Virginia Wildlife Magazine Archive

November – December 2019 Issue

Deer & Waterfowl Forecasts

DGIF biologists share their insights on deer and waterfowl seasons based on current data, weather impacts, and field observations.

Savoring the Seasons

While hunting, or just being in the woods, allow your senses to reveal the beautiful and intriguing natural world around you.

In Memory of Deer Camp

Fond memories of deer camp continue to instill a love for the outdoors and the people who shared it.

Save the Quail

A labor of love, landowners work hard to create more habitat for declining quail and pollinator populations.

Master V Angler

Faster than line peeling off a reel, more powerful than a 46 lb. flathead catfish, able to catch the most citations in Virginia…it’s MASTER V Angler, Stephen Miklandric!

Three Seasons for Success

If you learn to use the wind, terrain, and food sources in your favor, you can harvest trophy deer in all three deer hunting seasons.

September – October 2019 Issue

New Regulations to Protect Virginia’s Snapping Turtles

Declining snapping turtle populations called for protective measures.

In Pursuit of the Mystery Marsh Bird

A kayak can offer a stealthy option when hunting for the elusive rail.

Virginia’s “New” Smith River

Trophy trout abound in these productive tailwaters.

Fox Squirrels on the Rebound

Expanding populations of fox squirrels offer new hunting opportunities around the state.

2020 Trout Program Maps

Fisheries biologists share the latest trout fishing locations

Window on the Marsh

A thoughtful gift awakens memories of cherished times.

July – August 2019 Issue

Virginia Fauna

Native mammals and birds (game and nongame), Year of the Bird 2018, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and aquatic life.

Virginia Landscapes and Flora

Scenic landscapes and native flowers, trees, shrubs, and plants, including mushrooms and lichens.

The Sporting Life

Wildlife-related activities afield (game and nongame).

Textures and Patterns

Textures and patterns found in nature.

Trail Cameras

May – June 2019 Issue

Top Dog

Winning the National Open Championship is no small task but a retriever named Google proves to be the ultimate search engine!

A Smorgasbord of Tips for Catching Summer Panfish

Tips for filling your cooler with an assortment of tasty panfish.

Bird Life

Citizens science reaches new heights at Goshen Wildlife Management Area.

Start a Nature Journal

Journaling has a history of teaching a person to really see what’s around them. Why not give it a try?

Working Together

In partnership with Massanutten Resort, DGIF is working to minimize human-bear conflicts.

“Eye” Want You To Know

Take some precautions to help make your outdoor adventures more enjoyable.

Take It To The Bank

Don’t have a boat? No worries. Good fishing can be had along a shoreline.

March – April 2019 Issue

Call of the Wild

After a 45 year career in wildlife, our Executive Director Bob Duncan writes a memorable goodbye.

The Wily Coyote

One of the most adaptable animals in North America, the coyote plays a necessary role in Virginia and is here to stay.

Grassroots: A Story of Virginia’s Working Landscapes

Landowners are partnering with organizations and citizen scientists to create landscapes that promote biodiversity.

Special Regulation Trout: Something for Everyone

A look at five of the numerous rivers and streams designated as “special regulation” which offer high quality trout fisheries for all.

Seldom Seen: Spring is for Spotted Salamanders

In the chill of early spring, spotted salamanders play out a rarely observed, age-old drama.

Working Together

Teaming with Ducks Unlimited, DGIF works to improve wildlife habitat on the Princess Anne and Hog Island WMAs.

Hunting Spring Gobblers 101

Want to try spring gobbler hunting? Check out this article on how to get started.

January – February 2019 Issue

Masters of Adaptation

A top predator, the elusive bobcat is more widespread in Virginia than one might imagine.

The Pioneers

Early and influential inhabitants of the Eastern Shore changed a way of thinking by using conservation to protect hunting for all.

On the Road for Kestrels

A surprising decline in this once common falcon sends volunteers out to give them a place to raise their young.

Fishing Season is Almost Here!

Now’s the time to clean out the old tackle box, respool the reels, and get ready for another great fishing season.

Virginia’s Most Mysterious Birds

You might be surprised to discover the variety of owls that make Virginia home. And whoooo doesn’t love owls?

Manage Forests for Diversity

Timbering a forest might look bad but, if managed properly, has been proven to offer many benefits to a wide variety of wildlife.

November – December 2018 Issue

Deer & Waterfowl Forecast

DGIF biologists share their insights on deer and waterfowl seasons based on current data, weather impacts, and field observations.

Sanctuaries for Success

Think private resort with open buffet. One farmer-sportsman advocates for leaving the deer alone.

Bundle Up and Enjoy: Winter Striper Fishing

When temperatures dip, you may find lake conditions perfect for hooking a hefty striped bass.

Making Something Out of Nothing

A lifelong hunter turns his love for wildlife into creating treasures of folk art.

The Reigning King of the Southwest

Elk are calling all wildlife watchers to southwest Virginia, where the drama unfolds and the herd is thriving.

Then and Now

Waterfowlers consider how hunting has changed over time on the Eastern Shore, and urge mentors to step up.

Unintended Consequences of Fighting Pests

A cautionary tale explains how difficult it is to wage war on opponents that adapt and change.

September – October 2018 Issue

How Sweet Sweet Sweet It Is!

With support from the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation, volunteers, and business partners, a citizen science project aims to help a magnificent songbird in the Roanoke River basin.

Hunting: A Foundation for Life

A childhood spent afield gives the author reason to reflect upon a simpler time, one that deeply shaped his values.

Women Afield: Finally

There are many reasons to cheer the trend of women’s interest in hunting and fishing, and the outdoors industry takes note.

What’s Up With Cobia?

Virginia is taking a lead in sound management of this game fish through multi-state coordination, tagging efforts, and citation data.

For the Love of Snakes

Snakes are given a bad rap, but a little knowledge and the right support group can help you overcome your fears.

The Evolution of Cute

Nature has endowed young wildlife with a number of strategies for survival, cuteness being one of them.

2019 Trout Program Maps

Fisheries biologists share the latest trout stocking locations.

July – August 2018 Issue
Photography Showcase

Virginia Fauna

Native mammals (game and nongame), birds, reptiles, and amphibians

Virginia Landscapes

Native plants, trees, flowers, and scenic landscapes

The Sporting Life

Wildlife-related activities afield (game and nongame)

Textures and Patterns

Abstract designs as textures and patterns found in nature

Front Cover: Laura McGranaghan, Berryville

Proud of the two-acre backyard planted by her husband in native hardwoods, cedars, and a large meadow—all for wildlife—the couple went out for an evening stroll and spotted this beautiful Eastern red bat hanging from one of their cedar trees. Laura reports that she ran into the house to get her camera and was able to capture a few shots of this unusual find. We are so happy she did! While not usually admired for their beauty, bats are critical to a healthy ecosystem. They perform valuable pest control services that benefit all of us: farmers, star-gazers, home gardeners, porch lovers, and anyone who enjoys being outdoors. Congratulations on this gorgeous cover shot, Laura!

Nikon D300s DSLR camera, Nikkor 80-400mm lens, with flash, ISO 320, 1/250, f/5.6

May – June 2018 Issue

Lost Before Found

Scientists at the state’s Natural Heritage Program scramble to build an inventory of native bees and protect those most at risk.

Prince Edward’s Other Lake

Not far from Farmville sits a lake that rivals the largemouth bass fishing at Briery—especially in the citation range.

Mafic Fens: Diamonds of the Blue Ridge

Quiet dramas unfold in these seeps and stream bottoms, but their palette of spring colors and textures is unmatched.

What’s Going On With the Butcher Bird?

Working with partners, DGIF biologists trap and band loggerhead shrikes to gain insight into the bird’s decline.

All Four Seasons in One Day

It’s tough enough for people, but think about the strategies animals must employ to deal with Virginia’s weather.

Sit-on-Tops for Water Fun!

Follow these tips to get started and even work in a little fishing.

Do Blue Cats Deserve All the Hype?

The results are in and the answers lie in their stomach contents.

2017 Angler Hall of Fame & NASP Photo Gallery

Look who made the lists this year and take a peek at the winners of the state NASP tournament!

March – April 2018 Issue

What It Takes

Ask most Conservation Police Officers and they will tell you, it’s not a job but a lifestyle.

Saint Mary’s Wilderness: An Ecosystem in Flux

If you’re looking for pristine trout waters and wilderness surroundings, you will find it here.

Pollinator Waystation

Spurred by citizen action, a well-placed garden of native plants benefits commuters of every stripe.

A Tidal Wave of Success

Anglers and fisheries managers celebrate a successful come-back for largemouth bass in the lower Chickahominy River.

Gain the Home Court Advantage

A bit of behavioral analysis goes a long way toward successful pursuit of turkeys in the spring woods.

Seeing the Forest for the Carbon

Coming Soon: The business of carbon credits holds promise for conserving smaller woodland tracts.

Dog Days Afield

Those who train and field trial dogs are indeed a special breed.

4th Annual Old Dominion OneShot

Year four promises even more excitement afield!

January – February 2018 Issue

The Golden Age of Gunning Clubs

In the late 1800s, Nathan Cobb helped to usher in an era of duck hunting on the Shore.

Bad Behavior or Just Birds Being Birds?

This story reminds us that birds can be brilliant, and ruthless, in their will to survive.

DIY For Better Wildlife Habitat

With a handful of minor changes, you can welcome more wildlife to your property.

A Globally Rare, Virginia Jewel

Nestled amid the hubbub of Northern Virginia, a unique natural community beckons.

Paved New World: The Unexpected Biology of Urban Animals

As humans encroach upon their world, wild animals employ a number of strategies to adapt to our urban footprint.

A Slippery Slope

Virginia’s Wildlife Action Plan calls attention to our most vulnerable species, including elusive salamanders.

Virginia Treasures

Governor McAuliffe’s statewide initiative recognizes and protects land of exceptional conservation value.

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