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

Virginia Wildlife Grant Program 2016

Connecting Youth to the Outdoors

turtle-guideThe Virginia Wildlife Grant Program, launched in 2014, provides a funding source to non-profits, schools, and government agencies with a focus to connect youth to the outdoors and is a partnership effort between the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Wildlife Foundation of Virginia.  Support of the Grant Program is generated through the sale of gear and other merchandise from ShopDGIF. com.   This effort is an effective way to partner with organizations that are doing great things in their communities and have built successful relationships.  Our support provides just a bit more horsepower to make them greater. Read the rest of this article…

  • November 22nd, 2016

Virginia’s Locavore Deer Hunters

locavore-deerBy Matt Knox, Deer Project Leader, Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries

If you are a deer hunter in Virginia, there is a greater than 99% chance that you are a locavore deer hunter.  I am guessing at this point that many, maybe a majority, of Virginia deer hunters are asking themselves “What is a locavore deer hunter?” Read the rest of this article…

  • November 21st, 2016