Updates Related to COVID-19 »

Hunter Spotlight: Meet Jake Henderson

By Molly Kirk

Photos by Courtesy of Jake Henderson

Each month in the Hunting Notes from the Field email, we at the Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) highlight one of our constituents and the role hunting plays in their life.  Are you an avid hunter who would like to be featured or know someone who would be great to feature? We’d love to hear from you! Just email social@dwr.virginia.gov and let us know!

Name: Jake Henderson

Hometown: Charlottesville

How did you get interested in hunting?

I was fortunate to be raised in a family of hunters. My dad took me deer hunting when I was 6 years old!

What do you love about hunting?

The physical and mental challenge. I’m always learning something new and finding new areas to hunt. I grew up deer hunting but recently started bird hunting, and it’s becoming one of my favorite hunts. I also started hunting in the National Forest on public land. It’s been truly rewarding to find deer after having to hike miles in a day. It’s hard, but it’s that challenge that I love.

Who was your hunting mentor?

I am fortunate to have several mentors—my grandfather taught me how to squirrel hunt, my father-in-law taught me how to process a deer, a good neighbor and friend has been teaching me how to quail hunt and the importance of conservation, and of course my dad has been my mentor all these years.

What’s been your most memorable day afield?

This is hard because I have so many. But this October I was deep in the mountains and got close to two bear cubs and watched them roll around and play with each other for several minutes. Then shortly after, there mother came in and played with them before leaving.

A few minutes later I heard turkeys gobbling just over a ridge, and then a small group of does walked by me. All of this happened on public land. It’s memorable to me because I spent hours scouting and hiking to that spot and I had never seen a bear while hunting before. Virginia has great public land to hunt!

Are you an avid hunter who would like to be featured or know someone who would be great to feature? We’d love to hear from you! Just email social@dwr.virginia.gov and let us know!

 

Hunting During the COVID-19 Outbreak

  • If you choose to hunt during the pandemic it is essential that you follow CDC guidelines.
  • Purchase your hunting license online instead of in-person.
  • Hunt alone or with family members or others that you live with and are isolating with during the Governor’s “stay at home” order.
  • Do not hunt if you feel sick or think you might be sick.
  • Stay at home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds or using alcohol-based sanitizer even while afield or afloat.
  • Do not share equipment with anyone, and wash your equipment when you’re done.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from other hunters you encounter and try to avoid crowded access points.
  • Try to hunt near home as much as possible and avoid traveling long distances.
  • January 7, 2021