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VDGIF Public Comment Period on Proposed Regulation Amendments
03-19-2017, 10:48 AM
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VDGIF Public Comment Period on Proposed Regulation Amendments
2017 Hunting, Trapping, and Terrestrial Wildlife Regulation Review and Amendment Process
March 17 – May 10, 2017 Public Comment Period on Proposed Regulation Amendments
On February 22, 2017 the Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries, pursuant to §§ 29.1-103, 29.1-501, and 29.1-502 of the Code of Virginia, proposed amendments to the Commonwealth’s regulations governing hunting, trapping, and terrestrial wildlife.  Comments on the proposals are solicited during a public comment period that closes May 10, 2017. This online comment system is the most efficient and effective way to submit your views and have them seen the fastest.
Comments also may be: made in person at the May 24, 2017 meeting of the Board, 9:00 AM at 7870 Villa Park Drive, Suite 400, Henrico, Virginia 23228; postal-mailed to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Attn: Policy Analyst and Regulatory Coordinator, P.O. Box 90778, Henrico, Virginia 23228; or emailed to regcomments@dgif.virginia.gov. Comments must be in writing and accompanied by the name, address and telephone number of the party offering them. Comments submitted other than at the May 24, 2017 Board meeting must be received no later than May 10, 2017.
After hearing public comment on the proposed amendments at the May 24 Board meeting, the Board anticipates adopting final regulation amendments that will be effective for the 2017–2018 and 2018–2019 hunting and trapping seasons.

Definitions and Miscellaneous: In General.
4VAC15-20-50
Definitions; "wild animal," "native animal," "naturalized animal," "nonnative (exotic) animal" and "domestic animal."
Definitions and Miscellaneous: Importation, Possession, Sale, Etc., of Animals.
4VAC15-30-50
Possession, transportation, and release of wildlife by authorized persons.
Game: In General.
4VAC15-40-30
Recorded wild animal or wild bird calls or sounds prohibited in taking game; bobcats, coyotes, crows, foxes, and raccoons excepted.
4VAC15-40-225
Killing of animals captured in live traps; drowning of animals captured in cage traps prohibited. (New section.)
4VAC15-40-275
Sale of furbearer pelts, carcasses, and parts.
4VAC15-40-287
Model ordinance related to feeding of deer in cities and towns. (New section.)
Game: Bear.
4VAC15-50-11
Open season; generally.
4VAC15-50-71
Muzzleloading gun hunting.
4VAC15-50-120
Bear hound training season.
Game: Crow.
4VAC15-80-10
Open season.
Game: Deer.
4VAC15-90-70
Archery hunting.
4VAC15-90-80
Muzzleloading gun hunting.
4VAC15-90-89
Earn a buck (EAB).
4VAC15-90-90
Bag limit, bonus deer permits and special antlerless provision for youth hunters.
4VAC15-90-91
General firearms season either-sex deer hunting days.
4VAC15-90-280
Sale of cervid parts and cervid mounts.
4VAC15-90-291
Enclosed or fenced areas that prevent or impede the free egress of deer.
4VAC15-90-294
Rehabilitation of cervids.
Game: Quail.
4VAC15-190-10
Open season; generally.
Game: Turkey.
4VAC15-240-50
Continuous closed season in certain counties, cities and areas.
4VAC15-240-60
Archery hunting.
4VAC15-240-70
Bag limit.
Game: Waterfowl and Waterfowl Blinds.
4VAC15-260-15
Reflective markers on stationary blinds.
4VAC15-260-35
Distance from a licensed stationary blind and off-shore blind stake. (New section.)
4VAC15-260-40
Distance between floating blind and stationary blind. (Repeal.)
4VAC15-260-45
Float blind hunting areas established.
4VAC15-260-115
Disturbing waterfowl on Kittewan Creek Refuge in Charles City County. (New section.)
4VAC15-260-116
Blinds adjacent to Werowocomoco National Park and York River State Park. (New section.)
4VAC15-260-160
Great Hunting Creek and Dyke Marsh; floating blind area.
Game: Firearms.
4VAC15-270-96
Pneumatic rifles for hunting deer, prohibited for hunting bear and elk. (New section.)
Game: Permits.
4VAC15-290-140
Possession and display of a harvest information program authorization to hunt migratory game birds.

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