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Board of Game and Inland Fisheries

Game: Deer [4 VAC 15 ‑ 90]
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Chapter Information
Description This regulation enables the agency and the citizens to manage deer populations to control impacts to the human health, safety and livelihood of the people of Virginia. By allowing for the harvest and population control of deer the Department is providing for human health by reducing the chance for human/deer interaction. This regulation further provides for citizen safety by prescribing methods of take (i.e. seasons, bag limits, tackle, tagging requirements ). This regulation provides for the protection of personal property by allowing the control of deer numbers which may adversely affect real estate values or directly damage property by causing damage to crops, vehicles and landscapes. The regulation also enables the agency to efficiently and economically accomplish the important governmental function of deer management by enabling the citizens to participate in recreational deer hunting seasons. These activities provide recreational opportunity and stimulate the economic development of the Commonwealth. Deer hunting is the major portion of the 1.2 billion dollars hunting and fishing contributes to Virginia's economic well being. Specific examples include hunting land leases, hunter travel expenditures, and outdoor equipment purchases.
State Authority § 29.1-103 Code of Virginia . Powers and duties of the Board . § 29.1-501. Promulgation of regulations; publication of proposed regulations or change therein; validation; evidentiary nature of publication . § 29.1-510. Big game; small game . § § 29.
Federal Authority n/a
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 deer to serve the needs of the citizens of the Commonwealth.
To allow the reasonable use of the deer resource by the public while maintaining healthy populations of the species.
To provide opportunity for all to enjoy hunting deer, watching wildlife, and related outdoor recreation.
To promote safety in connection with hunting deer.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Frances Boswell  
Address: 4016 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
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Telephone: (804)367-9149    FAX: (804)367-0405    TDD: ()-
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