Virginia Tech Wildlife Society Participate in a Squirrel Hunting Workshop

In the Fall of 2016, a relationship was established between the DGIF Hunter Education Program and the Virginia Tech Chapter of the Wildlife Society.  A Hunter Education Class was offered to the students of the chapter on the campus of Virginia Tech. At that time, it was discovered that many of the students studying wildlife at VT had never hunted or been exposed to hunting. That relationship blossomed recently with Region Three DGIF Hunter Education Volunteers and Staff offering a Squirrel Hunting Workshop for the VT students in Giles County.  Read the rest of this article…

  • October 30th, 2017

Giving Hope to the Hungry

Hunters for the Hungry asks for the support of deer hunters to help fulfill its mission

Hunters all over Virginia are excited about the prospect of bagging a nice buck or doe this season.  Some skilled and lucky hunters will harvest several deer, perhaps more than they need themselves. What to do with all that meat?  Why not consider donating a whole deer to Hunters for the Hungry and make a big difference in the lives of those who are struggling.  Read the rest of this article…

  • October 12th, 2017

The Bobwhite in Virginia: A Conversation with Quail Restoration Leader Marc Puckett

The surprising flush of a covey of quail is a thrilling and welcome sight, but one that is not as common as it used to be.  Unless you are a farmer,  hunter, or a rural landowner, quail are rarely encountered–although just about everyone has heard their distinctive “BOB-White” call from a distance.  What has become of this endearing round bodied, buff and brown colored bird?   Where have Virginia’s quail gone, and what can we do to bring them back?  Read the rest of this article…

  • October 8th, 2017

Musselrama ‘17

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, in Scott County, Virginia, biologists from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) and partnering agencies splashed into the scenic Clinch River to begin the week-long 2017 “MUSSELRAMA” surveys. The epic name given to this event (coined by our own nongame expert, Mike Pinder) evokes as much excitement among aquatic biologists and naturalists as the names “Lollapalooza” and “Bonnaroo” do for music lovers! Started in 2001, these intensive benthic surveys have been led annually in the Clinch and Powell rivers by DGIF. The information collected is used to inform management actions aimed at protecting and enhancing this unique aquatic resource. Read the rest of this article…

  • September 15th, 2017

Rare Mussel Species Propagated for the First Time in Virginia

The slippershell (Alasmidonta viridis) is a state endangered freshwater mussel species in Virginia. It has experienced severe declines across most of its known range in the Commonwealth but individuals have occasionally been reported over the last 20 years from tributaries of the Clinch and Holston rivers in Russell, Tazewell, Smyth, and Scott counties.   Read the rest of this article…

  • July 28th, 2017