New This Year – Mobile & Online Game Check!

Starting with the 2016 hunting season, hunters will be able to check game three different ways! Hunters can call the telephone checking system (1-866-GOT-GAME or 1-866-468-4263), go online to or using our new, free mobile app GoOutdoorsVA. In all three options, hunters will be asked for their new customer ID. [Read more…]

Hunters: Be on the Lookout for DGIF’s Research Bears

Radio-collar bear research projectFor the first time in over a decade, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) biologists are radio-collaring adult female bears in Virginia. [Read more…]

A Growing Elk Herd in Virginia

Virginia Dept of Game & Inland Fisheries

pict0249Since restoration efforts to restore this once-native species began a few years ago, Virginia’s Elk have been thriving!  DGIF Biologists estimate the total number of elk in Virginia to be between 150 to 200 animals.  Our Virginia bulls are growing impressive antlers and are now “bugling” to assert their dominance, and to impress their harems.  The sound of the elk bugle is one of the most unique sounds in nature.  These magnificent animals provide a great viewing opportunity–Elk Cows can weigh up to 600lbs and Bulls can grow to a whopping 700lbs! [Read more…]

Hunting on Sundays in VA Law Effective July 1, 2014

Virginia Dept of Game & Inland FisheriesOn March 5, 2014, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed into law Hunting on Sundays. The new law allows hunting on Sundays under certain circumstances. A person may hunt waterfowl, subject to restrictions imposed by the Director of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and a landowner and his immediate family or a person with written permission from the landowner may hunt or kill any wild bird or wild animal, including nuisance species, on the landowner’s property. However, the aforementioned hunting activities cannot occur within 200 yards of a house of worship and prohibits the hunting of deer or bear with a gun, firearm, or other weapon with the aid or assistance of dogs on Sunday. Some may wonder if other weapons fall under this without the dogs being present, however. A few residents are seeking clarification on matters like “are switchblades illegal” and other such questions, to help understand the law and to better understand the potential loopholes that could be used in defense. [Read more…]

VDGIF To Host 6th Annual Virginia NASP State Tournament

Virginia Dept of Game & Inland FisheriesVDGIF To Host 6th Annual Virginia National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament March 8 at the Meadow Event Park in Doswell.

The Flights begin at 9:00 and the last scheduled Flight is 4 pm. [Read more…]

7th Annual Harvest Festival

NASP - Winded Bowhunter - Potomac Point WineryIt’s that time of year again… For Potomac Point Winery’s 7th annual Harvest Festival!

Some of our staff will be assisting Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries running the outdoor archery range for kids. There will also me a casting course so the kids can learn to cast!

Come out today for an afternoon full of fall games, festive food, grape stomping, and tons of live music! Come celebrate this exciting harvest season with your Potomac Point family!!! [Read more…]

Virginia’s Duncan New Chair of NBCI Management Board

National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative

Bob Duncan, executive director of the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, is the new chairman of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative’s Management Board.

Duncan replaces Dr. Jon Gassett, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources, who recently resigned to accept a position with the Wildlife Management Institute. The NBCI board is comprised of the commissioner/director of each of the 25 state wildlife agencies in the NBCI region, or their designees. Meeting twice a year, their role is to provide high-level policy guidance to the national effort to restore wild bobwhites. [Read more…]

Changes in VA Urban Deer Season

Virginia DeerAs opening day for Deer Season in VA, there is an important to note is that during the early urban antlerless season which opens Saturday September 7, firearms will be allowed.

Based on the regulations on blaze orange, since firearms will be used during the early season, all hunters, including archery hunters, are required to wear blaze orange during the early urban season and again when regular firearms season opens through the end of the late antlerless season in March. [Read more…]

Virginia Deer, Bear and Turkey Harvests

Virginia Dept of Game & Inland FisheriesWildlife biologists with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) have compiled preliminary figures for deer, bear, and turkey harvests for the 2012-13 fall/winter hunting seasons. The white-tailed deer harvest was down from last year while the turkey and bear harvest increased. The turkey harvest was the highest fall turkey harvest reported over the past five years. A better acorn crop than last year, in the range of average to good, across the state coupled with management actions to meet population objectives all factored into fluctuations in populations and harvest trends. The harvest figures continue to indicate that good hunting is available across the Commonwealth for these popular game species. Data presented in these summaries are preliminary. [Read more…]

VDGIF Confirm Elk Restoration to Begin Soon

MISSOULA, Mont.-The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has been officially notified that elk restoration efforts in Virginia will begin this spring.

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries officials confirmed the news to RMEF, the project’s leading financial contributor with a pledge of $300,000. RMEF leaders say they will now step up local fundraising efforts to ensure the project, once started, continues to move forward and remains on schedule. [Read more…]