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Read details about the Spring Field Trial held on March 31, 2018.


A VBHA Member, Tim Stull, had a young Walker bear hound shot and  killed on the last day of the 2017-18 bear season.  The Stulls had asked for a show of support at the Lexington General District Court on April 23, 2018.

UPDATE:  The man was charged with a misdemeanor - reckless use of a firearm.  The dog owners were hoping to up the charges to a felony, but the misdemeanor charges stuck.  After pleading "nolo contendere," the sentence was 4 days in jail with another 56 days suspended; 12 months probation, loss of hunting rights for 2 years, and was ordered to pay $2,000 restitution to the dog owner.



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Why do you collect a tooth from harvested bears?

The premolar from a bear is used to determine the age of the bear.  The age structure of the annual harvest is used to analyze trends and is an important tool needed to manage bear populations in Virginia.

The age of your harvested bear will be available online 9 to 10 months after the hunting season ends at www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/bear/age

(From VDGIF's Hunting & Trapping in Virginia July 2017-June 2018)