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Saturday, October 26, 2019



Saturday, October 26, 2019

BEAR Archery Bear Season Season Dates - October 5 through November 15: Statewide

Muzzleloader Bear Season Season Dates - November 9 through 15: Statewide in all areas where hunting with a muzzleloading rifle is permitted.

Firearms Bear Seasons November 25 through January 4: In the counties of Albemarle, Alleghany, Amherst, Arlington, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Buchanan, Caroline, Chesterfield, Clarke, Craig, Culpeper, Dickenson, Fairfax, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Frederick, Giles, Goochland, Greene, Hanover, Henrico, Highland, Lee, Loudoun, Louisa, Madison, Montgomery, (northwest of I-81), Nelson, Orange, Page, Powhatan, Prince William, Pulaski (northwest of I-81), Rappahannock, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Russell, Scott, Shenandoah, Smyth (northwest of I-81), Spotsylvania, Stafford, Tazewell, Warren, Washington (northwest of I-81), Wise, Wythe (northwest of I-81), and on the Clinch Mountain and Hidden Valley Wildlife Management Areas and Channels State Forest. December 2 through January 4: In the counties of Carroll, Floyd, Franklin, Grayson, Henry, Montgomery (southeast of I-81), Patrick, Pulaski (southeast of I-81), Smyth (southeast of I-81), Washington (southeast of I-81), Wythe (southeast of I-81). Cities and Towns: Bears may be harvested using any lawful weapon within the incorporated limits of any city or town that allows bear hunting from October 5 to January 4. This season will not supersede local ordinances with respect to hunting or use of weapon.

DEER Early Archery Season October 5 through November 15: Statewide.

Archery Either-Sex Deer Hunting Deer of either sex may be taken full season during the early and late archery deer seasons, including the cities of Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and Suffolk (east of the Dismal Swamp Line).

Early Muzzleloader Season

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days West of the Blue Ridge:

Antlered deer only-no either-sex deer hunting days:

November 2 through 15 (full season): On private lands in Botetourt, Carroll, Clarke, Floyd, Frederick, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, Rockingham (east of Route 613 and 731), Scott, Shenandoah, Warren and Wythe counties. November 9: On private lands in Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Bland, Craig, Giles, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Smyth and Washington counties, and on the Highland WMA

• In Buchanan County. Special Youth and Apprentice Antlerless Deer Regulation applies.

Antlered deer only-no either-sex deer hunting days: • On all National Forest and Department-owned lands in all counties west of the Blue Ridge Mountains (except the Highland WMA). • In Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Rockingham (west of Routes 613 and 731), Russell, Tazewell, and Wise counties. • On Channels State Forest, Grayson Highlands State Park, Hungry Mother State Park, PALS (Public Access Lands) in Dickenson County, and Flannagan Reservoir. • Special Youth and Apprentice Antlerless Deer Regulation applies

Late Muzzleloader Season West of the Blue Ridge December 14 through January 4: In all areas west of the Blue Ridge unless noted in the season exception below. Season Exception: • There is no late muzzleloader season in Clarke County and on private lands in Frederick County since it occurs during the general firearms season.

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days West of the Blue Ridge: December 14 through January 4 (full season): • On private lands in Botetourt, Carroll, Floyd, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, Rockingham (east of Routes 613 and 731), Shenandoah, Warren, and Wythe counties. December 30 through January 4: • On private lands in Augusta, Bland, Craig, Giles, Page, Rockbridge, Scott, Smyth and Washington counties. January 4: • In Alleghany, Bath, Dickenson, Highland, Lee, Rockingham (west of Routes 613 and 731), Russell, Tazewell, and Wise counties • On all National Forest and Department-owned lands in all counties west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. • On Channels State Forest, Grayson Highlands State Park, and Hungry Mother State Park.

Firearms Deer Seasons In the counties (including the cities and towns within) of Augusta, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Smyth, Warrer, and Wythe.

Either-sex Deer Hunting Days: November 16 through 30 (full season November 30: On private land west of Routes 613 and 731 in Rockingham County and on National Forest and Departmentowned lands in Augusta, Botetourt, Roanoke, and Smyth counties and on National Forest lands in Grayson, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren counties and on portions of Grayson Highlands State Park. Either-sex Deer Hunting Days: November 23, 29 and 30

TURKEY Archery Turkey Season Season Dates - October 5 through November 8 Statewide except in areas where there is a closed firearm season on turkey.

Fall Firearms Turkey Seasons October 19 through November 1 and November 28 In the counties of Albemarle, Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Greene, Highland, Madison, Orange, Page, and Rockingham. October 19 through November 1, November 27 and 28, December 2 through 14 and January 11 through 25 In the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buchanan, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Floyd, Fluvana, Frederick, Goochland, Halifax, Hanover, Henrico, Henry, Louisa, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Prince Edward, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Tazewell, and Warren.

Spring Turkey Season April 11 through May 3 - Statewide. • One-half hour before sunrise until 12 noon each day. May 4 through 16 - Statewide. • One-half hour before sunrise to sunset. - Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries



November 2 through 15: There is no early muzzleloader season in the cities of Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, or Suffolk (east of the Dismal Swamp line) since it occurs during the general firearms season.

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Saturday, October 26, 2019


Big Box Changes Could Mean Local Gun Shop Boon By LAINE GRIFFIN Daily News-Record


ARRISONBURG - Walmart has changed its policy to not sell “short-barrel rifle ammunition” and handgun ammunition, and Dubby Carr doesn’t like the message it’s sending. Following the El Paso shooting in August where a gunman with an assault-style rifle shot 48 people and killed 22 in a Walmart store, the company changed its policy to discontinue the ammunition, such as the .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber. But first, the company is going to sell all its current inventory. “Their morals that they want to push out there - they said ‘We aren’t gonna sell it anymore once we get everything out of stock,’” said Carr, owner of Dubby’s Fishing and Hunting in Harrisonburg. “They are speaking out of both sides of their mouth and to me, that’s double minded and I don’t have any respect for that.” Delia Garcia, senior director of communications for Walmart, said the company can’t predict how long it will take stores across the country to sell their inventory. Walmart joined Dick’s Sporting Goods in changing its firearm purchase policies. While it could mean local gun shops will see an increase in sales, local gun shop owners take issue with the meaning behind the corporations’ decisions. , “If Walmart is gonna stand their ground, they need to empty their ammo shelves now, not after they sell it all,” Carr said. He said the stores are taking ammunition out of their sales because it’s on the AR platform, but a wide variety of firearms can be found built on an AR platform. “Them taking away a certain type of caliber of ammunition just doesn’t make sense,” Carr said, listing off nearly 100 AR platform calibers. Walmart’s website said the company believes its actions will reduce its market share of ammunition from around 20% to around 6 to 9%. Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack also recently announced the company destroyed $5 million worth of assault-style rifles. Both Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart changed their policy to not sell rifles to anyone under 21 last year. Virginia law requires buyers to be 18 years old.

In 2015, Walmart ended sales of modern sporting rifles, which includes AR-15, according to its website. The company said it also does not sell handguns, bump-stocks or high-capacity magazines. “After selling through our current inventory commitments, we will discontinue sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition such as the .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber that, while commonly used in some hunting rifles, can also be used in large capacity clips on military-style weapons,” the website said. Carr, who has owned his business at 100 Waterman Drive since 2011, is anticipating the decisions will give him a bump in sales. Matt Hill, owner of Liberty Arms on East Market Street, which opened in February, said he has already seen about a 10% increase. “People have come into my shop and voiced frustration to me over the changes companies like Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods have made,” he said. “I think this is just going to continue for other companies - they will see what places like Walmart has done and will do the same. It’s a political thing.” Although his sales have increased, Hill said he is frustrated with the message it’s sending people - that AR’s are bad. “People have made this a political thing and it’s frustrating,” he said. “It’s a Second Amendment right. It’s just people hunting with them.” When it comes to firearms, the companies are using fear to make a political statement, Carr said. “You can’t legislate people’s actions,” he said. If one is in sound mind to vote, drive and fight for their country, Carr said they should be able to buy a gun. Hill said just because companies are stopping the sales doesn’t mean people will stop buying the guns and ammunition. “Them doing this doesn’t make guns any easier or harder to get,” he said. “There is still a background check that people have to go through at any gun store.” Carr, who has a Federal Firearms License, said anyone who comes into his shop to buy a gun must fill out two pages of questions regarding their background. “If they answer any single one of those questions wrong, I can

Dubby Carr, owner of Dubby’s Fishing and Hunting, handles an AR-15-style rifle in his store. Photo by Daniel Lin / DN-R

deny them the sale,” Carr said, adding that even if the person passes all the background checks, he can still deny them if he has any questions. From there, there are five national databases that search the person. If there are no issues after the required background check, the person can walk out with a gun the day they walk in. If there are any questions, it could take longer. Carr said some people who purchased a gun in his store had to wait from five to 26 days to complete the process. “Most criminals don’t buy guns,” he said. “They get them from a friend or family member, etc. - not through a shop who handles things the way they are legally supposed to.” Firearms laws should stay how they are, according to Carr, who made a comparison of someone driving a car while intoxicated. “How many alcohol-related accidents are there? But no one is trying to ban alcohol,” he said. Cars help people and kill people, drugs help people and kill people, and guns are the same way, Carr said. “People need to stop associating guns with them killing people,” he said. “Guns themselves aren’t bad - so we need to get that fear factor set straight.”

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Chronic Wasting Disease Rattling Iowa OfďŹ cials, Hunters DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Iowa game ofďŹ cials and deer hunters are taking extra precautions this season in the wake of an emerging threat of a chronic fatal disease affecting deer. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has said it plans to collect as many deer samples in northeastern Iowa as it can this hunting season to test for chronic wasting disease after the ďŹ rst case in Dubuque County was conďŹ rmed in January, the Telegraph Herald reported Thursday. Closer to home, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries in May said 26 cases were reported in Frederick County last year and in February the VDGIF announced a ďŹ rst reported case in Culpeper County. Earlier this year, one deer in Shenandoah County was reported as having the disease, according to the VDGIF database. In 2019, after the detection of CWD in Culpeper County and the subsequent need to create a second CWD response/ management area in Virginia, the Department elected to utilize the term CWD Disease Management Area (DMA) instead of CWD Containment Area to delineate affected counties. DMA1 contains the same counties as the current

Containment Area (Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties). The borders of CWD DMA2 have not yet been established but will be released to the public well in advance of the 2019 fall hunting season. Chris Ensminger, wildlife research section supervisor for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said ofďŹ cials want to collect at least 250 samples from area in which the diseased deer was killed and at least 250 samples from elsewhere in Dubuque County. Samples also will be collected from surrounding eastern Iowa counties. “What we’re trying to ďŹ nd out now is the prevalence,â€? Ensminger said. “Hopefully, we won’t ďŹ nd any more infected animals.â€? The disease attacks the brains of deer and elk and is always fatal. No human cases have ever been recorded, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises people to not eat meat from infected animals. The disease has become increasingly prevalent in parts of the Midwest, including Wisconsin and Minnesota. “Everybody talks about it,â€? said Mike Laugesen, who hunts in northeast Dubuque County. “We’re deďŹ nitely fearful of it.â€?

Laugesen said many Iowa hunters worry that the disease will become as prevalent in Dubuque County as it is in southwest Wisconsin. Nearly 400 of the 1,060 deer that tested positive for the disease in Wisconsin from April 2018 to the end of March were in Iowa County in southwest Wisconsin. Other cases came from surrounding Crawford, Grant and Lafayette counties. The disease also has some meat processors wary of accepting deer. Dan Wheeler, owner of Dan’s Locker in Earlville, Iowa, said he has limited his processing to deer meat that already has been cut away from the carcass - a step that reduces the risk of disease spread through leftover animal waste. He said he won’t accept any deer that has tested positive for the disease. “If it is positive, I don’t want that in my plant,� Wheeler said. “It’s just not worth it to have that happen.� Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries contributed to this report




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Saturday, October 26, 2019


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Checking Requirements for Bear, Deer, Elk, Turkey, and Bobcat Tagging At Location Of Harvest

Carcass Transferred or Unattended

• All hunters (unless license exempt) killing a bear, deer, elk, or turkey are required to validate an appropriate tag on their bear license, deer/turkey license, bonus deer permit, or special permit (DCAP, DMAP, or DPOP) prior to moving the animal in any way. • To validate a tag, the Department provides two options depending upon the type of tag being validated. • Electronic license tag validation (enotching): Requires use of the Department’s free Go Outdoors Virginia mobile app. Available for deer/turkey license tags, bonus deer permit tags, and bear tag. When viewing the electronic license within the mobile app, touch the designated notch area of the appropriate license tag. See this page for a demonstration. • Paper license tag validation: Available for all paper license tags (bear license, deer/turkey license, bonus deer permit, or special permit (DCAP, DMAP, or DPOP). Hunters must completely remove the designated notch area from the appropriate paper license or permit tag. • It is unlawful for any person to validate (notch) a tag from any license or special permit prior to the killing of an animal. A paper tag that is mistakenly validated (notched) prior to the killing of an animal must be voided immediately by the licensee or permittee by writing, in ink, the word “VOID” on the line provided on the tag.

If the carcass is left unattended or transferred to another individual: • The check card or personal check card should be kept in possession with the carcass until it is processed. • If possession of the carcass is transferred to another individual, the check card or personal check card should be given to that individual. • If the carcass is left unattended, the check card or personal check card should be securely attached to the carcass. • After the carcass of a game animal has been processed (dissembled), it parts may be legally transported; however, upon request of a law enforcement officer, sufficient verbal or written information must be furnished to establish legal possession. Bears - Tooth Submission • A premolar (a small tooth located directly behind the canines) is required by law to be submitted from each harvested bear. • If checking the bear at a bear check station, the premolar shall be sealed in the envelope attached to the check card and left with the check station operator. • If checking via an electronic checking system, once the harvest record is submitted, the hunter will be sent instructions for submitting the tooth. To comply with the law, the premolar and accompanying information must be mailed or delivered to the department no later than 14 days after the close of the bear harvest season.

General Information • Bear and deer/turkey check stations can be located at www.dgif. check-stations. • All bear, deer, elk, and turkeys must be checked by all hunters, including license exempt hunters, upon vehicle transport of the carcass or at the conclusion of legal hunting hours, whichever occurs first and without unnecessary delay. • In counties with no bear check station, hunters may transport their harvest to a bear check station in an adjoining county. • It is unlawful to destroy the identity (sex) of any animal until it is checked. After the appropriate tag is validated, the hunter may dismember the carcass to pack it out as long as all parts of the carcass (excluding internal organs) are present when the animal is checked. • Upon checking, hunters using a paper license tag shall immediately write the check card number (provided by check station) or confirmation number (provided by the telephone or internet checking system) in ink on the line labeled “check card or confirmation number) of the tag that was validated at the place of kill.

Using Internet or Telephone Checking Before using these electronic systems, you will need a pen and paper to write down your confirmation number on your paper license or permit or to create a personal check card. • A confirmation number will be provided at the end of your internet or telephone session. • Confirmation numbers are a combination of 5-7 letters and numbers. • If your session is cut off prior to receiving a confirmation number, start the session again and repeat until a complete confirmation number is obtained. • If a paper license or permit was used, then the confirmation number should immediately be written in ink on the line of the tag that was validated in the field. • If a paper license was not required, then the hunter must create a personal check card. • Hunters have the option of printing a check card at the end of the Internet checking session.

Bobcat Checking • Any hunter or trapper who kills a bobcat during an open hunting or trapping season, including license exempt hunters and trappers, must check in the bobcat within 24 hours of the time of kill. • Bobcats legally killed by landowners outside the hunting and trapping seasons are not required to be checked in. • After checking a bobcat, hunters and trappers shall immediately record the confirmation number in a location where it can later be retrieved to prove compliance with checking requirements or to request a CITES seal.

• Any bobcat received by a taxidermist for mounting or tanning shall have written documentation securely attached to the carcass that includes the full name of the hunter or trapper, date of kill, and the harvest confirmation number. For bobcats that do not require checking, the same information must be attached (except for the confirmation number) with a description of how the bobcat was legally obtained.

Elk - Collection of Biological Samples • Hunters harvesting an elk are required to validate an appropriate paper or electronic deer tag, check in the animal, as an elk, and must contact the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at (804) 367-0044. License-Exempt Hunters • License-exempt hunters are required to check all bear, deer, elk, turkeys, and bobcats. • In order to use the internet or telephone checking systems to check a deer, elk, turkey, or bobcat, license-exempt hunters will need: • To select “exempt hunter” when prompted to enter his/her license type. • To enter his/her date of and last four digits of his/her social security number. • To create a personal check card. • License-exempt hunters checking a bear electronically are required by law to submit a premolar for each bear harvested. To provide the necessary information, a free customer account will be required to check a bear electronically. Any hunter preferring not to set up a customer account must check the bear at a bear check station.

Personal Check Card A personal check card may be written on any type of paper using a pen and must include the hunter’s full name, date of kill, and confirmation number. - Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

What’s News In 2019-2020 Bear

• Bears can now be checked through the electronic checking systems. Tooth submission is still required; instructions will be provided after a bear license is purchased and when a bear is checked. • Albemarle, Amherst, Bedford, Frederick and Nelson counties have been added to the three day early open season. • Firearms bear hunting season has been lengthened in all areas that had fewer than six weeks of open season.

Trapper Identification Number • Trappers may now use their Customer Identification Number (CID) to mark their traps instead of their name and address.

Deer • The deer bag limit on private lands west of the Blue Ridge Mountains is now two deer per day. Only one deer per day may be taken on National Forest lands, Department-owned lands, and Departmentmanaged lands west of the Blue Ridge Mountains and on National Forest lands in Amherst, Bedford, and Nelson counties. • Earn A Buck (EAB) has been initiated on private lands in Albemarle, Culpeper, Floyd, Franklin, Grayson, Hanover, Henrico, James City, Pulaski, Shenandoah, and York counties, and the number of antlerless deer necessary to meet EAB requirements on private lands in Clarke, Frederick, and Warren counties has increased. • Full season either-sex deer hunting has been established during both the early and late muzzleloading seasons on private lands in Botetourt, Rockingham (east of Routes 613 and 731) and Wythe counties. • Apprentice license holders are now included in the Youth Antlerless Deer Regulation. • The Youth and Apprentice Antlerless Deer Regulation is now effective statewide, including Buchanan, Dickenson, and Wise counties. • The firearms deer season on private lands in western Amherst, Bedford, and western Nelson counties has been extended from two to four weeks in length. • Firearms either-sex deer hunting days have been increased in Augusta (private lands), Campbell (west of Norfolk Southern Railroad), Charles City, New Kent, Page (private lands), Pittsylvania (west of Norfolk Southern Railroad), Powhatan, and Smyth (private lands) counties. • A firearms either-sex deer hunting day (the last day) has been initiated on National Forest and Department-owned lands in Alleghany, Amherst, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Botetourt, Frederick, Grayson, Highland, Nelson, Page, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Russell, Shenandoah, Smyth, Tazewell, Warren, and Washington counties.

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• Robert W. Duncan WMA (1,300 acres) and Mattaponi Bluffs WMA (470 acres) in Caroline County have been added to the Department’s Wildlife Management Area system.

• It is unlawful to use drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) to hunt, take, or kill a wild animal and to attempt to locate, surveil, aid, or assist in hunting a wild animal.

Chronic Wasting Disease • Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been discovered in Culpeper County. A second Disease Management Area, designated DMA2 and including Culpeper, Madison, and Orange counties, was created to implement management actions. • All deer killed in Culpeper, Madison, Orange, and Shenandoah counties on November 16, 2019, must be brought to a designated check station to be tested for CWD. Mandatory CWD testing for deer harvested in Clarke, Frederick, or Warren counties will not occur in fall 2019. • Transport of whole deer carcasses out of Culpeper, Madison and Orange counties is now prohibited. • It is now illegal to import or possess whole deer carcasses and certain high-risk carcass parts originating from outside Virginia. • Feeding of deer is now prohibited year round in Albemarle, Buchanan, Clarke, Culpeper, Dickenson, Fauquier, Frederick, Greene, Loudoun, Louisa, Madison, Orange, Page, Rappahannock, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Warren, and Wise counties (towns and cities within included). • The Antler Point Restriction was removed in Rockingham and Shenandoah counties.

Turkey • The early fall season will begin one week earlier than previous years. • Fall hunting on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving was added statewide, except in 10 counties with the 2-week season and in areas where no fall hunting is permitted. • To meet Wild Turkey Management Plan Goals to increase populations, the fall season was reduced from eight weeks to six weeks in 27 counties. • The fall season was reduced from eight weeks to four weeks in four counties with declining turkey populations (Amelia, Dinwiddie, Greensville, and Powhatan). • Tazewell and Buchanan counties have new fall seasons. - Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries



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