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Outdoors

  • 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.