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Chickahominy Waterfowl

Postby SpinnerMan » Mon Dec 12, 2005 11:33 am

I have never hunted in Virginia and was hoping to do a little waterfowl hunting over the holiday near the in-laws.

Chickahominy seems to be the most convenient for me. What rules do I need to be aware of? Can I just go over and toss a few decoys from shore and hunt ducks? This blind license law makes no sense to me. Can I only jumpshoot? Some help keeping me legal would be appreciated.

This is primarily a scouting trip for the future, but I would hope to shoot a duck or two and preferrably not get fined in the process. If I bring my boat next year, do I need to get a blind license for it? Or can I beach the boat and set up on shore.

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Postby cut_un » Mon Dec 12, 2005 3:38 pm

You really need to get your hands on a booklet of regs before you venture out. I'd hate for you to get a ticket! We do have a 500 yd rule as far as stationary blinds go, even if on one is in it. As far as property along the creeks and rivers, other than the Chick W.M.A. pretty much all posted. I wish you luck but do be careful just where you are going. Maybe some of the local fowlers on here will be able to tell you more about the area you have in mind :help: :help:
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Postby OATBED » Mon Dec 12, 2005 3:50 pm

The river is locked up by permanent blind licenses. You must be at least 500 yards away from a licensed blind and have permission from the land owner and a blind license to hunt from shore. If you plan on floating you need a floating blind license and you still must respect the 500 yard radius from the licensed blind. The only way to do that is to spend some time scouting with a range finder. Good Luck! If you plan to hunt the chickahominy wildlife management area you must check with the virginia game commission to find there regulations, however you must still adhere to the above discussed regulations with respect to the 500 yard regulation.
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Postby SpinnerMan » Mon Dec 12, 2005 4:15 pm

Thanks for the prompt responses.

I only plan to hunt the WMA. I am trying to get in contact with someone there to get info. Any more feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Any suggestions of WMAs on the otherside of I95 that would avoid the blind restrictions.
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Postby LEWDOG » Tue Dec 13, 2005 9:29 pm

http://www.dgif.state.va.us/hunting/reg ... d_laws.asp
http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/findgame.asp
http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/wh ... index.html

Here's a few links to get you the info you're looking for , what you can't find there can be found here .
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Postby SpinnerMan » Wed Dec 14, 2005 9:30 am

Thanks for the info.

I talk with someone at Va DGIF or whatever the appropriate acronym is. The rule for Chickahominy is essentially the same rules as if you were the landowner. You can set up on shore or jump shoot from land without regard to the blind license.

The applicable sections are
http://www.dgif.state.va.us/hunting/regulations/waterfowl/waterfowl_blind_laws.asp#Rights_of_Riparian_Landowner
and
http://www.dgif.state.va.us/hunting/regulations/waterfowl/waterfowl_blind_laws.asp#Placement_of_Blinds_Adjacent_to_Certain_Wildlife_Management_Areas

Looks like it will be a Merry Christmas. Less time with the in-laws and more time hunting ducks. :smile:
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Postby LEWDOG » Wed Dec 14, 2005 10:16 am

I notice the talk in the links was always about fixed blinds so is that saying that Floating blinds rule has the rights ?

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