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Citizen Participation Registration: DWR Board Meeting – June 28, 2021

In accordance with Section IV(F) of the Board of Wildlife Resources’ Governance Manual, a special meeting of the Board has been called for June 28, 2021, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. As specified in requests for the meeting made by Board members Vincent, Washington, Parker, Adams, Grimes, Sadler, and Terwilliger, the sole purpose of this meeting will be to consider the contents of a potential Board Resolution pertaining to deer hunting with dogs in Virginia, namely those four matters identified in the Chairman’s report at the May meeting and included in the proposed draft Resolution found in the Meeting Materials for the special meeting. No other business will be conducted by the Board, and any action by the Board will be confined to consideration of the matters specifically included in the proposed draft Resolution. No other action regarding deer hunting with dogs or any other subject will be taken at this meeting.

Written comments may be submitted prior to the meeting for distribution to the Board by completing the Citizen Participation Registration form below. Those submitting comments are reminded that the only matters that will be considered by the Board are those found in the draft proposed Resolution; comments on issues beyond those directly addressed by the Resolution will fall outside of the scope of the meeting and therefore not be helpful to the Board’s deliberation at the special meeting. To ensure that your comments are received by the Board in advance of the meeting, please submit them, using form below, by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23.

The Board will also take approximately two hours of verbal testimony at the special meeting, and those wishing to speak may indicate their desire by also following the instructions in the form below. In order to ensure that your desire to speak is known, please use this Citizen Participation Registration form to request to speak by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23. Priority will be given to those speakers who represent organizations and multiple individuals. Due to significant interest in this topic, be aware that there may not be time for all individuals who sign up to speak to be heard verbally at the meeting, and so all interested in verbally commenting are encouraged to also submit written comments using the form below to ensure that your views reach the Board. Those who request to speak and are selected to speak at the meeting will be contacted by the Department before the meeting.

  • Topic

    Resolution Pertaining to Deer Hunting with Dogs

  • "The Board supports the continuation of the Right to Retrieve, §18.2-136.  Further, however, the Board supports an amendment to that statute requiring that, prior to entering a property where a landowner has provided a contact phone number on his or her posted signs, a deer hunter seeking to retrieve his or her dogs must first attempt to contact the landowner to give notification that he or she will be entering the property for that purpose.  The Board also supports an exemption from any finding of violation of the notification requirement where law enforcement determines that emergency circumstances required immediate action. The current Board does not support any other amendment to the Right to Retrieve." 
  • "The Board supports an amendment to §3.2-6531, which exempts dogs engaged in lawful hunting from the requirement to wear collars with an affixed dog license tag, to require that dogs engaged in deer hunting wear collars with the owner’s name and contact information attached."
  • "The Board directs the development of a dog hunting ethics module to be included in the Department’s Hunter Education Program and encourages engagement with the hunting community on the development of such module."
  • "The Board directs the review of dog field trial permits issued for foxhound field trials and the development of recommendations to be brought to the Board at a future meeting no later than one year from this date as to any revisions to permit conditions that will assist in ensuring that the integrity of these events is preserved, that intentional running of deer during these events is prohibited, and that rights of owners of adjoining lands are respected, and encourages the engagement with the field trial community on the development of any revisions."
  • (Comments to further explain your position on the Resolution can be typed, or copied from another document and pasted, into the following section.)

Written comments may also be submitted by email at Board.Secretary@dwr.virginia.gov

or by mail and addressed to:
Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, Attention: Board Secretary, P.O. Box 90778, Henrico, VA 23228-0778

All comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, in order to be shared with Board members prior to the Special Called Meeting.