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

4VAC15-90-540. Special elk hunting license, Landowner License Program.

A. Upon receipt of a valid Landowner License Program application from a landowner within the Elk Management Zone, the director or the director's designee shall verify the application materials and have sole discretion in enrolling the property in the Landowner License Program. The application deadline shall be published by the department annually no less than 30 days prior to the deadline.

B. A valid Landowner License Program application shall include:

1. Landowner's name, home address, telephone number, and address of the property to be enrolled in the program.

2. A recorded survey or other legal documentation certifying the acreage and ownership of the property to be enrolled.

3. Original signature of the landowner.

4. Only a single application per license year, per landowner.

C. Landowners enrolled in the Landowner License Program maintain the right to limit access to certain areas of the property for safety or privacy reasons. Areas of limited access must be outlined in the initial application. Enrollment in the Landowner License Program does not preclude or limit in any way the landowner from allowing other hunting or other hunters on the property.

D. The department shall determine and make available to the public a program guidance document outlining how landowners enrolled in the Landowner License Program shall accrue points toward a special elk hunting license, the number of points necessary to be awarded such license, a list of criteria by which applications and associated properties will be evaluated for enrollment in the program, and other program requirements. The program guidance document will be published annually no less than 30 days prior to the application deadline.

E. Landowners who accrue the necessary number of points, as defined in the program guidance document, on an enrolled property may enter a landowner lottery for a special elk hunting license. Once a special elk hunting license is awarded through the lottery, the landowner loses all accrued points. There is no time limit over which a landowner is required to accrue license points. Landowners shall not combine points from separate enrolled properties.

F. Landowners enrolled in the Landowner License Program shall not subdivide contiguous properties under the same ownership into multiple, smaller parcels for the purposes of this program.

G. License points cannot be sold or traded. License points are nontransferable if the property changes ownership, except that if the property is inherited from parents, grandparents, or children, resident or nonresident, license points may be transferred. The department may request documentation to certify the relationship between seller and purchaser as well as a copy of bill of sale.

H. Landowners receiving a special elk hunting license shall comply with all of the requirements established in this section as well as 4VAC15-90-510, 4VAC15-90-520, and § 29.1-305.01 of the Code of Virginia. Landowners who fail to comply with this chapter may forfeit any accrued license points and may not be eligible to accrue new license points.

I. A special elk hunting license awarded to the landowner shall only be used on the property enrolled with the department in the Landowner License Program.

J. A landowner may transfer the special elk hunting license to any person eligible to hunt in Virginia. The special elk hunting license may not be sold. Transfer of the special elk hunting license must be reported to the department no less than one month prior to the opening day of the elk hunting season during the year in which the special elk hunting license is awarded. To report a transfer to the department, the landowner shall provide the department with the hunter's:

1. Name;

2. Department customer identification number;

3. Address; and

4. Telephone number.

K. A landowner shall not charge a fee for hunters to hunt elk on properties enrolled in the Landowner License Program except as described in the program guidance document.

L. A special elk hunting license transferee may be rejected if it is determined that the transferee has been convicted of two or more wildlife violations, within three years prior to the last date of the application period. In determining the transferee's eligibility, the director shall take into account the nature and severity of the violations.

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; Errata, 38:13 VA.R. 2075 February 14, 2022; amended, Virginia Register Volume 39, Issue 24, eff. July 17, 2023.

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