Hunt Fish VA App

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF)

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ new app for iPhone and iPod touch is perfect for:

  • getting the latest news from VDGIF;
  • looking up hunting regulations, seasons, and bag limits while in the field;
  • viewing freshwater fishing regulations and state record fish;
  • identifying the fish you just caught;
  • getting the sunrise and sunset times for your location;
  • recording your trophy harvests;
  • finding nearby boat ramps, Wildlife Management Areas, and lakes;

Download it here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hunt-fish-va/id430899744

Best of all, it’s absolutely FREE!

Sunday Hunting For VA

Getting an early set up for the Sunday hunting push for next year. We have garnered national spotlight (NRA, NSSF, Cabela’s, etc.) and support this year. This is a first for us and all indications are that this was due to the grass roots effort in Virginia that brought them on board and it isn’t going away.

Priority 1:
Educate the public
* Use of Dogs while hunting bear, raccoon and fox on Sunday is legal, traditional hunting is not
* Many Virginians are not aware that hunting opportunity on Sunday is restricted to dog chase hunting. In most conversations you will find that people are shocked and think this is illogical
* Call in to radio talk shows
* Try and contact your local or regional paper and see if there is any interest in running a story
* Get the word out that the Sunday strangle hold is being held by the minority of hunters, most hunters now support Sunday hunting
* Hunting is far safer than other outdoor activities such horseback riding. Horseback riders are 20 times more likely to suffer injury than a motorcycle rider. [Read more…]

Sunday Hunting Bill Rejected by Senate and House

Time to get reorganized for the next round.

Stay tuned, I will keep you posted on actvities. This is the first year that a vote was ever held, that I am aware of. It is a step further than anytime in the past, Sunday hunting is going to happen although it will apparently be a multiple year process.

Wanna Hunt On Sundays?

Tomorrow on Monday, January 31, 2011, the Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee of the Virginia State Senate will consider Senate Bill 850, which seeks to allow hunters in Virginia the freedom to hunt on Sundays.

In Virginia, as well as in the 10 other states that restrict or prohibit Sunday hunting, all other sporting activities, like golfing, fishing, skiing and so on, are allowed. The isolation of hunting seems unreasonable.

As you probably know, hunting and associated industries are the largest financial supporters of wildlife conservation throughout the United States, contributing billions of dollars to habitat conservation and wildlife management. We all have a vested interest in preserving our country’s outdoor heritage.

If you’re interested in increasing hunting opportunities in Virginia and across the country, we encourage you to weigh in by contacting the appropriate committee members in the Virginia Senate ahead of Monday’s hearing. Their names and numbers are listed below.  [Read more…]

This Isn’t Over Yet!

All of the members of the Natural Resources Committee voted against the bill except for Lynwood Lewis, the Delegate from Accomac.

That makes the following Delegates as obstacles to getting Sunday hunting: [Read more…]

Senate Ag Committee Meeting

It is looking like Monday January 31st is going to be the big day. The full committee is going to open to comment Senate Bill to 850 Sunday Hunting. I am being told that this is the day to fill the room with supporters. A good showing can make the difference and help with our effort to drown out the opposition. I have posted a discussion topic where you can post your intent to attend on that day.

We have already gotten word that the following are NO votes: [Read more…]

Action Alert – Need to get those emails out!

The following are the list of pertinent email addresses that you can cut and paste into an email to help influence the Senate and Ag Committee. We need to continue to be louder than the opposition, they are gathering their own support and the momentum of decades are in their favor.

DelHMorgan@house.virginia.gov, DelBSherwood@house.virginia.gov, DelLWare@house.virginia.gov, DelTWright@house.virginia.gov, DelBOrrock@house.virginia.gov, DelEScott@house.virginia.gov, DelDMarshall@house.virginia.gov, DelCPoindexter@house.virginia.gov, DelBPogge@house.virginia.gov, DelBKnight@house.virginia.gov, DelDBell@house.virginia.gov, DelJEdmunds@house.virginia.gov, DelTWilt@house.virginia.gov, DelJCox@house.virginia.gov, DelKPlum@house.virginia.gov, DelJShuler@house.virginia.gov, DelLLewis@house.virginia.gov, DelMSickles@house.virginia.gov, DelDBulova@house.virginia.gov, DelLTorian@house.virginia.gov, DelDEnglin@house.virginia.gov, DelMJames@house.virginia.gov, district31@senate.virginia.gov, district24@senate.virginia.gov, district10@senate.virginia.gov, district20@senate.virginia.gov, district38@senate.virginia.gov, district15@senate.virginia.gov, district14@senate.virginia.gov, district26@senate.virginia.gov, district04@senate.virginia.gov, district09@senate.virginia.gov, district06@senate.virginia.gov, district28@senate.virginia.gov, district37@senate.virginia.gov, bill.bolling@ltgov.virginia.gov, michael.hardy@ltgov.virginia.gov, denise.burch@ltgov.virginia.gov, ibbie.hedrick@ltgov.virginia.gov, jessica.brooks@governor.virginia.gov, district35@senate.virginia.gov, district03@senate.virginia.gov, district12@senate.virginia.gov, district29@senate.virginia.gov, district13@senate.virginia.gov, Agriculture&Forestry@governor.virginia.gov, commerce.trade@governor.virginia.gov, Natural.Resources@governor.virginia.gov, district30@senate.virginia.gov [Read more…]

Bill Introduced in Virginia to End Sunday Hunting Ban

OK wanna be Sunday hunters, we have a player in the game again. It has been many years since the last time a bill was submitted to end the ban on Sunday hunting. Sen. Petersen on the Ag Committee has introduced Senate Bill SB 850. His bill strikes any reference to restricting Sunday Hunting from state law.

It is time for us to start a write-in campaign to those Senators on the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, and contact your Senator to tell him or her that you wish to lift the ban. Get everyone and anyone you can to call and write in on this issue. There will be opposition to this and we have heard that they have been loud in the past it is time for us to be louder. Let’s have our voices be heard this time. [Read more…]

RMEF Pledges $600K to Restore Elk in Missouri, Virginia

MISSOULA, Mont.—After years of support for elk restoration proposals in Missouri and Virginia, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has committed $600,000 to help both states restore a game species lost from their landscapes for more than a century.

Both states recently approved elk restoration plans and RMEF pledged $300,000 each.

“We’re proud to step forward and put money ‘on the ground’ for these projects. No doubt, our great volunteers, members and supporters will continue to raise additional funds for both states,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “Restoring elk back into Missouri and Virginia is going to be a tremendous legacy in conservation.” [Read more…]

Legalize Virginia Sunday Hunting

 

ACTION! Call the Virginia General Assembly’s Constituent Viewpoint Comment line toll-free at 1-800-889-0229.

Let them know that you want to see the General Assembly to put forth legislation in the next session (January 13, 2011) which will lift the ban on Sunday hunting in Virginia.

The more phone calls the better, call more than once, call daily, call you representatives, get loud.

Go here to find out who your state representatives are:  http://conview.state.va.us/whosmy.nsf/main?openform