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The DWR discourages the feeding of wildlife at all times. In addition, it is illegal to:

  • Feed bears at any time.
  • Feed deer and elk at certain times.

According to Virginia law, it is illegal to:

  • Handle a firearm in a reckless manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person.
  • Hunt while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Alter, change, borrow, or lend a hunting license or permit.
  • Exceed the bag limit or possess more than the daily limit of any wild bird or animal while you are in the forests, fields, or waters of Virginia.
  • Willfully and intentionally impede the lawful hunting or trapping of wild birds or animals.
  • Discharge a firearm or archery tackle in or across any public roadway, or within the right-of-way of a public roadway, including:
    • Shooting at wildlife from across a public roadway and…
    • Shooting at wildlife from a vehicle.
  • Shoot a rifle or pistol at wild birds or animals on or over Virginia public inland waters.
  • Take or attempt to take a deer from a boat or other watercraft.

Additional regulations are listed in the Unlawful Methods information on the DWR website.

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