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Board of Game and Inland Fisheries

Game: in General [4 VAC 15 ‑ 40]
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Chapter Information
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
This regulation enables the agency and the citizens to manage wild animal populations to control impacts to the human health, safety and livelihood of the people of Virginia. By allowing for the harvest and population control of certain wild animals and wild birds, especially high risk rabies species (raccoon, foxes, and skunks) the Department is providing for human health by reducing the chance for human/wildlife interaction. This regulation further provides for citizen safety by prohibiting unsafe methods of take (i.e. poisons, exploding arrows, inappropriate traps and deadfalls). This regulation provides for the protection of personal property by allowing the control of certain species of wildlife (coyotes, beaver, muskrat and other animals) which may adversely affect real estate values or directly damage property by causing flooding, livestock depredation and related losses. The regulation also enables the agency to efficiently and economically accomplish the important governmental function of natural resources management by enabling the citizens to participate in recreational hunting and trapping seasons. These activities provide recreational opportunity and stimulate the economic development of the Commonwealth. Hunting and fishing combine to contribute more than $1.2 billion per year to Virginia's economic well being. Specific examples include hunting and trapping land leases, hunter travel expenditures, and outdoor equipment purchases. This regulation addresses important and essential government functions in three general subject areas: 1. The method of take for game animals and birds, fair chase, resource distribution, resource protection and recreational opportunities. 2. Human safety and health, domesticated animal welfare and wildlife health and maintenance. 3. Landowner rights and protection of property and private enterprise.
State Authority § 29.1-103 of the Code of Virginia . Powers and duties of the Board . § 29.1-501. Promulgation of regulations; publication of proposed regulations or change therein; validation; evidentiary nature of publication . § 29.1-510. Big game; small game .
Federal Authority n/a
Exempt from APA Yes, changes to this chapter of the VA Administrative Code are exempt from the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation To maintain optimum populations of all game wildlife species to serve the needs of the citizens of the Commonwealth.
To provide opportunity for all to enjoy hunting, trapping, and related outdoor recreation.
To promote safety in connection with hunting and trapping.
Meetings See all meetings (8) relating to this chapter.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Frances Boswell  
Address: 4016 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
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Telephone: (804)367-9149    FAX: (804)367-0405    TDD: ()-
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