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 23, 2008

VDGIF is an agency of the Virginia Secretariat of Natural Resources
In this edition:
  • Wild Events You Don't Want to Miss
    • Sportsman's Show Features New Opportunities for Sportsmen with Disabilities
    • Mother Daughter Outdoor Weekend August 22-24 in Appomattox
    • 2008 Virginia State Duck and Goose Calling Contest August 23-24 in Hampton
    • Forest Landowners Management Options Short Course in Dinwiddie August 20th
    • Fly Fishing Workshop September 20th in Harrisonburg
    • Wheelin' Sportsmen Benefit Golf Tourney, Dove Hunt and More
    • Local NWTF Chapters to Host Women in the Outdoors Events
    • The Wildlife Foundation of Virginia to Host Hunter Education Events in August
  • People and Partners in the News
    • State 4-H Shotgun Team Makes Impressive Showing at National Competition
    • VDGIF Board Elects New Officers
  • Hunting News Your Can Use
    • Attention Rail, Snipe, Moorhen and Gallinule Hunters - Non-Toxic Shot Now Required
    • Dove, Woodcock, Snipe and Rail Hunting Seasons Approved by VDGIF Board
    • New Stationary Waterfowl Blind License Application Simplified
    • New Web Site Provides Waterfowl Flyway Information
    • What's New for the 2008-09 Hunting & Trapping Seasons
    • Apprentice Hunting License: A New Way To Get Involved In Hunting
    • Sportsman's Show Features New Opportunities for the Whole Family August 8-10
  • Be Safe... Have Fun!
    • Coast Guard Vet New Boating Safety Education Coordinator
  • "Green Tips" for Outdoor Enthusiasts
    • Workshops Promote Using Scrap Wood for Bioenergy
  • Habitat Improvement Tips
    • Landscaping Contest Recognizes Conservation Excellence
  • Fishin' Report
    • Higher Fuel Cost Causes VDGIF to Change Fee Fishing Areas Trout Stockings
    • Sarah White's Notebook
      • TV Fishing Shows Have Good Info
      • Regional River and Lake Reports on Fishing Conditions
  • Virginia Conservation Police Notebook
    • Field Reports From Officers Protecting Natural Resources and People Pursuing Outdoor Recreation
  • In Case You Missed It...
    • Links to Recent Articles of Ongoing Interest

Wild Events You Don't Want to Miss

Sportsman's Show Features New Opportunities for Sportsmen with Disabilities

The 25th 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 sponsored by the Virginia Deer Hunters Association and held at The Showplace in Richmond, August 8-10, 2008. Hugh Crittenden, the Show's founder and Manager for 25 years is proud to announce that on Saturday August 9, "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.

The seminar will feature Robin Clark, Volunteer Coordinator for Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen and recognized last February by the National Wild Turkey Federation as Volunteer of the Year for his leadership and outstanding accomplishments providing opportunities and programs for disabled persons in Virginia. Representatives from the Virginia Deer Hunters Association, the Wounded Warrior Project, Paralyzed Veterans Administration, Virginia Waterfowlers Association and other organizations that have sponsored events will talk about adaptive equipment and partnership programs with sportsmen's organizations that provide outdoor opportunities for persons with disabilities. These and other groups will be participating in the seminar and have additional information at their exhibits all three days of the Show. Organizations interested in hosting an event for persons with disabilities can learn what it takes to be a successful host. The seminar begins at noon and will end at 1:00 p.m. VDGIF will have one of their wheelchair accessible hydraulic lift hunting stands on display as well as information and materials on adaptive equipment, accessible fishing piers and other facilities. Check the Show's Web site for information on numerous other seminars, exhibits, demonstrations and contests.

Take a Friend, Make a Hunter…This is the perfect event to bring a friend that is interested in the Apprentice Hunting License to talk with experienced sportsmen about the many opportunities for hunting and try out the latest gear to enhance your experience. Purchase an Apprentice Hunting License and sign up a new subscriber for the Outdoor Report at the Show and we will give you a useful VDGIF camo carabineer and a free 2008 Hunting & Fishing Virginia Wildlife Calendar.

Mother Daughter Outdoor Weekend August 22-24 in Appomattox

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

2008 Virginia State Duck and Goose Calling Contests August 23-24 in Hampton

The Virginia Waterfowlers' Association (VAWFA) will hold the 2008 VAWFA Virginia State Duck and Goose Calling Contests at the Bass Pro Shops facility in Hampton on August 23 - 24, 2008. The Virginia State Goose Calling Contest is a qualifying contest for the World's Championship Goose Calling Contest to be held in Easton, MD. The Virginia State Junior Goose, Virginia Open Goose and Virginia Open Two Man Goose calling contests will also held on August 23.

On August 24 the VAWFA will hold the Virginia State Duck Calling Contest. This is a sanctioned qualifying contest for the World's Championship Duck Calling Contest held in Stuttgart, Arkansas. The Virginia State Junior Duck, Virginia Open Duck and Virginia Open Two Man Duck calling contests will also held on August 24, 2008.

Contestants for the Virginia State Goose and Duck calling contests must be a Virginia resident and must have attained the age of seventeen years old. Contestants for the Virginia State Junior Goose and Duck calling contests, must also be a Virginia resident and must not have attained the age of seventeen years old. The Virginia Open and Open Two Man calling contests are open to all callers, non residents and Virginia residents of all ages. Winners and second and third placing callers for all contests will be awarded trophies and prizes from sponsors and the VAWFA. Nationally ranked callers from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey are expected to participate in the calling contests.

VAWFA is an all volunteer 501c3c association dedicated to preserving Virginia waterfowl hunting heritage. Click Here for more information on the Calling Contests. For other VAWFA activities, visit the Virginia Waterfowlers' Association website.

Forest Landowners Management Options Short Course in Dinwiddie August 20th

Virginia Cooperative Extension Forest Landowner Education Program is hosting a Woodland Options Short Course in Dinwiddie on August 20, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Eastside Community Center.

Woodland owners can learn how to manage their forest and wildlife resources for long term sustainability and get information on organizations and agencies that can provide technical assistance to reach their goals. For additional information contact Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391or email

Fly Fishing Workshop September 20th in Harrisonburg

Learn the basics of Fly Fishing from skilled instructors in the beautiful setting of the Shenandoah Mountains. VDGIF is hosting this workshop September 20, 2008 at River Rock Park near Harrisonburg. There are only a handful of spots left for this one, so don't delay – registration is $25. Contact DGIF web events for details.

Wheelin' Sportsmen Host Benefit Golf Tourney, Dove Hunt and More

Normally the Outdoor Report doesn't publicize golf events... but we are proud to promote the Wheelin' Sportsmen Benefit Golf Tourney Friday, September 19 at Vista Links in Buena Vista. This fun event is open to all abilities, experienced or novice. The Tourney helps to raise funds for the Wheelin' Sportsmen Program which provides opportunities for hundreds of sportsmen with disabilities to participate in a variety of hunting, fishing, shooting and other outdoor adventures.

On Saturday, September 20 Wheelin' Sportsmen will hold their annual Outdoor Day at Shenandoah Stone near Raphine. This event features a variety of outdoor skills activities for disabled sportsmen to try. A Dove Hunt is scheduled for September 12 at Fulfillment Farms in Albemarle. For details on these and other events visit: Interested in volunteering to assist with an event or have a friend that is interested? Visit the Virginia National Wild Turkey Federation Web site to find numerous links to opportunities and information.

Local NWTF Chapters To Host Women In The Outdoors Events

More and more women are learning to hunt, fish, camp and participate in outdoor adventures by participating in the National Wild Turkey Federation's (NWTF) popular Women in the Outdoors (WITO) program. WITO events can provide activities at a very reasonable cost, thanks to a combination of state and local NWTF chapter support and many generous corporate and wildlife agency partners such as VDGIF. Recently some events were re-scheduled and new ones added. For registration and event information contact: Priscilla Page, NWTF Women in the Outdoors Regional Coordinator at telephone (410) 378-2064 or on the Web:

The event originally scheduled for June 28 at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Hampton, has been rescheduled to August 2.

On July 26 the NWTF Bland County Many Beards Chapter will host a WITO event at Camp Roland in Bastian. For information contact Amy Hancock at (276) 682-3777 or email

The Wildlife Foundation of Virginia to Host Hunter Education Events in August

The Wildlife Foundation of Virginia (WFV) will be hosting two weekend-long events to provide the certified Hunter Education Course and hands on training during the latter part of August. The first training event will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 23-24, in Richmond. The second training event will be August 30-31 at Fulfillment Farms in Albemarle. For details and registration visit the WFV Web site at

There are numerous Hunter Education Courses scheduled for this fall. The mandatory 10 hour course is offered free of charge in a variety of formats to accommodate student schedules. The classes are taught by trained volunteer instructors. To find one near you visit the VDGIF Web site or call 1-866-604-1122.

People and Partners in the News

State 4-H Shotgun Team Makes Impressive Showing at National Competition

The Virginia State 4-H Shotgun Team, which is comprised of teens from Freeman, South Hill, Skipwith and Keysville recently made an impressive showing at the National Competition held in Grand Island, Nebraska. State team members Jacob Lawson, Victor Fuller, Nolan Hudson and Cody Bailey are all also members of the Freeland 4-H Shooting Club. Jennifer Hudson and Jimmy Thompson coach the team.

During the course of the competition, which took place the week of June 23-27, the team racked up a number of awards, both collectively and individually, including a second place win in the Sporting Clays category, second place in the Skeet Category and a third place overall win in the Shotgun Competition. Individual team members also fared well, with Jacob Lawson grabbing third place and Cody Bailey pulling ninth, respectively, for Sporting Clays. Bailey also won fourth place High Individual in the Overall Shotgun Competition.

Coach Hudson said that the journey represented a once-in-a-lifetime experience for each team member, literally. "You can only compete in a shooting discipline once. These guys could go back next year and compete in either rifle, pistol, archery or muzzle loaders." Hudson added, "Everyone had a great time. Several other coaches commented on their skills and manners as well. You find as a whole that the youth that are involved in shooting sports are more responsible, respectful, helpful and willing to practice to reach their goals. They understand the importance of being a team player."

Hudson noted that the journey could not have been undertaken without the support from within the local communities where the team members live. The team is very grateful to all the sponsors that covered airline tickets, hotel rooms, meals, practice round fees, SUV rentals, gas and team apparel.

Hudson encourages all youth (boys and girls) between the ages of 9-19 who may be interested in becoming a team member to call her or Thompson to learn more about the team and how to join. All youth are welcome to come out and either observe or take part in a practice before they make a commitment to join the team. Team guns are available for new member's use. If we have enough interest to start up a rifle or archery team that will be considered as well. You can contact Jennifer Hudson at (434) 917-9795 or Jimmy Thompson at (434) 447-4137. The team currently consists of members from Charlotte, Mecklenburg, Brunswick and Lunenburg counties.

VDGIF Board Elects New Officers

During the July 15, 2008 VDGIF Board Meeting, C. T. Hill was elected as the new Chairman and Dr. Billy Greer as Vice-Chair. Mr. Hill has appointed Board Member Tom Stroup to Chair the Finance, Audit and Compliance Committee; Richard Railey will Chair the Wildlife and Boat Committee and Jimmy. Hazel will Chair the Nominations Committee. Dr. Greer, by virtue of his Vice-Chair position, will serve as Chair of the Education, Planning and Outreach Committee.

Jimmy Hazel was recognized by the Board for his service as the Chairman for the past year with a plaque and mallard print. VDGIF Executive Director Bob Duncan acknowledged Chairman Hazel's dedication stating, "Having worked very closely with Mr. Hazel, especially since February, I can tell you that he has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Board, the staff and our constituents on a wide variety of issues ranging from legislative, land issues, infrastructure needs, and new programs to benefit sportsmen and stakeholders. I hope that you will join me in congratulating him on a job well done!"

Hunting News You Can Use!

The following notes are quick reminders of things you may have overlooked in getting ready for hunting season, or reports of interest compiled from numerous calls we received recently at our information desk.

Attention Rail, Snipe, Moorhen and Gallinule Hunters - Non-Toxic Shot Now Required

A new regulation that goes into effect this hunting season in Virginia requires the use of non-toxic shot for hunting rails, snipe, moorhens and gallinules. Non-toxic shot approved by the Department [steel, bismuthtin, tungsten-bronze, tungsten-iron, tungsten-tin-bismuth, tungsten-polymer, tungsten matrix, tungsten-nickel-iron (HEVISHOT), tungsten-iron-nickel-tin (TINT), tungsten-iron-coppernickel, tungsten-tin-iron, and iron-tungsten-nickel shots] is now required for hunting all waterfowl, mergansers, coots, moorhens, gallinules, snipe and rails. Lead shot is not allowed for hunting these species and cannot be in possession in the field while hunting these species. Shot size can be no larger than "T".

Dove, Woodcock, Snipe, and Rail Hunting Seasons Approved by VDGIF Board

At the July 15, 2008 VDGIF Board Meeting, the Board approved the dove, woodcock, snipe and rail hunting seasons as well as the September Canada goose and teal hunting seasons. VDGIF Executive Director Bob Duncan noted, "I am encouraged by the increase in the daily bag for doves, now 15 per day and the goose limit for September will be 10 instead of five, think of it as more birds per gallon of gasoline! Hopefully hunters will be encouraged to continue to participate in these seasons notwithstanding higher gasoline prices." For details on season dates, visit the Department's Web site. The brochures for migratory bird hunting will have a different look this year as they will contain advertising in order to save on printing costs.

New Stationary Waterfowl Blind License Application Simplified

A new, improved version of the Stationary Waterfowl Blind License Application is now available to license agents and online at the VDGIF Web site for stationary blind applicants applying for the 2008-2009 waterfowl season. Several changes have been made on the form including allowing up to five blinds to be licensed on one form and to have one certification box that will cover both the riparian and non-riparian applicants. VDGIF Wildlife Division Director, Bob Ellis an avid waterfowler himself noted "We hope these changes will provide a more user friendly form for the applicant as well as for the license agent. We again are requesting the applicant provide GPS coordinates so that we can develop a database of applicants that will be used to streamline future application procedures."

New Web Site Provides Waterfowl Flyway Information

Waterfowlers now have a new Web site packed with news, updates, harvest management information and scientific data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS). This new site is a collaborative effort of waterfowl managers from across the continent where the FWS and CWS post the initial assessments of waterfowl breeding habitat conditions in new video segments. These assessments offer a first glimpse of habitat conditions and the status of waterfowl populations entering the breeding period starting in May 2008.

"What's New" for 2008-09

Get your free copy of the new 2008-2009 Hunting and Trapping in Virginia - Regulations digest and see what's new this season. The booklet has a new look this year with color- coded page tabs for the different sections including: What's New, Licenses, Regulations, Hunting Lands, Bear, Deer Turkey, Small Game, Trapping and an Index. There is an entire page listing new regulations, expanded seasons and other hunter friendly changes this year entitled "What's New". We will be featuring details of these new opportunities in each of the next editions of the Outdoor Report through September. A PDF format is available on the VDGIF Web site along with feature articles on the topics listed in the digest.

Apprentice Hunting License: A New Way To Get Involved In Hunting

Virginians interested in learning how to hunt and Virginia hunters eager to share their sport with friends and family now have a way to make it easier to pair up! An apprentice license can be purchased by a new hunter before successfully completing the Department's hunter education course. However, apprentice hunters are reminded they still have to comply with this education requirement before legally purchasing a state resident or nonresident basic hunting license.

Completion of the hunter education course can take place at any point during the two-year period. Doing so will provide the apprentice with necessary proof of course passage to purchase the basic hunting license and continue hunting once the "test drive" period is over.

What are you waiting for? Call toll-free 1-866-721-6911 for more information.

Take a Friend, Make a Hunter… Be sure and visit the VDGIF exhibits at the 25th Annual Virginia Outdoor Sportsman's Show at The Showplace in Richmond August 8-10, 2008. This is the perfect event to bring a friend that is interested in the Apprentice Hunting License to talk with experienced sportsmen about the many opportunities for hunting and try out the latest gear to enhance your experience. Purchase an Apprentice Hunting License and sign up a new subscriber for the Outdoor Report at the Show and we will give you a useful VDGIF camo carabineer and a free 2008 Hunting & Fishing Virginia Wildlife Calendar .

Sportsman's Show Features New Opportunities for the Whole Family August 8-10

The 25th Annual Virginia Outdoor Sportsman's Show features over 300 fun and exciting new exhibits, demonstrations and seminars- something for everyone in the family. Experienced and novice sportsmen and sportswomen can try the latest in new equipment and learn about new places and techniques to enjoy Virginia's great outdoors. The three day show is held at The Showplace in Richmond August 8-10, 2008. You can purchase your new Hunting and Fishing Licenses and 2009 Virginia Wildlife Calendar from the VDGIF booth and also subscribe to Virginia Wildlife magazine and the Outdoor Report at the Show. Biologists, conservation police officers, Complementary Work Force volunteers and Hunter Education Instructors will be on hand to answer your questions.

This is your chance to see the biggest bucks harvested in Virginia. Deer hunters throughout Virginia will bring their mounts to this prestigious contest organized by the Virginia Deer Hunters Association (VDHA). Certified judges from the VDHA and VDGIF will be awarding ribbons and trophies in four antler classes. The Virginia Open Turkey Calling Championship will be held on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. sanctioned by the National Wild Turkey Federation. There are cash and prize awards with the first place winners in four Divisions eligible to go to the National Calling Contest. Featured this year are seminars for persons with disabilities to learn about specialized equipment and partnership programs with sportsmen's organizations that provide hunting and fishing opportunities. Check the Show's Web site for information on numerous other seminars, exhibits, demonstrations and contests.

Be Safe... Have Fun!

Coast Guard Vet New Boating Safety Education Coordinator

Since the latter part of June, Tom Guess has been working at VDGIF as the Boating Safety Education Coordinator. Before coming to VDGIF, Tom served in the United States Coast Guard and retired earlier in June as a Chief Boatswain's Mate. His last assignment in the USCG before retirement was Officer in Charge of Station Milford Haven in Mathews County near Gwynn's Island. Tom also spent time at USCG Training Center Yorktown as an instructor in the Maritime Law Enforcement School.

Since beginning his job here at VDGIF, Tom has spent quite a lot of time learning about the new boating safety education law. And speaking of the education law, boaters should take a look at page 36 in the recently updated Watercraft Owner's Guide - available on the Department's Web site. On this one page, boaters can find complete information on the phase-in schedule for compliance with the boating safety education requirement and also what is considered for a person to be in compliance with the requirement. As a reminder to the thousands of boaters on Virginia's waterways - wear a life jacket - don't mix alcohol and boating - and take a boating safety course. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable boating experience!

Stay Safe on the Water - Boat Smart and Sober!

The upcoming summer boating season is right around the corner, and VDGIF reminds all boaters to boat smart, boat sober, and boat safe while out on our waterways. All boaters should:

  • wear your life jacket
  • do not mix alcohol and boating
  • take a boating safety course

Remember safety and courtesy are free, share them generously!

"GREEN TIPS" For Outdoor Enthusiasts

This new section in the Outdoor Report provides tips and articles on ways you as an outdoor enthusiasts can join with others to do simple things in your outdoor pursuits that can make a big difference in keeping Virginia "green" and wildlife "wild" to benefit us all.

Workshops Promote Using Scrap Wood for Bioenergy

Virginia Cooperative Extension Forest Landowner Education Program is sponsoring two demonstration workshops that promote the use of abundant "scrap wood waste" for producing charcoal and bioenergy. Visit the designated Web sites for registration and detailed information.

Charcoal Making From Low-Value Wood Products
August 2, 2008 Madison County Farmers Market
Open house from 8:00am - 12:00

Learn how to add value to scrap wood (tree tops, laps, slabs, etc.) by turning it into natural lump charcoal. Contact (540) 948-6881 for more information.

Woody Bioenergy in Virginia Managing Our Resources for a Profitable and Sustainable System

Rural Tract Focus:
September 4, 2008, Abingdon 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Congressman Rick Boucher and State Forester Carl Garrison will speak.

Urban/Suburban Focus:
September 29, 2008 Petersburg, VA 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Congressman Randy Forbes and Steve Walls, Senior Energy Policy Advisor to Governor Tim Kaine, will speak.

Information will be presented covering the operational and economic challenges and opportunities related to large-scale woody bioenergy in Virginia. Registration is $25 and includes lunch. Click Here or contact John Munsell (540) 231-1611 for registration information.

Habitat Improvement Tips

Landscaping Contest Recognizes Conservation Excellence

Calling all Conservation Landscapers - show off your spectacular gardens and put our guidelines to the test! The Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council (CCLC) is running a contest for novice gardeners, schools, businesses and professionals who have a residential or non-residential site that exemplifies the Eight Essential Elements of Conservation Landscaping (site must be located within the Chesapeake Bay watershed to be eligible). These Essential Elements include: 1) design that benefits the environment; 2) landscaping that uses locally native plants; 3) provides for the removal or management of invasive exotic plants; 4) provides good wildlife habitat; 5) promotes good air quality; 6) conserves water or improves water quality; 7) fosters healthier soils such as through composting; and 8) works in harmony with nature for sustainability. Deadline for submission is August 1. This is not a photo contest but a contest of landscaping principles! Complete contest rules and application form are available at Winning sites will be featured on the CCLC web page this fall and may be chosen as a field trip stop during our fall Field Days.

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 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.

Higher Fuel Cost Causes VDGIF to Change Fee Fishing Areas Trout Stockings

Due to rising fuel prices, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) announced today that beginning July 21, trout stocking at its daily trout Fishing Fee Areas at Crooked Creek in Carroll County and Big Tumbling on Clinch Mountain in Washington County will be reduced from six times per week to three. Prior to this change, trout have been delivered and stocked daily, Monday to Saturday, at each of the streams.

There is a positive aspect to the change. "Each stocking will get twice the number of fish normally stocked each day, so the number of trout stocked per week will not change," says Assistant Fisheries Division Director Ron Southwick. "This will cut our fuel costs in half, without affecting the number of fish stocked." In fact, anglers making the trip to either of the areas should have better success with the increase number of fish stocked each time. Southwick also observed, "The number of daily permit sales normally goes way down during the summer months and with the high price of gas, we are seeing even lower numbers of anglers than in previous years."

Trout will be stocked on Monday and Wednesday mornings, and either Friday evening or Saturday morning for the weekend visitors.

Crooked Creek and Clinch Mountain fee areas are open from the first Saturday in April thru September 30.

Anglers must have a Virginia fishing license and purchase a daily fishing permit for $6.50. Permits can be purchased at the Department's Web site or from any license agent (found at most sporting goods stores and bait shops) or on site at the concession building.

The daily creel limit is six trout per angler.

For more information about fishing in Virginia, visit the Department's Web site.

Sara White's Notebook

TV Fishing Shows Have Good Info

The non angler can't really understand the true angler's obsession with fishing shows. There is the shared excitement of setting the hook. The fight and then the culmination as the fish is brought to boat. Best of all, unless it is spear fishing, the fish is often admired briefly then re-released unharmed. These shows are also a treasure trove of good information and tips. One must realize that the hosts are often paid to push certain brands or products, but, nevertheless, the info is often very helpful in the field. Such shows can be seen on Versus network or other sports channels, especially on weekend mornings. So when you can't fish, watch someone else land a lunker!

Region 1 - Tidewater

Beaverdam Swamp Reservoir: Eddie Hester at Beaverdam Park reports that bass are hanging out in grassy areas and going for soft plastics early in the morning and late into the evening hours. Channel cat numbers have been good using chicken livers and minnows. Crappie schools are scattered and are hanging out in deeper water. There is a good bream and bluegill action using red wigglers and crickets. White perch are feeding on small minnows and minnow like lures. The water is in the upper 80's and clear. Click Here for more information about Beaverdam Swamp Reservoir and Park.

Chickahominy River: Betsy Caldwell at Rivers Rest says that even with the hot weather fishing is still pretty good. Bass are responding well to minnows and top water lures early in the morning. Crappie are hard to find. Now's the time to try a little night fishing for cats and beat the heat of the day. Night crawlers, chicken livers and peeler crabs are excellent baits for luring big catfish. The water is warm and clear. Being a tidal river the Chickahominy is experiencing higher than normal salinity levels, due to the hot weather and low levels of fresh water entering the upper sections of the river. Click Here for more information on fishing conditions on the Chickahominy River.

Little Creek Reservoir: According to Walter Elliot at Little Creek Reservoir and Park, stripers and largemouth bass are going for live bait off points in 20 or more feet of water. For crappie and yellow perch try looking around bridge pilings and using minnows and small jigs and spoons. Nice size chain pickerel are hitting minnows and plastic worms. Anglers of note are: Paul Robertson of Doswell with a 17 lb striper on live herring; John Robertson of Richmond with 2 largemouth bass weighing in at 6 and 7 lbs on live herring. Mike Fowler of Williamsburg with 11 largemouth bass, also on live herring; Willie Webber of New Kent with 6 stripers and 10 largemouth bass on live herring (are you sensing a pattern here?); and Andrew Gorde, 11 years old who landed 13 big crappie and 5 yellow perch on minnows. Click Here for more information about Little Creek Reservoir and Park.

North Landing River and Back Bay: Dewey Mullins of West Neck Marina tells us that white perch action is good using for beetle spins and night crawlers. Largemouth bass are biting early and late on topwater lures, during the middle of the day try spinners, chatterbaits, soft plastics and shallow running crankbaits. No big cats to report, but a few smaller cats have been brought in using cut bait and night crawlers. Bluegill are plentiful and going for red worms, crickets and small poppers used with fly rods. The water is in the 80's and clear. Click Here for more boating and fishing destinations in the Virginia Beach area.

Norfolk Lakes: Drew Dixon of Dashell's Show Room says that local bream go for crickets, red wigglers and beetle spins. Crappie are being brought to boat with minnows. Bass are responding to top water early in the morning and soft plastics fished slow. Not much cat action has been noted. The water is 83 degree and slightly stained.

Nottoway and Black Water Rivers: Local guide Jeff Turner reports that fishing on the Blackwater and Nottoway rivers continues to be slow. Water temps are in the mid 80's. Small largemouth can be taken on topwater early and late in the upper sections of the Nottoway. Fish seem to be hanging around in the shallow water. Some shellcrackers are being caught by those that have the patience to find where they are holed up. In attempt to beat the heat of the day Jeff tried an all night fishing trip for catfish, which produced fair results. One thing that is fun to do this time of year when the other fish are not actively feeding is too try for gar. They are a challenge to hang and put up an impressive fight. All you need is a bobber and a small bream with a steel leader. Toss the rig out with about a foot and a half distance from the bobber to the bait. Try to find a area where you see the gars active and rolling on the surface. Normally you will not have to wait long before you see some bobber movement. When one hits let him take it as long as you can stand it. Then tighten up your line and sock it to him. It can really be fun fishing especially for kids when they first get a look at this prehistoric-looking fish and all those teeth.

Region 2 - Southside

Smith Mountain Lake: Mike Snead at the Virginia Outdoorsman Store reports that temperatures remain seasonally warm this week with highs exceeding 90 degrees early in the week and reaching into the upper 80's each day thereafter. The low temperature at night has been in the 60's. The Smith Mountain Lake surface water temperature is around 83 degrees and on warm days will climb a degree or two by late afternoon. The continued warm air temperatures are heating both the surface water and waters beneath the surface. This is pushing baitfish and other species that prefer cooler water, like the striped bass, into deeper water that is colder and has good oxygen content. The increasing surface water temperatures have stimulated changes in the patterns and locations of many species and that will continue as we move into the warmest summer months. We will have sunny to partly cloudy skies most days this week with a good chance of scattered thunderstorms in the late afternoon and evenings. With a full moon late last week, there will be good light on the water at night. The next third quarter moon will be this Friday, July 25th. The bass fishing continued to be good this past week although tournament weights were a little less than last week. There is still a topwater bite early in the morning and Rico's and Pop-r's are producing nice fish. Buzzbaits, like those by Pulsator are also working as are spinner baits when it is windy. The spinnerbait imitates shad and small panfish. When imitating shad, the spinnerbait skirt should be of a color that is similar to the color of the fish being imitated, like pearl or white with light blue flecks. Some fish continue to be caught in relatively shallow water using the shakey head, particularly in shady areas around docks. Tru-tungsten, Giggy Head and Owner jigs are good jighead choices. Shakey head worms by Gambler, Roboworm, Deep Creek and ZOOM are all producing fish. Pig and jigs are also working on shallow fish. Most of these baits are imitating crawfish and they change colors frequently. I suggest you check with your local tackle shop for the best colors of plastics to use. We still catch crawfish every week and bring them to the shop to help us determine the best color plastic trailer or worm to recommend. Last week the crawfish were a light green pumpkin base color with a little red in their craws. It will likely be a little different this week. Yamasenko worms are also working, especially when wacky-rigged and presented off pilings on deep water docks. Many bass have pulled back into deeper cooler water. These fish are often found on points or humps with natural rock and submerged brush piles. They can be caught using a variety of different lures including both Carolina and Texas rigged plastics. V&M, ZOOM and Deep Creek worms, lizards and creature baits are all producing fish. Deep-water crankbaits are also working and should continue to produce all summer. Lures by Bandit, Bomber, Rapala and others that get down deep are good choices. You want to run these crankbaits across the tops of brush and into other structure, so it deflects when it makes contact. Jigs are also a good choice for deeper water fish on rock, especially jigs with football heads. Water Temperature: 83 degrees, Water Clarity: Good.

Participation at local tournaments was good this past week with fields of 20 or more boats common. The team of Mayhew and Mitchell claimed first place in the Tuesday night event with a total weight of 16.90 pounds. They also brought the big fish weighing 5.90 pounds to the scale. The Friday night tournament out of the State Park was won by the team of Mike Johnson and Glen Sink with a five fish weight of 16.70 pounds. The team of Jacob Bumgardner and Jonathan Bryant caught a 5.46 pound largemouth Friday night to claim big fish honors. The State Park Friday night event will not be held next week, but will resume the following Friday, August 1st. Glen Sink had a great weekend tournament fishing as in addition to winning on Friday night he teamed up with Jim McCullough to win again Saturday night at the Foxport tournament. Their total team weight was 19.00 pounds Saturday. Tracey Bowles and Kenny Newton caught the big fish Saturday night weighing 6.95 pounds. The Saturday night event out of Foxport will be held next week, and there will be an all night event out of Sportsman's that same evening. The all night event will run from 8 pm until 8 am. The Sunday morning tournament series out of the Hardy Road state ramp kicked off the second half of their trail this past week. The event was won by the team of Johnny Stutts and Jason Otey with a total weight of 14 pounds 7 ounces. Johnny and Jason also caught the big fish of the tournament weighing 4.5 pounds. For information about local tournaments, just call the Virginia Outdoorsman on (540) 721-4867.

Striper fishing was good this past week for anglers using live bait on downlines and shot lines. Fish were found in numerous locations in the mid and lower lake, often in deep water close to the bottom or down in submerged trees. Small shad and store-bought shiners both produced good fish. Some had success jigging for stripers using the Virginia Outdoorsman custom jigheads with ZOOM Salty Super Flukes. Stripers were also caught by anglers trolling Sutton spoons, plastic swim shad (Storm, Calcutta), sassy shad and Umbrella rigs (Urigs). Chartreuse curly tailed grubs and sassy shad have been good rig colors, as have both light blue and white sassy shad.

The catfish bite continues to be strong with stinkbaits, nightcrawlers, shad and live bluegill all working. This week we are running a "Crappie Workshop" this Thursday night, July 24th that will focus on the selection and use of artificial lures. Attendance is limited. The workshop costs $20 per person. For more details or to reserve a seat call the Virginia Outdoorsman on (540) 721-4867 or click here.

James at Lynchburg: Tom Reisdorf of Angler's Lane reports that trout are biting on flies in the Jackson River. Smallmouths are attacking popping bugs vigorously. No word on local cats. Bluegill are biting crickets. Crappie have been hard to find. The water is warming and clear. For more information on fishing conditions around the Lynchburg area, click here.

James at Scottsville: Brian Bodine of Razorback Guide Service reports that smallmouth bass are biting well in the Howardsville to Bremo area. Water conditions were getting low, slow and fluctuating some this week with daily thunderstorms adding some muddy water. Baits of choice right now are Pop-R's for the morning and evening topwater bite. Small mouth bass are hitting plastics. Concentrate on the darker water along the bank with some sort of structure. Cats are biting well on into the evenings with Razorback clients landing some good sized channel cats. Bait of choice is live bait or cut bait. Visit the Razorback Web site or call (434) 923-9305.

Kerr Reservoir: Bobby Whitlow of Bob Cat's Lake Country Store says that "all species" are being landed by local anglers. Largemouths are falling for Carolina rigging soft plastics like Old Monster Worms and Mag II Worms, and swimming jigs off rocky points. Lots of crappie have been brought in from all over the lake, especially deep bridge pilings; anglers are using jigs and minnows. Cats are back in the lake and attacking cut bait and live shad and bream. Perch are being fooled by jigging spoons and small minnows. The water is warming, clear and dropping slowly below full pond.

Region 3 - Southwest

Claytor Lake: Glen Don of Rock House Marina reports that fishing has been "slow". Largemouth and smallmouth bass can be coaxed by drop shots and wacky rigged Yamasenko worms. A few cats have been landed using live bait like shiners. Not many crappie have been landed. Stripers have "slacked off". The water is 80 degrees and clear. For more information about fishing Claytor Lake, click here.

Lower New River: John Zienius of Big Z's reports that the water is "very, very low". Jet boat anglers are having a "hard time" getting around and your best bet is to wade. Bass are slow but you might have luck with the Superfluke Jr. or the Case Plastic, both in Green Pumpkin or Watermelon Seed. Crappie are few and far between. Cats are good in nearby Claytor Lake and are going for cut bait. No reports of perch. The water is very clear and warming.

Region 4 - Mountain and Shenandoah Valley

Lake Moomaw: Larry Andrews of The Bait Place tells us that "no big ones" have been brought in. However, a local night tournament was won by a take of eight fish weighing 17 lbs. Some 8 and 10 channel cats have been landed. Crappie are very slow, as are yellow perch. Some brown trout have been brought to boat particularly in the Jackson river below the dam, float anglers have been especially lucky.

North Fork of the Shenandoah: Fly Guru Harry Murray, from his ashram in the drug store, says that the smallmouth and largemouth fishing in the north and south forks of the river is best at dusk or shaded banks in midday. Good topwater action can be had by using the Shenandoah Blue Popper, size 6 and Shenandoah Sunfish Slider, also size 6. For underwater flies try the Murray's Black Heavy Hellgrammite, size 6 and Murray's Pearl Marauder, also size 6. The river there is 81 to 83 degrees and clear at a good level. If you are looking for a way to cool off this summer head to the mountains. Water level on most mountain trout streams are holding level as spotty thunderstorms replenish them. Water temperatures remain around 62 to 64 degrees in most streams. Fishing is good, but the trout are very wary this time of year. Harry suggests using Murray's Flying Beetle, sizes 16 and 18; Little Yellow Stonefly, size 16 and Mr. Rapidan, sizes 16 and 18. The large stocked streams are clear and fishable. Good areas are the Smith River at Bassett and the Hidden Valley of the Jackson. Good bets for flies are the Betsy Streamer, sizes 10 and 12; the Mr. Rapidan Emerger, sizes 12 and 14; and Casual Dress, sizes 10 and 12. The waters there are clear and 68 to 72 degrees. For a more detailed report, look up Harry's site.

Region 5 - Northern Piedmont

Lake Anna: Local outdoor writer and guide C.C. McCotter reports water temperatures here on Lake Anna remain relatively low for the time of year between 82-85 degrees. This has been good for anglers. Bass, crappie and especially striper have been biting well recently, though doing so in some unusual ways. Here's what you can expect for your next visit.

Largemouth bass - Fish are schooled on main lake structure from the dam to the top of the lake. In the lower region, seek out long points with current that concentrates baitfish. The game fish will usually be nearby. Points and humps are what we fish this time of year down-lake, mostly from Dike II to Dike III. The Berklely Realistix 3" Minnow is a great lure choice. In the midlake region bass are moving from deep to shallow in the morning and evenings. Find spots with good vertical structure/bait and you'll find the fish. The 208 bridge has been hot. Topwaters and soft plastic jerkbaits are top bait choices now. In the up-lake region, bass anglers will want to use medium and deep running crankbaits to cleave bass off main lake rocks, old roads and channel bends. Since the water has not been that warm, the fish have not moved into the headwaters in great numbers yet.

Stripers - Fantastic fishing in the mid-lake region from The Splits to the power plant. Magic depth is 39' most days. You can troll or vertically jig. Live bait is just not keeping up because the schools are moving around so quickly. There is some great topwater action occurring each morning and often just at sunset throughout this region. A Zara Spook is a great bait for lobbing into breaking fish. Have one tied on at all times. The new Toothache spoon has been working great for vertical jigging. Lower to the bottom when you see fish and jig at the same depth. You can often see your spoon and the hit on a good depth finder. Trollers are using umbrella rigs for more hookups than deep diving plugs.

Crappie - Just fair fishing now for the specks for most anglers. Anna's crappie are starting to suspend over and around brush and rocks. If you know where these structures are, however, you can do very well. We have had several half days that produced 50 fish, with many over 12". The 1" Bass Assassin on a 1/32-oz. jig head has been deadly as have small minnows on slip bobbers. The upper end of the lake is where you need to fish.

Lake Orange: Darrell Kennedy, of Angler's Landing reports that water surface temperatures are in the mid 80's and clear. The fish have locked into their summer patterns now. Largemouth bass are schooling early on bait fish with top water working well during low light periods. During mid day target deeper structure and points with crank baits and plastic worms. The crappie bite continues to produce from the fishing pier in 10-15 ft. of water, in the shade of the pier, on small minnows. Schools of crappie can be found in offshore brush piles, as well, with live bait and small jigs drawing them out. Cat fishing remains strong throughout the lake on chicken liver and night crawlers. Proving that big fish can still be caught during the "dog days" of summer Travis Ryder of Orange, caught a citation 7-12 largemouth bass measuring 22.5 in. For more fishing information about Lake Orange call (540) 672-3997.

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Virginia Conservation Police Notebook

To increase awareness of the activities of our dedicated Conservation Police Officers, previously called game wardens, the "Virginia Conservation Police Notebook" provides an overview of the variety of activities encountered by our officers who protect natural resources and people pursuing outdoor recreation in the fields, woods and waters of Virginia.

Region 3 - Southwest

False IDs lead to arrest of fugitive felon… On June 17, 2008 while patrolling the Radford City section of the New River by kayak, Conservation Police Officer Josh Wheeler encountered two male subjects fishing. When asked for their fishing license, both subjects stated that they did not have one. Since the subjects did not have any identification with them, Wheeler issued summonses based on the identifying information they both provided. Before the subjects were allowed to leave, Wheeler ran their DMV information with Richmond dispatch and learned that one of the SSNs came back to a female subject from Northern Virginia. The name and DOB of the other subject came back "not on file in VA." Both subjects asserted to Wheeler that their information was correct and that there must be a mistake. At this point, Wheeler handcuffed the individuals to investigate the matter further. Once the subjects revealed their true identity, one subject came back wanted out of Kentucky for military desertion. The subject advised Wheeler that he deserted his unit at Fort Campbell over a year ago to avoid an overseas deployment to Iraq. The subject also had pending felony narcotics violations. The fugitive was placed under custodial arrest and additional warrants were obtained for both subjects for fishing without licenses and identify fraud to avoid summonses. For more information contact Lt. Rex Hill (276) 783-4860

Region 4 - Mountain & Shenandoah Valley

OUI Patrol gets dangerous boaters off the water… Conservation Police Officers Lisa Quesenberry, Tosh Barnette, Mike Entsminger, Frank Mundy and Sergeant Jerry Jones conducted an OUI checkpoint on Lake Moomaw. Routine boat patrols were conducted before and after the OUI checkpoint. Charges were issued for a total of 12 boat registration and safety equipment violations. While conducting a post checkpoint patrol just after dusk one boat was stopped for a light violation Sgt. Jones and Officer Quesenberry. The operator had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage about his person, so Officer Quesenberry attempted to conduct preliminary tests to determine the extent of his impairment. The operator refused to cooperate with most of the tests and was charged with OUI and refusal to take a breath test. For more information contact Lt. Kevin Clarke (540) 248-9360.

Region 5 - Northern Piedmont

Kayaker aids officers in rescuing distressed swimmers… On Saturday, June 21st, Officer Isaac Boulanger and Officer Rich Landers were on a scheduled Strike Force Boat Patrol on Lake Anna when they received a call from Richmond Dispatch in regards to two individuals who were in distress and caught in currents at Dyke 3 on Lake Anna. The call came in from the Louisa County Sheriff's Office and the distressed individuals were said to not be wearing PFD's. Officers Boulanger and Landers responded to the call and arrived on scene at Dyke 3 where the officers observed two female subjects hanging on to the back of a kayak and treading water a couple hundred yards from shore. Officers Boulanger and Landers got the two female subjects into their boat and transported them back to shore. One of the females was a juvenile and complained of chest pains. EMS was called and the juvenile was transported to the hospital. The juvenile stated that she had been swimming near shore when the current swept her away. A man on shore had attempted to rescue the girl, but had to return to shore when the panicking juvenile kept pushing him underwater. The mother then attempted to rescue the girl and luckily, a man with a kayak paddled out to assist the two distressed females. For more information contact Captain Joe Pajic (540) 899-4169.

If you suspect or witness a violation, report it to the Wildlife Crimeline at 1-800-237-5712.

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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..."

We hope you enjoy the new, electronic Outdoor Report and invite you to share this information with your friends and colleagues. Simply visit the Department's Web site and click on the Outdoor Report link to subscribe. New editions are sent directly to your email address the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Stay informed on issues and opportunities about Virginia's outdoors!

In upcoming editions of the Outdoor Report, look for:

  • New Muzzleloader Seasons
  • Hunter Education Classes and Hands-on Events
  • Fall Angling Education Events
  • Virginia's Endangered Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat Video
Glossy Ibis. Artwork copyright Spike Knuth.

Glossy Ibis
Plegadis falcinellus
by Spike Knuth

The glossy ibis is a relative newcomer to Virginia's Eastern Shore. It was originally widely distributed through the Eastern Hemisphere from southern Europe, south through Africa, and east through southern Asia and the East Indies to Australia. It was a bird mainly of the tropical and subtropical regions. It was first reported as nesting in Florida prior to the 1940s, expanding its range to North Carolina by the mid-1950s. Today it has been found nesting as far north as New England and is now common in Virginia and areas along the east coast north.

At a distance, the glossy ibis appears all black, but if the sunlight hits it right a myriad of colors appear on this two-foot long wading bird. The light will reveal a purplish-chestnut head, neck, back, wings, and tail, merging into a glossy purplish-green depending on how the light strikes it. The bare skin around its eyes is a slate-blue maybe edged in white or even turning white during breeding. Its legs and feet are greenish-black. Juvenile birds are a dull brown with a tinge of metallic green above and light streaks on head and neck. Adults in winter are duller brownish black with white streaks. In a flock it flies in goose-like vees, lines or even abreast, flapping then gliding much like a cormorant. It carries its legs out behind and neck stretched out like a crane showing the long, down-curved bill. Its wing beat is faster than a heron or egret.

These wading birds inhabit mudflats, or wet flooded fields, and shallow marshes. Glossy ibises nest in colonies along with black-crowned night herons, little blue herons, and snowy egrets. Usually they nest in lower shrubs like marsh elder, wax myrtle and bayberry on the high ground or hammocks in marshlands or on coastal islands. Their nest is a platform of sticks lined with grasses and is more compact and cupped than those of the herons. Three or four pale blue- green eggs are laid in the soft grass cup.

The young hatch in about 21 days and grow quickly on their seafood and insect diets. The downy young are dull black with a white crown. Three dark bands, or rings around their bills can also identify them.

Glossy ibises feed on a variety of insects, grubs, worms, leeches, small snakes, grasshoppers, locusts, crayfish, and small crabs. They'll feed singly or in small groups in shallow waters, hunched over with heads down, and long, down curved bills working furiously, seemingly oblivious of the goings on around them. Frequently they will be seen feeding with snowy egrets which shuffle their feet in the shallows scaring up all kinds of small animals that the ibis takes advantage of. They have sensors in their large bill, which enables them to feel any food items.

Some of the young-of-the-year will actually wander northward in late summer, as far as Wisconsin, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. This is a common habit of the young of many wading bird species but when cold weather arrives most will go south to the Gulf Coast, the Caribbean, and the coasts of Central and South America. Most of them leave the shore by October, but some will remain if the winter weather isn't too severe.

For more information on endangered or species of special concern in Virginia, refer to the book, Virginia's Endangered Species by Karen Terwilliger, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and published by McDonald and Woodward Publishing Company, Blacksburg, VA 24062.  

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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.

July 2008

Check the Kids Fishing Days Calendar for Events Scheduled in July! (PDF)


NWTF Women in the Outdoors Event. Bland County Many Beards Chapter. Outdoors day at Camp Roland in Bastian. Visit DGIF web events

August 2008

NWTF Women in the Outdoors Event. BASS PRO World, Hampton, contact Priscilla Page (410) 378-2064

5 Flat out Catfishing Workshop, Richmond, visit DGIF web events
8-10 Virginia Outdoor Sportsmen's Show, The Showplace, Richmond, visit
20 Woodland Options Short Course, Eastside Community Center, Dinwiddie. For information (540) 231-6391 Virginia Cooperative Extension visit or email
22-23 Wildlife Foundation of Virginia Hunter Education Event, Richmond contact WFV Web site for details
22-24 Mother Daughter Outdoors, Holiday Lake 4-H Center, Appomattox, visit DGIF web events
23-24 VAWFA Virginia State Duck and Goose Calling Contests, Hampton, visit
30-31 Wildlife Foundation of Virginia Hunter Education Event, Fulfillment Farms, Albemarle contact WFV Web site for details
September 2008

Wheelin' Sportsmen Dove Hunt at Fulfillment Farm, Albermarle visit for details


JAKES Event-Page Valley Sportsmen's Club, Inc and NWTF Skyline Strutters Chapter, Pre-registration is required, contact Art Kasson (540) 622-6103 or

13-14 Eastern Regional Big Game Contest, Southampton Co. Fairgrounds- Franklin for information:

Western Virginia Land Trust's Annual Conservation Celebration, Kegley Farm in Roanoke, contact Western Virginia Land Trust at (540) 985-0000 or email


Wheelin' Sportsmen Benefit Golf Tourney at Vista Links in Buena Vista visit for details

20 Fly Fishing Workshop, Dry River - Harrisonburg. Visit DGIF web events

Wheelin' Sportsmen Outdoor Day - Shenandoah Stone - Raphine visit for details

19-21 16th Eastern Shore Birding and Wildlife Festival (*note date change from previous years), Cape Charles, for information: (757) 787-2460 or
20-21 SVHEC Hunting/Fishing Expo, Abingdon, for information visit:
27 National Hunting and Fishing Day- visit DGIF web events to find an event near you. This is a great day to get an Apprentise License for a friend or family member.

Outdoor Festival - Five County Fairgrounds, Farmville. For more information call (434) 547-6770

27-28 Western Regional and State Championship, Rockingham Co. Fairgrounds- Harrisonburg, for information:
We have opportunities for the public to join us as volunteers in our Complementary Work Force Program. If you are interested in devoting your time and talents, apply here.

Opportunities will be posted regularly providing descriptions of available volunteer positions.

The Department offers numerous hunting, fishing, and outdoor education programs designed for families, women, beginners and seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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.


The following is a partial list of upcoming seasons starting in April for the more popular species. For a complete list and regulations consult the 2007-08 Hunting & Trapping Regulations and Information.

Coyote, groundhog, & skunk: Continuous open season on private land only.
August 2008
Crow: Aug. 16 – March 21 on private land (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday only).
September 2008
Crow: Sept. 1 – March 10 on National Forest and Department Lands (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday only).
Coyote, groundhog, & skunk: Sept. 1 to Mar. 10 on public land, continuous open season on private land.
Dove: Sept. 1 - Sept. 27, 12:00 noon until sunset.
September Canada Goose: Sept. 1 - Sept. 25
Squirrel: Sept. 6 - Jan. 31
Deer Urban Archery: Sept. 6 – Oct. 3 in most cities, check regulations for details.
Deer Early Antlerless-Only Archery: Sept. 6 – Oct. 3 In Loudoun and Prince William Counties (except on Department owned lands).
Rails: Sept. 10 – Nov. 18
September Teal: Sept. 20 – Sept. 30 East of I-95 only.
October 2008
  • Bobcat: Oct. 4-31
  • Deer: Oct. 4-Nov. 14
  • Turkey: Oct. 4-Nov. 8
  • Bear: Oct. 11-Nov. 8
  • Dove: Oct. 4 - Oct. 31
  • Snipe: Oct. 9-13 and Oct. 22-Jan. 31
  • Opossum: Oct. 15-Mar. 10
  • Raccoon: Oct. 15-Mar. 10
  • Grouse: Oct. 25-Feb. 14 West of Interstate 95 only.
  • Turkey: Oct. 25-Nov. 7 in most counties, check regulations for details

All hunters (whether licensed or exempt from being licensed) who plan to hunt doves, waterfowl, rails, woodcock, snipe, coots, gallinules or moorhens in Virginia must be registered with the Virginia Harvest Information Program (HIP). HIP is required each year and a new registration number is needed for the 2008-2009 hunting season. To register for HIP, visit or call 1-888-788-9772.

Please contribute to Hunters for the Hungry through the $2 check-off when purchasing a license, or at any time through our online Outdoor Catalog.
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