- Code of Virginia
- Virginia Administrative Code
- Constitution of Virginia
- Uncodified Acts
- RIS Users (account required)
- Bills & Resolutions
- Bill Summaries
- Reports to the General Assembly
House and Senate documents
Developed and maintained by the Division of Legislative Automated Systems.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
§ 29.1-352. Damage stamp program established; purpose; intent.
There is hereby established a damage stamp program to provide
for an available source of funds to be used to compensate damage to crops,
fruit trees, commercially grown Christmas trees, nursery stock, livestock,
colonies of bees, bee equipment and appliances, as defined in § 3.2-4400, or
farm equipment that is caused by deer, elk, or bear, or by big game hunters. It
is the intent of the General Assembly that persons suffering loss or damage as
the result of these activities should be realistically compensated for damages
that occurred to their property as the result of the activity.
A local governing body
shall encourage to the maximum extent possible the utilization of the damage
stamp fund for payment of claims in keeping with the purposes of this article.
§ 29.1-354. Stamps required; issuance; fee; affixing stamps; cancellation.
It shall be unlawful for any person required
to have a license to hunt bear, deer or elk
in any locality adopting
a damage stamp ordinance within the Commonwealth to hunt
without having first obtained the special stamp. A violation of this provision
shall be punishable as a Class 3 misdemeanor.
The annual fee for such a stamp shall be
The local governing body may prescribe any fee, not to exceed
$5 for these special stamps,
when issued to residents of the
Commonwealth and $10 for nonresidents of the Commonwealth.
The special stamps shall be obtained from
designated official or from any
agent designated and compensated by
the Board pursuant to § 29.1-327. The agent shall be
paid a fee of $.10 from the special fund for each stamp issued.
The stamp shall be affixed to the reverse side of a current hunting license of each person required to obtain the stamp, and that person shall cancel the stamp with his initials.
§ 29.1-355. Damage Stamp Fund established; disposition of funds.
All moneys received
from the sale of the special stamps shall be paid into the local
treasury to the credit of a special damage stamp
fund and identified by the year in which the moneys were collected. There is hereby created in the state treasury a
special nonreverting fund to be known as the Damage Stamp Fund, hereafter referred to as "the
Fund." The Fund shall be
established on the books of the Comptroller. All moneys
received from the sale of the special stamps shall be paid into
the state treasury, identified by the
year in which the moneys were collected, and credited to the
Fund. Interest earned on moneys in the Fund shall remain in the Fund and be
credited to it. Any moneys remaining in the Fund, including interest thereon,
at the end of each fiscal year shall not revert to the general fund but shall be deposited
into the Feed the Hungry Fund established pursuant to
subsection C of § 29.1-332 to support the activities of Hunters for the Hungry.
Expenditures and disbursements from the Fund shall be made by the State
Treasurer on warrants issued by the Comptroller upon written request signed by the
The special fund shall be used for the following purposes:
1. Payment for damages to crops, fruit trees, commercially
grown Christmas trees, nursery stock, livestock, colonies of bees, bee
equipment and appliances, as defined in § 3.2-4400, or farm equipment that is
caused by deer, elk, or bear at any time, or by big game hunters during hunting
2. Payment of the actual and necessary costs of the
administration of the provisions of this article, including the printing and
distribution of the required stamps and the payment of reasonable fees to
by a local governing
body to inspect, evaluate, and confirm reported claims and
adjust such claims; and
discretion of the local governing body, payment Payment
of the costs of law enforcement directly related to and incidental to carrying
out the provisions of this article and the general game laws of the
Commonwealth; any person compensated to engage in such law-enforcement
activities shall be approved for such employment by the director and appointed
to be a special conservation police officer in accordance with the Board's
standards and policies governing such appointment; and
In the discretion of the
local governing body, administrative Administrative
expenses related to the special stamps ,
support of a county volunteer fire prevention and suppression program when the
program includes fire fighting on big game hunting lands open to the public,
and support of local volunteer rescue squads whose services are available to
hunters in distress. However, the money appropriated from the special damage
stamp fund for these purposes shall not exceed, in the aggregate, in any
calendar year, an amount equal to 25 percent of the amount paid into the
special damage stamp fund during the fiscal year or previous calendar year.
Once selecting the fiscal year or previous calendar year, the local governing
body must continue to use that selected period of time in determining the
amount of money to be appropriated from the special damage stamp fund.
§ 29.1-356. Reporting damages; filing and adjudicating claims.
Any person suffering damage pursuant to the provisions of this
article shall report the damage to
designated an official designated by the
Board whose duty it shall be to have the damage
investigated. The claim for damage shall be filed under oath and in a manner
and form as may be prescribed by the local governing body Board.
If the claimant and the designated
official agree as to the amount of damage, the local governing body Board or an agent
thereof may approve the amount and order payment thereof from the special damage stamp
Damage Stamp Fund established by this article. No claim for
damages shall be paid to any person who does not hunt
or permit the hunting of big game or elk by licensed
hunters on his property. However, the fact that a landowner places reasonable
restrictions on the number of licensed hunters who are permitted to hunt big
game or elk on his property shall not disqualify him from filing a claim for
damages pursuant to this section. In the event that no agreement as to the
amount of damages can be reached, the claimant may initiate an action in the
general district court of the county in which the damage occurred.
§ 29.1-357. Civil action required.
In any instance in which compensable damage is alleged to have been caused by an individual hunter whose whereabouts are known and when it is reasonable and practicable to do so, the claimant shall first proceed against such hunter in a civil action before any payment is made pursuant to the provisions of this article.
Upon payment of any claim pursuant to the provisions of this
shall be subrogated to the rights of the claimant against such individual