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August 2014

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Trapper Skills Weekend

Friday, August 15, 2014 - Sunday, August 17, 2014 Appomattox

Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center located at 1267 4-H Camp Rd., Appomattox, VA is the host for the August 15-17, 2014 Virginia Trapper Skills Weekend. This unique program is open to ages 10-90+ and offers opportunities to learn new skills or fine-tune the ones you already have. Basic trapping skills are covered in three 4-hour sessions and Advance skills in a variety of topics provided in 6 two hour sessions. This partnership program is presented by the Virginia Trappers Association, the Virginia DGIF and Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center. The cost is $170.00 (meals and lodging included plus a 1-year VTA membership) and a discounted fee is available for early registration. Children under 18 must attend with an adult.
For more information, contact Holiday Lake 4H at 434-248-5444 or bbranch@vt.edu.

Hunter Skills Weekend

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - Saturday, August 23, 2014 Appomattox

Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center located at 1267 4-H Camp Rd., Appomattox, VA is once again the host for the August 21-23, 2014 Virginia Hunter Skills Weekend. This unique program is open to ages 11-90+ and 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. The cost is $120.00 (meals and lodging included) and a discounted fee is available for early registration. 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 4H at 434-248-5444 or bbranch@vt.edu.

Farmville Outdoor Festival (PDF)

Saturday, August 23, 2014 Farmville

The Farmville Outdoor Festival will be held at the Farmville Five County Fairgrounds on August 23 from 10 AM - 7 PM. This is a great opportunity for family and friends to enjoy outdoor skills activities to include a turkey calling contest, 3D archery, shotgun skills station, air rifle station, kid's fishing pond and much more! There will be live entertainment as well as outdoor vendors and taxidermy displays. There is a turkey shoot scheduled for 4 PM. Many activities geared for youth of all ages. For more information please see the event flyer or call 434-607-7776.
For more information, contact at 434-607-7776.

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 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.
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October 2014

Event Date Location

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 jessica.whirley@dgif.virginia.gov 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 jessica.whirley@dgif.virginia.gov.