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August 2015

  • Flat Out Catfish II

    Tuesday, August 04, 2015 - Richmond

    Would you like to learn the secrets of catching Flathead Catfish on the James River? Join DGIF Angling Education and Captain Mike Ostrander for a day of instruction and fishing on the James River at Pony Pasture in Richmond. Workshop involves wading in the river and terrain can be challenging. Tackle, bait and lunch will be provided. For ages 16 and older. New for 2015 - In an effort to recruit new attendees, returning participants from previous years must bring someone new to the workshop. Registration Fee: $40 per person. Register today, space is limited and open until filled. This workshop is full. Please contact the event coordinator to be placed on the waiting list. For more information, contact Chris Dunnavant at 804-283-7327 or

  • 2015 Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show

    Friday, August 07, 2015 - Richmond

    The 32nd Annual Virginia Outdoor Sportsman's Show features a lot of new, exciting exhibits and demonstrations this year returning to the Richmond Raceway Complex August 7-9! There's plenty of free parking, more space for the 350 fun and exciting new exhibits, demonstrations and seminars- something for everyone in the family. The show has expanded into a third building- which will include a 3-D archery range sponsored by Green Top, Laser shot gun range from VDGIF and special Decoy Carving section and Youth Decoy Making Workshop. Experienced and novice sportsmen and sportswomen can try the latest in new equipment and learn about new places and techniques to enjoy Virginia's great outdoors. Be sure to stop by one of the Virginia Department Game and Inland Fisheries booth's while at the show. Conservation Police Officers and Wildlife Biologists will be on hand to answer all your hunting, fishing, and wildlife information questions. Meet the Wildlife K9 Team who will demonstrate their extraordinary investigating and tracking abilities. The DMV 2 Go mobile service unit will be on-site so you can conveniently purchase your hunting and fishing licenses or even to title a boat. Pick up your free copy of the new 2015-2016 Hunting & Trapping Regulations and information booklet that features descriptions of new regulations, and opportunities to enhance your hunting experience this season. This booklet also gives details on popular programs including the Apprentice License, Earn A Buck, expanded muzzleloading seasons, telecheck, and special Youth Days for hunting deer, bear, fall turkey, and waterfowl. To get the latest in outdoor news, upcoming events, and regulation changes you can subscribe free to the electronic on-line Outdoor Report sent directly to your email address twice each month. Hunter Safety is always foremost when afield. Hunter Education and National Archery in the Schools Instructors will have exhibits and demonstrations on safe firearms handling, tree stand use, waterfowl hunting, and safety reminders for both experienced and novice hunters. A basic Hunter Education class is scheduled during the show on Saturday. Learn more about the Virginia Sportsman Reward Fund, a new proactive program for citizens to help protect wildlife and the environment. Complementary Work Force volunteers will be promoting opportunities for volunteers to work side by side with professional staff in a variety of projects that benefit all outdoor enthusiasts and promoting access to new social media postings including The Outdoor Report Blog, Facebook, HuntFishVA App and Estore outdoor gear. Numerous state chapters of national sportsmen organizations that partner with VDGIF will have exhibits to promote and provide training, skill building and hunting opportunities for youth, women and disabled persons. For more information, contact David Coffman at 434-589-9535 or

  • Hunter Skills Weekend at Holiday Lake

    Friday, August 21, 2015 - Appomattox

    Openings are still available! The partnership program open to ages 11-90+ is presented by the Virginia Hunter Education Association, the Virginia DGIF and Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center. Held at the 4-H Center near Appomattox, VA, it offers opportunities to learn new skills or fine-tune the ones you already have. Three 4-hour sessions provide skills development for new and seasoned hunters alike. Spaces are still available in all classes. Completion of a Hunter Education course is preferred but not required; children under 18 must attend with a parent. For more information and registration forms visit Early registration fee (before August 7) is $115.00. After August 7, fee is $125.00. Meals and lodging included For more information, contact Holiday Lake at 434-248-5444 or

October 2015

  • Second Annual Trapping Workshop

    Saturday, October 24, 2015 - Lunenburg

    Interested in learning how to trap? If you answered yes, please join DGIF Senior Conservation Police Officer, Jessica Whirley on October 24, 2015 from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM for the Second Annual Trapping Workshop. It will be held at the Meherrin Volunteer Fire Department (64 Moores Ordinary Rd, Meherrin, VA 23954) in Lunenburg County. The workshop will be a one-day event that explains the different types of traps, which traps to use for specific species of wildlife, where and how to properly set traps and for landowners with livestock, effective trapping practices for coyotes will be covered! A portion of the class will also address fur handling! The Meherrin Fire Department will be cooking lunch and will be available for a small fee. All meal proceeds will benefit the Meherrin Fire Department. The class is free and will be for all ages. Registration is required by October 2nd, so please register today using the contact information listed here, as space is limited. For more information, contact Sr. CPO Jessica Whirley at 434-392-9645 or