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Periodically, I receive press releases from VDGIF and I always skim through them and glean out the info that applies to us locally. Here are a few timely tidbits that hunters should take note of this week.
July 1 was the opening day for hunters to apply for any of the quota hunts that VDGIF runs across the state. Some of the hunts are for birds, rabbit, quail, bear, deer and feral hogs. A few of the hunts are new and some of the existing hunts have new (and earlier) deadlines. Readers can go towww.HuntFichVA.com to get more details.
The new Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp is now available online. Last year more than 22,600 such stamps were sold generating over $200,000 for waterfowl habitat improvement projects.
Floating blind licenses are now available online and at local agents. This is new; in the past, if you wanted a floating blind license, you had to go in person to specific license agents to get one. Remember that in order to hunt from a boat or floating device that is concealed with anything other than paint you must have a floating blind license in our area. A floating blind license includes a plate with a decal much like the regular blind license. If you plan on getting your floating blind license online be sure to do so well in advance of a planned hunting trip. Remember that plates must be mailed and that might take more than a few days.
North Landing River Deer Hunts in the City of Virginia Beach (Series 203)
Late-season Feral Hog Hunts at False Cape State Park in Virginia Beach (Series 604)
Lone Star Lakes Deer Hunts in the City of Suffolk (See Series 212 and 213)
New Kent Forestry Center Dove Hunts (Series 601).Applications are due July 28, 2009, only by telephone or online.
Radford Army Ammunition Plant Deer Hunts (Series 211). Applications are due August 14, 2009.
Hunters applying for some hunts may receive additional hunt dates as a bonus if the series applied for does not fill to capacity. Second, the Hog Island Wildlife Management Area muzzleloader and firearms hunts have been consolidated into one hunt. Hunters may choose to hunt with either shotgun or muzzleloaders during this hunt. And finally, the Hog Island Wildlife Management Area Waterfowl Hunt has changed. The hunt days have increased to Wednesdays and Saturdays. Five parties will be drawn for each day. Stand-by drawings will no longer be conducted.
Mail: Virginia Quota Hunts, c/o CyberData, Inc.
P.O. Box 9009 Hicksville, New York 11802
Phone: (1-877) 824-8687
Click on “Hunting” and then select “Quota Hunts.”
By Mark Fike, Outdoors Writer