Old Dominion One Shot Turkey Hunt

The 2018 One Shot Turkey Hunt

Save The Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018

As we look forward to the 4th Annual Old Dominion One Shot Fundraiser, we are thankful for our hunters, landowners, guides, and sponsors, and to this unique partnership between the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) and The Wildlife Foundation of Virginia (WFV). The One Shot also provides opportunities to connect with others during the Guide Dinner and Guide/Hunter Gathering at Bass Pro Shops, and the Dinner/Auction in downtown Richmond. Collectively, we are working together to promote the hunting heritage.

Over the last 4 years, One Shot funds have supported connecting youth to the outdoors through The Virginia Wildlife Grant Program and The Wildlife Foundation of Virginia has supported youth and Wounded Warriors hunt programs in Albemarle and Pittsylvania counties.

A portion of the proceeds from the 2017 One Shot were used to acquire approximately 800 acres in Gloucester County, locally known as the Guinea Marsh. This property will soon be open for public access, and will provide hunting opportunities and increased boating access to the Chesapeake Bay.

In 2018, revenue from the One Shot will continue to support youth and Wounded Warrior hunting opportunities. If you are interested in sponsoring a youth or Wounded Warrior, providing land to hunt, guiding, hunting, or a sponsorship, please contact Jenny West at jwest@vawildlife.org or 757-880-2362 (mobile).

Dates

  • April 9, 2018: Deadline - Hunter Registration
  • April 12, 2018: Guide Dinner, 5–7 PM, at Bass Pro Shops – Ashland (attendance required)
  • April 20, 2018: Hunter/Guide Dinner, 4–7 PM, at Bass Pro Shops – Ashland (attendance required)
  • April 21, 2018: The Hunt; Weigh-In at Bass Pro Shops - Ashland; Richmond Evening Celebration at NewMarket Pavilion, 330 South 4th Street, Richmond (buy dinner tickets online)

Hotel Accomodations

If you are attending the One Shot event and require overnight lodging, please click on the link below:

Celebration Dinner at NewMarket Pavilion (Downtown Richmond): Saturday, April 21, 6–8 PM

Join WFV and DGIF as we support the hunting heritage in Virginia! Food will be plentiful, with beverages to match it, and outdoor adventure stories will abound. Bob Duncan, Executive Director, DGIF, will be speaking on the value of hunting heritage in Virginia, announcing the winners of the One Shot Turkey Hunt, and telling a few stories. The evening will be emceed by Tim Gabbard, Marketing Director, Green Top Sporting Goods, who supports our veterans through the Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival and local USO centers.

There will be opportunities throughout the evening to win a chance at some exciting raffle items and lend your support to the efforts of DGIF and WFV. We hope to see you there!

2017 One Shot - A Look Back

The 2017 3rd Annual Old Dominion One Shot Turkey Hunt is in the bag and so are the turkeys—it was record setting! There were a total of 48 hunters and the most ever youth hunters—18 including our youth essay winners. The hunt also included 7 wounded warriors—another record. The last record goes to the turkeys—11 harvested! Read more »

Hunters

Be paired up with an experienced, knowledgeable guide and hunt some of the most turkey-rich private land in the Commonwealth. Your registration fee includes all Friday and Saturday activities for you and a guest, as well as some really nice gifts. Minimum donation to hunt: $1,000.

Online Hunter Registration

Download Hunter Registration Form

Download Guide/Hunter Waiver Form

Guides

Be paired with a hunter committed to the sport, and enjoy a morning of camaraderie while you showcase your skills. You're expected to be an experienced turkey hunter and caller, with good woodsmanship, and an expectation of maximizing opportunity for success. We will host a Guides' Dinner two weeks prior to the hunt, where you will obtain information you need to plan your hunt. You and a guest are invited to attend the events on Friday evening and Saturday after the hunt.

Download Guide Registration Form

Download Guide/Hunter Waiver Form

Landowners

Virginia has lots of nooks and crannies full of gobblers. If you're a landowner with a nook or cranny to donate for a day, we've got a guide and hunter that would love to hunt your property!

Download Landowner Registration Form

Youth Engagement

Essay Contest – The Results!

They created laughter and smiles to read them and a peek into the minds of our youth. We started the One Shot Essay contest last year and the submissions increased from 10 to 32 and from all over Virginia, and a bit beyond.

Each winner will receive a free lifetime hunting license (that’s a forever!) and slot to hunt in the upcoming One Shot 2018 on April 21st with the best guide and lands in Virginia, and that’s a forever memory.

Much thanks to our judges and to The Wildlife Foundation of Virginia. The following are the names and excerpts about the hunting lessons learned from the winning essays:

  • James Daniel – Amelia
    • “The main lessons I learned with this hunting experience were to be patient, never give up, and always be prepared.”
  • Matthew Alfieri - Clifton
    • “Let hunting be a lesson and not a regret because regrets make you start to doubt yourself and you want to make choices that will benefit you.”
  • Alec Smith - Kingsport, Tennessee
    • “We sat in the blind as the sun continued to rise and just admiring all the sights as the lake started to come to life, birds chirping, fish jumping, Canadian geese flying and even noticed a deer swimming across the lake, and I remember thinking how lucky I was to be able to be there at that moment and enjoying all the outdoors was offering us that day.”
  • Colton Josselyn - King George
    • “Trust your instincts!"
  • Aaron Hill - Big Stone Gap
    • “We later mounted the deer's antlers, and to me, it isn't a trophy of what I did to provide for my family, it is a way so that this deer's life is being honored, it is part of God's wonderful and majestic creation, and deserves to be treated that way.”

The judges for the essay contest were Tee Clarkson, Virginia Shepherd and Ken Perrotte.

Many thanks for all those that submitted and enjoy your next outdoor adventure!