Events

DateEvent
July 27, 2019
11:00 AM–1:00 PM
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Introduction to Kayaking Workshop

Introduction to Kayaking – develop your kayaking skills so you can crush Kayak Fishing.

WMA Access Permit (or equivalent) is required – https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/access-permit/

This is a 2-hour introduction to kayaking. Students will be introduced to kayak equipment, safety, and paddling techniques. Students will have an opportunity to refine their skills on the water, taking a tour around the lake while practicing techniques.

Please bring water and sunscreen. Shoes are required (closed toe preferred). Hats and sunglasses are also recommended. Kayaks and life jackets will be provided.

This event is available for children able to operate a 12′ kayak without assistance and follow directions (minimum age is around 12).

About the Location

Located between U. S. Routes 60 and 360, the Amelia Wildlife Management Area is about 25 miles southwest of Richmond and 10 miles north of Amelia Courthouse. From U. S. 60 at Flat Rock, turn south on route 622: right onto route 610; and right onto route 604 to Mason’s Corner. From U. S. Route 360, turn north on Route 604.

July 27, 2019
9:00 AM–11:00 AM
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Introduction to Kayaking Workshop

Introduction to Kayaking – develop your kayaking skills so you can crush Kayak Fishing.

WMA Access Permit (or equivalent) is required – https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/access-permit/

This is a 2-hour introduction to kayaking. Students will be introduced to kayak equipment, safety, and paddling techniques. Students will have an opportunity to refine their skills on the water, taking a tour around the lake while practicing techniques.

Please bring water and sunscreen. Shoes are required (closed toe preferred). Hats and sunglasses are also recommended. Kayaks and life jackets will be provided.

This event is available for children able to operate a 12′ kayak without assistance and follow directions (minimum age is around 12).

About the Location

Located between U. S. Routes 60 and 360, the Amelia Wildlife Management Area is about 25 miles southwest of Richmond and 10 miles north of Amelia Courthouse. From U. S. 60 at Flat Rock, turn south on route 622: right onto route 610; and right onto route 604 to Mason’s Corner. From U. S. Route 360, turn north on Route 604.

August 11, 2019
9:00 AM–5:00 PM
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Women and Youth Basic Hunter Education Course with Live Fire

This is a hunter education course with live fire designed specifically for women and youth 10 years old and up. Self-study is required prior to this course! Students will be 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: Pick up and study a free student manual at any regional DGIF office. Download a Free Self-study Student Manual (PDF) at http://bookstore.kalkomey.com/products/todays-hunter-in-virginia-pdf

Firearms and ammunition will be provided. Please DO NOT bring your own. If you have adequate eye and ear protection which you prefer, you may use it instead of what is provided. Lunch of hamburgers/hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be provided, Any questions please feel free to contact the lead instructor via email mbryant@westcoso.us

August 9, 2019–August 11, 2019More Information

Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show

The 36th Annual Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show is Virginia’s largest hunting show. Stop by the DGIF booth to pick up your free copy of the new Hunting Regulations and ask your hunting, fishing and wildlife questions to DGIF Wildlife Biologists and Conservation Police Officers.

Show Times: 

  • Friday: 1 to 8 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm
  • Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm

Admission: $10 (ages 16 and under free)

August 17, 2019
11:00 AM–1:00 PM
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Introduction to Kayaking Workshop

Introduction to Kayaking – develop your kayaking skills so you can crush Kayak Fishing.

WMA Access Permit (or equivalent) is required – https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/access-permit/

This is a 2-hour introduction to kayaking. Students will be introduced to kayak equipment, safety, and paddling techniques. Students will have an opportunity to refine their skills on the water, taking a tour around the lake while practicing techniques.

Please bring water and sunscreen. Shoes are required (closed toe preferred). Hats and sunglasses are also recommended. Kayaks and life jackets will be provided.

This event is available for children able to operate a 12′ kayak without assistance and follow directions (minimum age is around 12).

About the Location

Powhatan Wildlife Management Area is in the center of Powhatan County, and readily accessible from U.S. Route 60 about 3 miles west of Powhatan Courthouse. From Route 60, turn north onto State Route 684 to access the northern part of the area and the two lakes.

August 17, 2019
9:00 AM–11:00 AM
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Introduction to Kayaking Workshop

Introduction to Kayaking – develop your kayaking skills so you can crush Kayak Fishing.

WMA Access Permit (or equivalent) is required – https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/access-permit/

This is a 2-hour introduction to kayaking. Students will be introduced to kayak equipment, safety, and paddling techniques. Students will have an opportunity to refine their skills on the water, taking a tour around the lake while practicing techniques.

Please bring water and sunscreen. Shoes are required (closed toe preferred). Hats and sunglasses are also recommended. Kayaks and life jackets will be provided.

This event is available for children able to operate a 12′ kayak without assistance and follow directions (minimum age is around 12).

About the Location

Powhatan Wildlife Management Area is in the center of Powhatan County, and readily accessible from U.S. Route 60 about 3 miles west of Powhatan Courthouse. From Route 60, turn north onto State Route 684 to access the northern part of the area and the two lakes.

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.

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 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–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 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
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