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 FREE Hunter Skills Weekend course, taught by Ike Wright, a Master Outdoor Hunter Education instructor with over 40 years of outdoor experience, includes a mandatory instructional portion on Saturday, August 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students may also attend the practical portion on Sunday, August 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This will be an opportunity to apply the skills learned on Saturday in a safe and fun environment, including wilderness survival, bow hunting, muzzle loading firearms, modern shotguns and rifles. Participants will receive a Hunter Safety Course certificate upon completion of the course, which includes 6 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction as required by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
The General Assembly Wild Game Chili Cook-Off is an annual non-partisan, charitable event held in Richmond while the state legislature is in session. This FREE event for anyone who roams the grounds of Capitol Square – legislators, staff, lobbyists, and friends – and features a variety of wild game, tame meat, and vegetarian chili recipes from familiar faces around Virginia. Recipes from recent years have included wild boar, bison, venison, kangaroo, bear, moose, dove, goose, pheasant, caribou and elk.