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Elk in Virginia

Elk were successfully re-introduced to Virginia between 2012 and 2014 and now there’s a thriving herd of more than 250 elk in Southwest Virginia. The restoration work for elk, including substantial habitat management and efforts to provide wildlife viewing, offers a unique opportunity to enjoy this charismatic and majestic species.

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Conserve. Connect. Protect.

DWR has been a steward of the outdoors since 1916, leading in wildlife conservation and inspiring people to value the outdoors and their role in nature.

How Do We Fund What We Do?

You might be surprised to know that Virginia DWR is primarily funded from sources other than Virginia general tax dollars.

A lot of our funding to help conserve wildlife and habitat comes from public spending on things like fishing and hunting licenses, tags, or stamps, boat registrations, and via a federal excise tax on firearms and ammunition.

Those sources of financial support have helped us protect hundreds of species and their habitat for over 100 years, but there’s always more we can do for Virginia’s wildlife. That’s where you come in. You too can become a steward of the outdoors by supporting our work or working with us — whether you hunt, fish, and boat or simply enjoy the outdoors.

How You Can Help

Become a Steward of the Outdoors

Contribute to a Cause

Your contributions can help us restore wildlife habitat when you become a Restore the Wild member or connect youth to the outdoors through the Virginia Wildlife Grant Program!

Volunteer & Mentorship

Whether you volunteer with us, take the time to mentor a new hunter, or refer a friend to go hunting or fishing, you can make a difference!

Partnership Opportunities

Interested in exploring how you or your organization can partner with us to conserve wildlife habitat or connect people with the outdoors? Get in touch with us!

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