burn Law" is in effect from
February 15 until April 30 to help prevent forest
fires. The law bans all open air burning, including
campfires, before 4 PM if your fire is within 300
feet of the woods, brush, or dry grass which can
carry the fire to the woods. You are allowed to burn
debris or have campfires between 4 PM and midnight,
as long as you take proper care and precaution and
attend your fire at all times. Read the Virginia
Department of Forestry's
Frequently Asked Questions: Can I Burn? to learn
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upcoming issues of the
new Outdoor Report, look for:
- Spring Turkey Hunting Tips
- New Birding and Wildlife
Trail Guide Available
- 2006-2007 Hunting Harvest