Hunting and Fishing

Rappahannock farmers killing far fewer bears

Five years ago 57 bears were shot out of season, last year only three: In the two years since the Rappahannock News drew attention to the high number of bears killed by Rappahannock County farmers holding year-round “kill permits,” the number of bears destroyed has dropped dramatically. […]

Hunting and Fishing

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD): Should Rappahannock residents be worried?

The big question now is whether eating venison infected with CWD is dangerous to humans? In October 2018, the CDC stated: “To date, there is no strong evidence for the occurence of CWD in people, and it is not known if people can get infected with CWD prions. Nevertheless . . . experimental studies raise the concern that CWD may pose a risk to people and suggest that it is important to prevent human exposures to CWD.” […]

Hunting and Fishing

Bear harvest down, deer harvest up in Rappahannock County

Deer harvested in the county during the prior 2017-18 season had been the lowest count in twenty years, so there was an improvement this season by some 150 deer for our local hunters. The deer harvest in Rappahannock this season ending Jan. 5, 2019 was 717 antlered male, 100 male fawns, and 870 females (51.5 percent female, in other words), for a total of 1687 deer. […]

Hunting and Fishing

A Hunting We Will Go

It’s important to remember that a new state-issued deer hunting regulation for 2017-18 deals specifically with this county: “It shall be unlawful to take a second antlered deer on private lands in Rappahannock County prior to taking at least one antlerless deer on private lands. […]

Hunting and Fishing

The buck and the tradition

Alex Kardis shot this 10-point buck on the farm of his parents, Phil and Penny Kardis, in Flint Hill. It was on the second anniversary of the passing of his grandfather, Lawrence Chadwell, of Huntly. […]

Chester Gap Column

Chester Gap column for Dec. 1

Chester Gap VFD was on hand at Huntly for the annual charity trail ride; And the VFD are hosting an event for local Relay for Life team, “Hope on the Move” on Dec. 10. Also, local youth tags once-in-a-lifetime buck. […]

Hunting and Fishing

Park to implement hunting season night closures

Shenandoah Park Superintendent Jim Northup announced this week that portions of Skyline Drive will be closed at night during hunting season. He stressed its importance in reducing illegal hunting activity within the park during Virginia’s hunting season outside the park. […]