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!