Tuesday, September 23, 2014
| News Notes
A.P. Hill Hunters Must Pass Criminal Background Check
age 18 and older wanting to hunt on Fort A.P. Hill will have to
first pass a criminal background investigation under a new policy
recently approved at the military training installation in Caroline
“The required background checks are, primarily, a force protection issue,” said
Fort A.P. Hill Game Warden Rick Klink. “Anything we can do to enhance the
safety of Fort A.P. Hill’s employees, contractors, family members, Soldiers,
sportsmen and guests will be done. We need to be sure all individuals who are
carrying sporting firearms onto this installation are, in fact, authorized to
possess them,” Klink said.
The checks will be required for all adult hunters with no exceptions for military
members, military retirees, or federal employees, Klink added.
The following prior criminal convictions are among those that could exclude a
person from hunting on Fort A.P. Hill: firearms and weapons violations; robberies;
larcenies; prior fish and game violations; and domestic violence convictions
under the Lautenberg Amendment.
“If an individual has a prior conviction which falls within the criteria
for denial, it is incumbent upon them to clear up the matter. Or, with appropriate
justification, have the information expunged from their criminal records.
“Ultimately, though, the installation commander has the authority to determine
whether an applicant is allowed post hunting privileges,” Klink explained.
A State Police Form 167 must be completed in duplicate, notarized and submitted
to the Virginia State Police, according to Klink. These forms are available at
the Fort A.P. Hill Game Check station, the Community Activities Center, and Game
Enforcement Office. The form is also available in the “Forms” section
on the Virginia State Police website www.vsp.state.va.us.
Klink said it is important for hunters to request that the results be provided
directly back to the hunter and not sent to the game enforcement office. Hunters
can then deliver them, either in person or by mail, to the game enforcement office.
Hunters are responsible for the criminal history record processing fee charged
by the state police and must provide their results to the installation game warden
before applying for a post hunting permit. Results may take up to two weeks to
Once a favorable background check is received at the Fort A.P. Hill Game Enforcement
Office, the hunter will be eligible to complete the purchase of an installation
In addition to a criminal background check, Fort A.P. Hill hunters must possess
a valid Virginia hunting license, state- or National Rifle Association-certified
hunter safety course, register their firearms with the installation Provost Marshals
Office, and pay for the $50 installation permit fee for training area hunting,
or $60 permit fee for controlled access area hunting. The fees represent a $10
increase over previous year costs and are designed to help the installation hunting
program be self-sustaining.
For more information, call FAPH Game Enforcement office at (804) 633-8454 or
8288. Game Check Station at 633-8219 or 633-8244.
You must register your vehicle and your firearms at the Visitor Control Center in the Department of Emergency Services. Firearms registration remains solely within Fort A.P. Hill’s system and is not provided to other federal agencies.
DOD Decals and Weapons Registration
To Register your vehicle you will need the following:
• Current/valid driver’s license
• Copy of current insurance
(Insurance will need future expiration date, policy number, and company
displayed on the card/paperwork)
• Current/valid registration card for all vehicles you would
like to register
• Military/Government I.D. or point of contact
To Register your weapons you will need the following:
• Serial number for all weapons to be registered
• Make/Model/Type/Caliber of weapons
You do not have
to physically bring the firearm in for it to be registered.
The Game Check Station uses a telephone reservation system line
last year. This system allows hunters to reserve an area a day in
advance. Up to two (2) guests may be checked in during a single call. The automated reservation telephone number is 804-633-4014.
wishing to scout hunting areas must sign in and out.
Regulations are posted in Adobe Portable Document Format at the end
of this page.
Fort A.P. Hill Game Check is located at Outdoor Recreation. Hunting and Fishing permits are sold here, as well as hunting check-in/out. For more information, call Game Check Station at 633-8219 or 633-8244.
Fort A.P. Hill has a cooperative agreement for management of fish and
wildlife resources with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
and the United States and Wildlife Service. Wildlife viewing and recreational
opportunities abound. Yearly, up to 3,000 hunters and 800 anglers have
benefited greatly from the 43,000 acres that are available for recreational
use at Fort A.P. Hill. An active conversation volunteer program provides
assistance for many fish and wildlife activities. To find out more about
opportunities in the conservations volunteer program call (804) 633-8750.
Long-term habitat improvement efforts are underway to benefit both game
and non-game species. Controlled burns are conducted to maintain habitat
and area long in fescue are being transitioned to Native Warm Season
Grasses that will benefit quail, songbirds, and many other species. Shoreline
and offshore habitat is being modified to improve fish habitat and angler
catch rates. Dove fields, fruit trees, lespedezas, clover and wheat are
planted. Nest boxes have been erected for American kestrel and wood ducks.
Other nest boxes that dot the landscape provide additional habitat for
species beneficial in natural inspect control; big and little brown bats,
purple martins, blue birds and tree swallows.
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offers deer, fall and spring turkey, dove duck, rabbit, squirrel, bobwhite
quail and crow seasons. Archery tackle, muzzleloaders during the special
muzzleloader season only, and shotguns with wheelchair accessible stands
that is set-aside for disabled hunters as well as three separate archery-only
All hunting is on a first-come first serve basis. All permanent state
and federal hunting licenses are required. Additionally, a hunter education
certificate (Original only copies are unacceptable) is required for all
hunters age 12 and older. Most seasons are concurrent with the federal
and state hunting seasons, but there are exceptions.
You must register your vehicle and your firearms at the Visitor Control
Center in the Department of Emergency Services. Firearms registration
remains solely within Fort A.P. Hill’s system and is not
provided to other federal agencies.
To register your vehicle you will need the following:
Vehicle Registration Card
- Current/valid driver's license
- Copy of current insurance
- Insurance will need future expiration date, policy number, and company
displayed on the card/ paperwork
- Current/valid registration card for all vehicles you would like to
- Military/ Government I.D. or point of contact
To register your weapons you will need the following:
You do not have to physically bring the firearm in for it to be registered.
- Serial number for all
weapons to be registered
- Make/Model/Type/Caliber of weapons
Weapon Registration Card
The Game Check Station uses a telephone reservation system line each year. This system allows hunters to reserve an area a day in advance. Up to two guests may be checked in during a single call. The automated reservation telephone number is not toll free
All patrons wishing to scout hunting areas must check in and out through the
Game Check Station.
The hunting regulations are contained in the following documents, which are
in Portable Document Format (PDF) and can only be opened and read using Adobe
Area Hunting Regulation 2010-2011