A trout stocking plan aimed at improving angler satisfaction and reversing the decline in trout license sales has been drafted by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and Virginia Tech and is open for public input.
A new group, called the Virginia Wildlife Habitat Coalition, is being organized to make certain wildlife gets a fair shake in the management of national forests and state wildlife management areas.
Every angler needs to hook a fish, now and then, that is so big all you can do is hold on as it peels line from your reel.
Leon Turner thought, just maybe, he had enough votes to rescind Virginia’s new controversial bear hunting license, which will be required of bear hunters beginning this fall.
It is a good time to be a duck hunter. A July 2 report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that the breeding population of ducks is 49.5 million, according to its 2015 survey. That is the highest count on record and 51-percent above the 1955-2014 long-term average.
Last week, the Botetourt Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation was conducting a quail habitat workshop near Daleville. The next night, members were doing charity work at the Buchanan Community Carnival.
Hunters for the Hungry has received a $50,000 grant from Walmart, which will give the feeding program a major boost going into the busy fall season.
More than half the members of the Virginia Deer Hunters Association gave last year’s deer season a poor rating, according to a survey recorded in the summer edition of the club’s magazine, Whitetail Times.
More than half the members of the Virginia Deer Hunters Association gave last year’s deer season a poor rating, according to a survey recorded in the summer edition of the club’s magazine, “Whitetail Times.”
Dennis Smith got a picture on his trail camera of a sow bear with five cubs romping around a mineral lick on property he owns in Botetourt County.
For the first time, Virginia’s spring turkey kill exceeded the 20,000 mark, settling on a record of 20,580. That eclipsed the previous best of 19,265, established in 2013. This year’s take was 17 percent higher than last year.
My family enjoys capturing images of wildlife with our trail cameras. We’ve gotten pictures of a number of wild critters on our farm, but one we haven’t seen is a fisher.
Nearly 300 representatives from across the hunting world attended the 2015 North American Deer Summit in Louisville, Kentucky, not bad for an organization just two years old. The event was sponsored by the National Deer Alliance, which is making progress toward its goal of becoming the voice of deer hunters.
The National Wild Turkey Federation has confirmed that a 37.6-pound wild turkey killed in Kentucky by Cody Guess of Lyon County is the heaviest on record.
Mike Ward isn’t just president of the Smith Mountain Striper Club, he is at the top of the club’s “Fishing Ladder,” which means he is the member who has registered the largest fish so far this year.
A 606-pound bluefin tuna caught early April off Virginia Beach by Chase Robinson has been certified as a state record. Robinson’s catch eclipses the 573-pound record that has stood since June of 2007. That bluefin was landed by Frederick Hycox of Virginia Beach.
If you can catch a 7-pound largemouth this weekend at Smith Mountain Lake, chances are you can tow home a sleek 2015 Nitro Z7 bass boat powered with a 150 Mercury.
Virginia’s spring gobbler season is on a record pace, thanks to hunters like 13-year old Tyler Drowne of Riner.
In the early 1970s, about this time of the year, TV show host Jerry McKinnis fished Smith Mountain Lake on several occasions and caught stringers of bass so heavy that you’d risk a hernia if you tried to lift them.
A potential state record bluefin tuna has given zest to the 2015 edition of the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament, which is off to a sluggish start, with just 83 citations entered by early April. That number was 524 for the same time period in 2014.
You don’t see this very often: The Virginia Marine Resources Commission has announced it will reduce the price of recreational saltwater fishing licenses starting Wednesday, and this is no April Fool’s Day joke.
The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has the go-ahead from its board to purchased 1,598 acres of mountain land in Roanoke County adjacent to its 7,000-acre Havens Wildlife Management Area in the Fort Lewis Mountain region. The funding for the purchase, known as the Dwelle Tract, will come from federal-state matching funds contributed by outdoor sportsmen.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has been asking hunters not to use doe urine to mask their scent or attract a buck, because the commercially sold commodity has potential to spread the deadly chronic wasting disease.
The coast of Virginia and North Carolina has experienced one of the roughest winters on record, lots of snow and frigid temperatures, yet instances of winter mortality of speckled trout are fewer than for last year, according the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.
The walleye population has been expanding across Virginia, and that makes many anglers happy for at least two reasons: Walleye are one of the first fish to become active late winter and early spring, and they are as good to eat as any fish in freshwater.
The 22 percent drop in Virginia’s deer kill, a figure that is worrisome to many sportsmen, might have been 30 percent were it not for Sunday hunting being legal on private land for the first time in modern history.
Several bills that would impact outdoor sportsmen have been making progress in the General Assembly. Here’s a look at five of them:
The much anticipated results of the 2014-15 deer, bear and turkey seasons were released by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries this week, and seldom have the figures had more radical swings.
It didn’t take long for the Virginia General Assembly to shoot down bills that would have gutted the right-to-retrieve law and liberalized regulations that govern the feeding of wildlife.
Virginia’s first Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt is scheduled for April 17 and 18, and there are four basic ways you can participate:
West Virginia’s 2014 deer kill of 104,223 represents a 31-percent drop from the previous season, and a 23-percent decline from the five-year average.
SNOWSHOE, W.Va. — Mike Miller was cold, but it was better than another alternative.
The Virginia State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary in Roanoke Friday through Sunday, with special guest George Thornton, CEO of the federation.
Of all the different kinds of hunters, those who pursue deer are the most numerous and least organized. The newly formed National Deer Alliance wants to change that. It wants to organize deer hunters and be their voice. It wants to be to deer hunters what the NRA is to gun owners.
A number of new fishing regulations arrived with the 2015 New Year. Here’s a quick look:
Almost two decades ago, Bob Fala, an avid grouse hunter, began keeping a diary of his days afield, most of them in the mountains of West Virginia.
In mid-December, Bill Chittenden caught a 30-inch striped bass, often called rockfish, in the salty water of the Chesapeake Bay. He had it for a meal and declared, “It was great.”
Patrick Coffey could tell the black bear was a big one as he watched it scrounge for acorns in the woods on a Virginia farm.
The worst thing about the social media, as far as outdoorsmen are concerned, is hunters attacking one another — as in hound hunters vs. still hunters, and muzzleloader hunters vs. modern-gun hunters.
West Virginia wildlife officials are blaming bad weather for a steep, 34-percent drop in the state’s deer kill during its two-week, buck’s-only season.
The phone has been ringing at Hunters for the Hungry headquarters in Big Island: “Where’s the venison?” is the cry coming from food banks, churches and rescue mission who feed the needy.
The deer kill in Virginia ran a stable course through the early muzzleloading season, then dropped significantly the two weeks of the general firearm’s season.
The deer kill in Virginia is down 16 percent, or 20,700 animals. The rut has been weak; the hunting pressure light; the acorn crop heavy; the quality of bucks so-so; the number of deer spotted disappointing.
A 12-point buck killed in West Virginia last week by bowhunter Chad Scyphers is a likely record for that state, although it still is too early to say for sure.
The first thing you notice about Robin Clark is his smile, next is his enthusiasm. Way down on the list is his wheelchair.
Move over L.L. Bean and Land’s End, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has its own e-store, www.shopdgif.com.
On opening day of the muzzleloading season, Cotton Witt watched an early morning parade of deer come down a hardwood ridge in Bedford County to stand near the base of the tree where he had positioned his elevated stand.
Voters in Maine upheld that state’s liberal bear hunting regulations by defeating a state referendum that would have made it illegal to bait, trap or use dogs in the pursuit of bears.
An early look at how Sunday hunting in Virginia is impacting the deer and turkey seasons has produced some muddled information.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries received nearly 500 comments from its constituents during an Aug. 1-Oct. 1 scoping period, when it requested recommendations for changes in hunting regulations. The input is scheduled to be considered by wildlife officials who will report back in March.
Mary Elizabeth Buzzee, 58, of Roanoke, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015. Arrangements by Simpson Funeral Home and Crematory, 540-366-0707.
Barbara Ann Hale, 68, of Roanoke, Va., passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015. Funeral Service will be 3 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2015, at Loudon Avenue Christian Church. Arrangements by Serenity Funeral Home, 540-345-9100.
Donna Lee Sloan, 55, of Rocky Mount, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
Chase Nathaniel Mullins, 17, of Huddleston, Va., passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015, at Palestine Baptist Church. Arrangements by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford, Va., 540-586-3304.