Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 15. Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
1/21/2020

Chapter 70. Game: Bobcat

4VAC15-70-10. Open season for hunting.

It shall be lawful to hunt bobcat by day and night from November 1 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 VR325-02-4 § 1, eff. July 1, 1980; amended, Virginia Register Volume 22, Issue 19, eff. July 1, 2006.

4VAC15-70-20. Open season for trapping.

It shall be lawful to trap bobcat from November 15 through the last day of February, both dates inclusive.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-02-4 § 2, eff. July 1, 1985; amended, Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 1997.

4VAC15-70-30. Bag limit.

The bag limit for hunting bobcat shall be two per hunting party, taken between noon of one day and noon the following day.

Statutory Authority

§ 29.1-501 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-02-4 § 3, eff. July 1, 1985; amended, Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 1997; Volume 31, Issue 25, eff. August 1, 2015.

4VAC15-70-40. Use of dogs in hunting bobcats during deer season in certain counties and national forests.

It shall be unlawful to use dogs for the hunting of bobcats during the open season for hunting deer in the counties of Alleghany, Amherst (west of Business U.S. 29 from the James River to its intersection with U.S. 29 just south of the town of Amherst continuing north on U.S. 29 to the Tye River), Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Botetourt, Campbell (west of Norfolk Southern Railroad), Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Nelson (west of Route 151), Page, Pittsylvania (west of Norfolk Southern Railroad), Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Warren, and within the boundaries of the national forests.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-02-4 § 4, eff. October 1, 1971; amended, Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 25, eff. August 15, 2013.

4VAC15-70-50. Pelts to be sealed before sale, etc.

It shall be unlawful to buy, sell, barter, traffic or trade in, bargain for, solicit for, purchase, or transport out of the Commonwealth, any bobcat pelts until the pelts have been sealed by an agent or other individual designated by the department. This requirement shall not apply to licensed taxidermists who ship bobcat pelts out of state for tanning purposes or to individuals who ship bobcat pelts out of state to be tanned for personal use. All bobcat pelts or unskinned carcasses required to be sealed under the provisions of this section must be sealed not later than April 1 of the license year in which the animal is taken.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-02-4 § 5, eff. July 1, 1985; amended, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2008; Volume 25, Issue 25, eff. August 1, 2009.

4VAC15-70-60. Archery hunting with bow and arrow, crossbow, or slingbow.

A. Season. It shall be lawful to hunt bobcats with bow and arrow, crossbow, or slingbow from the first Saturday in October through October 31, both dates inclusive.

B. Carrying firearms prohibited. It shall be unlawful to carry firearms while hunting with bow and arrow, crossbow, or slingbow during the special archery seasons.

C. Use of dogs prohibited during the special archery season. It shall be unlawful to use dogs when hunting with bow and arrow, crossbow, or slingbow during any special archery season.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 22, Issue 19, eff. July 1, 2006; amended, Virginia Register Volume 43, Issue 2, eff. September 1, 2017.

4VAC15-70-70. Checking requirements.

Any hunter or trapper who kills a bobcat shall report the kill within 24 hours through the department's automated harvest reporting system. At such time, the person reporting the kill will be furnished with a confirmation number. The hunter or trapper shall immediately record this confirmation number in a location where it can later be retrieved to prove compliance with checking requirements or to request a department seal. Any bobcat received by a taxidermist for mounting or tanning shall have written documentation securely attached to the carcass that includes the full name of the hunter or trapper, date of kill, and the harvest confirmation number.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2008.



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