Monday, December 30, 2013

2012-2013 Virginia Oyster Production

Virginia recently announced that the state's 2012-2013 oyster harvest of 406,000 bushels was the highest since 1987. The increased harvest numbers include both wild-caught and aquaculture-produced oysters originating from privately leased water bottoms.

source: Virginia Marine Resources Commission

Monday, June 3, 2013

Virginia National Recreation Trails

Two Virginia trails have been designated as national recreation trails by the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service officials.

The newly designated national recreation trails are:

High Bridge Trail State Park
High Bridge Trail State Park is a 31-mile multiuse rail-trail in Central Virginia. The trail is suitable for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Its centerpiece is the majestic High Bridge, on the National Register of Historic Places and a Virginia Historic Landmark. High Bridge is the longest recreational bridge in Virginia and among the 10 longest recreational bridges in the United States.

Tobacco Heritage Trail (South Boston)

Nature enthusiasts enjoy birding, scenic views of the Dan River, and plenty of fresh air along a 2.6-mile segment of the Tobacco Heritage Trail. Featured historic sites on the rail-trail include the remains of a cotton mill, the Prizery (community theatre, museum, and events venue), Diamond Hill (a former slave cemetery), and Berry Hill Plantation.

source: U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

Monday, March 4, 2013

2012-13 Virginia Deer Hunting Statistics

Wildlife biologists with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) recently released preliminary totals for deer harvests for the 2012-13 fall/winter hunting seasons.

During the past deer season 213,597 deer were reported killed by hunters in Virginia. The total included 96,712 antlered bucks, 18,061 button bucks, 98,781 does, and 43 unknown/sex not documented.

The fall 2012 deer kill total was down 8% from the 233,104 deer reported killed last year, and below the 10-year annual average of 232,573.

Total deer kill levels were down from last fall across most of Virginia, including Tidewater (down 15%), the Southern Piedmont (down 8%), the Northern Piedmont (down 9%), and the Southern Mountains (down 3%). Deer kill levels were stable in the Northern Mountains. Most of the decline in 2012 deer kill was in the female deer kill which was down 13% from 2011. The antlered buck kill was only down 2% from 2011.

Archers, not including crossbow hunters, killed 15,791 deer. The bow kill comprised 7% of the total deer kill. Crossbows resulted in a deer kill of 10,596 deer or 5% of the total. Muzzleloader hunters harvested 54,808 deer or 26% of the total deer kill. Nearly 160,000 deer (78%) were checked using the Department's telephone and Internet checking systems. The youth deer hunting day in September resulted in a deer kill of 1,977.

Total deer kill levels declined in 76 of 97 major deer management units. Five management units saw declines in the antlered buck kill of more than 20% from 2011, including King George (down 34%), Caroline (down 27%), Patrick (down 26%), Henry (down 26%) and Stafford (down 24%). In nearly all of these counties a significant outbreak of Hemorrhagic Disease is thought to be a major contributing factor in the declines.

Virginia's White-tailed Deer Management Plan can be viewed at

Information about white-tailed deer in Virginia can be found at

Source: Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Saturday, March 2, 2013

2013 Virginia Recreational Flounder Regulations

According to Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC), anglers will be fishing under new recreational flounder regulations for the 2013 season. The recreational minimum size limit for flounder will be 16 inches with a creel limit of (4) fish. The new minimum size for summer flounder is the lowest in Virginia since 2001. No seasonal closures are expected during 2013 fishing season.

source: Virginia Marine Resources Commission

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hope House Foundation Shamrockin In Ghent

On Friday, March 15, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., Hope House Foundation in conjunction with 93.7 BOB FM, 96X, and US 106.1 will present 2013’s "Shamrockin’ In Ghent", a free block party.

The event which is open to the public will take place on Colley Avenue in Norfolk’s historic Ghent district between Shirley and Gates Avenues.

"Shamrockin’ In Ghent" will benefit Hope House Foundation and will include musical performances by The Newport News Police Pipes and Drums, Glasgow Kiss, and The Deloreans.

This is the 19th annual Shamrockin’ in Ghent (previously called the Greening of Ghent). Beverages will be available for sale and Belmont House of Smoke ( will be on hand selling food.

source: Hope House Foundation