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.
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 Virginia Sportsmen’s Foundation is partnering with the 001 Outdoors team to host a Veteran and Military Family Fishing Rodeo on May 13 at Stillfred’s Pond in Scottsville, VA. The event will be a fun and relaxed day of bass and crappie fishing on a 20-plus acre pond followed by a casual cookout and fish fry.
The Virginia Sportsmen's Foundation is partnering with 001 Outdoor Advenutures to host a pheasant hunt with combat veterans on a private preserve in the Esmont area of Albemarle County. We plan on having a group of 13 special guests who will each be accompanied by their sponsor and a guide for a 300-bird European-style circle shoot.
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.