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January 1, 2022–January 31, 2022More InformationRegister

Winter Wildlife Festival

DWR is a proud sponsor and partner of the Virginia Beach Winter Wildlife Festival, a month-long celebration of Virginia’s coastal wildlife. The 2022 festival will continue to “go the distance” to offer a wide variety of in-person and virtual activities (listed below). See festival website to register and find full details. Trips do fill quickly, so don’t delay!

Festival activities include:

  • Birding Challenge! Identify as many species of birds as possible in a day in this fun, friendly team-based challenge. Three divisions to choose from.
  • Guided Trips & Excursions: Birding, Whale Watching, and More!
  • Photography Contest
  • Virtual Keynote: “The Bird Way” with Jennifer Ackerman
  • Virtual Workshops
  • Children’s Outdoor Story Walk Exhibit
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Community art project
  • Wildlife Advocate Award: Nominations are open! Nominate someone you know who educates, celebrates, and/or advocates for wildlife.
February 4, 2022–February 6, 2022Register

Next Level Bowhunting Workshop

The Next Level Bowhunting Workshop is for adults who are new to bowhunting or hunters who want to improve their skills. The event includes hands-on workshops taught by experts and an evening deer hunt on the property during the urban archery season. Workshop topics include; bowhunting methods and techniques, treestands, scent control, lures, calls, shot placement, and recovery of game.

Cost – $140 and includes meals (Friday dinner- Sunday breakfast), lodging and instruction provided at no cost by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources Hunter Education Instructors.

*Lodging is bunk style, you must provide your own linens.

Participants requirements include:

  • Have completed a hunter education course; classes can be located through: www.register-ed.com/programs/virginia.
  • Have a current hunting license, archery license and at least one available either sex/antlerless tag.
  • Provide their own archery equipment, hunting clothing, treestand with a TMA approved full body harness or ground blind.
  • Proficiency with archery equipment out to 25 yards is required.

The registration deadline is January 28, 2022, limited to the first 12 participants.

*Please note – The Triple R Ranch is taking payment and registration here: https://triplerranch.campbrainregistration.com/. You will need to create a user account and scroll down through the program offerings to find the Next Level Bowhunting Workshop to begin your registration.

For questions or more information, please contact Bryan Branch at bryan.branch@dwr.virginia.gov.

February 19, 2022
6:30 PM–9:30 PM
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Predator Hunting Workshop

This workshop is taught by experts and will improve your predator hunting skills.

March 12, 2022More InformationRegister

2022 National Archery in the Schools (NASP) State Tournament

Archers in grades 4th – 12th are invited to participate in the 14th Annual State Bullseye Tournament, which is the culminating event on the state level for the Virginia schools participating in NASP. Only schools that teach NASP archery as part of their in-school curriculum are eligible to compete in this tournament. The tournament is for schools that have NASP certified teachers and coaches that are currently in active status. Archers may be pre-registered for the State Tournament starting on January 3, 2022 through January 31, 2022. For more information, please visit the “More Information” link.

March 20, 2022
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
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Turkey Hunting Workshop

This turkey hunting workshop is taught by experienced hunters and will include lessons on shooting skills with live fire, turkey calling, regulations, and hunting strategies. Firearms and ammo will be provided and you are permitted to bring your own firearm as well. *Please note the firearm must be unloaded, cased and locked in your vehicle.

New adult hunters and youth age 12 and above are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided and this is a rain or shine event.