Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (visit the agency website www.dgif.virginia.gov for most recent regulatory updates)
Board of Game and Inland Fisheries
Game: Pelts and Furs [4 VAC 15 ‑ 280]
|Description||As stated in §29.1-521, §10, of the Code of Virginia, it is unlawful to possess, purchase, receive for transportation, or import at anytime or in any manner, any wild animal or the carcass or any part thereof except as specifically permitted by law. Section 1 allows a citizen the opportunity to legally possess furs purchased out of state prior to the open season, thus enabling recreational and economical opportunities. The conditions of shipping enables the agency to efficiently enforce the laws for legally taking our native wild fur-bearing populations for the benefit of all citizens. Section 2 allows the breeding, raising, selling and shipping of fur-bearing animals which, without this regulation, would be prohibited as per §29.1-512 of the Code of Virginia. Sections 3 and 4 under the authority of §29.1-413, of the Code of Virginia, enable this agency to efficiently protect our native wild fur-bearing species by providing a means for the legally permitted fur farming enterprises to sell and ship fur-bearing animals. Section 5 provides for the agency to inspect the fur farming facilities to protect the wild fur-bearing population from the possible introduction of disease and from possible genetic pollution for the benefit of all citizens.|
|State Authority||§ 29.1-412 of the Code of Virginia . Permits required . § 29.1-413 of the Code of Virginia . Issuance discretionary, duration . § 29.1-417 of the Code of Virginia . Capturing, holding, propagating, and disposing of wildlife for authorized purposes . § § 29.1-|
|Exempt from APA||Yes, changes to this chapter of the VA Administrative Code are exempt from the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required.|
|Text of Regulation||Link to Virginia Administrative Code|
|Goals of Regulation||
To maintain optimum populations of fur-bearing species to serve the needs of the citizens of the Commonwealth.
To allow the reasonable use of the fur resource by the public while maintaining healthy populations of the species.
|Name / Title:||Frances Boswell|
4016 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
|Telephone:||(804)367-9149 FAX: (804)367-0405 TDD: ()-|