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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

VDGIF Public Comment Period on Hunting Regulatory Proposals

After the passage of several bills related to hunting during the 2014 Session of the General Assembly, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has proposed several regulatory amendments related to those bills.  A public comment period on the regulatory proposals is now open and runs until 5:00 PM on May 26, 2014. The Board will consider the proposals for possible adoption as final regulation amendments at its June 10, 2014 meeting.

Regulation 4VAC15-20.
Definitions and Miscellaneous: In General.

4VAC15-20-65Hunting, trapping, and fishing license and permit fees.
4VAC15-20-130Endangered and threatened species; adoption of federal list; additional species enumerated.

Regulation 4VAC15-30.
Definitions and Miscellaneous: Importation, Possession, Sale, Etc., of Animals.

4VAC15-30-40Importation requirements, possession and sale of nonnative (exotic) animals.

Regulation 4VAC15-50.
Game: Bear.

4VAC15-50-11Open season; generally.
4VAC15-50-71Muzzleloading gun hunting.
4VAC15-50-110Use of dogs in hunting bear.
4VAC15-50-120Bear hound training season.

Regulation 4VAC15-80.
Game: Crows.

4VAC15-80-10Open Season.

Regulation 4VAC15-90.
Game: Deer.

4VAC15-90-10Open season; generally.
4VAC15-90-70Bow and arrow hunting.
4VAC15-90-80Muzzleloading gun hunting.
4VAC15-90-91General firearms season either-sex deer hunting days.
4VAC15-90-260Hunting with dogs prohibited in certain counties and areas.
4VAC15-90-293Chronic Wasting Disease deer carcass importation restrictions.

Regulation 4VAC15-240.
Game: Turkey.

4VAC15-240-10Open season; generally.
4VAC15-240-20Open season; certain counties and areas; Saturday prior to the last Monday in October and for 11 hunting days following, and on Thanksgiving Day.
4VAC15-240-31Open season; certain counties and areas; Saturday prior to the last Monday in October and for 11 hunting days following, on Thanksgiving Day, and on the Monday closest to December 2 and for 11 hunting days following.
4VAC15-240-40Open season; spring season for bearded turkeys.
Written comments on the proposed amendments must include the commenter's name, address, and telephone number.  Comments can be submitted online at, or email at or snal mailed the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Attn. Policy Analyst and Regulatory Coordinator, 4016 West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23230.  Again, they must be received no later than May 26, 2014.

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