DGIF Updates Related to COVID-19


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
May 23, 2020–May 24, 2020

Bird Dog Training

Bird dog Hall of Famer, Rick Smith, will again bring his nationally recognized two day bird dog training seminar to Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday and Sunday, May 23 & 24, 2020 (note: this is a change from previously-announced dates).

In this seminar, participants bring their own dogs and learn time tested ways to train their dogs to become bird dogs that they can be proud of and enjoy in the hunting field. Subjects to be covered will include the basics: to go with you, to come to you, and to stand still. These basics will be expanded to involved pointing and backing, whoa, heel, proper use of e-collar, and steady to wing and shot.

For details and a brochure contact Peter Easter at (434) 906-1776 or Rick Smith at (804) 784-3882.

August 22, 2020
9:00 AM–4:00 PM

Waterfowl Hunting Workshop

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), 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); 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.

September 25, 2020
4:00 PM–12:00 PM–September 27, 2020
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Virginia Hunter Skills Weekend

Hands-on workshop open to ages 11-90+. The weekend offers three 4-hour sessions in hunting and hunting-related topics and includes many live-fire range activities.

To REGISTER visit the Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center web site: https://www.holidaylake4h.com/virginia-hunter-skills-weekend.html
For more INFORMATION visit the VHEA web site: http://vahea.org/hunter-skills-weekends/

Participants under 18 must attend with a parent / legal guardian, and parent and youth must take the same classes.

This is a partnership program offered by VHEA, VDGIF and Holiday Lake.