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
Rich Johnson, (804) 237 – 1300 or
Chip Heaps, (410) 688 – 0161 or

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 – 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!

DU Calling Contest

Many thanks to all of you who came out to call, judge, set up, clean up, run the event, and spectate in the unbearable heat!

Congratulations to these awesome callers!

Youth Duck sponsored by Webfoot University:
> 1st-Jack Hawthorne
> 2nd-Finley Jones
> 3rd-Dylan Nester

Youth Goose sponsored by Webfoot University:
> 1st-Jack Hawthorne
> 2nd-Finley Jones
> 3rd-Dylan Nester
> 4th-Mason Griffin

Virginia State Duck sponsored by Virginia Ducks Unlimited:
> 1st-Lawrence Mauck
> 2nd-Travis Stauch
> 3rd-Shane Clarke

Virginia State Goose sponsored by Patrick Family of Dealerships:
> 1st-Lee Williams
> 2nd-Lawrence Mauck
> 3rd- Thomas Marshall Cormany

Lower Chesapeake Open Duck:
> 1st-Lawrence Mauck
> 2nd-Ben Perez
> 3rd-Trevor Michael Shannahan

Lower Chesapeake Open Goose sponsored by Bass Pro Shops:
> 1st-Lee Williams
> 2nd-Justin Culver
> 3rd-Trevor Michael Shannahan

Thank you to the following vendors and sponsors:
Buck Gardner Calls, Dogtra Store, Tanglefree, Hunter Gatherer Game Dinners, Big Billy’s Duck Calls, Zink Calls, Webfoot University, Harry’s Decoys, Bass Pro Shops, Patrick Family of Dealerships, and Virginia Ducks Unlimited

A BIG shout out to Bob Rodgers, Contest Director, for all of his hard work to make this event a great success!