Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
11/30/2022

Chapter 200. Game: Rabbit and Hares

4VAC15-200-10. Open season; generally.

Except as otherwise specifically provided by the sections appearing in this chapter, it shall be lawful to hunt rabbit from the Saturday prior to the first Monday in November through the last day in February , both dates inclusive.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-02-18 § 1, eff. July 1, 1991; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 19, eff. July 1, 2003; Volume 22, Issue 19, eff. July 1, 2006; Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. October 26, 2007.

4VAC15-200-15. Definitions.

The following words or terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Import" means to transport a carcass or carcass parts, other than those outlined in 4VAC15-200-60, into the Commonwealth in such a manner that the carcass or carcass parts are removed from their place of storage within a vehicle or other conveyance and placed or deposited within the Commonwealth. Rabbits harvested on properties that span the Commonwealth's boundary with an adjoining state shall not be considered imported.

"Wild rabbit" means any member of the taxonomic order Lagomorpha, including rabbits, hares, and pika regulated by the Department of Wildlife Resources and not defined as domestic breeds by the American Rabbit Breeders Association.

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.

4VAC15-200-20. Bag limit.

The bag limit for rabbit shall be six a day.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-02-18 § 3, eff. July 1, 1991.

4VAC15-200-30. Trapping with box traps.

It shall be lawful to trap rabbits with box traps from October 15 through January 31, both dates inclusive; provided, that no traps shall be set on the lands of another without written permission; provided further, that it shall be lawful to live-trap rabbits and transport them only within the county of capture, for release or restocking purposes in Virginia at any time, provided they are not released onto the lands of another without permission.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-02-18 § 4, eff. October 1, 1991; amended, Virginia Register Volume 27, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2011; Volume 37, Issue 22, eff. July 1, 2021.

4VAC15-200-40. (Repealed.)

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-02-18 § 6, eff. July 1, 1989; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 1997.

4VAC15-200-50. Unauthorized wild rabbit carcass importation and possession.

No person shall import or possess a whole carcass or any part of a carcass of a wild rabbit originating from outside the Commonwealth, except for a fully dressed carcass with the skin, feet, head, and internal organs removed.

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.

4VAC15-200-60. Disposal of wild rabbit parts.

No wild rabbit carcasses or carcass parts may be discarded or disposed of directly on the ground. All such carcasses or carcass parts must be buried at least two feet below ground, incinerated, or securely bagged and discarded in household trash for ultimate disposal in a permitted landfill.

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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