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    Wildlife Management and Urban Hunting

    Managed by Lynchburg City Animal Control                           
    905 Court St. Lynchburg, VA 24504   
    434-455-6105

    Mission Statement:    To provide a safe, professional service to the citizens of Lynchburg to help reduce the number of deer related issues and conflicts, while feeding needy people in our area.  

    Challenge:  Lynchburg City has excellent habitat for deer to thrive.  Additionally, Lynchburg does not allow general hunting with firearms for safety reasons, and with a strict dog leash law, the deer have adapted to the city life.  Deer are seen at all times of the day and night traveling and feeding in and around lawns, parks, roadways, etc.  The deer have adapted to people and their daily routines and have become somewhat of a nuisance.  Given the habitat, conditions, and growing deer population this has created many conflicts with citizens that requires attention.  
     
    Definitions:
    Bow Permit- A special written hunting permit, issued by the Chief of Animal Control, that allows for an arrow to be discharged from a bow for the purposes of culling deer.  Bow permits are issued to the Landowner only and must meet safety requirements.
    Hunt (shotgun) Permit- A special written hunting permit issued by the Chief of Animal Control, that allows for a shotgun to be discharged and/or an arrow to be discharged from a bow for the purposes of culling deer.  Hunt permits are issued to the Landowner only and must meet safety requirements and have at least 25 acres of contiguous property.
    Kill Permit- A special written hunting permit, issued by the Chief of Animal Control, that allows a hunter to harvest deer under special regulations outside of the normal hunting season.  This permit allows a hunter to kill deer outside of the normal state requirements for hunting, (i.e. does not normally require a state license, big game tags, or use daily bag limits.)  Landowner must show deer damage to commercial crops or residential plants to have a Kill Permit issued.  (Currently residential properties are not issued kill permits in Lynchburg City for bow hunting, See Bow permits) 
    Cull- A term used to describe indiscriminate killing of deer, which can be due to a number of reasons.( i.e nuisance, property damage, hazard, etc.)
    Wildlife Specialist- Performs responsible service work conducting and coordinating the City’s response to deer management issues, by means of culling deer with rifles.
     
    History:
    -1991 Lynchburg City Council created a Wildlife Study Commission and charged it with studying deer-related problems in the city and recommending solutions.  There had been an increasing number of deer related car accidents and property damage.
    -January 28, 1992, City Council accepts recommendations and hires a part time wildlife management specialist to cull deer on both public and private property (with the landowner’s permission)
    -1996, A second part-time wildlife management specialist is hired, and the “Hunters for the Hungry” Program provided a portable cooler to allow temporary storage until transport to packing facility.
    -1998, State law is changed so that, temporarily, kill permits can no longer be used to control deer causing damage on non-commercial properties.
    -July 2000, Lynchburg obtains its first permit to cull deer under DPOP instead of kill permits.
    -2002, Lynchburg begins to implement one of the state’s first early urban archery programs. Lynchburg revises its laws so that: (a) landowners who obtain permits from the city to hunt on their property and (b) bow hunting can take place on contiguous parcels that make up 5 acres or more.
    -July 2003, State law was changed so that kill permits may once again be used on non-commercial properties to control deer causing damage.
    -2004 First year of special early & late Urban Archery seasons to cull more does.
    -2009 Bow Permits and Hunt Permits were now issued for residential deer damage in place of kill permits
    -2013 Animal Control purchased an 8 X 10 walk in cooler to keep deer for donations and for hunters for the hungry.
    -2016 The Lynchburg Urban Archery program is going online!!! The Police Department is revamping our wildlife data base program and going to an online permit application making it easier for landowners in the city limits to get their permit via a secure email. 

    Wildlife Management Team:

    Animal Control currently employs 2 part-time Wildlife Specialists that work 2-3 nights per week, culling deer in the city to reduce numbers and to change deer patterns using special kill permit.  The team is managed by the Chief of Animal Control, who documents and reports all data relating to this service.  The wildlife program is in compliance with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries MOU.  (Click HERE) The deer that are taken will be donated to landowners and needy people through the “Hunters for the Hungry” program when possible.  If you live in Lynchburg city, are experiencing deer related problems, and would like to take advantage of this free service please call 434-455-6105 or email Ryan.Ball@lynchburgva.gov

    Urban Archery Hunting Program:
    This program provides a recreation for citizens while supplementing the work that the Wildlife Team is doing.  Additionally it provides Lynchburg City landowners who have property that may be unsafe for discharging a rifle, to still have deer taken from their property.  This program allows hunting in the city with archery equipment that complies with the VADGIF hunting seasons and regulations (Click HERE). Landowners who wish to have their property hunted may apply for a Bow Permit (less than 25 acres) or a Hunt Permit (25 acres of more) by clicking (Click HERE). All permits must be renewed by the property owner on a yearly basis.  Owners are responsible for the hunters they allow on their property.
     
    Local Urban Hunting Ordinance:
    Lynchburg City Code Section 27-67.3 (click HERE ) allows you to be issued a permit to hunt in compliance with laws of the City of Lynchburg and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) regulations. VDGIF regulations /state code includes, but is not limited to the following:

    1. All hunter education and hunting license requirements must be met and maintained.
    2. All daily and seasonal bags limits as well as big game checking requirements must be adhered to.

    NOTE: For more information, please see the VDGIF "Hunting and Trapping in Virginia" pamphlet or visit their website at
    www.huntfishva.com for specific rules and regulations.

    In addition, the following special regulations must be adhered to:
    1. Bow and arrow may be used for taking deer only.
    2. No person shall discharge a bow from over or across any street, sidewalk, alley, roadway, or public land or public place within the city limits or toward any building or dwelling in such a manner that an arrow may strike it.
    3. Hunting must be from an elevated position at least 12 feet above the ground.
    4. Any person(s) engaging in discharging a bow and arrow at all times shall have in their possession written permission from the landowner and a copy of this permit to discharge such a weapon on the premises.
    5. All hunting must be done in compliance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the rules and regulations of VDGIF.
    6. It is unlawful to carry firearms while hunting with a bow and arrow.
    7. No dogs may be used to hunt deer.
    8. The landowner agrees to allow the City's Wildlife Management Specialist to cull deer under the conditions of the (MOU) granted to the City by VDGIF if the Chief Animal Warden determines it safe.
    9. This permit must be renewed on a yearly basis.

    This authorization will be considered valid for Special Urban Archery Season for the hunting season.
    Lynchburg City Code Section 27-67.1, allows you to be issued a permit to hunt in compliance with laws of the City of Lynchburg and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) regulations. VDGIF regulations /state code includes, but is not limited to the following.

    1. All hunter education and hunting licenses requirements must be meet and maintained.
    2. All daily and seasonal bags limits as well as big game checking requirements must be adhered to.
    3. Shotgun may only be used during firearms season.

    * NOTE: For more information, please see the VDGIF "Hunting and Trapping in Virginia" pamphlet or visit
    their website at www.huntfishva.com for specific rules and regulations.

    In addition, the following special regulations must be adhered to:
    1. Only 00 or #4 buckshot may be used, or if using bow and arrow, arrow head must be at least 7/8" wide and the bow used must be capable of propelling an arrow at least 125 yards.
    2. Shotgun or bow and arrow may be used for taking deer only.
    3. Hunting must be from an elevated position at least 12 feet above the ground.
    4. No person shall discharge a shotgun within 100 yards of any building, dwelling, street, sidewalk, alley, roadway, public land or public place within the city limits.
    5. The property must be posted with signs reading POSTED, NO HUNTING at conspicuous locations.
    6. All hunting must be done in compliance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the rules and regulations of VDGIF.
    7. No dogs may be used to hunt deer.
    8. Upon issuance of this hunt permit, the landowner agrees to allow the City's Wildlife Management Specialist to cull deer under the conditions of the (MOU) granted to the City by VDGIF if the Chief Animal Warden determines it safe.
    9.  This permit will be renewed on a yearly basis.

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