Comment on Board of Game and Inland Fisheries proposed amendments to hunting and trapping regs

The Board of Game and Inland Fisheries has proposed amendments to the regulations to govern hunting and trapping during the 2013–2014 and 2014–2015 seasons, foxhound training preserves, and other matters regulated by the Board. The regulation amendments proposed by the Board on March 20–21, 2013 will be published on the DGIF website (www.dgif.virginia.gov) at the start of a 60-day proposed regulation public comment period that opens on April 2 and closes on May 31, 2013. Regulatory comments received by DGIF during this period will be provided to, and considered by, the Board. In order to be submitted to the Board for their consideration during regulatory actions, comments must be in writing and accompanied by the name, address, and telephone number of the party offering the comments. Comments lacking the submitting party’s identifying information may be received by staff but will not be considered by the Board.The methods for submitting written comments are:

  • Online at www.dgif.virginia.gov. An online comment systems links from the individual proposed amendments, making this the optimal channel for submitting comments; it produces the clearest and most efficient method for Board members to receive citizens’ comments on a given proposal. 
  • Email sent to regcomments@dgif.virginia.gov. Be sure to include full personal identifying information. (Using the online comment system ensures this and is preferred.)
  • Postal mail sent to Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Attn: Policy Analyst and Regulatory Coordinator, 4010 West Broad Street, P.O. Box 11104, Richmond, Virginia 23230-1104.
  •  Comment forms available at nine public input meetings, foxhound training preserves, and other matters regulated by the Board. The regulation amendments proposed by the Board on March 20–21, 2013 will be published on the DGIF website (www.dgif.virginia.gov) at the start of a 60-day proposed regulation public comment period that opens on April 2 and closes on May 31, 2013. Regulatory comments received by DGIF during this period will be provided to, and considered by, the Board. In order to be submitted to the Board for their consideration during regulatory actions, comments must be in writing and accompanied by the name, address, and telephone number of the party offering the comments. Comments lacking the submitting party’s identifying information may be received by staff but will not be considered by the Board.  No oral comments will be taken at the meetings. 


Issue Summaries:

  • They plan to expand the Elk Management Zone to include Lee, Scott, Russell, and Tazewell Counties. This will close the elk season and effectively reintroduce elk in those counties.  This is by request of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Farm Bureau is opposed. 
  • They plan to reduce the either sex deer days in the following counties: Accomack, Amelia, Bland (Private Land), Caroline, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Grayson, Grayson (Public Land), Henry, King and Queen, Northampton, Nottoway, Patrick, Powhatan, Russell (Public Land), Smyth (Public Land), Spotsylvania, Tazewell (Public Land), Washington (Public Land).  Chesterfield and King George were added by the DGIF Board by request of the Va. Deer Hunters Association. Farm Bureau is generally opposed but recognizes these are each local issues for consideration of the County Farm Bureau.
  • Expands the Bear chase or training season for two weeks in November in the following counties or portions thereof: Amelia, Appomattox, Buckingham, Brunswick, Campbell, Charles City, Charlotte, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Greensville, Halifax, Isle of Wight, James city, King and Queen, King George, King William, Lancaster, Lunenburg, Mathews, Mecklenburg, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumberland, Nottoway, Pittsylvania, Prince Edward, Prince George, Richmond, Southampton, Surry, Sussex, Westmoreland, and York.  There is no direct FB policy regarding bear training seasons, this for the information of the County Farm Bureaus. 
  • Tightened the regulation of feeding deer, elk, or other wild cervids.  It will be unlawful to feed such animals in Buchanan, Clarke, Dickenson, Frederick, Shenandoah, Warren, and Wise year round and from September 1 to January 1 statewide.  All feed must be cleaned by September 1 and the area is considered to be baited for 10 days following removal.  Farm Bureau has no direct policy.  This is however, a potential area of conflict.  Farmers regularly utilize similar methods and products to feed or provide mineral supplements to livestock.  While there is an agricultural feed exemption in the regulation, it does not exempt that same farmer for hunting over those products which are now considered bait.

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