2015 Hunting, Trapping, and Terrestrial Wildlife
Regulation Review and Amendment Process

Public Comment Period on Proposed Regulation Amendments:
April 8 – May 22, 2015

On March 17, 2015 the Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries proposed amendments to regulations governing hunting, trapping, and terrestrial wildlife.

A public comment period on the proposals opened April 8, 2015 and closes at 5:00 PM on May 22, 2015. The Board will consider the proposals for possible adoption as final regulation amendments at its June 2, 2015 meeting. Written comments on the proposed regulation amendments must include the commenter's name, address, and telephone number and be received no later than May 22, 2015. They should be submitted online at www.dgif.virginia.gov, or may be emailed to regcomments@dgif.virginia.gov or postal mailed to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Attn. Policy Analyst and Regulatory Coordinator, P.O. Box 90778, Henrico, VA 23228, and received no later than May 22, 2015.

The comment period has closed.

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

4VAC15-20-50Definitions; "wild animal," "native animal," "naturalized animal," "nonnative (exotic) animal" and "domestic animal.
4VAC15-20-65Hunting, trapping, and fishing license and permit fees.
4VAC15-20-140Endangered species - definitions.

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

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

Regulation 4VAC15-40.
Game: In General.

4VAC15-40-20Hunting with arrows to which any drug, chemical, or toxic substance has been added or explosive-head arrows prohibited.
4VAC15-40-21Special crossbow license; hunting with crossbows.
4VAC15-40-22Special license for hunting bear.
4VAC15-40-195Visiting traps generally; visiting completely submerged, body-gripping traps; use of remote trap check systems.
4VAC15-40-220Use of deadfalls prohibited; restricted use of snares.
4VAC15-40-280Department-owned, controlled, or managed lands; annual stamp for hunting on private lands managed by the department.

Regulation 4VAC15-50.
Game: Bear.

4VAC15-50-12Youth and apprentice hunter bear hunting day.
4VAC15-50-70Bow and arrow hunting.
4VAC15-50-81Validating tags and checking bear by licensee or permittee.
4VAC15-50-110Use of dogs in hunting bear.
4VAC15-50-120Bear hound training season.

Regulation 4VAC15-70.
Game: Bobcat.

4VAC15-70-30Bag Limit.

Regulation 4VAC15-90.
Game: Deer.

4VAC15-90-23Youth and apprentice hunter deer hunting day.
4VAC15-90-70Bow and arrow hunting.
4VAC15-90-80Muzzleloading gun hunting.
4VAC15-90-85Elk hunting.
4VAC15-90-89Earn a Buck (EAB).
4VAC15-90-91General firearms season either-sex deer hunting days.
4VAC15-90-231Validating tags and checking deer by licensee or permittee.
4VAC15-90-293Chronic Wasting Disease deer carcass movement restrictions.

Regulation 4VAC15-105.
Game: Fisher.

4VAC15-105-10Closed season; generally.

Regulation 4VAC15-240.
Game: Turkey.

4VAC15-240-40Open Season; Spring Season for Bearded Turkeys.
4VAC15-240-51Youth and apprentice fall turkey hunt.
4VAC15-240-60Bow and arrow hunting.
4VAC15-240-81Validating tags and checking turkey by licensee.

Regulation 4VAC15-260.
Game: Waterfowl and Waterfowl Blinds.

4VAC15-260-10"Floating blind" and "stationary blind" defined.

Regulation 4VAC15-275.
Game: Hunter Education

4VAC15-275-00Game: Hunter Education