Decoy making part of Virginia’s Hunters Skills Weekend Event

On August 21-23, 2015, the Virginia Hunter Education Association, VDGIF and Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center hosted a Hunters Skills Weekend Event at the 4H center in historic  Appomattox,Virginia.  The decoy making class was taught by members of the Virginia Waterfowlers’ Association. The participants assembled and painted life sizes gunning Blackduck decoys. Participants of the ages 81-12 years old enjoyed partaking in the night time activity. 



2015 News

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Attention Licensed Waterfowlers:

For many years the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) would host two annual public comment meetings related to the Webless Migratory Game Bird seasons (Dove, woodcock, snipe, rail, gallinule and moorhen), September Canada Goose seasons,  September Teal seasons  and  the later Migratory Waterfowl Hunting seasons (ducks, geese, swans).

 At the first annual meeting the VDGIF staff would present information on migratory game bird  population status and take comments on potential hunting regulations for the upcoming Webless Migratory Game Bird seasons, September Canada Goose and September Teal Seasons. 

At the second annual meeting the VDGIF staff would present information on migratory game bird population status and the Federal Frameworks for the upcoming hunting seasons.  Both of the annual meetings were held at VDGIF’s Headquarters.

At the last public comment meeting held on August 3, 2015, the VDGIF staff informed those who were present, that VDGIF would no longer host the annual public comment meetings. Per the staff; in the future the agency will take comments by email during a designated time period.

 The Virginia Waterfowlers’ Association (VAWFA) has established a 
Comments for VDGIF  page on this website to allow licensed waterfowlers to make comments by email to the VAWFA outside of the VDGIF’s designated time period. The VAWFA will forward the emails received to the VDGIF during the agency’s designated time period. For more information, visit the Comments for VDGIF page.




For the first time, the Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show hosted a youth decoy making class on Sunday, August 9, 2015. The class provided ten youths ages 10 – 15 year old an opportunity to make a life size Blackduck decoy. The free of charge event was taught by Todd Cocker and members of the Virginia Waterfowlers’ Association.


2015 Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show

Special Thanks to the  VAWFA Members whom volunteered at the RRWS event!

Virginia’s Hunters Skills Weekend Event

What's New for 2015-2016 Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Season

Waterfowl Seasons & Bag Limits

  • The bag limit for canvasback has been increased to 2 birds per day.

  • The bag limit for Atlantic brant has been reduced to 1 bird per day.

Waterfowl Hunting on WMA's

  • Game Farm Marsh WMA is open to waterfowl hunting with certain restrictions.

The 36th Annual Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show took place on March 21 and 22, 2015 in White Stone. Seventy five artists from 8 states exhibited wildfowl related art in a wide variety of forms: original paintings, decorative wildfowl carvings, bronze sculpture, folk art carvings, gunning style decoys, photography, prints, and antique decoys and artifacts.  The show’s Preview Night Gala, a special evening event, took place  on March 20 for guests to enjoy the artwork, and purchase paintings or carvings early.

The Rappahannock Decoy Carvers and Collectors Guild hosted their annual carving competition on Saturday, March 21 next door to the firehouse. Classes for a wide variety of wildfowl carvings were be offered, including ones for youth and buoy decoys.

The Virginia Waterfowlers Association offered demonstrations and hands-on activities for adults and children both days.



A reminder for waterfowl hunters: the Federal Duck Stamp is required of persons 16 years of age or older to hunt waterfowl in Virginia. Hunters that purchase the Federal E-Stamp through our VDGIF licensing system will have the Federal E-Stamp privilege printed on their license. The E-Stamp is valid immediately following the purchase and for up to 45 days. The actual Federal Duck Stamp will be mailed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service to the customer within 45 days and must be signed and carried thereafter while hunting waterfowl.

The annual youth fishing event  took place on Saturday, June 6, 2015. The event was a catch & release program for kids 15 and under at  Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery in Charles City, VA.

VAWFA members volunteered as mentors, support staff, guides and judges for the kids in the surrounding communities of Henrico, Chesterfield, New Kent, Charles City, Prince George, Richmond, Hopewell and Petersburg . Some whom had never had the opportunity to fish before .


2015 Status of Waterfowl Video Report       From the Flyways.us website

Enclosed are 2015 results from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Canadian Wildlife Service's Waterfowl Status Report.

Biologists have conducted waterfowl surveys in North America for more than 55 years, making it the longest-running wildlife survey in the world. In 2015, they surveyed more than one million square miles of habitat. The video report describes biologists' findings as they surveyed the northern United States and Canada.