Proposed Regulation Amendment

4VAC15-40-130. Game: In General. Disturbing waterfowl adjacent to Lands End Waterfowl Management Area.

Summary

The proposal is to establish a 1,000 yard boundary adjacent to Lands End Waterfowl Management Area within which waterfowl hunting is prohibited.

Text of Regulation

Rationale

The current regulation requires Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries staff to post the protected area that prohibits the disturbance or hunting of waterfowl in the Rappahannock River adjacent to Lands End WMA. This is not an efficient method for establishing a waterfowl refuge on the public waters of the Rappahannock River. This method requires significant man hours, can be dangerous and there is no guarantee the posted signs and their poles will not be removed or washed away from ice, tides and storms. In addition the posted signs and their poles have to be removed after each hunting season as not to impede navigation.

The deed for Lands End WMA requires a 1,000 yard prohibited area for waterfowl hunting in the Rappahannock River, specifically to protect the Atlantic Population Canada Goose roosting area of Nanzatico Bay. The amended language of this regulation would establish a 1,000 yard prohibited area for waterfowl hunting in the waters of the Rappahannock River adjacent to the Lands End Waterfowl Management Area and not require the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to post the prohibited area from the Lands End shoreline.

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