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 ( 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.

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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
February 8, 2020
9:00 AM–1:00 PM
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Deer Processing Workshop

This deer processing class will be a hands on field to freezer exercise. Students will learn safe handling methods when skinning, butchering and processing a deer. There will also be a cooking demonstration at the end of class.

February 8, 2020
8:00 AM–12:00 PM

Wild Game Canning Workshop

Learn to safely use a pressure canner to can wild game meat. Instruction given by a Virginia Cooperative Extension Food Safety Agent.

February 21, 2020
11:00 AM–5:30 PM–February 23, 2020
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Western Virginia Sport Show

At the show you will find the best displays and biggest names in the hunting and outdoor work, all in a friendly, spacious, warm and comfortable environment.
Free seminars, contests and demonstrations take place throughout the entire three day event along with hourly door prize drawings.

With more vendors, more celebrities and more displays than any show in the region we have created an event that is sure to have something for everyone and make everyone happy.

March 7, 2020
9:00 AM–5:00 PM
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Women and Youth Hunter Education Class

This basic hunter education course includes Live Fire and is geared toward women and youth 10 years old and up, but is open to students of all genders and ages.

Please read further!! Self-study is required prior to this course! Students are required to read the Today’s Hunter Student Manual and to fill out the 4-page Chapter Review Exercises prior to class. The Exercises are found in the back of the Student Manual and will be collected by the instructors upon arrival. STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT COMPLETED THE CHAPTER REVIEW EXERCISES WILL NOT BE CERTIFIED! A student manual may be obtained through the following sources:
(1) Pick up and study a free student manual at any regional DGIF office
(2) Download a Free Self-study Student Manual (PDF) at

Firearms and ammunition will be provided. DO NOT bring your own. If you own adequate eye and ear protection you may bring it to use; eye and ear protection will also be provided. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required to be worn for safety during the outdoor portion of the class. Lunch and drinks will be provided; lunch break will not be long enough to travel off-site; students may bring a bagged lunch. Questions can be sent to the lead instructor via email

March 15, 2020
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
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Turkey Hunting Skills Workshop

Interested in turkey hunting? Want to improve your existing skills? This workshop for youth and adults 12 years old and up will focus on three turkey hunting topics; shooting skills through live fire (firearms and ammo provided), turkey calling by demonstrating different calls and their applications, and turkey hunting regulations and hunting strategies conducted by a Conservation Police Officer and staff.

Lunch will be provided or bring your own and this is a rain or shine event. Feel free to bring your own shotgun but it must be unloaded and cased as well as locked in your vehicle during other segments of this workshop.

March 28, 2020
8:30 AM–3:30 PM

Turkey Hunting Skills Workshop

This Turkey Hunting skills event will teach the student to safely hunt for wild turkeys. The class will teach the student turkey biology, history, calling techniques and calls, hunting strategies, use of camouflage, firearms and ammunition, ethics, seasons and legal requirements, as well as how to pattern the shotgun for turkey hunting.

The class is for all levels of turkey hunting skills from the novice to the expert. Students may bring their turkey hunting firearms to the event for patterning after the classroom session has ended. Please bring your own ammunition for the patterning session.

This is a free event but all must be registered to attend. Seating is limited to the event capacity. Lunch will be provided. Please call Art Kasson at 540-622-6103 with questions.

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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.

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