Proposed Regulation Amendment

4VAC15-90-70. Game: Deer. Bow and arrow hunting.

Summary

This proposal is to (i) modify the description of the area affected by the regulation in Amherst County, (ii) remove Campbell County (west of the Norfolk Southern Railroad) from the late archery deer season, (iii) exempt National Forest and Department-owned lands from the urban archery program in cities and towns, (iv) remove the special antlerless archery season in Loudoun and Prince William counties, and (v) establish a late special antlerless archery season in April in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties.

Text of Regulation

Rationale

Amending language regarding US 29 in Amherst County

Text in numerous Department regulations regarding Amherst County (east or west of Route 29) date back to at least the mid-1940's. During fall 2005, a new Route 29 bypass was completed in Amherst County around Lynchburg and Madison Heights, effectively moving the regulation line. The proposed wording change will return the regulation line to its intended location prior to construction of the new road.

Campbell County

There is public interest in creating a uniform countywide seven week, full season either-sex, firearms deer hunting season in Campbell County. The Board proposed establishing this opportunity to gain additional public input on the issue. As part of this change, the late archery and late muzzleloading deer seasons that previously existed in western Campbell County are being deleted.

Urban archery hunting National Forest and Department-owned lands, cities and towns

When this regulation was modified in 2011 to make counties with a human population density of 300 persons per square mile or more eligible, it was recognized that some of these counties (e.g., Roanoke) contained National Forest and Department-owned lands where an urban deer management program would not be appropriate. It was an oversight at that time not to explicitly exclude such lands in participating cities and towns, as well. Citizens have inquired whether certain Wildlife Management Areas in cities (e.g., Cavalier) are open during the urban archery season. Our response, clarified on the agency webpage, is that such areas are not open during the urban archery season. This regulation amendment will make the intent of the season more explicit.

Remove the special early antlerless season in Loudoun and Prince William counties

The special early antlerless archery season in Loudoun and Prince William counties will no longer be needed if the proposed firearms deer season, which would run concurrent to the early antlerless only archery season, is adopted. A firearms deer season would permit hunting with bow and arrow without a special archery or crossbow license.

Antlerless hunting during April in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties

Although relatively few deer are expected to be taken as a result of this change, it will reduce the time period during which out-of-season kill permits are issued for residential deer damage.

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