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  • Virginia DGIF Confirms Hemorrhagic Disease Affecting Deer Populations

    Many hunters in Virginia have heard about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer, but not quite as many have heard about Hemorrhagic Disease. Even fewer hunters realize the state has some significant concerns regarding HD in Virginias whitetail deer populations right now. Hemorrhagic Disease (HD) is a virus that affects both domestic and wild hoofed animals, which is transmitted by being bitten by midges carrying the virus. Virginians know midges better as no-see-ums.

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  • 3 Tips for September Goose Season in Virginia

    Virginia's September Goose Season is finally here. While the weather is still hot, and its been a very dry late summer, there are still ample opportunities to shoot geese in this early season. It often means getting to know your local farmers and gaining permission, as well as understanding their timing between food sources and water - and where they like to go in between. Dont take these geese for granted, they are still wary of pressure and will change as soon as another farmer cuts another field...
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  • Fishing for Summer Shellcrackers

    Bluegill and sunfish are where it began for most of us, they were the first fish we caught in our younger years. Armed with a whippy little rod, a bobber and a tub of worms, we headed out to chase these fish with our friends. Bluegill are the targets when we take our children and grandchildren, and we want to give them plenty of action - and bring home some great table fair. In early summer, large bluegill can make for a great afternoon. The gear isnt expensive and the fishing locations are plentiful....
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  • Velvet Whitetail Deer Season in Virginia

    For many hunters, the thought of punching a tag on a velvet buck has always been a dream. But for hunters in neighboring Tennessee, it became a reality in 2018 with a three-day velvet hunt. There are those states like Wyoming and Montana to the west, and Kentucky to the east, that have seasons where bucks can still be in velvet during the September openers. But there are no guarantees as bucks can very quickly shed their velvet at the season opener. This velvet season is well within the window for...
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  • Copperheads Giving Birth in Virginia

    Now is the time when hunters are clearing paths and setting stands for deer season, and hunters are anxiously awaiting dove season to kick off on labor day. But this time afield also means possibly coming across one of Virginia's venomous snakes. Late summer is when copperhead will begin giving birth to live young. And some biologist believe with the hotter summer, that those births might come a bit earlier.

    Copperhead typically give birth to half dozen or so live young, but can birth...
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  • Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Virginia's Whitetail Deer

    Many Virginia deer hunters had heard of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in whitetail deer, but few really understand its potential impacts. Some hunters seemed to be more upset that natural buck lures and scents have been made illegal than the fact that this critical disease has spread further into Virginia. The risks are real, the impacts are real and its time to understand CWD.

    CWD is a fatal neurological disease of whitetail deer and its newer elk population in Virginia. CWD was first...
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  • Virginia DGIF Add Two K9's This Summer

    DGIFs Conservation Police Officers needed a few good dogs - and after searching far and wide they found two exceptional pups. K9 Avery, a Black Lab and K9 Waylon, a German Shorthaired Pointer. They were selected from hundreds of potential candidates for their intelligence, energy, and strong play drive.

    Generous donors Mark Vannoy and the Commonwealth Criminal Justice Academy stepped forward to help purchase the dogs. Both have a passion for conservation and wanted to express their...
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  • Opening Day Dove Hunt - 5 Tips for A Successful and Safe Hunt

    Dove hunting has always been that end of summer event, and first hunting trip of the year for many people. In Virginia, it means trying to secure a spot at a WMA with managed dove fields, and trying to crack a limit without having heat stroke. Here are a few tips for making sure you have a successful, and safe dove hunt this year.
    • Make sure your gun is ready, many hunters put there shotgun away after fall, or duck season, and never touch it again. Pull it out, make sure the gun cycles cleanly,
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  • Hunting Leases: What You Need to Know Before Signing a Contract on Your First Lease

    Many hunters are looking to take advantage of the large network of hunting leases that become available on a regular basis. Often times these can be prime pieces of property where long term leases can be negotiated. To someone leasing for the first time they may be completely in love with the property and not think about the fine print in the lease agreements. Here is some advice and points to consider before you settle on a property to lease.


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  • Fly Fishing for Pickerel in Virginia

    For most, catching a pickerel in Virginia is usually accidental while pursuing other fish like largemouth bass. Virginia has a strong population of chain pickerel across the state, being found any many state waters. With the right gear, these fish can be a lot of fun on the fly. To fly fish for pickerel across Virginia here is the type of gear you will need.

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    Pickerel, like its brethren the pike, tend to be ambush predators. They are typically located in and...
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  • Virginia DGIF Confirms Hemorrhagic Disease Affecting Deer Populations
    by Brian
    Many hunters in Virginia have heard about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer, but not quite as many have heard about Hemorrhagic Disease. Even fewer hunters realize the state has some significant concerns regarding HD in Virginias whitetail deer populations right now. Hemorrhagic Disease (HD) is a virus that affects both domestic and wild hoofed animals, which is transmitted by being bitten by midges carrying the virus. Virginians know midges better as no-see-ums.

    VA Outdoors was...
    09-07-2019, 05:57 PM
  • 3 Tips for September Goose Season in Virginia
    by Brian
    Virginia's September Goose Season is finally here. While the weather is still hot, and its been a very dry late summer, there are still ample opportunities to shoot geese in this early season. It often means getting to know your local farmers and gaining permission, as well as understanding their timing between food sources and water - and where they like to go in between. Dont take these geese for granted, they are still wary of pressure and will change as soon as another farmer cuts another field...
    09-01-2019, 02:51 PM
  • Fishing for Summer Shellcrackers
    by Brian
    Bluegill and sunfish are where it began for most of us, they were the first fish we caught in our younger years. Armed with a whippy little rod, a bobber and a tub of worms, we headed out to chase these fish with our friends. Bluegill are the targets when we take our children and grandchildren, and we want to give them plenty of action - and bring home some great table fair. In early summer, large bluegill can make for a great afternoon. The gear isnt expensive and the fishing locations are plentiful....
    08-29-2019, 07:06 PM
  • Velvet Whitetail Deer Season in Virginia
    by Brian
    For many hunters, the thought of punching a tag on a velvet buck has always been a dream. But for hunters in neighboring Tennessee, it became a reality in 2018 with a three-day velvet hunt. There are those states like Wyoming and Montana to the west, and Kentucky to the east, that have seasons where bucks can still be in velvet during the September openers. But there are no guarantees as bucks can very quickly shed their velvet at the season opener. This velvet season is well within the window for...
    08-29-2019, 06:23 PM
  • Virginia DGIF Add Two K9's This Summer
    by Brian
    DGIFs Conservation Police Officers needed a few good dogs - and after searching far and wide they found two exceptional pups. K9 Avery, a Black Lab and K9 Waylon, a German Shorthaired Pointer. They were selected from hundreds of potential candidates for their intelligence, energy, and strong play drive.

    Generous donors Mark Vannoy and the Commonwealth Criminal Justice Academy stepped forward to help purchase the dogs. Both have a passion for conservation and wanted to express their...
    08-28-2019, 10:01 PM
  • Opening Day Dove Hunt - 5 Tips for A Successful and Safe Hunt
    by Brian
    Dove hunting has always been that end of summer event, and first hunting trip of the year for many people. In Virginia, it means trying to secure a spot at a WMA with managed dove fields, and trying to crack a limit without having heat stroke. Here are a few tips for making sure you have a successful, and safe dove hunt this year.
    • Make sure your gun is ready, many hunters put there shotgun away after fall, or duck season, and never touch it again. Pull it out, make sure the gun cycles cleanly,
    ...
    08-28-2019, 09:44 PM
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