Virginia DGIF

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Elk in Virginia: Return of a Native Species

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Conserve. Connect. Protect.

DGIF is leading wildlife conservation and inspiring people to value the outdoors and their role in nature.

  1. Conserve

    We conserve and manage wildlife populations and habitat for the benefit of present and future generations.

  2. Connect

    We connect people to Virginia’s outdoors through boating, education, fishing, trapping, wildlife viewing, and other wildlife-related activities.

  3. Protect

    We protect people and property by promoting safe outdoor experiences and managing human-wildlife conflicts.

Our Funding Might Surprise You

$0 General Tax Dollars

You read that right — Virginia DGIF doesn’t receive a single penny of Virginia general tax dollars.

A lot of our funding comes from public spending on things like fishing and hunting licenses, tags or stamps, and via a federal excise tax on firearms and ammunition.

Unfortunately, those funds are stretched thin as we work to safeguard over 800 wildlife species. We need all the help we can get — and so does Virginia’s wildlife.

How You Can Help

Become a Steward of the Outdoors

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Contribute to a Cause

Volunteer & Mentorship

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Partnership Opportunities

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