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September 2014

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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 Caledon State Park at 540-663-3861.

Waterfowl Hunting Workshop

Friday, September 26, 2014 - Sunday, September 28, 2014 Appomattox

The Virginia Waterfowlers' Association, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries and Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Virginia Waterfowling Workshop the weekend of September 26-28 at the 4-H Camp near Appomattox. The Virginia Waterfowling Workshop provides novice, intermediate and experienced hunters skills training beyond a basic education course. The workshop will provide participants of ages 12 through 90+, the opportunity to participate in 18 hands-on classes including: Beginner & Intermediate Wingshooting Techniques, Duck & Goose Calling, Duck & Goose Decoy Placements, Decoy Carving & Restoration, Waterfowl ID & Game Laws, Retriever Training, Waterfowl Blind Design & Construction, Waterfowl Nesting Structures, Waterfowl Game Care & Cooking, Waterfowl Habitat Management, and Predator Management. Todd Cocker, Virginia Waterfowlers' Association Executive Director, notes that the past two years the weekend workshop was rated by its participants Very Good. The workshop is designed to introduce beginners and improve experienced hunters knowledge, skills and confidence. Cocker notes, "We have arranged for some of the most respected and experienced instructors the state offers. There will be several night time mini classes and recreations' sessions Friday and Saturday night. This event and the Virginia Hunter Skills Weekend event are two great opportunities to improve your waterfowl hunting skills and other outdoor adventure opportunities. For more information and to register for this upcoming workshop or to find out about similar opportunities in the future, visit the Holiday Lake 4-H website or the VAWFA website. Come join us for a fantastic weekend at the Holiday Lake 4-H Center near Appomattox.
For more information, contact at .

1st Annual Youth Sportsman Day (PDF)

Saturday, September 27, 2014 Stafford

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will be hosting the first annual Youth Sportsman Day at Curtis Lake in Stafford County. This event will teach kids how to fish, make fly tackle, and learn the sport of archery and much more. Families will be able to observe and learn about live raptors that are found in the area. The Game Department will also have a fish biologist on hand to demonstrate fish shocking to the public. This event will focus on youth ages 15 and below but it will be open to the public for all ages for participation in all activities. Youth 15 and below will be entered in for hourly prize drawings. Come out and experience a day of fun with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Pre-registration is preferred so we can accommodate those who participate in this event.
For more information, contact VA Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries at 540-899-4169.

October 2014

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Learn the Basics of Flyfishing (PDF)

Saturday, October 04, 2014 Suffolk

Ever wanted to learn flyfishing? This is the workshop for you! On Saturday, October 4, the sessions will begin at 10 AM at the Boathouse and are free and open to the public. Skilled and talented instructors will offer sessions in flyfishing equipment basics, casting instruction and basic fly tying. This educational opportunity is sponsored by the Bill Willis Southeast Chapter of Trout Unlimited. You are welcome to bring your own equipment, but there will be equipment available for you to try. No advance registration or experience required! Come learn to pick your equipment for a better fly fishing experience! Please see the flyer for details on this great educational opportunity. For more information or directions, call 757-397-4215, or stop by the Culpepper Boats at Lake Meade/Cohoon or contact Bill Campbell at
For more information, contact Bill Campbell at or

First Annual Trapping Workshop

Saturday, October 11, 2014 Lunenburg

Interested in learning how to trap? If you answered yes, please join DGIF Senior Conservation Police Officer, Jessica Whirley on October 11, 2014 from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM for the First Annual Trapping Workshop. It will be held at the Meherrin Volunteer Fire Department (64 Moores Ordinary Rd, Meherrin, VA 23954) in Lunenburg County. The workshop will be a one day event that explains the different types of traps, which traps to use for specific species of wildlife, where and how to properly set traps and for landowners with livestock, effective trapping practices for coyotes will be covered! A portion of the class will also address fur handling! The Meherrin Fire Department will be cooking lunch and will be available for a small fee. All meal proceeds will benefit the Meherrin Fire Department. The class is free and will be for all ages. To register or for additional questions, contact Sr. CPO Jessica Whirley by email at or by phone, (434) 392-9645. Registration is required, so please register today as space is limited.
For more information, contact Sr. CPO Jessica Whirley at 434-392-9645 or

December 2014

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2014 Novice Youth Deer Hunt and Workshop (PDF)

Saturday, December 06, 2014 Woodbridge

The Novice Youth Deer Hunt is an opportunity for youth, ages 12-18, that have either no or very little deer hunting experience to learn about deer and deer hunting and participate in a deer hunt with a non-hunting adult companion on the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge. In the morning, hunters and companions will participate in a two-hour classroom session to learn about deer biology, hunting techniques, and firearm and treestand safety. After a hearty lunch (provided), hunters will take to the field, with their companions, and hunt deer. Each youth may take one deer of either sex. To register for this great opportunity, submit a registration form (see link above) and a copy of the youth's Hunter Education Certificate (or Apprentice License) by C.O.B. October 10, 2014 to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 4010 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230 Attention: Occoquan Bay NWR Youth Hunt. Participation is limited to 21 hunters. Because this is a novice youth hunt, applicants will be selected based on deer hunting experience (3 years or less). Qualified applicants will be randomly selected and notified by October 31, 2014.
For more information, contact Angela Weller at 804-367-8747 or