As the new legislative session heats up in Virginia, legislation has been introduced that could have an impact on your elk hunting in the state.

HOUSE BILL 388 was introduced by Delegate Edmunds. The companion legislation, SENATE BILL 262 was introduced by Senator Chafin.

The legislation is described as a “Bill to Create Special Elk Hunting License in Virginia” and states that:


[The bill] Authorizes the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries (the Board) to create a special license for hunting elk in the elk management zone that is required in addition to a general hunting license. The bill authorizes the Board to establish:

(i) quotas and procedures for selection to purchase a special elk license, (

ii) a nonrefundable application fee of $15 for residents and $20 for nonresidents and a special elk license fee at no more than $40 for residents and $400 for nonresidents, and (

iii) guidelines permitting the transfer of special elk licenses to individuals, cooperators who assist in meeting agency hunting objectives, or wildlife conservation organizations whose mission is to ensure the conservation of Virginia's wildlife resources. The bill clarifies that a separate special license to hunt elk is not required to hunt elk outside of the designated elk management zone.

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