June 1, 2019

Native Landscaping Symposium

“Native Landscaping Symposium,” a program of the Central Virginia Master Naturalists, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ Habitat Partners© Program. Event includes a screening of the Hometown Habitat film, guest panelists, and exhibits and activities. FREE EVENT – no fee or advance registration required.

June 7, 2019–June 9, 2019More Information

Free Fishing Days

June 7, 8, and 9, 2019 have been designated as Free Fishing Days in Virginia. No fishing license of any kind will be required for rod and reel fishing in freshwater or saltwater, on these days. See our Where to Fish section to get started!

  • Statewide
August 24, 2019
9:00 AM–4:00 PM
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Waterfowl Hunting Skills

Interested in waterfowl hunting? Want to improve your existing skills? In cooperation with the Virginia Waterfowlers Association and Dance’s Sporting Goods, this workshop for youth and adults 12 years old and up will focus on three waterfowling topics; Wing Shooting Skills: live fire (firearms and ammo provided), Decoy Placement: both duck and goose spreads for different conditions, and Waterfowl Regulations and Identification: conducted by a Conservation Police Officer. Lunch consisting of hotdogs and chips will be provided or bring your own. This is a rain or shine event. Feel free to bring your own shotgun, must be unloaded and cased as well as locked in your vehicle during other segments of this workshop.

September 6, 2019–September 8, 2019More InformationRegister

Virginia Hunter Skills Weekend

Virginia’s premier event designed to help new and developing hunters is back for 2019! During this weekend-long event, attendees will learn a variety of hunting skills while also participating in hands-on live fire, a guided squirrel hunt and many more hunting activities. Cost is $120 if you register before August 2 and includes lodging, meals (Friday dinner – Sunday lunch) and all instruction. Cost increases to $130 after August 2. Ages 11 to Adult are welcome but children under 18 must attend with a parent.

Workshop Topics Include:

Hunting Skills – Deer, waterfowl, turkey, dogs as hunting partners and getting started hunting in Virginia.

Related Skills – Wild game cooking, recovery of wounded games, wilderness survival, bow tuning and maintenance

Live-Fire Classes – Guided squirrel hunt, skeet, bowfishing, rifle, muzzleloader, instinctive archery, shotgun and hunting with a modern sporting rifle.


Friday: 4:00-6:00 PM Registration

  • 6:00-7:00 Dinner
  • 7:00-7:30 Opening Assembly
  • 7:30-10:00 Evening Programs


  • 7:00-7:45 AM Breakfast
  • 8:00-12:00 Workshop Session I
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 1:00-5:00 Workshop Session II
  • 6:00-7:00 Dinner
  • 7:30-9:00 Evening Programs


  • 7:00-7:45 AM Breakfast
  • 8:00-12:00 Workshop Session III
  • 12:00 Evaulation & Door Prizes
  • 12:15 Lunch & Depature
September 21, 2019
10:00 AM–3:00 PM

Youth Sportsman Day

Come out and experience a day of fun with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The event will focus on youth ages 12 and younger, but will be open to all for participation in the activities.
For more details, call the Fredericksburg Regional Office at (540) 899-4169 or email and