Notes from the Field

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Wildlife Viewing

  • Winter Birding in Virginia

    Winter is an outstanding time to birdwatch as typically most all of the migratory bird winter residents have arrived and the cold weather also causes “winter visitors” to appear as well. Read more…

  • How to Help Birds in 2019 and Beyond

    As we take off into 2019, we reflect on 2018’s Year of the Bird, a celebration of birds that marked the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act—one of the first laws passed to protect wildlife and one of the most important for birds. Read more…

  • Get Started Photographing Birds!

    Birds are delightful subjects, offering many creative challenges to the photographer. By starting in your own backyard, you too can enjoy photographing them! Read more…

Fishing

  • Crazy for Crappie

    Fishery experts say that black crappies are among the top catches in the Chickahominy. Get the inside scoop on one of Virginia's best tasting freshwater fish. Read more…

  • ISO Trophy Yellow Perch?

    Catching a limit of trophy yellow perch in the dead of winter on the Northwest River may be the best medicine for battling cabin fever! Read more…

  • Musky 101: How to Fish for Musky in Virginia

    Musky are an exciting and addicting fish to target in the waters of the Commonwealth. However, some specialized techniques and equipment are required to hunt for these trophy fish. Watch…

Hunting

  • Bear, Deer, Turkey, Harvest Data

    Wildlife biologists with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries have compiled the preliminary figures for the 2018-19 fall/winter hunting season. Read more…

  • Pope and Young is Not a Law Firm

    Everyone has their own interpretation of what a legend is. How about the “Forgotten Father of Bowhunting”? Without William “Chief” Compton, Pope and Young would never have teamed up! Read more…

  • Green Meditation

    “If you teach a young person to hunt, they will have a lifetime of outdoor experiences that they will hold dear and share with the next generation.” Watch…

Habitat

  • Less Is More! Easy Ways to Improve Habitat for Birds This Fall

    Simplifying your routine fall yard and land maintenance practices really can make a difference for birds; follow these tips from DGIF’s habitat experts and your property will be more attractive and supportive to birds. Read more…

  • Monarch Spectacle at DGIF Headquarters!

    It’s amazing what an impact a few milkweed plants can have. Here at DGIF headquarters in Henrico county, we got rid of a big patch of lawn at our entrance and have started a pollinator garden, and the monarch caterpillars have had a feast on the milkweed! Read more…

  • Working For Wildlife

    Hunters and landowners fill the gap of lost habitat by building and working food plots for the wildlife on their property. Read more…

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