May 2014 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Lake Anna Striper Fishing
  • Float Fishing the Shenandoah
  • Spring Membership Meeting & Dinner
  • Cape Hatteras Fishing Charter
  • Youth Fishing Event
  • Hunters for the Hungry Banquet
  • Social Media
  • Calendar of Events
  • Points of Contact

1. Lake Anna Results. April 26 was a great day to fish for stripers on Lake Anna. Catching stripers is another topic...... As one of the attendees said, "We caught all the fish that were willing to bite!" Eight stripers were put in the boat but two were released as being too small. Two catfish were also caught and released. The relative lack of success was due to lockjaw on the part of the fish and not any lack of expertise or effort on the part of the guide. He put us on LOTS of fish -- we could see them all day on the electronic display -- but they were unwilling to cooperate and donate themselves to our cooler. Those that did volunteer put up a good fight. Regardless, a good time was had by all, and that after all is the goal of the exercise. The results are shown in the photo (l to r: Anthony Stewart, Mark Shelton, Dave Burpee, Marty Lockard and Jim Woodbridge).
Emacs!
 The next Lake Anna outing is set for 13 June. Call There may still be a slot available for this trip. If not, get on the waiting list. Contact Jim Woodbridge at ajwoodb@aol.com, (H) 703-243-0304, (C) 202-270-2661

2. Float Fishing the Shenandoah. Come fish for smallmouth bass on the Shenandoah River, South Fork by canoe/kayak on June 14 (Flag Day) hosted by Down River Canoe Company (DRCC) in Bentonville VA, approximately 90 minutes from the Beltway via I-66. DRCC is 20 min south of Front Royal, VA. We'll meet on the DRCC Deck by 8:00 am, and cast off by 8:30 am and bait the hooks! This is an excellent fishing section that flows through the scenic Shenandoah River State Park for 5 miles and is well known nation-wide for smallmouth bass and other smaller species.

Reserve your spot now; cost is $34.50 per person per Canoe (double occupancy). Kayaks are $47 each. You may bring your own kayak to use for a $10 shuttle charge. To reserve a spot, call, text, or email Maston Gray at 703-408-8020 or maston.gray@cox.net to RSVP, and receive further detailed instructions and directions. So mark your calendars and get the OK from your "boss". There will be an Optional Happy Hour and BBQ at 5:00 pm, with additional bank or wade fishing, located about 15 min by car up river (south) of DRCC.

3. Spring Membership Meeting/Dinner. Our semiannual membership meeting and dinner on Sunday, May 4th, at the IWLA Chapter in Centreville, VA was very successful. Our guest speaker, Ms Jaime Sajecki, presented an informative and entertaining story on the black bear in Virginia, fully capturing her audience for the duration. Members of the Board of Directors and Event Chairpersons briefed the members on recent results and upcoming events. If you weren't there, you missed a good one!
Emacs! Emacs!

4. Cape Hatteras Fishing Charter. Four Club members travelled down to North Carolina to try their hands at ocean fishing for yellowfin tuna and dolphin off Cape Hatteras on May 2d; and by all accounts their outing was a success. (The shark challenge was a bonus) Accompanying photos and more being posted on the Club web site attest to the great adventure this trip turned into.
Emacs! Emacs!
 
5. Youth Fishing Event, May 17.
For the 13th year in a row, the USF&WS Youth Fishing Event at Occoquan Bay NWR in Woodbridge was an outstanding success. We had enough volunteers show up to help the 52 children who came to fish and be photographed. Every child caught fish before lunch, some catching as many as a dozen. And of course there were a few whoppers taken as well. The six year old mystery lad shown here may have taken the largest bucketmouth of the day!
Emacs! Emacs!
A special thanks goes out to all the members who volunteered to help these kids build memories. Maybe they'll join our Club some day…

6.  Hunters for the Hungry Sportsman’s Banquet. The Hunters for the Hungry program will be holding its third annual Whitestone Farm / Hunters for the Hungry Sportsman's Banquet on Saturday July 26, 2014. This special event will be held at Whitestone Farm located at 22699 Whitestone Lane, Aldie, VA. Come enjoy an evening of food, fun and fellowship while helping to make a difference in the lives of many less fortunate in our community and statewide. The event includes dinner, dessert,  beverages and a variety of raffles and live and silent auctions of donated merchandise. For more information and tickets to the event contact Cole Cushman, (540) 454-2688 or Jason McIntosh, (571) 437-8304.

7. Social Media. Check out our updated web site at www.diarodandgunclub.com. You can also still go to www.facebook.com/DIARodGunClub to see our Facebook page. You do not need a Facebook account to view our Club page. Feedback on both sites is welcome to our webmaster, Bob Duncan at robert@odysseytravelinc.com.

8. Calendar of Events.
23 May - Va trophy striper fishing
24 May - Va trophy striper fishing
02 Jun - Va trophy striper fishing
13 Jun - Lake Anna striper fishing #2
14 Jun – Float fishing the Shenandoah
26 Jul – H4H Sportsman’s Banquet
TBD Sep - Float fishing the Shenandoah
14 Sep - Fall membership meeting at IWLA

 

April 2014 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Spring Membership Meeting & Dinner
  • Virginia Fishing Charters
  • Lake Anna Striper Fishing
  • Ft. AP Hill Controlled Area Permits
  • Youth Fishing Event
  • Social Media
  • Calendar of Events
  • Points of Contact

1. Spring Membership Meeting/Dinner. Our semiannual membership meeting and dinner is set for Sunday, May 4th, from 1:00 - 7:00 at the IWLA Chapter in Centreville, VA. We will have exclusive use of one skeet range from 1:00 until 5:00, and will continue to offer up to two free rounds of skeet shooting to members in good standing; ammunition is included. For skeet and trap shooters we will have on hand 12, 20 and 28 gauge shotshells. We hope to access a second skeet or trap range that afternoon to accommodate all members who wish to shoot. Non-member guests must pay the IWL guest fee per round and provide their own shotshells. Check in with Bob Zebell at the range to participate. Members and guests must provide their own hearing and eye protection to be on the range and their own shotgun.

The indoor portion of the agenda will begin about 4:30 with a social half hour in the Field House, followed by our traditional BBQ dinner at 5:00. The business meeting will follow dinner. We are fortunate this year to present VDGIF’s preeminent expert on bears in Virginia who will also explain the implementation of the new Sunday hunting statute which goes into effect on I July. We should be out of there before 7:00. There is no cost for members' meals; cost for a guest meal is $25.00 and may be paid at the door. Guests who join the Club on the 4th of May will not be charged the separate meal fee nor shooting fees.

RSVP (Y or N) to Bernie Gately at bernard.gately@verizon.net, or (703) 425-1494 NLT Apr 30th.  Izaak Walton League is located at 14708 Mount Olive Road, Centreville, VA, phone 703-631-4495. Driving directions are at the end of this newsletter.

2. Virginia Fishing Charters. Ed Fortunato has three Bayfishing charters scheduled from the Reedville area of Northern Neck on Friday 23 May, Saturday 24 May (Memorial Day weekend) and Friday 6 June. If you have other preferred dates let Ed know since, most weekdays from mid May to mid June are still open. Sign up for one or more of these trips for rockfish (striped bass ) which closes in VA on 15 June. Cost is $100 per person plus $20 cash tip for the mate, which includes cleaning of your fish at no charge. The boat fee may be reduced via subsidy after the event by our Treasurer. All gear and bait is provided. Just bring your food, drinks and cooler. Youngsters and families are welcome. These have been HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL and a lot of fun in the past.

Contact Ed Fortunato at: ed.fort.translog@comcast.net (H).540-548-2489, (C) 703-622-9323. Hurry, Saturdays and Fridays get booked quickly, especially Memorial Day weekend.

3. Lake Anna Striper Fishing Charter. Jim Woodbridge is in the final stages of preparing for our maiden striper bass fishing trip on Lake Anna. There may still be a slot available for this first trip, on 26 April; so call Jim today if you’re interested. The second trip is on for 13 June and it’s not too soon to let Jim know of your interest here as well. Ask for standby status if a trip is full. If you wait till the next newsletter is published, it may be too late. The cost with five participants is $120 per member and $137.50 if only four participate. Checks must be made out to DIA Rod & Gun Club. A $20 cash tip per fisherman is recommended. The boat fee may be reduced via subsidy after the event by our Treasurer. You will need a Virginia freshwater fishing license, a filet knife and three or four one-gallon size freezer/storage bags. Don't forget a hat and sunscreen! Contact Jim at ajwoodb@aol.com, (H) 703-243-0304, (C) 202-270-2661 or Jim Woodbridge, 901 N. Monroe St., Unit 509, Arlington, VA 22201.

4. Ft. AP Hill Controlled Area Permits. If you want to get a permit to hunt in the Ft AP Hill Controlled Area this fall, you must take the Ft AP Hill training lecture and pass the exam. Previous permit holders must also retake the exam annually. To accommodate as many interested members as possible, Dick Vande Hei will be setting up the lecture and exam in May or early June. Contact Dick at (H) 202-966-7307, (C) 202-230-8658, or rvande2924@verizon.net to join the class.

5. Youth Fishing Event. The USF&WS is again hosting the annual youth fishing event at Occoquan Bay NWR in Woodbridge on May 17th from 8 am-3 pm. We need a dozen or more volunteers to help the children have a memorable experience. Our members have volunteered every year to help the youngsters fishing there, baiting their hooks and unhooking their fish, and we plan to again this year. If you can spare a few hours of your Saturday on May 17th, please let Bernie Gately know by replying to this message or call 703-425-1494. The refuge staff also needs help with set up and take down, photographing the kids with their catches, registration desk and grilling.

6. Social Media. Check out our updated web site at www.diarodandgunclub.com. You can also still go to www.facebook.com/DIARodGunClub to see our Facebook page. You do not need a Facebook account to view our Club page. Feedback on both sites is welcome to our webmaster, Bob Duncan at robert@odysseytravelinc.com.

 7. Calendar of Events.
12 Apr - Va spring turkey season opens (1/2 day)
20 Apr - Md trophy striper charter
26 Apr - Lake Anna striper fishing
02 May - Offshore fishing, Cape Hatteras
04 May – Spring membership meeting at IWLA
05 May - Va spring turkey season (all day)
17 May - OBNWR Youth Fishing Event
17 May - Va spring turkey season closes
20 May - Offshore fishing, Cape Hatteras #2
23 May - Va trophy striper fishing
24 May - Va trophy striper fishing
02 Jun - Va trophy striper fishing
13 Jun - Lake Anna striper fishing #2
14 Sep - Fall membership meeting at IWLA

March 2014 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Membership Renewal
  • Virginia Bird Hunt
  • Virginia Upland Hunt Planned
  • Maryland Fishing Charter
  • Offshore Fishing from Cape Hatteras
  • Our Archery Team
  • Prince William County Occoquan District Deer Public Meeting
  • Bringing Home the Bacon
  • Calendar of Events
  • Points of Contact

1. Membership Renewal. If you haven’t sent in your membership check for 2014, it's time to renew now. Please send your check for $40.00, made out to DIA Rod & Gun Club, Inc. to Bernie Gately, 9121 Lake Braddock Drive, Burke, VA 22015-2136. No form is needed to renew, but please update any contact information that has changed since 2013. Delete all old versions of the Club application form you may have sitting on your hard drives or in hard copy. If you need a fresh form for a new member, download it from the Club web site < www.diarodandgunclub.com>.

If you want to be certain that we have an accurate assessment of your outdoor interests, then download this much simplified new application form and send it in with your check. Our event chairs depend on this data when planning or filling a proposed hunting or fishing event. This form is also required for any son, daughter or grandchild from 12 to 17 years of age who can join for $20.00 annually.

2. Virginia Bird Hunt. On Saturday, 8 February club members Gerald Hanson, Clint Adamkavicius, Tim Cary, and Rick Mrstik and Tim's English Setter, Scout, gathered for a club-sponsored upland hunt at Shady Grove preserve in Remington, VA. Jerry and Clint hunted pheasants with Shady Grove guide Aaron and his dog Jeanie, while Tim and Rick hunted quail with Scout. Aaron was a sport and let Scout and Jeanie try to hunt together for a while, but Jeanie had other ideas. The group bagged 11 pheasants, 15 quail, and one heck of a good time. To get in on the next hunt see below.

 

3. Virginia Upland Hunt Planned. Virginia Upland Hunt Planned. If you thought hunting was over until the spring turkey season, think again. Join VA Hunt Coordinator Rick Mrstik on Saturday, 15 March for a guided upland hunt at Shady Grove preserve ( http://www.shady-grove.com/Preserve.htm) in Remington, VA. You'll have your choice of 5 pheasant, 6 chukkar, or 12 quail. Cost for Club members will be $162 per hunter. You can also qualify for your once-per-year $40 club subsidy if you haven't used it yet. Contact Rick by e-mail at stikmann@aol.com or call (703) 380-7992 to sign up.

4. Maryland Fishing Charter. Lew Roach is scheduling a Trophy Striper Fishing Charter SUNDAY, 20 APRIL aboard Captain Wayne Schuhart’s TRICIA II. We will sail from Solomons Island, Md­a new location for MD Fishing Charters, which is directly on the Chesapeake Bay about 50 miles from the Beltway. Note, the prior day is the opening of the trophy striper season when the really large fish are moving down the spawning rivers. Cost will be $80 per member after allowing for the 20% club subsidy; plus a suggested total tip to the mate of around $100 split six ways. For more information and to hold your place, please call Lew at cell (202) 417-4185 or email: lewis.s.roach@cbp.dhs.gov .

5. Offshore Fishing from Cape Hatteras, Club Sponsored. We still have 3 openings for a yellowfin tuna and dolphin fishing trip from Cape Hatteras on Friday 2 MAY. Cost is approx $275 per member (after Club subsidy of $40) which includes the mate’s tip. All gear is provided. Please contact Ed Fortunato if you would like to go. ed.fort.translog@comcast.net, home 540-548-2489, cell 703-622-9323

 6. Our Archery Team Results. First of all thank you to all our archers for your efforts this year in the Fairfax County Archery in the Park hunt. Out of 30 archery members, we had 19 make it into the woods at least once this year with a total of 135 trips in the woods and 11 deer harvested.

It was a difficult park to hunt with all the foot travel, walkers & dogs, joggers, bikers, and a little harassment. The deer did not make it easy either. Here today and then nothing for several days. However, we were successful in beating the harvest report from last year. Our group members who were able to harvest deer:
Clint Miller           1
Byron Galloway   2
Bakari Dale          4
Derrell Wolford    4

If anyone wants to join us in the next season please contact Jay Avery to arrange qualification dates. You must be able to put three consecutive arrows in an eight inch target at twenty yards standing. Qualifications usually end around mid July. Crossbow or compound bow is allowed. Broadheads must be one and one eighth inch cutting edge. Some broadheads have practice tips which might be used this year. (Last year you were required to qualify with the broadhead you would be using in the field.) If you qualified last year, you should be good this year. Please feel free to contact Jay with any questions. jnlavery@verizon.net, 571-722-8059 or 703-732-3257

7. Prince William County Occoquan District Deer Public Meeting. On Monday, March 31, 2014 the Occoquan District Supervisor’s Office will host a Public Meeting on the Issues of Wildlife and Deer Management in Prince William County. The meeting is open to the public and will feature presentations from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) and Charles Smith, former Natural Resource Management and Protection Branch Manager for Fairfax County Park Authority and a member of the Prince William Wildflower Society and Prince William Conservation Alliance. Following the presentations, there will be an opportunity for a Q&A session.

8. Bringing Home the Bacon.   From Dave Burpee:  I discovered a new truism in January: There are pig hunts, and then there are PIG HUNTS…..
My previous pig hunts have been in Virginia and South Carolina. All were from a tree stand and most were with a rifle but a couple of times I did try with a bow. I harvested animals – all hogs – with the rifle and got no opportunities with the bow. 

 

This year I went with fellow club member Dan Van Gundy to the Cinco Ranch near Eagle Pass, Texas. It is right on the Rio Grande, about 2.5 hours southwest of San Antonio. You would think it would be warm, and it normally is, but we caught a cold spell with lows in the 20s and highs in the low 40s. We did dodge the ice storm that incapacitated San Antonio, but not by much.

The ranch provided excellent motel-style accommodations, GREAT meals, and guides who went the extra mile. More importantly, they also provided a lot of animals, both hogs and javelinas. We hunted out of ground blinds and also had opportunities each day to stalk the animals. The results of our hunt are in the photos, mine taken with a recurve and Dan with a longbow. Our three-day hunt entitled us to three animals, two of which could be javelinas. I was able to capture two and Dan got one, but the fact we did not limit was our fault and not the fault of the ranch or the guides (opportunities occurred but just did not work out…..).

 

If you want a terrific hunt, contact Rob Kiebler at fairchaseltd@aol.com, tel 1-972-523-5621.

 

9. Calendar of Events.
15 Mar - Shady Grove preserve hunt
29 Mar - Va late Gun antlerless deer season closes
31 Mar - Va extended antlerless deer archery season opens
12 Apr - Va spring turkey season opens (1/2 day)
20 Apr - Md trophy striper charter
26 Apr - Lake Anna striper fishing
02 May - Offshore fishing, Cape Hatteras
04 May – Spring membership meeting at IWLA
05 May - Va spring turkey season (all day)
17 May - OBNWR Youth Fishing Event
17 May - Va spring turkey season closes
13 Jun - Lake Anna striper fishing
14 Sep – Fall membership meeting at IWLA


January 2014 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • From the President's Treestand
  • Membership Renewal
  • Election of Officers
  • Virginia Upland Hunt Planned
  • Lake Anna Striper Fishing
  • Volunteer Activities
  • Calendar of Events
  • Points of Contact

1. From My Treestand…  >Two short notes: 1) THANKS for a great year of membership growth and participation in Club events and 2) keep it up!  We can always use more members and participation in events is the purpose of the Club.
The Club has a long history of subsidizing hunting/fishing events and 2014 will be no exception. The difference is in how the subsidy will be computed. In the past, we have subsidized at 20% of the event cost with no upper limit in total subsidy per person per year. This has led to the unsustainable situation of paying people more in subsidies than the amount of their annual dues. This year the Board has approved a system whereby the first time a member participates in a Club-sponsored hunting or fishing event for which they pay a fee, they will receive a $40 subsidy if an adult member and a $20 subsidy if a youth member. This is a one-time subsidy for the year and participation in future events will be at full price. In case an event fee is less than $40 for an adult or $20 for a youth, the Club Treasurer will apply the under $40/$20 cost to the event and use whatever is left of the subsidy for the individual's next event. This process, in conjunction with the $5 dues increase to $40 for the year, will hopefully stem our annual $1,500 operating loss and allow us to maintain a bank balance of about $10,000, which is our kitty when we find a deer lease. Subsidies continue to be a good deal and unique among sporting clubs – please plan to join us in the woods and on the waters. 
Dave

2. Membership Renewal.
It's time to renew your membership for 2014. Please send your check for $40.00, made out to DIA Rod & Gun Club, Inc. to Bernie Gately, 9121 Lake Braddock Drive, Burke, VA 22015-2136. No form is needed to renew, but please update any contact information that has changed during 2013. Delete all old versions of the Club application form you may have sitting on your hard drives or in hard copy. If you need a fresh form for a new member, download it from the Club web site < www.diarodandgunclub.com >.
If you want to be certain that we have an accurate assessment of your outdoor interests, then download this much simplified new application form and send it in with your check. Our event chairs depend on this data when planning or filling a proposed hunting or fishing event. This form is also required for any son, daughter or grandchild from 12 to 17 years of age who can join for $20.00 annually.

3. Election of Officers. At the Board of Directors meeting on January 13th, The Board unanimously re-elected Dave Burpee as President, and Dave Eoff as Vice President. It also elected Rick Mrstik as Secretary. Bob Zebell's continuing appointment as Treasurer was reaffirmed.

4. Subsidized Events for 2014. At its January meeting the Club Board of Directors approved the following events for a continuing subsidy during 2014. Interest in fishing and bird hunting events continues to grow; don't let the grass grow under your feet if your wish to participate in any of these activities. They fill up fast now. Sign up as soon as they are advertised and send the required check to confirm.

  • 4 preserve bird hunts in Virginia
  • 2 waterfowl hunts in Virginia
  • 5 Bay charter fishing trips from Virginia's Northern Neck
  • 1 Virginia Beach charter fishing trip
  • 2 Outer Banks charter fishing trips from NC
  • 4 Saltwater fishing trips from Maryland
  • 2 Striped Bass charters at Lake Anna
  • 1 Deer hunt at Ft AP Hill

5. Virginia Upland Hunt Planned. Due to a shortage of participants, the hunt planned for February 1st has been shifted to Saturday morning February 8th. This will be a guided upland hunt at Shady Grove preserve <http://www.shady-grove.com/Preserve.htm > in Remington, VA. You'll have your choice of 5 pheasant, 6 chukkar, or 12 quail. Cost for Club members will be $180 per hunter (the new subsidy rule mentioned in the President's column will be applied, and we're also finalizing a discount for club events at Shady Grove, so final cost will be less). Contact VA Hunt Coordinator Rick Mrstik by e-mail at stikmann@aol.com or call (703) 380-7992 to sign up.

6. Lake Anna Striper Fishing. Good news for Club members! Jim Woodbridge has arranged two striper fishing events on Lake Anna this spring. The first guided trip is April 26 (Sat) and the second is June 13 (Fri). Trips will probably be out of Anna Point Marina, last about eight hours and begin between 6AM and 7AM. The exact location and show time will be announced to participants a few days in advance. The guide uses a pontoon boat and fishes 10 to 14 rods at a time with live bait. The cost with five participants is $120 per person and $137.50 if only four participate. A $20 tip per fisherman is recommended. You will need a Virginia freshwater fishing license. Bring a filet knife and three or four one-gallon size freezer/storage bags. Don't forget a hat and sunscreen! Contact Jim at <ajwoodb@aol.com> , (home) 703-243-0304, (cell) 202-270-2661 or Jim Woodbridge, 901 N. Monroe St., Unit 509, Arlington, VA  22201. Checks must be made out to DIA Rod & Gun Club. The DIA Rod & Gun Club one-time-per year $40 subsidy rule applies and will reduce the price of the trip for participants depending on their individual subsidy situation (i.e. whether they have already used their annual event subsidy for 2014).  Also, a reminder that no reservation is final until the event Chairman has a check by thedeadline he sets. THANKS to Jim for coordinating these two new Club opportunities. 

7. Volunteer Activities. Thank you to all the Club members who volunteered to help with deer hunts at the National Wildlife Refuge and at Fairfax County's Sully Woodlands. You made a difference for some hunters while contributing your limited time in the outdoors to assist with deer management activities. We hope to see some fresh faces next year!
This is a good time to mark your calendars for the youth fishing event at Occoquan Bay NWR on May 17th. Bring your own kids and grandkids and help some disadvantaged youngsters learn how to fish. More details will be provided when they are available.
Fairfax County Police are seeking several volunteers to help recover and process deer harvested during their sharpshooting operations in the County parks at night. Several dates and parks are available for you to choose from. If this is something you'd like to help with, let Bernie Gately know right away and we'll put you in contact with the key personnel. The program is currently underway, so prompt responses are important. (703-425-1494)

8. Calendar of Events.
21 Jan - Virginia Beach striper fishing trip
25 Jan - Va turkey season closes
08 Feb - Shady Grove preserve hunt
29 Mar - Va late Gun antlerless deer season closes
31 Mar - Va extended antlerless deer archery season opens
12 Apr - Va spring turkey season opens (1/2 day)
26 Apr - Lake Anna striper fishing
05 May - Va spring turkey season (all day)
17 May - OBNWR Youth Fishing Event
17 May - Va spring turkey season closes
13 Jun - Lake Anna striper fishing

December 2103 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • From the President
  • Membership
  • 2014 annual dues
  • Election results
  • Virginia Beach striper fishing
  • Virginia upland hunt planned
  • Lake Anna striper fishing
  • Volunteers needed
  • VA Chesapeake Bay fishing report
  • Photos from the field
  • Calendar of events
  • Points of contact

1. From My Treestand…
The Club 2014 membership year will introduce two monetary changes, both of which are influenced by the fact that the Club has operated at a deficit for the past few years drawing down from about $17,600 in Dec 2008 to about $10,000 today. By itself, this is not a bad thing because our treasury had grown to a point that exceeded our foreseeable costs. Therefore, as a conscious decision the Club has spent money on events to draw down our treasury to about $10,000, an amount we need to maintain for immediate use in case a prime hunting lease becomes available. 

Now that we are at the $10,000 level , we need to operate on a break-even basis. To do that, there are two changes. First, the dues for 2014 increase from $35 to $40. Second, the subsidy any member can receive for participating in hunting/fishing events goes from unlimited to $40 per year – in other words a member cannot receive more in subsidies than the amount of his/her annual dues. These minor tweaks should help us maintain the healthy (but not unreasonably high) treasury balance needed to obtain a good hunting lease and at the same time not impose a financial burden on members.

Thanks for your support of the Club in 2013 and best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 
Dave

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. Membership. We're closing out the year with a record high membership of 163.

3. CY 2014 Annual Dues. When you get a moment this holiday season, send your annual renewal check for $40.00, made out to DIA Rod & Gun Club,  to Bernie Gately, 9121 Lake Braddock Drive, Burke, VA 22015-2136.

4.  Election Results. Unlike the uncertainty surrounding the Virginia statewide elections, we have nine clear winners in this year's election for the Board of Directors. All nine candidates were elected for a two year term and will meet in January to elect the Club officers for 2014 and 2015.

5. Virginia Beach Striper Fishing. There are openings for one VA Beach large stripers trip on either Thursday 9 Jan, or Tuesday 21 Jan. Fish run 20 lbs and up. Fishing is done within three miles of the coast by Federal law. Cost after Club subsidy is $114 per member, plus tip of $30. Please contact Ed Fortunato with your date choice ASAP; these boats fill up FAST. <ed.fort.translog@comcast.net>, H-540-548-2489, cell- 703-622-9323.

6. Virginia
Upland Hunt Planned.  Join other Club members on Saturday morning, February 1st for a guided upland hunt at Shady Grove preserve (http://www.shady-grove.com/Preserve.htm ) in Remington, VA.  You'll have your choice of 5 pheasant, 6 chukkar, or 12 quail.  Cost for Club members will be $144 per hunter after club subsidy ($180 - $36 subsidy).  Contact VA Hunt Coordinator Rick Mrstik by e-mail at stikmann@aol.com or call (703) 380-7992 to sign up.

7. Lake Anna Striper Fishing. If you'd like to try your hand at Lake Anna's big stripers, watch for details in the early 2014 newsletters. A new Club member has stepped up to organize guided striper fishing at the lake. This will be a first time event for our Club.

8. Volunteers Needed. Your Club has been committed to helping move deer at both Occoquan Bay NWR and Fairfax County deer management hunts for over a dozen years now. For the first time we have two hunts on the same day and do not have enough volunteers for even one hunt. If you can make some time available on January 9th, both events provide an opportunity to hunt in addition to the deer drives.

9. VA Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report. Two charters were conducted on 5 and 6 Dec. Each caught over 20 stripers but on Thursday only four made the minimum size cut for keepers and on Friday only one made the minimum. However all members had a great time, caught fish and went home happy. It was that way for all boats contacted throughout the Bay according to various skippers. Seems the big stripers have not yet come into the Bay, or may not this year.
 
10. Calendar of Events.
Dec 11 - OBNWR hunt #2
Dec 13 - Mason Neck hunt #3
Dec 14 - Virginia Waterfowl Hunt
Dec 15 - Maryland trophy striper charter
Jan 9 - Possible OBNWR hunt #3
Jan 9 - Fx Co deer hunt #2 at Sully Woodlands
Jan 9 or 21 - Virginia Beach striper fishing

October 2013 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • From the President
  • Membership
  • Dues Increase in 2014
  • Election for Board of Directors
  • Maryland Fishing Charter
  • Virginia Fishing Charters
  • Fishing Feedback (from Jerry Nini)
  • Virginia Waterfowl Hunt
  • Ft AP Hill Deer Hunt
  • Volunteers Needed
  • Calendar of Events
  • Points of Contact

1. From My Treestand...
For those of you who were not there, you missed a very good semi-annual meeting. We had an excellent turnout, the prizes were first rate and many of our members took advantage of the trap/skeet shooting before the meal -- once again an outstanding effort by Dixie Bones. The event also gave the Club a chance to publicly thank Bob Duncan and Tom Johnson for their many years of service on the Board. You will notice that for the first time in a long time their names are not on the ballot. They will both be missed, but Bob will still help us all as the Webmaster, a functional agent as outlined in the Club's By Laws.
The early archery season is about to be behind us and that means even more Club members will take to the field as the muzzleloader and then gun seasons arrive. Have fun, be safe. And, if the mood strikes you, send a picture and caption to Bernie for a newsletter and to Bob for posting to the web site.
One topic at the semi-annual meeting was the fact that our treasury is in good shape and we are itching to spend the money on a good hunting tract.  Please do all you can to find something of 100+ acres up to several thousand. Our committee chairs do an excellent job of making hunting opportunities available, but there is nothing like having your own land lease. Remember, the Club member who brings a successful deer lease to the Club gets to hunt it free for the first year.
Finally, we are looking for volunteers to be the Maryland Hunting Committee chair. There were no hunting events authorized in Maryland this year and there will be none next year unless someone steps up to the plate to take the lead. This an opportunity for you to give back to the Club and at the same time use the leadership and management skills you have developed over a lifetime of service to either the military, civil service or private industry. Don't let that talent and knowledge go to waste -- we need you.
Dave

2. Membership. As we approach the end of the year, our membership stands at 162, an all-time record high. Thanks to all of you who helped our Club grow.

3. Dues Increase in 2014. As briefed at the past two membership meetings, our annual dues will increase to $40.00 for 2014 and beyond. This is the first increase since the mid-1980s.

4. Election for Board of Directors. It's time once again for our biennial election of the Board of Directors. Please exercise your duty to vote by completing the attached ballot and returning it to the Club Secretary as instructed on the ballot. Do not return it to any other member of the Board. Please vote today.

5. Maryland Fishing Charter. Lew Roach has scheduled a repeat of last April’s successful trophy striper fishing charter with Captain Wayne Schuhart out of Shymansky’s Marina, Cobb Island, Md for Sunday, Dec 15th. Cost will be $80 per member after allowing for the 20% club subsidy; plus a suggested total tip to the mate of $20 (or more). For more information please call Lew at cell (202) 417-4185.

6. Virginia Fishing Charters. Bay fishing from Reedville, VA; trolling for the large striped bass (rockfish):
5 Dec – Thursday – Now filled. Add your name to the standby list if a cancellation occurs.
6 Dec – Friday – Now has 2 openings due to cancellations. Cost is $80 per after Club subsidy and $20 cash for the mate. Sign up; it will be  a great trip.
January 2014, (mid to late date month, to be determined). Troll for the huge stripers 1-3 miles off VA Beach. Cost approx. $120 per after Club subsidy, plus tip of $30 for the mate. Contact Ed Fortunato, ed.fort.translog@comcast.net, home 540-548-2489, cell 703-622-9323.

7. Fishing Feedback (from Jerry Nini). The 2 September (Labor Day) charter out of Reedville, Virginia, set-up by Ed Fortunato, was very rewarding with great weather and calm seas. The six DIA Rod and Gun Club anglers boated 26 Spanish mackerel and 15 keeper blues.  One of the Spanish mackerels was the largest that was caught (thus far) this year by the boat's captain. Captain Dave Fisher, on the good boat "Heather," found fish when most of the other charter boats were not having any luck. It was very helpful and a fitting end to a wonderful trip to have all the fish cleaned at the dock and ready for the pan when we got home. Captain Fisher repeated the success of his 4 August charter when the club caught 27 mackerel and 7 blues.  This skipper has my vote of approval for future charters out of Reedville.



7. Virginia Waterfowl Hunt.
Are you ready for some fast waterfowl action? Then get in on the hunt with Widewater Waterfowl ( http://www.widewaterwaterfowl.com/Home) on Saturday, 14 December. This is a fully guided hunt for ducks (and possibly geese) on the Potomac River just south of Quantico base. Cost of the hunt is $144 after club subsidy ($180 - $36 subsidy). Tip for your guide is extra (recommend $20 or better per man). You'll need to clean your own birds. Widewater Waterfowl is a professional guide service that has more than doubled the number of blinds for this year to 40. Show time is around 0530 because we'll be boating out to the blinds and setting strings of decoys so we're ready when the first birds fly that morning. Get in on the action by contacting Rick Mrstik at stikmann@aol.com or on his cell phone 703-380-7992.

8. Ft AP Hill Deer Hunt. There's still time to get in on the annual Club deer hunt at Ft AP Hill, from 15-18 Nov. Send a check for $25 to Dick Vande Hei, 4535 Nebraska Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016 to hold your place. Call Dick at 202-966-7307 for more information.

9. Volunteers Needed. We're still in need of four volunteers to assist with the lottery hunts at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge on 9 and 11 Dec. Help out on one or both days from 9:00 to 3:00 or just the AM or PM, whatever fits your schedule. We also could use one or two more helpers on the youth hunt, 7 Dec from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Call Bernie Gately, 703-425-1494 if you want to discuss options or need more information. To volunteer, reply to this email.
The Fairfax County deer management hunts are also in need of many volunteers this year due to county staff constraints. Some of the help being sought is for tasks such as helping each cluster of hunters to get transported to their stands first thing in the morning, conducting deer drives throughout the  day, collecting deer and bringing them to the check station throughout the day, weighing in and checking deer at central check station, keeping track of excess deer and getting deer to others who want to take some home. There may also be a need for help with flagging trees and trails before the actual hunt dates of 20 Nov and 9 Jan. The success of these hunts at Sully Woodlands Park may well depend on the volunteer effort. If you can help either before or during the hunts, email Bernie so we can present a consolidated support team to the county staff.

10. Calendar of Events.
Nov 15-18 – Annual Ft AP Hill deer hunt
Nov 20 - Fx Co deer hunt #1 at Sully Woodlands
Nov 21 - Mason Neck hunt #1
Nov 22 - Mason Neck hunt #2
Dec 5 - Virginia trophy striper charter
Dec 6 - Virginia trophy striper charter
Dec 7 - VDGIF youth hunt at OBNWR
Dec 9 - OBNWR hunt #1
Dec 11 - OBNWR hunt #2
Dec 13 - Mason Neck hunt #3
Dec 14 - Virginia Waterfowl Hunt
Dec 15 - Maryland trophy striper charter
Jan 9 - Possible OBNWR hunt #3
Jan 9 - Fx Co deer hunt #2 at Sully Woodlands