WCSO releases rehabilitated bald eagle

Used by permission by the Warren County Office employee Sergeant Terry Fritts

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office released a bald eagle on Monday that was previously rescued by a few of their deputies.

In December, Warren County Sheriff’s were notified about a bald eagle in the Bentonville area that had been confined to the same location for two days.

Deputy Weaver, Sergeant Calvin Clatterbuck, and Department of Wildlife Resources officer Jackson Dierberg teamed up to safely capture the eagle who was then turned over to Wildlife Veterinary Care in Millwood.

The eagle rehabilitated for two months at the clinic until healthy enough for release.

If you see injured or at risk wildlife, please contact your local law enforcement’s non-emergency number.

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Free Fishing Weekend in Virginia

It’s Free Fishing Weekend in Virginia through Sunday.

Grab a friend or your family and go drop a line in any state waters without the need for a fishing license.

If you are trying to find a location, head to the Department of Wildlife Resources website and check out their “Where to Fish” section.

The DWR is also hosting a few events around the state to teach anyone the basics of fishing.

The events are free and require no registration with the closest location at Burke Lake in Fairfax County.

For more information including instructional fishing videos or to purchase a fishing license once this weekend ends, click here.

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Gov. Youngkin signs Sunday Hunting legislation

An email from Governor Glenn Youngkin confirms that he signed a bill to allow Sunday hunting.

The law allows hunting on public land except within 200 yards from places of worship.

The legislation encourages Virginians to take full advantage of the many outdoor opportunities for hunters to enjoy their sport according to the Governor.

The Board of the Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) acknowledged that sportspeople are a significant economic force that spends more than $1.5 billion, support more than 39,000 jobs, generates more than $1.17 billion in salaries and wages and $242 million in state and local taxes.

Giving hunters an extra day to enjoy their sport ensures that the DWR will have funds to continue their conservation work across the state according to the email.

The newly signed legislation takes effect July 1, 2022.

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