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

Return to Blackwater

Agency biologists returned to sample the acidic, dark-water swamps and beaver ponds in southeast Virginia.  Their quarry – a two inch long member of the bass family and state endangered species known as the Blackbanded Sunfish (Enneachanthus chatedon).  Read the rest of this article…

  • July 17th, 2017

The Perfect Weekend Trip Fishing Along the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah in Virginia

With the dog days of summer upon us, June and July are the perfect time to hit the Appalachian trail in Virginia for a short day trip, or a longer backpacking trip.  More of the Appalachian Trail passes through Virginia than any other states and the views can’t be beat. From pastoral scenes, to forest and farmland with creeks running through it, they are sure to make avid anglers and first-timers alike, very happy.  Read the rest of this article…

  • July 12th, 2017

Poacher Sentenced to Almost 7 Years in Jail for Wildlife Crimes

On June 19, 2017, the Honorable Judge Henry Barringer of the Buchanan General District Court ruled on a poaching case that Virginia Conservation Police Officers (CPOs) had been investigating since April 2016.  The defendant, Nelson Drummond, received a sentence of 2,370 days plus an additional 6 months of incarceration, a 5 year loss of hunting privileges, and restitution of $25,500 for poaching 4 elk, 3 deer, a black bear and a bobcat.  Read the rest of this article…

  • July 6th, 2017