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.

February 27, 2020
7:00 PM

Conservation & Culture: A Necessary Convergence

Explore the convergence of conservation and culture with Dr. J. Drew Lanham at a special evening program and book signing as a part of the 2020 Virginia Environmental Education Conference on February 27th at the Chapel on the campus of Sweet Briar College. In this intimate evening, Dr. Lanham will reflect on his lifelong love of birds and wildlife and the part they play as connectors across time, place and cultures throughout our history. For more information, please see the registration link.

  • Sweet Briar College Chapel
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 21, 2020
2:00 PM–8:00 PM
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Orvis Down the Hatch

Join Orvis and friends in celebrating the adventure and wonder of the natural world this year in Roanoke, Virginia, as we wrap up our annual Orvis Guide Rendezvous. The afternoon will include local food and beer, live music, outdoor and fly-fishing vendor exhibits, educational presentations, an awesome raffle, and the Orvis Guide Olympics – where you can watch the best of the best showcase their skills. To cap off the evening, we’ll show films in the amphitheater!

Proceeds from Down the Hatch will benefit Roanoke Outside and the Roanoke Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

What’s Happening:
2:00-6:30: Live Music
2:00-8:00: Vendor Exhibits – Fly-fishing, outdoor, non-profit & local booths
6:30-7:30: “Orvis Presents” Films
Plus: Local beer & food trucks, Orvis Guide Olympics, Kid’s Activities, Educational Demonstrations

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.

  • Statewide
April 4, 2020–April 5, 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, April 4 & 5, 2020.

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:
For more INFORMATION visit the VHEA web site:

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.