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April 2014

Event Date Location

Fishing Techniques Workshop - Harrison Lake

Saturday, April 26, 2014 Charles City

Join former professional bass angler and DGIF Angling Education Coordinator aboard The Floating Fishing School, our 26' Sun Tracker pontoon boat provided by Bass Pro Shops & Tracker Marine, for the Fishing Techniques Workshop at Harrison Lake. This workshop is designed for the angler with some fishing experience, basic knowledge of gear and casting, but wants to take the next step and learn new fishing techniques and further develop skills. There will be a mix of fishing and instruction as we examine different rigs and techniques for catching bass and sunfish. Workshop is from 8:00 AM-12:00. Bait, tackle, PFD, snacks and drinks are provided. Registration fee is $15 per participant. For participants 12 and older, 15 and under must be accompanied by a registered adult. Freshwater fishing license required for 16 and older. Event is open until filled; to register and pay, contact Chris Dunnavant at the following information.
For more information, contact Chris Dunnavant at 804-283-7327 or chris.dunnavant@dgif.virginia.gov.

May 2014

Event Date Location

Hunter Skills Weekend

Friday, May 02, 2014 - Sunday, May 04, 2014 Appomattox

This unique program open to ages 11-90+ offers opportunities to learn new skills or fine-tune the ones you already have. Three 4-hour sessions in a variety of topics provide skills development for new and seasoned hunters alike and include shooting, archery, survival, game cooking, treestand safety, bowfishing and a variety of hunting techniques. This partnership program is presented by the Virginia Hunter Education Association, the Virginia DGIF and Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center and is held at the 4-H Center near Appomattox, VA. Registration is open until April 18, 2014 and the cost is $120.00 (meals and lodging included); a discounted fee is available before April 11, 2014. Completion of a Hunter Education course is preferred but not required; children under 18 must attend with a parent.
For more information, contact Holiday Lake at 434-248-5444 or bbranch@vt.edu.

June 2014

Event Date Location

Summer Fishing Series - Sandy River Reservoir

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Prince Edward

It's summer and it's time for some fishing fun! Join a DGIF, Fisheries Biologist and the Angling Education Coordinator aboard "The Floating Fishing School," our 26' Sun Tracker pontoon boat provided by Bass Pro Shops & Tracker Marine for the Summer Fishing Series on Sandy River Reservoir. VDGIF public fishing lakes are great places to fish with a variety of species. We will be fishing for whatever is biting: sunfish, crappie, catfish and bass. This event will be a great opportunity to enjoy a nice day on the water, learn the basics of fishing and fish biology. Workshop is from 8:00 AM -12:00. Bait, tackle, PFD, snacks and drinks are provided. Registration fee is $15 per participant. Take a Kid Fishing; each adult (18 and older) must register with at least one child between 8-17 years of age. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by a registered adult. Freshwater fishing license required for 16 and older. Event is open until filled.
For more information, contact Chris Dunnavant at 804-283-7327 or chris.dunnavant@dgif.virginia.gov.

Summer Fishing Series - Lake Orange

Thursday, June 19, 2014 Orange

It's summer and it's time for some fishing fun! Join a DGIF, Conservation Police Officer and the Angling Education Coordinator aboard "The Floating Fishing School," our 26' Sun Tracker pontoon boat provided by Bass Pro Shops & Tracker Marine for the Summer Fishing Series on Lake Orange. VDGIF public fishing lakes are great places to fish with a variety of species. We will be fishing for whatever is biting: sunfish, crappie, catfish and bass. This event will be a great opportunity to enjoy a nice day on the water and learn the basics of fishing. Workshop is from 8:00 AM -12:00. Bait, tackle, PFD, snacks and drinks are provided. Registration fee is $15 per participant. Take a Kid Fishing; each adult (18 and older) must register with at least one child between 8-17 years of age. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by a registered adult. Freshwater fishing license required for 16 and older. Event is open until filled.
For more information, contact Chris Dunnavant at 804-283-7327 or chris.dunnavant@dgif.virginia.gov.

Summer Fishing Series - Lake Anna

Thursday, June 26, 2014 Spotsylvania

It's summer and it's time for some fishing fun! Join DGIF Angling Education Instructors aboard "The Floating Fishing School," our 26' Sun Tracker pontoon boat provided by Bass Pro Shops & Tracker Marine for the Summer Fishing Series on Lake Anna. We will be fishing for whatever is biting: sunfish, crappie, catfish and bass. This event will be a great opportunity to enjoy a nice day on the water and learn the basics of fishing. Workshop is from 8:00 AM -12:00. Bait, tackle, PFD, snacks and drinks are provided. Registration fee is $15 per participant. Take a Kid Fishing; each adult (18 and older) must register with at least one child between 8-17 years of age. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by a registered adult. Freshwater fishing license required for 16 and older. Event is open until filled.
For more information, contact Chris Dunnavant at 804-283-7327 or chris.dunnavant@dgif.virginia.gov.

July 2014

Event Date Location

Flat Out Catfish I

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Richmond

Would you like to learn the secrets of catching Flathead Catfish on the James River? Join DGIF Angling Education and Captain Mike Ostrander for a day of instruction and fishing on the James River at Pony Pasture in Richmond. Workshop involves wading in the river and terrain can be challenging. Tackle, bait and lunch is provided. For ages 16 and older. To register or for questions, contact Chris Dunnavant by email, chris.dunnavant@dgif.virginia.gov, or by phone, 804-283-7327. Registration Fee: $40. Register today, space is limited and open until filled.
For more information, contact Chris Dunnavant at 804-283-7327 or chris.dunnavant@dgif.virginia.gov.

Flat Out Catfish II

Thursday, July 31, 2014 Richmond

Would you like to learn the secrets of catching Flathead Catfish on the James River? Join DGIF Angling Education and Captain Mike Ostrander for a day of instruction and fishing on the James River at Pony Pasture in Richmond. Workshop involves wading in the river and terrain can be challenging. Tackle, bait and lunch is provided. For ages 16 and older. To register or for questions, contact Chris Dunnavant by email, chris.dunnavant@dgif.virginia.gov, or by phone, 804-283-7327. Registration Fee: $40. Register today, space is limited and open until filled
For more information, contact Chris Dunnavant at 804-283-7327 or chris.dunnavant@dgif.virginia.gov.

September 2014

Event Date Location

7th Annual Youth Outdoor Day

Saturday, September 20, 2014 King George

Educational and Fun opportunity for families to enjoy! Activities include, Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (DGIF) K9 Demo, King George Sheriff's Department K9 Demo, Archery Live Fire, Hay rides, Air Rifle Team (NJROTC)-live fire, King George Fire and Rescue, Patawomeck Indian Tribe with skills displays, DGIF aerial archery, DGIF casting course, King George Parks and Recreation, Friends of Caledon. Event is sponsored by The Northern Neck Chapter of Va. Deer Hunters Association. Time: 10 AM - 2 PM. Location: Caledon State Park 11617 Caledon Rd, King George, VA 22485. Cost: Free - lunch snack provided.
For more information, contact at (540) 663-38.