Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF)
Outdoor Report

Managing and Conserving Our Wildlife and Natural Resources

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

VDGIF is an agency of the Virginia Secretariat of Natural Resources
In this issue:
  • Virginia Dove, Woodcock, Snipe, Rail, September Canada Goose and September Teal Seasons Set
  • Proposed Hunting, Fishing, Trapping, Wildlife Diversity, and Boating Regulation Amendments for 2008 - Public Comment Period is Open July 24 - September 24, 2007
  • Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries Public Input Meeting Concerning Federal Frameworks for the 2007-2008 Waterfowl Hunting Seasons
  • The Future of Hound Hunting in Virginia
  • Virginia Migratory Duck Stamp
  • Snakes: Splendor in the Grass, A Guide to the Snakes of Virginia is Now Available
  • Mother-Daughter Outdoors Weekend, August 24-26, 2007 in Appomattox
  • People and Partners in the News
    • Master Officer Charlie Mullins Named Game Warden of the Year
    • Dominion Power, Trout Unlimited Provide State-of-the-Art Aquaculture Equipment
    • Virginia Outdoor Sports Show Features Seminars for Disabled
  • Be Safe... Have Fun!
    • Boater's Fatigue
  • In Case You Missed It...
    • New Program Seeks Volunteers
    • Buck Reservoir on New River Scheduled for August Drawdown
    • Long-Standing Musky Record Broken
    • Sportsman's Show Features New Opportunities for the Whole Family
    • Eagles Federal Delisting Effective July 28, Still Protected at State Level
    • "The Woods in Your Backyard" Workshops
    • VDGIF Basic Law Enforcement Academy Graduates 3rd Class
    • 2007-08 Hunting & Trapping Regulations Digest Now Available
  • Fishin' Report

Virginia Dove, Woodcock, Snipe, Rail, September Canada Goose and September Teal Seasons Set

The Board of Game and Inland Fisheries adopted the following seasons at the regulation meeting on July 17, 2007.

Proposed Hunting, Fishing, Trapping, Wildlife Diversity, and Boating Regulation Amendments for 2008 - Public Comment Period is Open July 24 - September 24, 2007

VDGIF 2007 Periodic Regulation Review and Amendment Process Summary

In 2007 the Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries is conducting its Periodic Regulation Review and Amendment Process, in which it addresses and considers possible amendments to all state regulations governing wildlife, hunting, trapping, fishing and boating administered by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF).

Schedule

Key dates in the 2007 Periodic Regulation Review and Amendment Process are:

  • March 27 (occurred). "Staff Preliminary Recommendations" Board meeting. Staff presents its Preliminary Recommendations for regulation amendments. Public comments are received. The Board may request or direct changes it desires, but Board action is not required.
  • April 10 (occurred). The Preliminary Recommendations Public Discussion Period opens, to run through June 15. See participation methods, below.
  • June 5 (occurred). Board meeting during the Preliminary Recommendations Public Discussion Period. Public comments on the Preliminary Recommendations are accepted.
  • June 15 (occurred). The Preliminary Recommendations Public Discussion Period closes.
  • July 17 (occurred). "Regulation Proposal" Board meeting. Staff summarizes the public discussion of the Preliminary Recommendations, and presents its resulting Proposal-Stage Recommendations. The Board solicits and receives public comments. The Board deliberates and proposes regulations or regulation amendments.
  • July 24. The Proposed Regulations Public Comment Period opens, to run through September 24. See public participation methods below.
  • August 21. Board meeting during Proposed Regulations Public Comment Period. Public comments on the Proposed Regulations are accepted.
  • September 24. The Proposed Regulations Public Comment Period closes.
  • October 16. "Final Action" Board meeting. Staff summarizes the public comments received on the Proposed Regulations, and presents its resulting Final Recommendations. The Board solicits and hears public comments on the Proposed Regulations and staff's Final Recommendations. The Board deliberates and adopts Final Regulations or regulation amendments to take effect January 1, March 1, and July 1, 2008.

Public Participation

 VDGIF solicits and strongly encourages the public's participation in the regulation review process. The ways to participate and submit comments are:

  1. Online through the agency Web site.
  2. Email sent to RegComments@dgif.virginia.gov.
  3. Mailed letters sent to: Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries, Attn: Policy Analyst and Regulatory Coordinator, 4016 West Broad Street, Richmond VA 23230.
  4. Public comment at five Board meetings (Mar 27; Jun 5; Jul 17; Aug 21; Oct 16; all are 9 AM at 4000 West Broad Street, Richmond VA.).
  5. Meetings on request. On request and subject to availability, DGIF staff will meet with constituent groups, local government officials, or other groups in local communities to address specific regulatory issues of interest.

For more information, refer to the "DGIF 2007 Periodic Regulation Review and Amendment Process and Schedule" on the VDGIF Web site, or contact the VDGIF regulatory coordinator.

VDGIF Public Input Meeting Concerning Federal Frameworks for the 2007-2008 Waterfowl Hunting Seasons

Tuesday, August 6, 2007, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., 4000 West Broad Street, Richmond

VDGIF is holding a public input meeting to discuss and receive public comments regarding season lengths and bag limits for the 2007-2008 hunting seasons for migratory waterfowl (ducks and coots, geese and brant, swan, gallinules and moorhens) and falconry. All interested citizens are invited to attend.

VDGIF Wildlife Division staff will discuss the population status of these species, present hunting season frameworks for them provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and will solicit the public's comments during the meeting.

A summary of the results of this public hearing will be presented to the Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries prior to its scheduled August 21, 2007 meeting. At the August 21 meeting the Board will solicit public comments and then adopt the 2007-2008 waterfowl hunting seasons and bag limits for the above migratory species.

The Future of Hound Hunting in Virginia

At their July 17 meeting, the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries approved a process for the Department to evaluate the issue of hunting with hounds in Virginia. The Department's goal will be, "to provide diverse opportunities for hunting with hounds in Virginia in a manner that is fair, sportsmanlike and consistent with the rights of private property owners and other citizens." The process will begin with identifying stakeholders and will include identifying the issues and work towards identifying possible solutions. The entire process is anticipated to take at least a year with a report completed in the fall 2008. VDGIF will contract with Virginia Tech to serve as facilitators in the process and there will be plenty of opportunity for comments from all interested parties. In fact, Virginia Tech will be working with VDGIF to develop a brief online survey as part of information gathering.

2007 Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Available July 1

The Department began selling its 2007 Virginia State Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp July 1. The stamp is mandatory for persons age 16 and older to hunt migratory waterfowl, unless license exempt. The stamp is valid July 1 through June 30, 2008.

The artwork for the stamp, painted by Guy Crittenden, is entitled "Reflections" and depicts a pair of Canada geese swimming among reeds reflected in the water. This is the second time in three years that Crittenden's work has been selected for the Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp.

Ducks Unlimited, under contract with the Department, retains the license for the artwork and provides the service in fulfillment of the hunter stamps and the collector stamps. Ducks Unlimited also handles the sale of the prints.

Last year a total of 22,628 Virginia State Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamps were sold generating $203,652. The funds from sales of the stamp will be used to contract with appropriate nonprofit organizations for cooperative waterfowl habitat improvement projects; to protect, preserve, restore, enhance and develop waterfowl habitat in Virginia through the Department's waterfowl program; and to offset the administrative costs associated with production, issuance of, and accounting for the stamp.

Snakes: Splendor in the Grass

Snakes have been the focal point of folklore for centuries. From the "legendary" hoop snake that sticks its tail into its mouth and rolls after you to snakes that hypnotize their prey. No other group of animals has suffered more from negative misinformation than snakes. In fact, snakes are some of the most fascinating and beneficial creatures on the planet. The benefits range from the thrill of a chance encounter while on a walk in the woods to the consumption of thousands of rodents that may potentially cause millions of dollars in agricultural damage every year. Their benefits to us and the ecosystem they inhabit are some of the reasons it is illegal in Virginia to intentionally kill snakes.

Generally speaking, snakes are very reclusive and timid. Many species of snakes will not even attempt to bite when handled. Of the 30 species in Virginia, only 3 are venomous: copperhead, cottonmouth and timber rattlesnake. All three of which are considered docile, unless provoked. Copperhead bites are by far the most common venomous snake bite in Virginia. However, in the 30 years that the Virginia Department of Health has been keeping records on venomous snake bites, no one has ever died from a copperhead bite. Copperhead bites often only result in mild inflammation and discomfort.

If you do encounter a snake in the woods, simply leave it alone, it'll get out of your way or you can walk around it. SNAKES DO NOT CHASE PEOPLE. Here are a few tips to avoid the possibility of being bitten when hiking in the woods:

  1. Stay on the trail.
  2. Watch where you place your hands and feet, and where you sit down.
  3. Do not attempt to capture snakes.

If you are bitten by a venomous snake, stay calm and seek immediate medical attention. None of Virginia's venomous snakes are considered to be highly lethal, but medical attention is necessary for all venomous snake bites.

If you are lucky enough to encounter a snake while enjoying the outdoors; step back and watch a moment. Notice the way the sunlight reflects off the scales and the incredible way a snake can glide off into the leaves barely making a sound. Unless cornered, the snake is going to slip away as quickly as it can.

A Guide to the Snakes of Virginia, one of the Department's most popular publications since its 2001 release, has been reprinted and is again available. This 32-page full-color booklet, co-authored and illustrated by Mike Pinder, our Region 3 Wildlife Diversity Manager, presents all of Virginia's 30 species of snakes in an attractive and educational "field-guide" format. It also includes snakebite information, provides answers to frequently asked questions about snakes, and suggests what you can do to protect or control snakes in your yard and home. Finally, it summarizes snake conservation and management issues, and offers ways you can help protect these fascinating animals. Single copies of the guide can be picked up free of charge at the Department's regional offices; or copies may be purchased online through the Department's Outdoor Catalogue for $5.00 each, or in cases of 60 copies for $150 per case.

Mother-Daughter Outdoors Weekend

August 24-26, 2007, Appomattox, Virginia

Designed primarily for women, this three-day adventure weekend provides an excellent opportunity for anyone 9 years of age and above to learn outdoor skills usually associated with hunting and fishing, and also very useful in a variety of outdoor pursuits. The educational courses offered at this program provide hands on learning opportunities for participants. This event fills quickly, see flyer for details and registration form. Cost for this weekend event is $90 per participant. Meals and lodging are included in the workshop fee. Register early to reserve your space! For more information, contact Jimmy Mootz at 804-367-0656 or Jimmy.Mootz@dgif.virginia.gov.

People and Partners in the News

Master Officer Charlie Mullins Named Game Warden of the Year

Sergeant Charlie Mullins was named Game Warden of the Year for 2007. The honor is the highest tribute presented by the agency to its law enforcement personnel. A peer review committee comprised of past recipients of the award makes the selection from nominees from each of the Department's five regions. Mullins was promoted to the rank of Sergeant from the rank of Master Officer at the same time he received this recognition.

Sergeant Charlie Mullins will also have the distinction of being the last official "Game Warden of the Year." In future years the recognition will be designated the "Conservation Police Officer of the Year" award because effective July 1, 2007, VDGIF sworn personnel are no longer called "game wardens" but "conservation police officers." Governor Tim Kaine signed the bill into law this past spring following the 2007 Session of the General Assembly. Virginia conservation police officers have full police authority, however their efforts focus on enforcing the Commonwealth's wildlife and boating laws. The name change is intended to make the full scope of the officers' authority clear to people they encounter during their daily patrols of Virginia's fields, forests and waters.

Sergeant Mullins began his career with VDGIF more than 23 years ago in Tazewell County. During the course of his career he has demonstrated a great dedication to the Department, its mission and his community. Mullins is active in his community, working with his church, local civic organizations, local schools, and various sportsmen's organizations. He participates in numerous exhibits and fish and wildlife educational activities. His efforts in outreach are a credit to the Department and reflect the true intent of VDGIF's mission.

Dominion Power, Trout Unlimited Provide State-of-the-Art Aquaculture Equipment

A couple of years ago, VDGIF fisheries staff began experimenting with creating and utilizing triploid, or sterile, trout in the agency's hatchery system for our trout stocking program. Triploiding of fish involves using heat or pressure treatment on eggs that result in an extra set of chromosomes in the fish. The offspring from these eggs are not fertile and can not reproduce. The fish are not harmed in any way. By being sterile, there is no risk of these stocked fish establishing a non-native (rainbow or brown trout) population that could out compete with sensitive native species or eliminate native brook trout populations all together. There is also no risk of causing genetic impacts to native trout populations by inbreeding with less hardy hatchery fish.

The pressure treatment chamber for this operation is custom made and cost approximately $25,000. Trout Unlimited applied for a grant through Dominion Power to secure the funds. Dominion Power approved the grant and the equipment was purchased by Trout Unlimited and delivered to VDGIF. The pressure chamber has been setup at the Department's Paint Bank Hatchery and is ready for trout eggs that will begin be taken in August. Through the generosity of Dominion Power and the Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited, VDGIF will be able to enhance recreation opportunities for anglers and improve hatchery efficiency and while preserving and protecting the Commonwealth's native and wild trout populations.

Sportsman's Show Features New Opportunities for Sportsmen with Disabilities

The 24th Annual Virginia Outdoor Sportsman's Show will host exhibits and activities featuring new products and opportunities for sportsmen with disabilities. Whether you are a hunter who has had difficulty finding handicapped accessible sites or a person with a disability wanting to explore outdoor adventures, but you're not sure where to get started - this show is a great place to start. The three-day show is held at The Showplace in Richmond, August 10-12, 2007. On Saturday August 11, all disabled veterans and any persons with a Virginia disabled hunting license will be admitted to the Show free to attend a special seminar on hunting and fishing opportunities, and to view the 300 exhibits with the latest in new equipment and outdoor opportunities. Robin Clark, Volunteer Coordinator for Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen, and Buddy Fines with the Virginia Deer Hunters Association will talk about adaptive equipment and partnership programs with sportsmen's organizations that provide outdoor opportunities for persons with disabilities. Organizations interested in hosting an event can learn what it takes to be a successful host. The seminar begins at 10:00 a.m. Check the Show's Web site for information on numerous other seminars, exhibits, demonstrations and contests.

Be Safe... Have Fun!

Boater's Fatigue

Every boater has experienced it.

You're on the water all day, enjoying the sun and exploring new coves in your boat. You become more and more relaxed, almost dazed, with the wind in your face and the boat humming along the water. You may not realize it, but you could be experiencing boater's fatigue.

Boater's fatigue is a real, documented phenomenon caused by the combination of sun, wind, noise, vibration and the movement of the boat. It's important for boaters to be aware of it, because it slows reaction time and can make it harder to operate your boat safely.

"What some people may feel as relaxing is this boater's fatigue setting in," said Lt. Mike Fields, boating safety administrator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. "It's a phenomenon that actually dulls your senses to the point where you can feel intoxicated."

Like alcohol intoxication, boater's fatigue can cause bloodshot eyes and slurred speech in addition to slower reaction time. It isn't necessarily dangerous, if boaters are aware that they may be experiencing it and take some precautions. "Allow more distance between you and other boats and be extra careful around your turns," Fields said. "Stay on the right side of the lake and leave yourself a cushion; realize you may not have boater's fatigue, but the other guy might."

Boater's fatigue doesn't just affect the boat operator. Everyone on the boat can experience it after a few hours on the water. While boater's fatigue can't really be prevented, taking frequent breaks off of the boat and drinking plenty of water can help minimize the effects. Let someone else operate the boat if you're feeling too fatigued and avoid alcohol.

Boater's fatigue exaggerates the effects of alcohol. For instance, a boater who has consumed one alcoholic beverage may seem as though they've had two or three drinks if they are also experiencing boater's fatigue. "Boater's fatigue doesn't really become dangerous until you add the effects of alcohol," said Fields. "It's another reason not to drink on the water."

As you're enjoying the water this season, be aware of boater's fatigue. Give yourself some extra breaks, stay hydrated and keep an eye out for other boaters.

Published with permission from the Outdoor Wire. Article is by Hayley Lynch, an award-winning writer for Kentucky Afield magazine, the official publication of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. She is an avid hunter and shotgun shooter.

In Case You Missed It...

Editor's note: With numerous new subscribers each issue, we realize that some of the seasonal features are important and timely enough to bear repeating. So readers can easily review these seasonal items, we have retained the headlines and information links in this section "In case you missed it..."

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Fishin' Report

Anglers throughout Virginia and neighboring states want to know "how are the fish bitin'?" To provide some answers, more than 25 license agents, marinas, fishing guides and bait shops have volunteered to serve as contacts for information on recent fishing conditions for primary rivers and lakes throughout the state. Sarah White, outdoor writer and regular contributor to Virginia Wildlife magazine, prepares this Fishin' Report from interviews with these contacts the week prior to publication of the Outdoor Report.

The Fishin' Report is only available as part of your free subscription to the Outdoor Report.

The rivers and lakes featured in the Fishin' Report are listed by VDGIF Administrative Regions so you can quickly locate the area in which you are most interested. Consult the regional location map below to find the major river or lake you want to know about.

For regulations and conditions on saltwater fishing, visit the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) Web site.

Region 1 - Tidewater

Beaverdam Swamp Reservoir: Tom Rummel informs us that fishing there has been "spotty", with some bass and a few crappies. The water has been clear and in the lower 80s.

North Landing River and Back Bay: Dewey Mullins from West Neck Marina reports that things have been slow due to the heat. There have been a few bass and some bluegill, but not much else. Bass are responding to poppers and buzzbaits. Water has been clear and around 70 degrees.

Portsmouth: Lake Mead's Bait and Tackle's Mike Gizara report that lots of crappie have been taken from the lake. The bass are also hitting well. Shellcracker and bream are biting too. The water has been clear and 80 degrees.

Blackwater, Nottoway and Airfield Lake: Wayne Wright of The Fishin' Hole of Wakefield let us know that the largemouth are not responding to bait this time of year. Bream and panfish are doing better, with a 1 lb, 11 oz bluegill brought in. The water has been clear and low and warm.

Region 2 - Southside

James at Lynchburg: Wayne Childress from Angler's Lane says that bass are active and striking well. Smallmouth and sunfish are hitting in the river. Ponds are also good bets for bass with poppers and crawdads. The water is clear and warm.

Kerr Reservoir: Bobby Whitlow of Bob Cat's Lake Country Store informs us that stripers, white perch and crappie are all responding. Cats are biting too. Water is clear and around 83 degrees.

Leesville Reservoir: Fred Tannehill of Tri County Marina says that crappie are going for small minnows and blue cats are attacking night crawlers. Bass are also hitting well in the early hours as are bluegill. The water is clear and around 70-75 degrees.

Philpott Reservoir: The last fishing report included the statement that stripers were hitting well in Philpot. As it turns out, there are no stripers in Philpot. I must explain that the blame should not be put on Sean Perdue, he meant Smith Mountain Lake, and I inadvertently did not pick up on it. So - apologies to Sean and to my readers. Moving on to this week, Sean Perdue informed me that the water at Philpott is clear and hot, making fishing difficult. At Smith Mountain Lake the fishing is better with crappies and stripers doing well.

Region 3 - Southwest

Claytor Lake: Mike Buchett of Rock House Marina says fishing is "tough" and that things have "slowed down". Still some stripers and other bass are biting. The water is stained and around 70 degrees. Mike also wants me to let you know that there is going to be a tournament on Saturday, July 28th the entry fee is $50 with a 90% payback.

Flannagan Reservoir: Larry Sruber says that bass are hitting well. The water is hot and clear. Look for the best fishing in the early morning hours and late in the evening.

Lower New River: Jenny Zineius of Big Z's tells us that stripers are slow to come to bait. Largemouth and are muskies hitting the lures. The water is hot and clear.

North Fork of the Holston: Jamie Lamie of the Sportsman's Den says that smallmouth, largemouth and redeye are going for soft plastics, finesse worms and tubes. Ultra light fishing tackle is the key. Night fishing is good. The water has been cloudy and somewhat cooler due to the rain.

South Holston Reservoir: Bill Faber of the Sportsman's Marina tells us that night fishing for crappie has picked up. Bass fishing at night has also been profitable with root beer colored pig and jigs. Trawling for walleyes is also good. The lake is low and clear with temperatures around 80 degrees.

New River and Claytor Lake: Sportsman's Supply's Victor Billings reports that both largemouth and smallmouth are responding to ET lures. ET string bean lures and pumpkin lures have been especially effective. In the upper New River, channel and flathead cats are going for live bait. Both bodies of water are warm and somewhat cloudy.

Region 4 - Mountain & Valley

Lake Moomaw: Larry Andrews at the Bait Place says that bass fishing is good with Danny Deacon bringing in a 5-1/4 lb brown trout. The water is clear and around 78 degrees.

North Fork of the Shenandoah: Harry Murrary tells us that the North and South Fork of the river are low and clear. Smallmouth can be found around the grass beds and against the shaded banks. The best flies for these areas are the Murrary's Black Hellgrammite - size 6, the Shenandoah Blue Popper - size 6, and the James Wood Bucktail - size 4. The mountain streams are low, but good trout action can be found using flies like the Mr. Rapidan dry - size 18, Murrary's Flying Beatle - size 16, and McMurray Cinnamon - size 20. Larger stocked trout streams in the valley provide good fishing for rainbows by using nymphs and streamers. The waters are clear with temperatures at 62 degrees in the mountains, and 76-80 degrees in the Shenandoah.

Fishing Report Tip of the Week

With the warmer than normal temperatures in the last couple of weeks fishing has slowed down across the state. Anglers will find that for best results it's worth getting up early and being on the water before sunrise or fishing in the late evening hours. Another good tip that will help this time of year is to go light. Ultra light tackle, light line and small lures work well with finicky fish. If that doesn't produce results try going deep and slow. A good depth finder will help you locate submerged structure and steep drop offs.

Now go catch a whopper!

In upcoming issues of the new Outdoor Report, look for:

  • 2007 Spring Gobbler Harvest
  • Waterfowl Regulations
  • Complementary Workforce Program
  • Virginia Naturally School Recognition Program
Prairie warbler. Artwork copyright Spike Knuth.
BE WILD, VIRGINIA!

Prairie Warbler
(Dendroica discolor)
by Spike Knuth

Many birds have names that match their colors, habits, or habitats, but some are misnamed due to how they were first encountered. The prairie warbler does not live in the grassy plains of the west as its name implies. It was so named because ornithologist Alexander Wilson first saw it in the prairie-like "barrens of southwestern Kentucky," thus the name "prairie."

One writer said it would be better named "scrub warbler" since it inhabits dry, brushy clearings, pine barrens, burned over areas, recovering clear cuts, brushy-covered sand dunes, and tree farms. Usually it favors mixed, scattered pines, hickory, oaks, dogwood, and willow-filled low spots.

Prairie warblers arrive to Virginia in early- or mid-April from its wintering grounds in the West Indies. They have brilliant yellow undersides with black streaks or stripes on its sides. Their upper parts are olive-green with chestnut spotting on its back. They have the habit of bobbing its tail downward, then raising it slowly. Its song is a recognizable, buzzy, "zee-zee-zee-zee-zeet," rising noticeably at the end.

They nest close to the ground or in low shrubs and trees using plant down, bark fibers, fine grasses and spider silk. Three to five eggs are laid, which hatch in 11-15 days, and in another 9-10 days the young are fledged. Two broods may be reared in its more southerly range.

Prairie warblers feed mostly near the ground on insects, spiders and caterpillars. It often feeds by hummingbird-like hovering, hanging in branches or flying out at insects like a flycatcher. They begin their southward migration flights in August.

       

This section of each issue of the Outdoor Report features one of the 925 animals that have been identified in Virginia's Wildlife Action Plan whose existence is at risk.

Think you can't make a difference? You can! Be wild and work with your local officials and in your local communities to conserve Virginia's wildlife resources. Find out how you can help and join our team!

The artwork used to enhance this publication is produced by award-winning Virginia artist Carl "Spike" Knuth. He is currently retired from VDGIF and continues to be active in numerous activities contributing to wildlife conservation, information and education through his artwork and writing. We appreciate his continued service and support through his exceptional talent for both illustrations and writing. Spike's artwork can be seen at the Jager Gallery, 6939 Lakeside Avenue, in Richmond.

UPCOMING EVENTS
July 2007
26 The Woods in Your Backyard Workshop (PDF), Madison
30 The Woods in Your Backyard Workshop (PDF), Fredericksburg
31 The Woods in Your Backyard Workshop (PDF), Warrenton
August 2007
2 The Woods in Your Backyard Workshop (PDF), Madison
6 The Woods in Your Backyard Workshop (PDF), Fredericksburg
10-12 Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show, VA Deer Hunters Association, Richmond
24-26 Mother Daughter Outdoors (PDF), Appomattox
September 2007
8 Western Big Game Contest, Harrisonburg
22 Eastern Big Game Contest, Suffolk
22 National Hunting and Fishing Day
22 Central Virginia Quail Unlimited "Youth Appreciation Day," Louisa, lwoolfolk@earthlink.net
29 Women in the Outdoors (PDF), Leesburg
MAKE IT A FAMILY ADVENTURE!
The Department offers numerous hunting, fishing, and outdoor education programs designed for families, women, beginners and seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO HUNT OR FISH?
Visit Find Game, the Department's award-winning online public hunting lands locator!

For persons with disabilities: a calendar of hunting, fishing, and skill-building events, as well as areas designed for access to persons with disabilities can be found on the Department's online events calendar, accessible fishing areas page, as well as the VANWTF site.

Find out where to fish, fishing access, and much more at the Department's Web site.

QUICK GLANCE
AT HUNTING SEASONS
Summer is closed to most hunting seasons. Groundhogs, coyote, skunk, nutria and feral hog have a continuous open season on private lands only.
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