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Spring turkey hunters reported harvesting 15,326 birds during the 2012 season. The statewide harvest was 2% lower than last year's total of 15,698 birds.

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Virginia spring turkey hunters reported harvesting 15,687 birds during the 2011 season. The statewide harvest was 3% higher than last year's total of 15,190 birds.

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During the past deer season 219,797 deer were reported killed by hunters in Virginia. This total included 95,543 antlered bucks, 19,191 button bucks, and 105,063 does (47.8%). The fall 2010 deer kill total was 15% lower than the 259,147 deer reported killed last year. It is 3% lower than the last 10 year average of 227,430.

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According to the most recent Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax Collection Report, released earlier today by the Department of the Treasury, firearm and ammunition manufacturers paid more than $109.8 million in the first calendar quarter of 2009;

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In 2004, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) completed the nation's first statewide wildlife viewing trail, the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail. The purpose of the trail was to bring tourism dollars, based on wildlife viewing, into local communities. A key conservation goal was that the valuable tax revenue would allow these communities to support and even invest in habitat conservation efforts. Furthermore, by providing access to wildlife, the trail would build Virginians appreciation for wildlife and birds. Five years later, VDGIF and its partner communities are seeing success in a big way.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. Dozens of limited edition firearms will be raffled during the Gun Blast in the Exhibit Hall of the National Wild Turkey Federation's Convention and Sport Show, held Feb. 20 to Feb. 22 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville.

The Gun Blast will feature opportunities to win special turkey-hunting shotguns, past NWTF Guns of the Year, tactical firearms and more. Raffles, fun games and a few surprises will take place at the Gun Blast booth from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

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Don't hang up your bow just yet—opportunities still exist for archery deer hunting across Virginia. To assist towns and cities with urban deer management issues, the Department established an urban archery season in 2002. This year, the season extends until March 28, 2009, in 21 localities. Due to these areas being more developed, there may be additional restrictions for safety measures that hunters must follow.

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Hunters are reminded of the special late antlerless-only firearms deer season January 5 - March 28, 2009, in the counties (including the cities and towns within) of Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, and Prince William, except on Department-owned lands.

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Five things that hunting has been doing, and can do, for you
Richmond, VA — Recent economic downturns have many people thinking about how to simplify their lives, how to stretch their dollars, put food on the table, let go of stress, and still somehow give to others. Reports on obesity, concerns about what food quality and the footprint we are leaving on the planet, has people wondering what to do. An activity that addresses all that and more is hunting.

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Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen is sponsoring deer hunts through January 3, 2009 . For details on these and other events and hunt event applications visit the VA NWTF website. Are you interested in volunteering to assist with an event or have a friend that is interested? Visit the Virginia National Wild Turkey Federation website to find numerous links to opportunities and information.

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The Virginia Outdoor Writers Association, Inc. (VOWA) announces its 16th Annual Youth Writing Competition for 2008. The goal of the contest is to reward young people for excellence in communicating their personal experiences in the outdoors. The competition is open to all Virginia students in grades 9 through 12, including home-schooled students.

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Hunter Education Volunteers Recognized for Exceptional ServiceHunter Education Volunteers Recognized for Exceptional ServiceHunter Education Volunteers Recognized for Exceptional ServiceHunter Education Volunteers Recognized for Exceptional Service

5000 hours is roughly the equivalent of 2-½ years of full-time work. Three active Virginia Hunter Education instructors have each contributed over 5000 hours to the VDGIF, together training over 27,000 students to be safe, responsible, and knowledgeable hunters. VDGIF Executive Director Bob Duncan acknowledged their contributions at the August 19, 2008 Board Meeting, with the Director's Volunteer Service Award.

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Wild Events You Don't Want to Miss- 

  • Lynchburg Family Outdoors Day September 13
  • Wheelin' Sportsmen To Host Numerous Events in September
  • Conservation Celebration Event Recognizes Roanoke City September 14
  • 16th Eastern Shore Birding & Wildlife Festival September 18-21
  • Willis Wharf Dedication Set for September 19 on Eastern Shore
  • Tracking Workshop at Holiday Lake October 10-12

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Virginia Conservation Officer Mullins Earns National Recognition

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) is proud to announce that Conservation Police Officer Sergeant Charlie Mullins has been named North American Wildlife Enforcement Officer of the Year by the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association (NAWEOA).

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VDGIF Public Meeting on Monday, August 4

Waterfowlers, this is a reminder that the VDGIF will be holding it's public meeting on Monday, August 4 from 7-9 pm at their main office at 4010 West Broad St. in Richmond to discuss this year's waterfowl hunting regulations. VDGIF will present the preliminary U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Federal Frameworks for this year, discuss potential staff recommendations, and take public comments. The VDGIF Board will act on these regulations at their August 19th meeting, which will also be held at their main office on 4010 West Broad St. in Richmond, starting at 9 am. The public is welcome to attend the Board meeting and provide comments if desired.

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Contests Callers - Do you want the BRAGGING RIGHTS or not?

Contests Callers - Do you want the BRAGGING RIGHTS or not?  ARE YOU THE BEST- ARE YOU "THE KING"?  Well Put Up or Shut Up!!!  The VAWFA and Bass Pro Shops of Hampton,VA presents the 2008 VAWFA PINKS Duck & Goose Calling Contests "Lose in the contest - lose your call or Money"!

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Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Presentation Outline

Members of the Virginia Waterfowlers’ Association attended a presentation by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

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New 2008-09 Virginia Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Available July 1

The VDGIF will begin selling its 2008 Virginia State Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp July 1, 2008. The stamp is mandatory for persons age 16 and older to hunt migratory waterfowl, unless license exempt. The stamp is valid July 1 through June 30, 2009.

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2007-2008 Riparian and Non-Riparian Blind Tag Owners Survey

Recently, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) sent out a survey to riparian and non-riparian blind tag owners of 2007-2008. They requested help with a very important study that the DGIF is conducting. The purpose of this study is to gain information about the owner’s experiences hunting waterfowl and licensing blinds, owner’s satisfaction with previous stationary blind license purchases, and owner’s preferences for the license process. DGIF will be holding a public input meeting on June 23, 2008, to discuss the webless and September seasons. They will also be taking comments about the survey and blind laws. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may email your comments to Robert Ellis, Director of Wildlife.

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Virginia DGIF and 2008 Goose Bandings

Each year the Virginia DGIF bands roughly 2,000 resident Canada geese across Virginia. Geese are captured during their annual molt cycle when they are flightless in late June and early July. This annual banding program is important in the monitoring and management of this resource. Each year, the DGIF tries to incorporate volunteers and educational activities into their banding activities. It is also an excellent opportunity for volunteers to participate in wildlife research, work with wildlife, meet the DGIF staff and other volunteers, and learn a little about resident Canada goose biology and management on the way. If you would like to participate or know of any one interested in assisting on any of the dates below please email Tom Bidrowski or telephone at 804-829-6698.

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Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Seeking Suggestions Late Waterfowl Seasons

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) is seeking comments and suggestions for the late waterfowl seasons that will be set at the August 19th Board meeting. The DGIF is requesting waterfowl hunters to think ahead to these seasons as they also consider and provide the department with suggestions on the webless migratory bird seasons (dove, rail, woodcock) and early September waterfowl seasons that will be taken up at the July 15th board meeting. DGIF will be holding public input meetings on June 23 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM to discuss the webless and September seasons and on August 4 to discuss the late waterfowl seasons.

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VDGIF Early Season Migratory Bird Regulations

The VDGIF is putting together the data and background information needed to prepare their proposals for the early season migratory bird regulations (Dove, Rail, Woodcock, Snipe, Resident Canada Geese and September Teal). These regulations will be set at the VDGIF board meeting that will be held at their Richmond office at 9 am on Tuesday, July 15, 2008. The annual "Public Input Meeting" on these regulations will be held on Monday, June 23, 7-9 pm at the Richmond office. The late season public meeting, to cover the remainder of the waterfowl regulations, will be held on August 4, from 7-9 pm, and the board meeting to set the waterfowl hunting seasons will be held on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 9 am at our Richmond office. This notice is to inform you of the meeting dates, to solicit any comments on these issues, and to invite you to attend the public meetings.

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VAWFA Virginia State Duck and Goose Calling Contests

2008 VAWFA Virginia State Duck and Goose Calling Contests August 23 & 24, 2008 -Bass Pro Shops, Hampton, VA. The Virginia Waterfowlers' Association will hold the 2008 VAWFA Virginia State Duck and Goose Calling Contests at the Bass Pro Shops store in Hampton, VA on August 23 & 24, 2008. The event will be held inside the Bass Pro Shops store located at 1972 Power Plant Parkway, Hampton, VA 23666.

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National Park Service Held the Dyke Marsh Restoration Scoping Meeting

On April 22, 2008, the National Park Service held the Dyke Marsh restoration scoping meeting at the Belle View Elementary School in Alexandria, VA. One hundred and four people signed the register. Members and representatives from water fowling conservation organizations were present. Members of VAWFA, DU, Delta Waterfowl and Waterfowl USA stood in unity to support waterfowling opportunities, wildlife and the restoration of the Dyke Marsh. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) is not the primary partner in the Dyke Marsh restoration. The VDGIF representatives present, stated that the agency supports waterfowling opportunities in the Dyke Marsh area. As for now, the hunting will remain in the area.
People who opposed waterfowling opportunities remained low key, no one publicly spoke out in opposition of hunting. The waterfowlers presence made a positive presentation of today's modern waterfowlers.

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Northern Virginia Group Wishes to Prohibit Water Fowl Hunting

If some you are unaware, a local Northern Virginia newspaper has published an article that has upset many waterfowlers in Virginia. Enclosed is a hyper link to the newspaper article. According to the article, a local Northern Virginia group wishes to prohibit water fowl hunting in the Northern Virginia area.

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Richmond, VA — After extensive testing of deer from every county in the Commonwealth, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) reports that there is no evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Virginia's white-tailed deer population. During the 2007-2008 hunting season, 1,140 samples were collected from free-ranging white-tailed deer throughout the Commonwealth. In addition to the samples collected from every county in Virginia, 106 samples were collected from an active surveillance focus area, which included the portion of Frederick County closest to the current cases of CWD in West Virginia.

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Virginia establishes a new apprentice hunting license that will let people "test drive" hunting

Richmond, VA — Virginians interested in learning how to hunt, and Virginia hunters eager to share their sport with friends and family, now have a program that will make it easier for people new to hunting to give the sport a "test drive." The General Assembly has passed and Governor Tim Kaine has signed into law the companion bills that establish an apprentice hunting license. This new license will benefit people, regardless of age, who have not hunted before, but are interested in learning about hunting.

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Interested in hunting? Start with a Hunter Education Course



Richmond, VA — Since the introduction of mandatory Hunter Education in 1988, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) has certified more than a half million men, women and children through the Hunter Education program. This is an impressive milestone for the program and for the Department.

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Virginia Friends of NRA honored

Reprinted with Permission from the NRA Club Connection--The Virginia Friends of NRA received a State Friend of Extension Award as part of the Virginia Extension Service Association's annual meeting held in Richmond, May 24. The award was presented by the Alpha gamma chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, the Extension honorary organization. Accepting the award were NRA Field Representative Macey White of Middlesex County, State Fund Committee Chairman John Ritenour of Rockingham County, and State Fund Committee Assistant Mindy Deviers.

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South Boston, VA — The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) recently completed the first wetland restoration financed by the Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation fund. Cooperating with partners including the Town of South Boston, Ducks Unlimited, The North American Wetlands Conservation Act, and private cooperators, VDGIF restored over 30 acres of wetland habitat on property owned by the South Boston Industrial Development Authority.

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