Events

DateEvent
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 12, 2019
9:00 AM–5:30 PM
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Basic Trapping Skills Workshop

This workshop is designed to teach basic trapping skills with hands-on demonstrations on various aspects of trapping. No previous experience is required and lunch will be provided. Donations will be accepted with all proceeds going to the Friends of Belle Isle State Park.

October 12, 2019
1:00 PM–5:00 PM
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Tree Stand Safety Workshop

Learn how to safely hunt from various types of tree stands using equipment recognized by the Tree Stand Manufacturers Association. Topics and demonstration will include climbing stands, ladder stands, lock-on stands, inspection of equipment, Fall Arrest Systems, climbing devices, use of life lines, haul lines and overall safety.

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 19, 2019
9:00 AM–3:00 PM
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Deer Processing Workshop

This class will teach you what to do with a deer after it has been field dressed. Students will get hands-on experience with expert processers to take your harvest from field to freezer! Students can even bring a cooler to take venison home with them.

To get to the workshop, go through the main gate and follow the road to the end. Park by a blue dumpster and you will find Cub Run Archers on your left.

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