|In this issue:
Kid's Day Trout Fishing in Madison This Weekend!
- Bear, Deer, Turkey Harvest Data
- Hunters for the Hungry Receives
Record Breaking Donations
- CWD Not Found in Virginia
- Spring Gobbler Forecast Varies
- People and Partners in the News
- Wildlife Center Has Record Year for
- Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Stamp
Grant Applications Period Open
- Fulfillment Farms Offers Youth
Turkey Hunt April 7
- April Fishing Workshop Scheduled in
- In Case You Missed It...
- General Assembly Legislation Update
- Remember Tax Refund Checkoff
- Wheelin' Sportsmen Add Spring
Turkey Hunt and Fishing Rodeo
- Reminder to Buy Hunting and Fishing
- Be Safe... Have Fun
- Take a Kid Spring Gobbler Hunting!
- Gobbler or Hen? How to Tell the
- Heed "Red Flag" Wildfire Warnings
Kid's Day Trout Fishing in Madison This Weekend!
The annual Kid's
Day Trout Fishing event is this Saturday, March 17th
on the Robinson River in Madison County where Routes
600 and 643 cross, near the village of Syria. The
event is exclusively for children age 12 and under
and will start at 9:00 a.m. This is a joint effort
of Graves Mountain Lodge, Virginia Department of
Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) and the Rapidan
Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Contact Graves Mountain
Lodge at (540) 923-4231 for information. This is a
great way to celebrate spring with family and
friends - take the kids fishing!
2006-2007 Bear, Deer, Turkey Harvest Data Announced
another successful hunting season in 2006. Wildlife
biologists with VDGIF have compiled preliminary
figures for bear, deer, and turkey harvests for the
2006-2007 fall seasons. Wildlife Division Director
Bob Duncan commented, "Overall, there were no
surprises. Bear numbers continue to trend upwards as
the bear population continues to grow. At 223,198
the deer harvest was higher than the 10 year average
but not as high as the record of 235,944 set in
2003-2004. The fall turkey harvest is down which is
not surprising given poor reproduction since 2001
due to a number of factors." The extended deer
season in certain Northern Virginia counties was
successful in increasing harvest to help manage the
Hunters for the Hungry Receives Record Breaking Donations -
Tops the Three Million Pound Mark
hunters of Virginia donated 356,054 pounds of
venison in 2006, exceeding last year’s
record-breaking total by 16,000 pounds. Since the
founding of the program in 1991, by the late David
Horne, total distribution now exceeds three million
pounds of donated venison. Over 12 million servings
of nutritious venison have now reached the plates of
the less fortunate.
Current Hunters for
the Hungry director and long-time employee Laura
Newell-Furniss noted, "I think all of us are
impressed and pleased with the generosity of
Virginia hunters and the financial contributors
which have allowed this program to grow into such a
success." She continued, "Founder, David Horne, was
a caring and intelligent man who, through his work
with a nationwide produce salvage program,
recognized the need food banks had for lean protein.
Being a hunter himself, he also knew that the
hunters of Virginia needed to harvest more deer than
their families could use to keep the deer herd in
proper balance. Being an excellent problem solver,
David put these two facts together – the need for
the meat, and a vast renewable natural resource and
created a charity, which, at the time of his death
in 2002, had grown into the largest effort of its
kind in the country. We can all be thankful that
this wonderful man put his caring and skills
together to benefit those in need throughout the
Commonwealth." Donations of funds are still needed
to pay the costs for processing deer harvested
during the extended deer season.
contributing to Hunters for the Hungry through the $2
check-off when purchasing a
license, or at any time through our
To learn how you
can help, visit www.h4hungry.org
or call toll free (800) 352-4868.
CWD Not Found in Virginia
testing, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland
Fisheries has not found any evidence of chronic
wasting disease (CWD) in Virginia's white-tailed
deer population. In 2006, over 800 samples were
collected from white-tailed deer throughout the
state. Approximately 500 samples were collected from
the active surveillance area, which includes the
western and northern parts of Shenandoah, Frederick,
Clarke and Loudoun Counties, the area of Virginia
closest to where CWD has been detected in West
Spring Gobbler Forecast Varies Across Regions
Turkey population levels are near record highs for Virginia. Last year 17,195 gobblers were taken in the spring season. Youth hunters took 341 birds on the special youth season hunt. Due to cold rainy springs, reproduction has been down over the past two years. Wildlife biologists do not expect a significant change in the spring gobbler harvest this year. VDGIF Wild Turkey Project Leader Gary Norman noted,
"Weather always plays an important role in the spring harvest as good gobbling generally requires good weather conditions. The Department encourages hunters to be safe and identify your target during the spring gobbler season." Only bearded turkeys are legal during the spring season. Hunters can take advantage of all-day hunting during the last two weeks of the season. Afternoon hunting is timed to minimize the incidental kill of female turkeys, which should be nesting at this time. VDGIF annually conducts a survey of spring gobbler hunters. Interested hunters are encouraged to contact Gary Norman at
Gary.Norman@dgif.virginia.gov to participate in the survey or call (540) 248-9389.
People and Partners in the News
More Than 2,300
Animals Admitted to Wildlife Center During 2006
The Wildlife Center
of Virginia, an internationally acclaimed teaching
and research hospital for wildlife and conservation
medicine located in Waynesboro, admitted a total of
2,354 animals for treatment during 2006 - injured,
ailing, and orphaned wildlife from all across
Virginia. The Center holds state and federal permits
that allow them to possess, treat and release
As expected, the
2006 total included many common species: 392 Eastern
Cottontail Rabbits; 203 Eastern Gray Squirrels; 170
Virginia Opossums; 103 American Robins; and 101
President and Co-Founder, Ed Clark, noted that a
number of threatened species, or species designated
by the VDGIF as species of special concern in the
state's Wildlife Action Plan were also admitted for
treatment, including 29 Bald Eagles - a single-year
record for the Center; two Barn Owls; two Peregrine
Falcons; a Northern Harrier; and a Golden-crowned
View a complete list of 2006 animals by species.
The Center will be
celebrating its 25th anniversary in November with a
gala fundraising event. For more information on the
Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Grant
Application Period Open
VDGIF is soliciting
applications for the 2007 Migratory Waterfowl
Conservation Stamp grant cycle. This grant is open
to non-profit organizations for cooperative
waterfowl habitat improvement projects in Virginia.
There are two grant application windows. Grant
applications are due on March 30, 2007, and June 29,
2007, before 5:00 p.m. Successful applicants will be
notified within 30 days of the submission deadlines.
Farms Offers Youth Turkey Hunt April 7
opportunity for young turkey hunters is being
offered by The Virginia Wildlife Foundation at
Fulfillment Farms in Albemarle County on April 7.
Details and registration information can be found at
www.vawildlife.org or by calling at (434)
for Beginners Scheduled in Chesapeake
Do you want to
learn to fish? The VDGIF Outdoor Education Program
is hosting a Fishing Workshop at Oak Grove Lake Park
in Chesapeake on Saturday, April 28, 2007. This is a
freshwater fishing workshop for beginners. The lake
is reported to have plenty of bass and bluegill, so
it should be a lot of fun. The cost is $15. Tell a
friend and make it a family outing to remember!
In Case You Missed It...
As our subscriptions have grown to over 8,000 and
new readers continue to sign up, we realize that
some of our seasonal features are important and
timely enough to bear repeating. So you can easily
note repeated items we have added this section, "In
case you missed it..." to the Outdoor Report.
Completes Passage of Legislation
There has been a
lot of legislative action this year on issues that
may affect you as an outdoor enthusiast, landowner,
or concerned citizen.
Still Working On
Remember when you
complete your Virginia state income tax form, you
can support 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.
Spring Hunting and Fishing Events Offered for
Sportsmen with Disabilities
Sportsmen and VDGIF have added two new outings for
April and May to the five previously announced in
the last edition of the Outdoor Report. If you have
a disability and would like to apply for these
hunting or fishing opportunities, applications are
available online at
www.vanwtf.com. All of the events are free and
open to anyone with a disability. Participants are
responsible for having all required Virginia hunting
and fishing licenses.
See the Upcoming
Events section for dates and locations. The
application deadline is April 1st. For more
information, or to get an application by mail,
please contact, Robin Clark at (434) 979-6154, or
Reminder to Buy
Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Most licenses now
sold by the VDGIF are valid for one year from the
date of purchase with two exceptions: the Deer,
Bear, Turkey license and the National Forest Permit.
VDGIF operates a
Customer Service Center to assist purchasers of
hunting and fishing licenses. Representatives are
available 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through
holidays, to answer your questions about the
appropriate licenses you need for your hunting or
fishing outing and to re-issue a lost license. You
purchase licenses online, by telephone toll free
at (866) 721-6911, or
direct from hundreds of local license agents.
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Be Safe... Have Fun
Planning to Take a Youngster on a Spring Gobbler
Hunt? Schedule a Hunter Education Class Now!
Now is the time to
enroll in a Hunter Education Class for spring
Class schedules are available on the
Department's Web site. Hunter Education is mandatory
for all hunters age 12 and older.
Don't forget about
Youth Spring Turkey Hunt that will take place on
April 7th for youth age 15 and under. Youth hunters
between the ages of 12-15 must have appropriate
hunting licenses. Hunters under the age of 12
are not required to have a license, but must be
accompanied by a licensed adult. See the
Department's Web site or Hunting & Trapping
in Virginia Regulations and Information digest
for more information on Hunter Education
requirements. The youth turkey hunt is a great way
for an experienced hunter to introduce a youngster
to the great outdoors.
Is it a Gobbler
or a Hen? The Beard is Not the Best Clue!
Prevent Wild Fires - Heed "Red Flag" Warnings
March winds may be
great for flying kites, but gusty winds and dry
forest conditions can quickly spread a small ember
into a raging wildfire destroying the landscape and
endangering lives and property. Hunters, hikers,
campers and anglers, please remember the Virginia
4:00 PM Burning Law is in effect from February
15 - April 30. Any outdoor burning, including
campfires, is banned before 4:00 p.m. As you go
afield, check weather forecasts for "red flag"
warnings which warn of dangerous winds and
subsequent bans on any outdoor burning until
dangerous conditions are alleviated by rain. For more information, see the Virginia
Department of Forestry's
Frequently Asked Questions: Can I Burn?.
upcoming issues of the
new Outdoor Report, look for:
- Spring turkey hunting tips
- Leave baby wildlife alone!
- Eagle Cam update