Events

DateEvent
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.

Schedule:

Friday: 4:00-6:00 PM Registration

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

Saturday

  • 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

Sunday

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

Virginia Big Game Contest

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Virginia Big Game Contest. The first Big Game Contest was held on September 23, 1940 in Hampton, Virginia and was open to any deer legally harvested in Virginia prior to 1940, making this one of the oldest State Big Game Contest still in existence in the nation. On September 7–8, 2019, the Virginia Peninsula Sportsman’s Association will hold the Virginia Big Game Contest at the Southampton County Fairgrounds. The contest is open to any legally bagged deer, bear, or turkey harvested during the 2018–19 hunting season from the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. For more information about the show or how to enter your deer or turkey visit the “more information” link.

September 8, 2019
3:00 PM–6:30 PM
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The Future of Our Landscapes in a Changing Environment

Learn how climate change is making an impact on our communities and natural habitats in Virginia. Explore how global environmental trends are affecting our landscapes, gardens, and food supply. Inspire action as stewards of our environment to manage the challenges of climate change. Tickets available at The Paramount. Adults $10; 18 and under free.

September 14, 2019
8:00 AM–1:00 PM
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Squirrel Hunting Help Desk

Squirrel hunting is one of the first hunting opportunities each season. It’s exciting, challenging, and provides a great way to introduce inexperience hunters to the outdoors. On Saturday, September 14 from 8 A.M. to 1 P.M., DGIF staff will be on site at Chickahominy Wildlife Management Area to provide guidance and helpful advice to hunters on best practices for harvesting squirrels. Staff will help with cleaning and may also provide some tasty recipes for your game. The help desk will be located off of Eagles Nest Road on the way to the Morris Creek Boat Ramp.

September 14, 2019
9:00 AM–4:00 PM
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Squirrel Hunting Help Desk

Squirrel hunting is one of the first hunting opportunities each season. It’s exciting, challenging, and provides a great way to introduce inexperience hunters to the outdoors. On Saturday, September 14 from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M., DGIF staff will be on site at Phelps Wildlife Management Area to provide guidance and helpful advice to hunters on best practices for harvesting squirrels. Staff will help with cleaning and may also provide some tasty recipes for your game. The Help Station will be located near 5669 Sumerduck Rd, Remington, VA 22734.

  • C.F. Phelps WMA
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 denise.harrison@dgif.virginia.gov and alan.hatmaker@dgif.virginia.gov

September 28, 2019
2:00 PM–6:00 PM
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Dove Hunting Workshop

This Dove Hunting Workshop is designed to help new hunters build skills and have fun in a safe and social dove hunting experience. This event will allow 6 new hunters to bring a licensed adult mentor (who has completed a Hunter Education Course) to accompany them on a dove hunt at Landfall Farm in Winchester, Virginia. Included in this hunting workshop will be information on the species and clay target shooting to warm up for the doves. Following the hunt, DGIF staff will assist hunters in caring for their harvest and and a cookout will be provided by the Hunter T. Crane Foundation.

  • Landfall Farm
September 28, 2019–September 29, 2019More Information

Youth & Apprentice Deer Hunting Days

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.

  • Statewide
October 12, 2019
10:00 AM–2:00 PM
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Wild Game Processing

Every day, more and more Americans are hunting for local, sustainable and healthy food sources. This hands-on wild game processing class will teach you how to take harvested game from field to freezer, including field dressing, skinning, quartering and more. Snack and drinks will be provided.

*This location is a working farm and as you drive down the lane, follow the signs to the meat processing shop.

October 12, 2019
8:00 AM–4:00 PM
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Deer Hunting Workshop

This course is designed to give basic knowledge on how to deer hunt through classroom instruction and practical field work. Topics include blood trailing, types of tree stands and blinds, deer calls and deer recovery, and possible field dressing and butchering exercises.

October 12, 2019
8:00 AM–5:00 PM

Trapping Workshop

Join Virginia Trapper’s Association certified instructors to learn basic trapping skills including: Types of traps, trap selection for various species, and hands on demonstrations of different sets and techniques; including several demos on coyote trapping. We will also go over fur handling!

Must register by October 6, 2019 — call 434-392-9645 to register. No walk-ins. Class is limited, so sign up ASAP.

Class is free. Special thanks to Meherrin Fire Department. They will be cooking lunch; menu will vary and proceeds will benefit the fire department!

October 13, 2019
10:00 AM–2:00 PM
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Deer Processing Class

Every day, more and more Americans are hunting for local, sustainable and healthy food sources. This hands-on deer processing class will teach you how to take harvested game from field to freezer, including safe handling methods when skinning, butchering and processing a deer. Please bring your own lunch.

  • Naval Air Station Oceana
October 12, 2019–October 13, 2019More Information

Youth and Apprentice Bear Hunting Days

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.

  • Statewide
October 12, 2019–October 13, 2019More Information

Youth and Apprentice Fall Turkey Hunting Days

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.

  • Statewide
October 26, 2019

Hog Island – Youth October Waterfowl Day

The Department, in cooperation with The Wildlife Foundation of Virginia, will host a youth waterfowl hunting day for 20 youths on October 26, 2019. Only youth may hunt and carry a firearm. The hunt is restricted to youths (15 years of age and under) and each youth must be accompanied by a licensed adult. All youth hunters must register for this event and will be a first come, first serve basis. To register, contact the Hog Island WMA between September 13-20 at (757) 357-5224. There are no blinds or decoys provided for these hunts. Dogs are allowed and recommended.

  • Hog Island WMA
September 28, 2019–December 12, 2019More InformationRegister

Beginner Deer Hunting Workshop and Mentored Hunt at Widewater State Park

DGIF and DCR are excited to partner together to enhance our impact on conservation in Virginia by helping people learn how to become safe and ethical deer hunters. This beginner deer hunting workshop includes two classroom sessions (Sept. 28-29) and two hunting days with an assigned mentor (Dec. 5 and 12) using only shotgun. The workshop will cover deer hunting skills, biology, safe hunting practices, firearm techniques and more. Attendees will then be paired with a hunting mentor for two days of deer hunting with shotguns. For more information, please contact Joanna Sadly at 540-288-1400 or Ed Herndon at 804-367-0585.

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.

  • Statewide
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.

  • Princess Anne WMA
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.

  • Statewide