Public Invited to Comment on Draft Deer Management Plan June 3, 2015 Virginia

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     The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) invites public input on the Draft Virginia Deer Management Plan, which will be available for review June 10 – July 10, 2015, on the agency's website. The first Virginia Deer Management Plan, completed in 1999, has been revised twice through the involvement of public stakeholders and managers of deer. Because DGIF's mission is "to serve the needs of the Commonwealth," it is important that the process used to develop and revise the Deer Plan incorporates both public values (e.g., economic, sociological, and political) and biological considerations.
     The revised Virginia Deer Management Plan will guide deer management across the Commonwealth through 2024. This plan describes the history of white-tailed deer management, current status (supply and demand) of the deer resource and management programs, and the future of the deer management program in Virginia. The plan identifies a framework of what needs to be done, how it should be done, and when it should be done.
     Guided by the DGIF mission, the Virginia Deer Management Plan includes four goals which specify the general directions for: (1) deer populations, (2) deer-related recreation, (3) deer-related damage, and (4) deer habitat. Specific objectives help guide the attainment of each goal. Potential strategies then clarify how each objective could be achieved, but without delving into the operational details. By clarifying goals and directions of deer management, this plan will assist the DGIF Board of Directors, DGIF administrators and staff, and the public in addressing deer issues.


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