|January 24, 2020–January 26, 2020RegisterFlyer|
Winter Wildlife Festival
The 10th annual Winter Wildlife Festival, presented by DGIF and Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation, will be held in Virginia Beach January 24–26. Three days of guided outdoor field trips offer the chance to see Virginia’s winter splendor of coastal birds and wildlife, including a wide diversity of ducks and seabirds, owls, whales, seals, winter songbirds, and more. Keynote speaker, Sharon Stiteler (aka “The BirdChick”), and a special anniversary reception with a silent auction benefiting DGIF’s Restore the Wild initiative will kick off the festival at 6pm Friday evening, January 24th at Zeider’s American Dream Theater. An exhibit hall and children’s activities will be held Saturday, January 25 9am – 5pm at the Princess Anne Recreation Center and Library. Walk up workshops on Virginia’s birds and wildlife will be offered Saturday – Sunday, January 25–26 at Princess Anne Recreation Center. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate and experience Virginia’s rich winter wildlife! Registration begins November 15, 2019.
|October 26, 2019–February 8, 2020|
Youth and Veterans Waterfowl Hunting Days
October 26, 2019 and February 8, 2020 – Open to Youth 15 years of age and under, Military Veterans (as defined in section 101 of title 38, United States Code) and members of the Armed Forces on active duty, including members of the National Guard and Reserves on active duty (other than for training). Participants may harvest the allowed daily bag limit of ducks (see above), sea ducks (including in the Special Sea Duck Zone), and other waterfowl, including Atlantic brant, coots, mergansers, gallinules, moorhens, light geese, 1 Canada goose in the Atlantic Population Zone, 5 Canada geese in the Southern James Bay Population and Resident Population zones, and 1 tundra swan (if in possession of a tundra swan permit) on the designated days. Resident youth aged 12–15, nonresident youth age 15 or under, and Veterans need a valid Virginia hunting license, unless license exempt. All hunters participating must be Virginia HIP registered (gooutdoorsvirginia.com). All youth must be accompanied and directly supervised by an adult at least 18 years of age or older who has a valid Virginia hunting license (unless license exempt). The accompanying adult cannot hunt ducks (unless they are a Veteran), but may hunt for those species for which there is an open season.
|October 26, 2019–February 8, 2020|
Princess Anne WMA – Youth Waterfowl Days
Float blind stakes and the impoundments will be open on a first-come, first-served basis to youth 15 years or younger when accompanied by an adult on youth waterfowl hunting days. Only youth may hunt and carry a firearm. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed adult. There are no blinds or decoys provided for these hunts. Hunters may not occupy the area before 5:00 a.m.
|April 4, 2019–April 5, 2020More Information|
Youth and Apprentice Spring Turkey Hunting Weekend
It is vital now more than ever for Virginia hunters to mentor and help people of all ages learn and develop as hunters. Youth and Apprentice Hunting Days are great opportunities for these experiences by allowing only newer and younger hunters to get outdoors and hunt with an experienced hunting mentor on select days throughout Virginia.
Both resident and nonresident Youth hunters (15 and under) and Apprentice License holders can hunt on these days but must be accompanied and directly supervised at all times by a mentor over 18 who has a valid Virginia hunting license or is exempt from purchasing a license.