1 Kill or attempt to kill any deer while in a boat or other type of watercraft. AFFIDAVIT. Hunt or attempt to kill or trap any species The person whose name and address appears on the opposite side of this of wild bird or wild animal after having form has promised to use your land for outdoor recreation in an ethical way. obtained the daily bag or season limit Please read the signed pledge on the reverse side for specifics. during such day or season. However, any In deciding whether or not to allow this person to use your Property ,please properly licensed person, or a person consider that he/she is putting his/her name and address on the line as assur- exempt from having to obtain a license, ance that they will abide by your wishes and conduct themselves as true who has obtained such daily bag or sea- GENERAL INFORMATION. son limit while hunting may assist others sportsmen or sportswomen. who are hunting game by calling game, retrieving game, handling dogs or con- I hereby grant _____.
2 Ducting drives if the weapon in his pos- session is an unloaded firearm, a bow Permission to use my Property to hunt, fish, trap, including on Sundays without a nocked arrow or an unloaded crossbow. Any properly licensed person, or person exempt from having to obtain a on the following dates:_____. license, who has obtained such season limit prior to commencement of the hunt Landowner signature: may assist others who are hunting game by calling game, retrieving game, han- dling dogs, or conducting drives, provid- ed he does not have a firearm, bow or crossbow in his possession. AFFIDAVIT. Hold in captivity any live wild birds or The person whose name and address appears on the opposite side of this wild animals outside the limits allowed by regulations without a permit. form has promised to use your land for outdoor recreation in an ethical way. Please read the signed pledge on the reverse side for specifics. Alter, change, borrow or lend a hunting In deciding whether or not to allow this person to use your Property ,please license or permit.
3 Consider that he/she is putting his/her name and address on the line as assur- Hunt with arrows to which any drug, ance that they will abide by your wishes and conduct themselves as true chemical or toxic substance has been added or explosive-head arrows. sportsmen or sportswomen. Possess or transport any wild bird or wild animal or the carcass or the parts thereof, I hereby grant _____. unless specifically allowed and only in accordance with regulations. Permission to use my Property to hunt, fish, trap, including on Sundays . Hunt wild birds and wild animals with fully automatic firearms, ( machine on the following dates:_____. guns). Sell or purchase any wild bird or wild Landowner signature: animal carcass or parts thereof, except as a y ! specifically permitted by law. Sign U p T o d Virginia law specifies that it shall be unlawful for any person who has been convicted of a felony to knowingly and intentionally possess or transport any firearm. A muzzleloading firearm is con- sidered a firearm under Virginia law.
4 Any person prohibited from possessing, transporting, or carrying a firearm under this law may petition the circuit court of the jurisdiction in which he resides for a permit to possess or carry a firearm. Use radio tracking equipment, except on dogs or on raptors permitted by a falcon- Sent free to your e-mail every two weeks. Hunting News F Upcoming Events F Regulations ry permit, to aid in the chase, harvest or capture of wildlife. Fishing News F Outdoor Skills Education F And, much, much more .com 15. vation organizations that are dedicated rep- Name utable partners with VDGIF promote safety, ethics, habitat improvement and scientific Address management of wildlife. City St. Zip Liability Phone Concern about legal liability for recreation- Auto License No. Driver's License No. ists prevents some landowners from permit- ting hunting on their Property . However, the GENERAL INFORMATION. I hereby absolve the landowner of all liability for my person while engaged in Virginia General Assembly has addressed recreation on his Property .
5 This concern in Virginia Code Section 509. Amended in 1982, this law exempts SPORTSMAN'S PLEDGE. landowners who provide recreational In return for the privilege of using Private Property , I agree to: opportunities to the public from liability for 1. Respect the landowner's Property , only go where he designates and assume injury or damages provided: liability for my actions and my person while on this Property . 2. Take every precaution against littering and fire. the landowner does not charge a fee. 3. Obey the game, fish, and other wildlife laws. there is no gross negligence or willful or 4. Observe all safety precautions and the traditions of good sportsmanship. malicious failure to guard or warn against a dangerous condition, use or structure . Hunter's Signature: on the Property . The Property owner should eliminate obvious hazards such as open wells and falling down buildings, or fence-off and Name identify with warning signs any hazard that Address cannot be eliminated, such as a rock quarry.
6 The landowner may wish to consider insur- City St. Zip ing the Property subject to casualty and obtain comprehensive liability insurance. Phone These are relatively inexpensive additions to Auto License No. Driver's License No. standard and homeowner insurance poli- cies. Sportsmen can be asked to help provide I hereby absolve the landowner of all liability for my person while engaged in financial or other support in return for per- recreation on his Property . mission to use the lands. SPORTSMAN'S PLEDGE Fundamentally, sportsmen are respon- sible for their own safety and for any dam- In return for the privilege of using Private Property , I agree to: ages they cause to the Property of others. 1. Respect the landowner's Property , only go where he designates and assume Lease agreements and individual permit liability for my actions and my person while on this Property . cards (sample available on Web site) include 2. Take every precaution against littering and fire. codes of ethical conduct while the holders 3.
7 Obey the game, fish, and other wildlife laws. are on the Property . Furthermore, landown- 4. Observe all safety precautions and the traditions of good sportsmanship. ers can require sportsmen to show proof of insurance. Sportsman insurance is available Hunter's Signature: through insurance companies and national sportsman organizations. What Landowners More information on liability can be Should Know found in the Extension Publication # 420- 035 entitled A Landowner's Guide to Working With Sportsmen in Virginia.. Available online at For landowners, finding responsible pubs/forestry/420-035 hunters can provide many benefits for both the landowner and sportsmen allowed access to the Property . There are benefits of having responsible hunters included as an Report Wildlife important part of the landowner's wildlife management plan, especially if they are Violations absentee or do not hunt themselves. There 1-800-237-5712. are many in-kind benefits of such relation- ships including road maintenance, habitat DGIF.
8 Improvement, security and safety. Reputable hunt clubs are also helpful, and groups like Ruritans, or 4-H Clubs, sporting lease fees can offset Property taxes. goods shops and area landowner contacts Information on locating responsible hunters that participate in Tree Farm or Stewardship can be found by contacting local civic Programs. Members of sportsmen's conser- 16 Hunting and Trapping in Virginia