2018 Aquatic Wildlife Regulation Review and Amendment Process

April 30 – July 28, 2018 Public Comment Period on Proposed Regulation Amendments

On April 12, 2018, the Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries, pursuant to §§ 29.1-103, 29.1-501, and 29.1-502 of the Code of Virginia, proposed amendments to the Commonwealth’s regulations governing hunting, trapping, and terrestrial wildlife.  Comments on the proposals are solicited during a public comment period that closes July 28, 2018. This online comment system is the most efficient and effective way to submit your views and have them seen the fastest.

Comments also may be: made in person at the August 22, 2018 meeting of the Board, 9:00 AM at 7870 Villa Park Drive, Suite 400, Henrico, Virginia 23228; postal-mailed to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Attn: Policy Analyst and Regulatory Coordinator, P.O. Box 90778, Henrico, Virginia 23228; or emailed to regcomments@dgif.virginia.gov. Comments must be in writing and accompanied by the name, address and telephone number of the party offering them. Comments submitted other than at the August 22, 2018 Board meeting must be received no later than July 28, 2018.

After hearing public comment on the proposed amendments at the August 22 Board meeting, the Board anticipates adopting final regulation amendments that will be effective for 2018–2019.

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Definition and Miscellaneous: In General.

4VAC15-20-50Definitions; "Wild Animal," "Native Animal," "Naturalized Animal," "Nonnative (Exotic) Animal," and "Domestic Animal."
4VAC15-20-190Definitions: “Designated Stocked Trout Waters.”

Fish: Fishing Generally.

4VAC15-320-25Creel and Length Limits.
4VAC15-320-50Fish Used As Bait Prohibited in Certain Waters.
4VAC15-320-140Permits Required for Striped Bass Fishing Rodeos; Etc.

Fish: Trout Fishing.

4VAC15-330-10Season; General Open Season.
4VAC15-330-150Special Provision Applicable to Stewarts Creek Trout Management Area; Certain Portions of the Dan, Rapidan, South Fork Holston and Staunton Rivers, the Brumley Creek, East Fork of Chestnut Creek, Little Stony Creek, Little Tumbling Creek, Big Tumbling Creek, North Creek, Roaring Fork, Spring Run, Stony Creek, Venrick Run, South River, and Their Tributaries.

Fish: Seines and Nets.

4VAC15-340-60Seines, Traps, and Nets Prohibited in Certain Areas.

Fish: Gigs, Grab Hooks, Trotlines, Snares, Etc.

4VAC15-350-70Taking Common Carp, Grass Carp, Northern Snakehead, Bowfin, Catfish, and Gar with Bow and Arrow or Crossbow.