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February 2015

  • Bobwhite Restoration and Habitat Management Meeting

    Tuesday, February 03, 2015 - Chilhowie

    Bobwhite Restoration and Habitat Management Meeting will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Chilhowie Town Hall with John Gullion Private Lands Wildlife Manager and CWF Volunteer and Andrew Rosenberger, Private Lands Biologist VDGIF/ USDA. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact John Gullion at 276-378-6605 or trapperjohn@live.com.

  • Learn the Basics of Flyfishing

    Saturday, February 07, 2015 - Chesapeake

    Come and learn the basics of Fly fishing! A workshop will be held the first Saturday of each month beginning in December through March at the Northwest River Park in Chesapeake. The sessions begin at 10 AM in the Activities Building. These educational workshops are FREE and open to the public. NO advanced registration or prior experience required. At the workshops you will learn Equipment Basics, Casting instruction and Fly tying from very knowledgeable and friendly instructors who are passionate about fly fishing! These instructors will teach you to tie your first fly, teach you to cast a fly rod and you will learn how to pick equipment for an awesome fly-fishing experience! This event is in partnership with the Chesapeake Parks and Recreation Department and Bill Willis Southeast Virginia Chapter of Trout Unlimited. See flyer for more details. For more information, contact Northwest River Park at 757-421-7151 or flytyer53@hotmail.com.

  • 28th Western Virginia Sports Show

    Friday, February 20, 2015 - Fishersville

    The Western Virginia Sports Show, at Augusta Expoland, Fishersville, this year features more celebrity guests than ever before as sportsman and outdoor TV programming are becoming more popular every season with many new shows and celebrities to inform, educate and entertain. The common theme of these programs is to responsibly go enjoy the great outdoors with friends and family. Featured are: Bobby Brantley - Bad Dog Nation TV (formerly of TruTV's Lizard Lick Towing), Bob Foulkrod- International and National Hall of Fame bowhunter, Reed Merideth - Wicked Tuna North vs. South TV, Bob Hart - long range shooting and hunting expert, Lance Hanger - 2 time Grand National Turkey Calling Champion, Ronald Dean Suntken, Jr. trains shed hunting dogs, Don Shumaker from Buckingham and Darin Freeborough - Animalistics Outdoors will be doing seminars on coyote trapping and hunting. Also returning are favorites "Raptors Up Close" and Welde's Big Bear Show Grizzlies. The Featured Artist is nationally acclaimed, Jack Paluh from Pennsylvania. The VDGIF will have Conservation Police Officers and Complementary Work Force Volunteers on hand to answer questions and provide information on hunting and fishing opportunities and Agency programs to manage fish and wildlife resources. For more information, contact at .

  • "Exotic Snakehead Fish" Lecture

    Sunday, February 22, 2015 - Alexandria

    "Exotic Snakehead Fish" is the focus of meeting of the Friends of Dyke Marsh at 2 pm, Huntley Meadows Park Visitor Center in Alexandria. VDGIF Fisheries Biologist John Odenkirk will explore the non-native northern snakehead fish, its characteristics, potential impacts and future. For more information, visit the FODM website. See a video of Odenkirk's team working in Dogue Creek near U.S. 1. For more information, contact at .

  • 11th Annual Orange County Sportsman Expo

    Saturday, February 28, 2015 - Orange

    Located at the Orange County High School Hornets Sports Center, the Expo is sponsored by the "Nation's Outstanding Junior B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Chapter", the Orange County High School 4-H and B.A.S.S. Angler's Club. There will be exhibits featuring hunting and fishing guides, gear, artwork, taxidermy, boats and more. For more information, contact at .

March 2015

  • Learn the Basics of Flyfishing

    Saturday, March 07, 2015 - Chesapeake

    Come and learn the basics of Fly fishing! A workshop will be held the first Saturday of each month beginning in December through March at the Northwest River Park in Chesapeake. The sessions begin at 10 AM in the Activities Building. These educational workshops are FREE and open to the public. NO advanced registration or prior experience required. At the workshops you will learn Equipment Basics, Casting instruction and Fly tying from very knowledgeable and friendly instructors who are passionate about fly fishing! These instructors will teach you to tie your first fly, teach you to cast a fly rod and you will learn how to pick equipment for an awesome fly-fishing experience! This event is in partnership with the Chesapeake Parks and Recreation Department and Bill Willis Southeast Virginia Chapter of Trout Unlimited. See flyer for more details. For more information, contact Northwest River Park at 757-421-7151 or flytyer53@hotmail.com.

  • 7th Annual Virginia NASP State Tournament

    Saturday, March 14, 2015 - Caroline

    VDGIF will be hosting the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Virginia State Tournament at the Meadow Event Park in Doswell! Virginia NASP Schools that are interested in sending teams or individuals to participate in the Virginia State Tournament will need to participate in one of the qualifying events either at a Regional Tournament or in the Virginia Virtual Qualifying (online) before January 24, 2015. The Virginia State Tournament Rules can be found by clicking on the NASP logo located on the sidebar of this page. Pre- Registration for the State Tournament will begin on January 1, 2015 through January 24, 2015. All teams and individuals will be notified on January 25, 2015 of their Tier status for registration. Tier 1 teams and individuals will be able to register for the Virginia State Tournament on January 26-27. Open registration for all teams or individuals will be January 28-30. Deadline for registration for the State Tournament closes at 5 pm on January 30, 2015. Registration Fee for the State Tournament is $20 per archer. Coaches and spectators are free! Come join us and support youth archery in the Commonwealth. VDGIF will offer educational skills stations at the tournament for youth and adults attending the tournament. For more information or directions, please review the event flyer! Starting January 1, 2015, Click here to Pre-Register for the State Tournament. For more information, contact Karen Holson, DGIF Outdoor Education Supervisor / Virginia NASP State Coordinator at 804-640-7957 or Karen.Holson@dgif.virginia.gov.

  • Bobwhite Restoration and Habitat Management Meeting

    Monday, March 16, 2015 - Marion

    Bobwhite Restoration and Habitat Management Meeting Marion at the Farm Bureau Insurance Building, in conjunction with VA Farmers County Extension meeting hosted by Dr. Andy Overbay County Extension Agent Virginia Tech. For more information, contact John Gullion at 276-378-6605 or trapperjohn@live.com.

  • Virginia Outdoor Writers Assocation (VOWA) Annual Meeting

    Saturday, March 21, 2015 - Charlottesville

    Virginia Outdoor Writers Association (VOWA) Annual Meeting at the Double Tree Hotel in Charlottesville. The EIC awards, high school, and collegiate outdoor writing contest winners will be showcased, along with several craft improvement panel discussions. For more information, contact at .

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.

  • 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 .