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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation And Natural Resources
Agency 15. Department of Wildlife Resources
Chapter 90. Game: Deer
5/20/2022

4VAC15-90-520. Special provisions for hunting elk within the Elk Management Zone.

A. It shall be unlawful for any person to destroy the identity of the sex of any harvested elk unless and until requirements outlined in this section are met. Successful elk hunters are allowed to dismember the carcass to pack it out from the place of kill as long as evidence of the sex remains naturally attached to a major portion of the meat. Once the requirements for tag validation, reporting, and biological sampling have been met in accordance with 4VAC15-90-510, evidence of sex is no longer required.

B. Any elk found in the possession of any person without a validated (notched) license tag or documentation that the elk has been reported in accordance with 4VAC15-90-510 shall be forfeited to the Commonwealth to be disposed of as provided by law.

C. It is unlawful for a person to fail to reasonably attempt to dress, care for, and remove from the field the edible portions of any harvested elk, at a minimum that includes the meat from front shoulders, back quarters, and back-straps. Violation of this subsection shall constitute wanton waste for the purposes of section § 29.1-553.1 of the Code of Virginia.

D. It shall be unlawful to hunt elk with dogs. This subsection shall not prohibit the use of tracking dogs, which may be used in accordance with § 29.1-516.1 of the Code of Virginia.

E. It shall be unlawful to drive elk from any area, including man-drives, pushing with vehicles, or any other human action that is intended to cause animals to move into a harvestable situation.

F. The special elk hunting license shall be valid on all private land, with written permission from the landowner, within the Elk Management Zone. The special elk hunting license shall also be valid on public lands as designated on an individual's special elk hunting license. This is only applicable to special elk hunting licenses awarded through the random drawing and conservation license programs.

G. Elk hunters 15 years of age and younger or holders of an apprentice hunting license must be accompanied by and directly supervised by an adult who has a valid Virginia hunting license or is exempt from purchasing a hunting license. Adult hunters accompanying youth or apprentice hunters on a special elk hunt may not carry or discharge weapons.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-103, 29.1-501, and 29.1-502 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 37, Issue 22, eff. July 1, 2021.

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