2018 December Calendar Raffle Winners (December 1st-December 4th)…

Congratulations to the following winners for our 2018 Virginia DU December Gun Calendar Raffle thus far (December 1st through December 4th)…

December 1st
#1082 is the winner of the DU Winchester SXP Camo 12GA Pump Shotgun

December 2nd
#1006 is the winner of the Weatherby Vanguard 300 Win Bolt Action Rifle

December 3rd
#0002 is the winner of the DU Mossberg Flex 12GA Shotgun

December 4th
#0517 is the winner of the Thompson Center Venture 308 Win Bolt Action Rifle

Please note that all winners will be notified separately and may then proceed to Green Top to secure their prizes.

27 more days to go! Please “like” and follow our Facebook page at facebook.com/VADucks/ for more frequent winner updates and other news!

WILDLIFE – House to Vote on Refuge Bill

WILDLIFE – House to vote on refuge bill
Cecelia Smith-Schoenwalder, E&E News reporter
Published: Monday, December 18, 2017

House lawmakers will vote this week to fast-track a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the National Wildlife Refuge System’s volunteer services, community partnerships and education programs.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) introduced H.R. 3979, which he said would help protect wildlife and ecosystems.
The bill would enable national refuges to expand volunteer programs and partnerships with community groups, according to Caroline Brouwer, government affairs director for the National Wildlife Refuge Association.
“In short this bill allows volunteers and friends groups to more fully participate in their local refuge,” Brouwer said during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on the bill in November.
In fiscal 2016, 40,000 people volunteered 1.4 million hours to the 561 national wildlife refuges, according to a press release accompanying the bill’s introduction in October.
“National Wildlife Refuges host nearly 50 million visitors each year supporting local economies, however that would be impossible without the valuable contribution of volunteers and community groups,” Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), a co-sponsor, said in a statement.
An identical bill, S. 1940, was introduced the same month by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee.
“These men and women give their time and talents to be good stewards of the world around us, and we must make sure they have the resources necessary to do this important work from which we all benefit,” Carper said in a statement.


Special Thanks to all that participated in the largest gun raffle for wetlands conservation celebrating Green Top Sporting Goods 70th Anniversary and Ducks Unlimited’s 80th Anniversary. Ducks Unlimited has conserved 47,571 acres in Virginia and more than 14 million acres throughout North America. Thank you for your support of Ducks Unlimited!

Winners are listed below and have also been notified by phone. Winners can claim their gun raffle gift cards at Green Top Sporting Goods. Contact Tracie Haggerty at Green Top and be sure to bring your photo ID.


1 – 2148
2 – 2709
3 – 2711
4 – 2807
5 – 2053
6 – 2106
7 – 2805
8 – 326
9 – 357
10 – 2803
11 – 1104
12 – 313
13 – 1483
14 – 1029
15 – 2533
16 – 2527
17 – 192
18 – 230
19 – 2707
20 – 432
21 – 2801
22 – 2710
23 – 51
24 – 2522
25 – 2565
26 – 2713
27 – 2572
28 – 2561
29 – 2711
30 – 642
31 – 2716
32 – 2702
33 – 2090
34 – 2807
35 – 2712
36 – 2069
37 – 2806
38 – 2136
39 – 2102
40 – 2811
41 – 2714
42 – 990
43 – 2804
44 – 2065
45 – 2056
46 – 2800
47 – 2706
48 – 2570
49 – 2807
50 – 2804
51 – 2716
52 – 2522
53 – 2700
54 – 2804
55 – 618
56 – 2117
57 – 2803
58 – 2702
59 – 2800
60 – 2800
61 – 2811
62 – 2559
63 – 178
64 – 2109
65 – 2811
66 – 2805
67 – 2803
68 – 2039
69 – 2704
70 – 2560
71 – 2716
72 – 2535
73 – 2705
74 – 732
75 – 2059
76 – 2521
77 – 2526
78 – 2811
79 – 2529
80 – 1230
Bonus – 2140

2017 December Gun Calendar

GREEN TOP SPORTING GOODS Proudly Presents The 3rd Annual Virginia Ducks Unlimited 2017 December Gun Calendar

Sponsored by: AVERY, AVIAN X, Banded Tactical Hunting Gear, Benelli, RigEm Right Waterfowl, ZINK Calls

Daily winners will be drawn beginning December 1, 2017 and end December 31, 2017

Calendar sales end November 1, 2017 — Maximum of 1500 calendar will be sold

Daily gun winners will be posted via the VADU Facebook Page and on our website (www.virginiaducks.org)

Any questions or requests for information can also be sent to VADUcalendar@gmail.com

Thank you for your support of Ducks Unlimited!

VADU Conservation Partners Program

VADU Conservation Partners Program
Thursday, September 21, 2017
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Farm House at The Country Club of Virginia
709 South Gaskins Road
Richmond, Virginia, 23238

$1000/Couple or Single

Online ticket sales end on 9/20/2017. Buy now!

You can donate to the event if you are unable to attend.

6th Annual Wetlands Conservation Dinner

The Virginia Ducks Unlimited Conservation Partners Program has been a very important event in support of our conservation efforts to preserve and protect wetlands in Virginia and North America. This event has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars over the last five years and we are confident this year’s event will continue the successful efforts in support of this important endeavor. This program has also helped Virginia DU to achieve national recognition in fund-raising, placing Virginia as a Top-10 fundraising state in the nation. We are excited about this success and it could not have happened without the support of significant donors such as yourself. Thank you!

With that in mind, we ask for your continued support of the VADU Conservation Partners Program by inviting you to attend this year’s event at the “Farm House” at The Country Club of Virginia, James River Clubhouse. The “Farm House” is a beautiful outside location on a hill between the front and back nine of the Tuckahoe Creek Golf Course with fantastic views overlooking the James River low grounds and Tuckahoe Creek. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held in the ballroom of the James River Clubhouse.

Also, please encourage your friends to help us in support of this cause and sign up to join us in an evening of conservation. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Rich Johnson, Chip Heaps or me (see our contact information).

Again, thanks for your support of Ducks Unlimited and we look forward to seeing you on September 21st.

If you are unable to join us in September, you can still help support DU’s Rescue Our Wetlands campaign with a donation!

Contact Information:
Hank Miller, (804) 225 – 1463 or henry.miller@rbc.com
Rich Johnson, (804) 237 – 1300 or richjohnson@thewiltonco.com
Chip Heaps, (410) 688 – 0161 or cheap@ducks.org

Let’s keep ‘em flying!

VADU Fall Council Meeting


The VADU Fall Council dates are FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH and SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH in Virginia Beach at the Wyndham Oceanfront (5700 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach). They have blocked 25 rooms for Friday night at $129 room rate(plus local taxes,$2 per night lodging fee and resort fee of $2.12). The room rate is good three days before and after Friday. Please contact the Wyndham at 757.428.7025 to reserve a room.

10am to 11am – Princess Anne WMA workshop and project tour.
11am to 12pm – VDGIF Princess Anne WMA Dedication-on site.
12pm to 1pm – Lunch on site
2pm to 4pm – Informal tours of the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum
4pm to 7pm – Hospitality suite
7pm to 8:30pm – Private dining together at the Wyndham (Shrimp and Grits / Bourbon glazed pork loin / Roasted local vegetables / Roasted sweet potatoes / Assorted desserts).
8:30pm to 12am – Hospitality Suite

7am-8am: Breakfast -Assortment of chilled juices, seasonal fruit display, assorted yogurt, fresh muffins. Crab Benedict Casserole, Bay Roasted Potatoes, Smoked Sausage, Buttermilk Biscuits, Country Ham Gravy, tea and coffee – provided prior to meeting – same room as State Council Business Meeting.

8am to 12/1pm – State Council Business Meeting (updates on VADU, review our numbers in regard to State and National initiatives, where we stand with other States Regionally, presentations from all State Committee Chairmen (and Chairwomen), Treasurer report and open discussion as needed.

As we adjourn – some will leave to attend DU events (Twin Rivers Sponsor Dove Shoot, etc) – others may stay and enjoy Virginia Beach.

The registration cost per person for the weekend is $60. Please pay on line at ducks.org/events/Virginia – everyone paying on line will be entered in a raffle, to be pulled in the Hospitality Room at 9pm Friday night!

$60/Person – Contact Wyndham for Room Reservations

Online ticket sales end on 9/15/2017. Buy now!

Contact Information:
Dan Ross, (540) 840 – 8284
John Finch, (757) 288 – 7254

2017 President’s Roll of Honor

We’re very proud to announce that 5 Virginia Ducks Unlimited chapters have made the President’s Roll of Honor! Congratulations to Western Henrico Ducks Unlimited, Fredericksburg Ducks Unlimited, Goochland Ducks Unlimited, Alexandria Virginia Ducks Unlimited & Potomac Valley Chapter of Ducks Unlimited!

Virginia Ducks Unlimited State Convention


The 2017 VADU State Convention will be held at The Tides Inn, located in Irvington, Virginia on March 10-11, 2017.

In the spring of 1946, The Ashburn Farm began its transformation into the stunning Tides Inn. The expansive, waterfront farm had been in the Ashburn family for over 150 years before being purchased by E.A. Stephens, a New Orleans businessman. On July 15th, 1947, the Tides Inn opened to the public. The Tides soon established itself as the premier resort in the Mid-Atlantic region. After three generations of the Stephens family’s stewardship, the inn was purchased by Enchantment Group in 2001. With extensive renovations carrying the Chesapeake Bay resort into a new era, the Tides Inn has become the charming Virginia retreat it is today.

We are excited about hosting several fun and enjoyable activities throughout the convention followed by our State Awards banquet in celebration of our dedicated and passionate DU volunteers and supporters.

In addition to registering for the convention online, please make your 2017 room reservations directly with The Tides Inn by calling 855.420.9316. Use The VADU Group ID 10146 to receive your discounted room rate of $135/night.

There will be a discounted resort fee of $15/night and State and Local taxes that will be in addition to the discounted room rate. The resort fee includes wi-fi, access to the pool and spa, bicycles, tennis courts,croquet,basketball courts and par 3 golf course. Valet and self parking, local phone calls, local newspaper and non motorized watercraft, kayaks,canoes and paddle boats.

For more information:
Mike Farson, (757) 784 – 5040
Bill Pennell, (804) 450 – 2267
Cheslie Smith, (804) 815 – 6847

Online ticket sales end on 3/7/2017. Buy now!