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April 2015

  • Graves' Mountain Lodge Kids Heritage Day

    Saturday, April 04, 2015 - Syria

    A fun-filled day with fishing, activities and education. The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Trout Unlimited, and Graves Mountain have expanded kids' day. No longer the 3rd Saturday in March, kids' day will be the first Saturday in April. A section of the Rose River (in front of Graves Mountain Lodge) will be stocked for kids 12 and under (6 fish limit). The Rose River will open up to fishing at 9 a.m. There will also be sections of the Rose River and along the Robinson River for adults. Rain or shine. Free admission and parking. For more information, contact Graves' Mountain Lodge at 540-923-4231 or info@gravesmountain.com.

  • Let's Go Fishing! Children's Fishing Tourney

    Saturday, April 04, 2015 - Surry

    Join park staff for an experience that delights seasoned anglers and catches new ones. Plan on reeling in a few perch, catfish, and memories. A casual atmosphere allows participants to explore College Run Creek, if baited by the environment around them. Personal equipment permitted. Park equipment preference is given to children 12 and under. Awards for first, second, and third place in fish length, and for greatest number of fish caught regardless of measurement are reserved for children 12 and under. Be sure to bring your camera to capture candid reactions! Register and pay at the Visitor Center. $2/individual or $6/family. Cost includes all supplies to fish. Water bottle, hat, sunscreen, and bug spray recommended. 9:00-11:30 AM. Meet at footbridge on College Run Trail. For more information, contact Chippokes Plantation State Park at .

  • 15th Annual Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival

    Saturday, April 11, 2015 - Waynesboro

    The Virginia Fly Fishing Festival will held on Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12, 2015 on the banks of South River in Waynesboro, VA. Over 50 onsite exhibitors will have the latest in fly fishing equipment, fly tying and guide services. Beginner to expert anglers will enjoy nonstop lectures on where, when and how to fly fish in the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. Virginia wine tastings, microbreweries, local food and live music will also be featured. Tickets are available now for admission, classes, Foundation dinner, merchandise and more. For more information, contact at .

  • Let's Go Fishing! Children's Fishing Tourney

    Saturday, April 11, 2015 - Surry

    Join park staff for an experience that delights seasoned anglers and catches new ones. Plan on reeling in a few perch, catfish, and memories. A casual atmosphere allows participants to explore College Run Creek, if baited by the environment around them. Personal equipment permitted. Park equipment preference is given to children 12 and under. Awards for first, second, and third place in fish length, and for greatest number of fish caught regardless of measurement are reserved for children 12 and under. Be sure to bring your camera to capture candid reactions! Register and pay at the Visitor Center. $2/individual or $6/family. Cost includes all supplies to fish. Water bottle, hat, sunscreen, and bug spray recommended. 9:00-11:30 AM. Meet at footbridge on College Run Trail. For more information, contact Chippokes Plantation State Park at .

May 2015

  • Hunter Skills Weekend

    Friday, May 01, 2015 - Appomattox

    This unique program open to ages 11-90+ offers opportunities to learn new skills or fine-tune the ones you already have. Three 4-hour sessions in a variety of topics provide skills development for new and seasoned hunters alike and include shooting, archery, survival, game cooking, game processing, bow fishing and a variety of hunting techniques. This partnership program is presented by the Virginia Hunter Education Association, the VDGIF and Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center and is held at the 4-H Center near Appomattox, VA. Registration is open until April 17, 2015 and the cost is $120.00 (meals and lodging included); a discounted fee is available before April 10, 2015. Completion of a Hunter Education course is preferred but not required; children under 18 must attend with a parent. For more information, contact Holiday Lake at 434-248-5444 or bbranch@vt.edu.

  • Bulls Eye Adventure Package

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - Cumberland

    This package will include beginning and intermediate level instruction in archery, but will also include activities to increase your awareness of bow hunting skills, such as distance estimating, games, and shooting from different positions. All equipment will be provided. Participants will need to provide their own snacks and water. Restroom facilities are not available at the Archery Range. A mid-point break time will be included in the program. This program will last approximately three hours. Ages ten years old and up. Children under 14 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian also enrolled in the program. Maximum of ten participants. $10.00 per person. Pre-registration required. Registration for this and all our Adventure Packages may also be made through the Customer Service Center at 1-800-933-7275. 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, meet at Archery Range. For more information, contact Bear Creek Lake State Park at 800-933-7275 or BearCreek@dcr.virginia.gov.

  • Beginner Archery

    Saturday, May 30, 2015 - Cumberland

    Learn about recurve and compound bows and how to use them. Take your best shots and get tips on how to shoot better. All equipment provided. Equipment is not suitable for children younger than eight years old. $5 per person, family rates available. Advanced registration with the Park Office required. Water and restrooms are not available at the range. 10:00-11:30 AM, meet at Archery Range. For more information, contact Bear Creek Lake State Park at 804-492-4410 or BearCreek@dcr.virginia.gov.

  • Introduction to Archery

    Saturday, May 30, 2015 - Virginia Beach

    The Green Arrow? Katniss? Robin Hood? Forget them and be your own hero! Learn fundamental archery techniques using re-curve bows. Suitable for ages 8 and up. NO experience is necessary. Registration is required, space is limited. Cost: $10. 9 AM - 1 PM. Meet at Little Island City Park for transport into False Cape. For more information, contact False Cape State Park at .

June 2015

  • Bulls Eye Adventure Package

    Tuesday, June 09, 2015 - Cumberland

    This package will include beginning and intermediate level instruction in archery, but will also include activities to increase your awareness of bow hunting skills, such as distance estimating, games, and shooting from different positions. All equipment will be provided. Participants will need to provide their own snacks and water. Restroom facilities are not available at the Archery Range. A mid-point break time will be included in the program. This program will last approximately three hours. Ages ten years old and up. Children under 14 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian also enrolled in the program. Maximum of ten participants. $10.00 per person. Pre-registration required. Registration for this and all our Adventure Packages may also be made through the Customer Service Center at 1-800-933-7275. 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, meet at Archery Range. For more information, contact Bear Creek Lake State Park at 800-933-7275 or BearCreek@dcr.virginia.gov.

  • Bulls Eye Adventure Package

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - Cumberland

    This package will include beginning and intermediate level instruction in archery, but will also include activities to increase your awareness of bow hunting skills, such as distance estimating, games, and shooting from different positions. All equipment will be provided. Participants will need to provide their own snacks and water. Restroom facilities are not available at the Archery Range. A mid-point break time will be included in the program. This program will last approximately three hours. Ages ten years old and up. Children under 14 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian also enrolled in the program. Maximum of ten participants. $10.00 per person. Pre-registration required. Registration for this and all our Adventure Packages may also be made through the Customer Service Center at 1-800-933-7275. 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, meet at Archery Range. For more information, contact Bear Creek Lake State Park at 800-933-7275 or BearCreek@dcr.virginia.gov.

  • Bulls Eye Adventure Package

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - Cumberland

    This package will include beginning and intermediate level instruction in archery, but will also include activities to increase your awareness of bow hunting skills, such as distance estimating, games, and shooting from different positions. All equipment will be provided. Participants will need to provide their own snacks and water. Restroom facilities are not available at the Archery Range. A mid-point break time will be included in the program. This program will last approximately three hours. Ages ten years old and up. Children under 14 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian also enrolled in the program. Maximum of ten participants. $10.00 per person. Pre-registration required. Registration for this and all our Adventure Packages may also be made through the Customer Service Center at 1-800-933-7275. 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, meet at Archery Range. For more information, contact Bear Creek Lake State Park at 800-933-7275 or BearCreek@dcr.virginia.gov.

  • Bulls Eye Adventure Package

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - Cumberland

    This package will include beginning and intermediate level instruction in archery, but will also include activities to increase your awareness of bow hunting skills, such as distance estimating, games, and shooting from different positions. All equipment will be provided. Participants will need to provide their own snacks and water. Restroom facilities are not available at the Archery Range. A mid-point break time will be included in the program. This program will last approximately three hours. Ages ten years old and up. Children under 14 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian also enrolled in the program. Maximum of ten participants. $10.00 per person. Pre-registration required. Registration for this and all our Adventure Packages may also be made through the Customer Service Center at 1-800-933-7275. 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, meet at Archery Range. For more information, contact Bear Creek Lake State Park at 800-933-7275 or BearCreek@dcr.virginia.gov.

July 2015

  • Flat Out Catfish I

    Tuesday, July 14, 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. For more information, contact Chris Dunnavant at 804-283-7327 or chris.dunnavant@dgif.virginia.gov.

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. For more information, contact Chris Dunnavant at 804-283-7327 or chris.dunnavant@dgif.virginia.gov.