The Virginia Hunter Skills Weekend at the Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center near Appomattox is an excellent opportunity to come try and learn a variety of outdoor skills – no experience is necessary! Three 4-hour hands-on workshop sessions provide skills development for new and seasoned hunters alike and class offerings change with each event.  This April’s event includes long-range rifle shooting, reloading ammunition and predator hunting as well as the customary offerings of basic shotgun, upland game bird shooting skills, deer hunting skills, wild game cooking, bowhunting and 11 others.  Class sizes are limited and are “first-come first-served” so early registration is recommended. 

Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge and the Rappahannock Wildlife Refuge Friends Group will cosponsor the fifth annual Go Wild! festival on Sunday, May 15 2016.  The event will be held at the Hutchinson Tract in Essex, Virginia, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over the past 5 years, this event has evolve to include many participatory events for kids and adults alike such as the archery exhibit, the tram rides, the bluebird house building event and many more. 

Learn to carve your own decoy or sharpen your carving skills!
Beginners Welcome!        Carving experience not needed!

Instruction and Kits provided by carver Ed Morrison.
About the Instructor
Ed Morrison lives in Virginia Beach, VA. He has been carving since 1982 and teaching carving classes for over 20 years. He is a member of the Back Bay Wildfowl Guild and the Albemarle Craftsman’s Guild. His working style decoys are carved using knives, spoke shaves, and rasps to help preserve the traditional way of decoy making at a time when the trend is toward power carving.

The Decoy:

  • First time carvers will carve and paint a Canvasback, one of the most popular of all decoys.
  • Returning students will carve and paint a decoy of their choice.
  • Decoys will be carved from Tupelo, a favored decoy wood.
  • Head position can be straight or turned, and some feather detail can be carved in.
  • Decoys will be carved using knives and rasps. All tools provided, personal tools welcomed.


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