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VDGIF now Department of Wildlife Resources

Old and new logos, from left, for the state’s wildlife agency.

The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources is the new name of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The name change took effect July 1.

A news release said the new name reflects the department’s “wide range of wildlife conservation responsibilities and opportunities … from hunting and fishing, to wildlife watching, public lands, boating, and outdoor recreation.”What does our new name mean for you?

If you’re an existing constituent, having bought a hunting or fishing license, registered a boat, signed up for a Restore the Wild membership, or taken advantage of other department offerings, there is no change, the release said. Licenses and registrations are still valid.

Renewed licenses will bear the new DWR logo.

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