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Outdoors

  • Fries 50K is first course in Virginia to be USATF certified

    FRIES — On Saturday, the Town of Fries will welcome more than 150 visitors who are set to participate in the 5th Annual Fries 50K on a course recently certified by USA Track and Field.
    The New River Trail course is the first and only USATF-certified 50K course in Virginia.
    This year, for the first time, runners’ finish times will be recorded as official 50K finish times, and they will also receive a 26.2 marathon split time that can be used to qualify for larger races such as the Boston Marathon.

  • Virginia free fishing days are June 1-3

    Gather the kids and grab your fishin’ poles: free fishing days are here again.
    This year, anyone in the Commonwealth can fish without a license June 1-3.
    The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), the agency that regulates freshwater fishing, encourages Virginians to take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity to fish for free while spending some quality time with friends and family, according to a press release.

  • Bills take aim at Sunday hunting ban

     

  • State offers advice on dodging deer

    With winter’s shorter days, many motorists will be commuting in the dark, increasing the likelihood of their vehicle colliding with a deer.
    The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) is encouraging drivers to be more cautious this season.

  • Wellness Center, Fries to host 'duathlon' on trail

    In her 20s, when Teresa Roberts worked at a dental office, her co-workers talked her into joining a marathon — even though she had never competed or even trained for doing such a thing.
    “Being the type of person I was, I agreed to do it,” said Roberts, noting that the marathon was only a week away.
    “Although I finished the 10K in 63 minutes, I couldn’t walk after the marathon, and I declared I would never run again,” she said, of how sore and miserable she felt after taking on the challenge.

  • State approves license fee increases

    Hunters and anglers will be paying more to help the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries bridge the gap in a budget shortfall the agency expects to face in coming years.

    Outdoors enthusiasts who take advantage of some DGIF facilities and property will also pay more — even if they don't fish, hunt or have a registered boat.

    In a meeting Tuesday, the department's board voted to increase the cost of a number of fishing and hunting licenses and to implement a user fee at state wildlife management areas and department-owned lakes.

  • Deer feeding illegal as of Sept. 1

    Effective Sept. 1, it is illegal to feed deer statewide in Virginia.
    The annual prohibition runs through the first Saturday in January.
    This regulation does not restrict the planting of crops, such as corn and soybeans, wildlife food plots, and backyard or schoolyard habitats. It is intended to curb the artificial feeding of deer that leads to negative consequences, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.