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Federal and Virginia State Duck Stamps

by Staff on October 4, 2014

Duck Stamps In Virginia If you want to hunt for any kind of water birds, duck, geese etc … you will be required to first have a Federal Duck Stamp.  It will be the ‘conservation’ type that allows hunting of migratory birds.  These Duck Stamps can be found at licensed locations which include the USPS Post Offices, so that should make it convenient for you.

For one thing, it’s a law that you must have the Federal Duck Stamp and you could be on the receiving end of some major fines if caught hunting without one.  Another benefit for you is that the Duck Stamp provides you with free entry to avoid fees at some National Wildlife Refuges.  The Federal stamps is necessary for any waterfowl hunters aged 16 or more.

In addition to the Federal Stamp, Virginia also requires a Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp unless they are hunting on their own private property.  The monies that they collect are used to preserve/protect waterfowl and habitat.  One more requirement: hunters of Virginia’s migratory gamebirds (like quail, woodcock etc) must also register for free at the Virginia Harvest Information Program (HIP), details in link above.

On the flip side of the Duck Stamp requirement are the artists who compete to have their waterfowl art works chosen to be featured on the Duck Stamp.  It’s a big boost to an artist’s career to be selected.  And arguably an artist has an unfair advantage by choosing a Wood Duck with its brilliant plumage … but you didn’t hear that here.  This year’s Duck Stamp winning art was done by artist Guy Crittenden, and it’s below.

Virginia Duck Stamp 2014


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Poultry Exported to China Again

by Staff on May 30, 2014

Virginia Poultry ExportsHere’s something to cluck about.   China is once again allowing Virginia poultry products to be sold to China.  For the past 7 years Virginia has been the target of a complete ban of exported poultry products because China’s Minister of Agriculture wanted to isolate a single case of avian influenza.  China was quite strict about their ban.  It also specified that the U.S. could not export non-Virginia poultry products if they had been shipped through the state of Virginia or if they were exported from a Virginia port.

Overall the U.S. sold $416M of poultry to China in 2013.  China is the biggest importer of other Virginia agriculture and forestry products as well.  So now it’s good news that by removing the poultry ban, Virginia will stand to earn another $20M in poultry revenues, and ports in Virginia will have increased opportunities to ship to China.

Apparently there’s even a Chinese market for by-products like chicken feet and chicken wing tips too.      Chicken lips, anyone?

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The Humane Egg

by Staff January 31, 2014

Our neighbor raises chickens.  Happy chickens.  They run around on acres in a fenced yard, serenely pecking at worms and bugs.   We try to purchase their eggs every time we get a chance.  Those egg yolks range from bright yellow to dark yellow, and the yellows stand up at attention when the egg hits the frying [...]


Before You Eat That Chicken Nugget

by Staff November 5, 2013

Luckily, the evidence in this test was based on such a small sampling that we’re hoping it’s not representative of all chicken nuggets. Yes, a couple of scientists decided to dissect a couple of chicken nuggets to examine exactly what was in them. Eeeww.    Depending upon which nugget was examined, each contained at least 50% nerve or [...]


Virginia Eggs

by Staff May 30, 2013

Sometimes I wonder about obscure notions, like why did folks use the phrase “he’s a good egg”?    I still don’t know why people used to say that,  so if you know can you share that detail with me?  Is it only the opposite of being a “rotten egg”…. and if so, why pick on eggs?  Why [...]


About Your Back Yard Chickens

by Staff May 18, 2013

If the comments from some of our real estate prospects are to be believed, more folks than ever are longing to have backyard chickens.  Many are not seeking farm settings for chickens.  Chicken-seekers are eyeing even the one-quarter-acre suburban lots (zoning codes allowing). It’s understandable.  The dream of fresh eggs from birds who can actually peck at bugs in the [...]