TITLE 4. CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES
REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: The
Board of Game and Inland Fisheries is claiming an exemption from the
Administrative Process Act pursuant to § 2.2-4002 A 3 of the Code of
Virginia when promulgating regulations regarding the management of wildlife.
Title of Regulation: 4VAC15-240. Game: Turkey (amending 4VAC15-240-50, 4VAC15-240-60,
Statutory Authority: §§ 29.1-103 and 29.1-501 of
the Code of Virginia.
Public Hearing Information:
May 24, 2017 - 9 a.m. - Department of Game and Inland
Fisheries, 7870 Villa Park Drive, Suite 400, Henrico, VA 23228
Public Comment Deadline: May 10, 2017.
Agency Contact: Phil Smith, Regulatory Coordinator,
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 7870 Villa Park Drive, Suite 400,
Henrico, VA 23228, telephone (804) 367-8341, or email
The proposed amendments (i) provide fall and spring turkey
hunting seasons in the Cities of Newport News and Hampton; (ii) close the
Cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth to turkey hunting; (iii) close the archery
turkey hunting season concurrent with the close of the first part of the fall
turkey season, in which firearms and muzzleloader weapons are legal weapons;
(iv) allow slingbows to be used during the archery turkey hunting season; and
(v) allow turkey hunters to take two birds per day during the spring turkey
4VAC15-240-50. Continuous closed season in certain counties,
cities and areas.
There shall be continuous closed turkey season, except where
a special spring season for bearded turkeys is provided for in 4VAC15-240-40,
the county of Arlington County; and in the cities Cities
of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News Norfolk, Portsmouth, and
4VAC15-240-60. Archery hunting.
A. Season. It shall be lawful to hunt turkey with archery
equipment or a slingbow in those counties and areas open to fall turkey
hunting from the first Saturday in October through the
Saturday prior to the
second Monday in November Friday that is 13 days after the Saturday
before the last Monday in October, both dates inclusive.
B. Bag limit. The daily and seasonal bag limit for hunting
turkey with archery equipment or a slingbow shall be the same as
permitted during the general turkey season in those counties and areas open to
fall turkey hunting, and any turkey taken shall apply toward the total season
C. Carrying firearms prohibited. It shall be unlawful to
carry firearms while hunting with archery equipment or a slingbow during
the special archery season.
D. Use of dogs prohibited during archery season. It shall be
unlawful to use dogs when hunting with archery equipment from the first
Saturday in October through the Saturday prior to the second Monday in
November, both dates inclusive.
4VAC15-240-70. Bag limit.
The bag limit for hunting turkeys shall be one a day in
the fall, two per day during the spring, three a license year, no more than
two of which may be taken in the fall.
VA.R. Doc. No. R17-5073; Filed March 29, 2017, 2:08 a.m.