Nine New CWD Positives Confirmed in Frederick County

Nine new cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) were detected in Frederick County during the 2016 deer hunting season. Seven were deer harvested by hunters and two were killed by vehicles.  All of the new cases were detected in the same general areas as previous cases. In total, 22 CWD-positive deer have been detected in Virginia since CWD was first discovered in western Frederick County in fall 2009.  Read the rest of this article…

  • March 14th, 2017

Fishing for Catfish

With Stephen Miklandric

Four time “Virginia Angler of the Year”, Stephen Miklandric talks all things catfish and tells us the story of the 102 pound blue catfish he caught in the James River. Read the rest of this article…

  • February 25th, 2017

Wildlife Habitat Management on Private Lands: New Publication Released

Virginia benefits from a system of protected lands that provide key wildlife habitat.  These range from national, state and municipal properties to lands set aside for conservation by private and non-profit organizations. As impressive as these conservation lands are, their footprint on the landscape pales in comparison to the total acreage that is under private ownership. This is especially true in the Virginia Piedmont, where 95% of the land base is privately owned.  Because of this, private lands can have a huge, positive impact on wildlife conservation.

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  • January 19th, 2017

The Most Read Articles of 2016

Whether it was the growing elk herd in Virginia, Clyde Roberts harvesting the trophy buck of his lifetime at age 103, or the continued improvement of services and access to the natural resources of the Commonwealth, DGIF has had plenty of highlights to share in 2016! Read the rest of this article…

  • December 26th, 2016

Capturing The Action

The Story Behind the Calendar Photo

Over the next few months we will be sharing stories by the photographers themselves on how the outstanding images that grace this year’s 2017 calendar were captured. Purchase a calendar and follow along with each  behind-the-scenes look at how hard working photographers get those breath taking images! If you want to learn more about each photographer there will be contact information at the end of each posting. Enjoy! Read the rest of this article…

  • December 16th, 2016

Accessible Trails Provide Quality Hunting Opportunities

powhatan-trailThe Phelps Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Fauquier County has long featured a trail with hunting stands that are available to mobility-impaired hunters on a reservations-based system. Building on the success of this program, in 2013 the Department launched an effort to improve accessible hunting at WMA’s all across the Commonwealth.

Each of the Department’s four regions has now installed an accessible hunting trail. The locations were selected to facilitate quality hunting and to provide barrier-free access to all hunters, including those who have limited mobility. All the new trails are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Read the rest of this article…

  • December 9th, 2016