The Virginia Sportsmen's Foundation provides outdoor education to first-time hunters, hosts an annual wild game chili cook-off and holds hunting and fishing outings with veterans and law enforcement officers.
The 27th Annual Governor's Sportsmen Chili Cook-Off is a FREE, non-partisan event held in Richmond while the legislature is in session. This event is for anyone who roams the grounds of Capitol Square – legislators, staff, state officials, lobbyists, and friends – and features a variety of wild game, tame meat and vegetarian chili recipes from familiar faces around Virginia. It is a fun, no-politics zone that, for many, is the only time of the year they get to try wild game. Recipes from recent years have included wild boar, bison, venison, kangaroo, bear, moose, dove, goose, pheasant, caribou and elk. A team of five expert judges select First, Second, and Third place winners as well as recipients of the "Spiciest" and "Most Hospitable Chef" awards. All attendees may vote for the "People's Choice Award." The Chili Cook-Off has been featured in the Food Network Magazine, Style Weekly, Richmond Navigator and The Virginian-Pilot.
On Saturday, March 3, 2018, the Virginia Sportsmen's Foundation is partnering with 001 Outdoor Outfitters to host a pheasant hunt with combat veterans on a private preserve in Albemarle County. Your fully-charitable donation will support this event as well the non-profit’s other educational programs, including a youth hunter skills weekend, veteran fishing rodeo and mobile wing shooting unit. This annual hunt is limited to just 13 sponsors, who will each be paired with a combat veteran and a hunting guide, for a 300-bird European-style circle shoot. Our goal is to provide a turnkey event for these soldiers, so all they have to do is show up.