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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation And Natural Resources
Agency 15. Department of Wildlife Resources
Chapter 40. Game: In General

4VAC15-40-195. Visiting traps, generally; visiting completely submerged, body-gripping traps; use of remote trap check systems.

A. Except as provided in subsections B and C of this section, it shall be unlawful to fail to visit all traps once each day and remove all animals caught.

B. Body-gripping traps that are completely submerged by water must be visited at least once every 72 hours.

C. Remote trap checking systems may be used in lieu of a physical trap visit when such systems (i) have a control unit or remote camera that reports trap status to a centralized application at least once every 24 hours; (ii) provide notifications of trap closures or activity at the trap site and system health issues within one hour of detection via email or text-based messaging systems; and (iii) have on-demand capabilities for determining signal strength and battery condition via remote system check-in. If the control unit reports a trap closure or the camera sends a photo with an animal in a trap, the user is required to physically visit the trap within 24 hours of the time the trap was reported closed or the photo was received. If the control unit or camera fails to report its current status within a 24-hour check-in period or reports a system health issue, the user is required to physically check the trap within 24 hours of the last communication with the device.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-103 and 29.1-501 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 25, eff. August 1, 2009; amended, Virginia Register Volume 31, Issue 25, eff. August 1, 2015; Volume 39, Issue 24, eff. July 17, 2023.

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