DIA Rod and Gun Club Newsletter, September 2017

In this issue:

• DIA Fall Membership Meeting

• Upcoming Board of Director Elections

• Seeking Entries for the Annual Best Fish, Game and Article Awards

• Fort A.P. Hill Deer Hunt

• Mason Neck and OB Lottery Deer Hunts

• Virginia Hunting Chair Update

• Seeking Maryland Chairperson

• Remaining Club Fishing Trips for 2017

• Local Ducks Unlimited Events

• A. P. Hill Spring Gobbler Harvest Report

• “Hole in One” Antelope Hunt

• Calendar of Upcoming Events

 

1. DIA Fall Dinner Meeting and Dinner

 

The Fall Dinner meeting is tentatively scheduled for 29 October at the Fairfax Rod and Gun Club. We will again offer skeet shooting to members, followed by the social hour, dinner and membership meeting and guest speaker. We will see a continuation of the higher value door prizes for the members who attend. Members can shoot up to two rounds of skeet or trap at Club expense, but must provide their own shot shells. The shot size MUST be 71/2 or smaller (i.e. 8 or 9) Shells can be purchased on site. Additional rounds and ammunition for members and all rounds for guests will be at the individual's expense. There is no cost for dinner to members in good standing; cost for guests is $30.00. Guests who join at the meeting will incur no additional dinner cost. Once we lock in this date, Bernie Gately will be sending out an invitation via email. When you receive the invitation, please RSVP right away to permit the caterer sufficient lead time for food ordering and to ensure we have enough door prizes. Address for the Fairfax Rod and Gun Club: 7039 Signal Hill Rd. Manassas, Va. The following is a link to the directions:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Fairfax+Rod+%26+Gun+Club/@38.746929,- 77.416309,1232m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x84748da3338b096f!8m2!3d38.74 6929!4d-77.416309?hl=en

 

2. Board of Director Elections

 

We're nearing that point in our Club's two-year cycle when we'll be offering a new slate

of candidates for election to the Board of Directors. If you would like to serve the

membership and influence the focus and direction of the Club, please immediately notify the Club Secretary, Rick Mrstik that you'll stand for election. The elections will be

conducted via email. The ballot will be sent out by Rick Mrstik. Please vote so that we

have a quorum and can continue club operations without interruption.

 

3. Seeking Entries for Annual DIA Club Fish, Game, and Newsletter Awards

 

As the summer fishing season comes to a close and hunting season approaches, club

members are reminded to submit photos of your season’s catch or harvest. No story is

required for the biggest fish and game awards. Just measure your fish and game, snap

a photo and get a fellow club member to certify your measurements. Then send the

photo and measurements to any board member for consideration and possible

recognition during the next Spring membership meeting. (Board emails are provided

below). Also remember that you are encouraged to share any hunting, fishing or

outdoor stories with the club in the form of a newsletter article. Just submit a photo of

your trip and a few facts to share your adventure with the club. The “best” story will also

receive recognition during our spring club meeting.

 

4. AP Hill Deer Hunt

 

DIA’s annual deer hunting trip to Fort A.P. Hill is scheduled for 20 and 21 November

with cabin check in on the 19th of November at the field cabin. Five spots remain. The

cabin is used by VIPs so accommodations are first class. A stocked fishing lake is

available so you will want to bring your fishing equipment. Total cost is $46 per hunter.

Please contact Mark White (540) 286-0169, (540) 220-5669 or fhantom64@aol.com for

details and to reserve a spot. To be qualified to hunt on A.P. Hill, hunters must register

their firearms, watch a short training film, and undergo a background check- all of which

can be completed at range control. Additional training is required to access special

controlled areas. Controlled area access is not required as there are other good hunting

areas available. For A.P. hill general hunting and controlled area qualification

procedures, contact Dick Vande Hei at 202 230-8656. Rvande2924@verizon.net.

 

5. Mason Neck and OB Lottery Deer Hunts

 

The deadline for applications for this year’s lottery deer hunts at the local National

Wildlife Refuges is 23 September. New this year is the requirement to do all application

and briefing activities on line and the use of slugs to hunt. Get the details and apply at:

Mason Neck Website: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Mason_Neck/Visit/deerhunt.html

Occoquan Bay Website: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Occoquan_Bay/Visit/DeerHunt.html

 

6. Virginia Hunting Chair Update

Mark White, our new Virginia Hunting Chair, is off to a running start and doing great

work in finding additional hunting opportunities for the club. He is active with

investigating leads for a possible hunting lease for the club. We have placed a bid on a

300-acre lease near Thornburgh, Virginia. This property is 300 acres, with 2 ponds and

50 acres of woods surrounded by bean fields. We won’t know if we have won the bid for

at least a week or so. We may be able to announce something at the Fall Dinner.

 

In addition, another area of possible interest to the club and to individual members is a

new initiative by Outdoor Access. This program teams with Virginia land owners to

provide hunting access to private lands on a short term (i.e. day by day) basis. An

article about this program is provided here:

https://outdooraccess.com/assets/pdf/Outdoor-Life-Auguest-2017.pdf and more

information about “short term: access to properties can be obtained at:

https://outdooraccess.com/#/.

 

The club is approaching this organization to see if perhaps a larger land owner may want to give our members exclusive access. Any members that have any possible Virginia leases or Virginia hunting trip ideas should contact Mark.

 

7. Seeking Maryland Hunting Chairperson

 

There is some excellent hunting to be had in Maryland. We are currently seeking an

activity chairperson for Maryland hunting activities. Our activity chairpersons play a

crucial role in the service of our club by organizing trips for club members. If you are

interested in becoming a chairperson, or if you have an idea for a group hunting trip or

would like to plan a single hunting trip let a board member know. In the past, hunting

trips have included upland bird hunting at local preserves and guided waterfowl hunting

in the bay area. The club subsidizes the cost of such trips but all trips must be officially

sponsored through a chairperson. Remember that the Club’s success depends on our

member’s willingness to share their passions of the outdoors with others. If interested in

the Maryland Chairperson position or if you want to help organize a single event just

contact a board member. The contact information for the board members and other

activity chairs is included at the end of this newsletter.

 

8. Remaining Virginia Fishing Trips for 2017

 

Fishing from Virginia Bay:

  • Friday 1 Dec - Striped Bass: Currently all slots are filled, taking names for standby list. Trolling out of Reedville for Trophies, 2 fish per person.

 

  • Saturday 2 Dec - Striped Bass: Currently all slots are filled. The cost of the trip is approximately $108 and club members can deduct any remaining 15% club subsidy amount from this amount. Call if you would like to be on a stand-by list in case someone cancels at the last minute.  The boat license covers all persons aboard, no need to buy a VA or MD fishing license. All fishing gear is provided, just bring food/drinks. Costs above do NOT include a $25 cash tip for mate. Fish cleaning is free on Bay trip.

 

  • 30 September Cape Hatteras Trip: Currently all slots are filled Cost approximately $258, plus $50 mate tip, prior to Club discount if you are still authorized one. Please contact Ed below if interested in being placed on a stand-by list.

 

  • Contact Ed Fortunato if interested in any of the Bay Trips or Cape Hatteras Trip. Payment will be coordinated upon filling a trip. Ed Fortunato, 703-622-9323, Ed.fort.translog@comcast.net

 

Lake Anna Freshwater Rockfish Trips:

  • No other trips for the rest of the year are planned, but a trip later in the Fall may be possible, depending on interest. This trip would have to be approved by the board, so if interested please contact Martin Lockard soon at 571-529-6433, or twistruff@cox.net.

 

Maryland Striper Fishing Charters:

  • Lew Roach is scheduling TWO fishing charters with Captain Wayne Schuhart out of Chesapeake Beach, MD (Rod ‘n Reel Marina).  Saturday, September 9th at 6:00 AM for 6 to 8 anglers. Light tackle trip.  Currently all slots are filled. Call Lew if you want to be on a stand-by list. This will be a chumming or live-lining trip targeting TWO stripers per angler minimum of 20 inches; just one over 28 inches. Cost will be approximately $100. Bluefish will likely be in the mix, as well. The most recent report is that fishing is RED HOT, so this ought to be a good trip.

 

  • Saturday December 9th- trolling trip targeting large sea-run rockfish as they enter the Chesapeake- Currently all slots are filled. Call Lew if you want to be on a stand-by list. This trip has the same TWO striper limit as above, but much higher chance for trophy stripers. Captain supplies rods; mate cleans the fish back at the dock. Same cost as above. To book a rod on either trip, or for more information please contact Lew Roach at lew.roach@gmail.com or cell (202) 417-4185.

 

9. Local Ducks Unlimited Events

 

The Pentagon DU Chapter will host the DU Wetlands Conservation Dinner on September

23 from 5:30 to 10:00PM at the Arlington Elks Lodge #2188. More information is available at: http://www.ducks.org/virginia/events/46012/pentagon-du-wetlandsconservation-dinner

 

The Alexandria DU chapter will host the seventh annual “Toast to the Ducks” event on

September 28 from 7 to 10PM at the Old Dominion Boat club. More information is

available at: http://www.ducks.org/virginia/events/46381/alexandria-du-toast-the-ducks

 

10. 2017 A.P. Hill Spring Gobbler Harvest Report

 

For those of you who hunt turkey on A.P. Hill the following is a link to the 2017 Spring

Gobbler Harvest Report. The report can be found at:

https://faph.isportsman.net/files/Hunting%2FHarvest%20Updates%2F2017%20Spring%

20Gobbler%20Harvest%20Report.pdf

 

11.Antelope Hole in One?

Submitted by Dave Burpee

 

I went on an antelope hunt and a golf game broke out. Sounds too weird to be true and

of course it isn’t, but the truth is not far removed. First, the details.

 

Three friends (Bob Seltzer, John Peeler and Jack Denbow) and I have fallen into the

wonderful habit of hunting antelope in Wyoming every odd year. The others have been

on several trips, this was only my fourth. I had been fortunate to harvest antelopes on

my previous three trips and looked forward to another opportunity. My earlier

encounters were all good animals with one scoring close to Pope and Young, but so far

“the big one” had eluded me.

 

The night before the hunt we drew blinds (all of which were situated near water holes)

out of a hat and I drew one named West Solar. Arriving at the blind just past sunup, I

discovered the blind was aptly named for the nearby solar panel that powered a well

pump. About 30 minutes after settling in the blind, the parade of antelopes began. Over

the next 2 hours six NICE bucks came to water. And, naturally, each time fate

intervened. Fate included: three antelopes in the first group sent the smallest (still NICE) to water first and he spotted me so they all ambled off, a fourth antelope watered headon, another watered quartering towards, and the sixth (the smallest of all the animals) presented a broadside shot, but I was not up to the task and missed.

 

I was using a Great Northern Ghost recurve with wooden arrows, but no excuses. I

must have found the panic button and mashed it because the arrow went right over the

vitals area and cleared the animal’s back. My only consolation is that it was a clean

miss…….

 

More than a dozen does watered in the next few hours and about 3PM I was still

bemoaning my fate and kicking my butt when I glanced out the shooting window and

saw a NICE buck about 100 yards away. By now I had determined the modes operandi

at the watering hole was for the animal to stand about 100 yards away on the high

ground and extensively survey the waterhole over an extended period of time. I had

made the mistake earlier of watching the animal move to water and then taking up a

shooting position and naturally was spotted as I moved.

 

This time I immediately moved to a back corner to where I could only see the water’s

edge. I knew that from this location the buck could not see me and I would be able to

see his legs when he started to drink, at which time I could take one step and come to

full draw. It took about 20 minutes – 20 VERY LONG minutes -- in that corner not

knowing if he had left but finally I spotted his legs moving to water. Unfortunately, at the

same time, a doe moved to water and was looking directly into the blind through the

other shooting hole. If I moved quickly, she was sure to spot me.

 

I debated whether to pass the shot but decided to take a slow step and draw. If the doe

did not alert, I was good to go. If she did alert, I would not shoot but wait for another

opportunity. Just as I completed my move and draw, I could sense her movement from

the water but the buck had not moved so I released what turned out to be an 11-yard

shot. The J&M Traditions arrow with a 145-grain eclipse broadhead flew true and

looked solid on the quartering-away buck. He ran off and I last saw him go over a small

rise about 200 yards away. I did not see him come up the far side and began to worry.

It was possible he had not been hit as hard as I thought and had turned left or right and

kept on going out of sight.

 

It is important to note at this point in the story that all our trips are to the same location –

the Werner Ranch about 45 minutes north of Douglas. JJ and Connie are terrific hosts,

Connie is a great cook and JJ spares no efforts to put you on antelope. He and his

brother-in-law Mark Woolard, who helps him each hunting season, are terrific guides.

I called JJ and Mark and over the next 90 minutes they scoured with binos the area

around the small rise as well as any other paths the buck may have taken. Finally, Mark

took his vehicle to very near the last spot I saw the buck and got out to walk the ground.

He had not gone far when he found my animal dead – and this is where the golf analogy comes into play. He had died on his feet at a full run and slid into a three-foot hole where he was invisible to any view except from directly above. Yes, I had done it. An antelope hole in one.

 

The buck scored 69 3/8 that evening so there is a good chance the final dried score will

exceed the Pope and Young minimum of 67. If not, no worries. I wanted an antelope

and the fact it was a NICE one was only icing on the cake.

 

I should add that the hunters also included Pierre Malko and his wife Dani (one of Bob’s

daughters). They brought their three youngest daughters along to enjoy the ranch

experience and see some historic sights going to and coming from the hunt. Pierre and

Dani had both harvested antelopes on previous hunts and this time they took turns each

day with one going to the blind and the other staying in camp to entertain/watch/corral

the enthusiastic youngsters.

 

The final hunt tally was hunters six, antelope zero. We packed all the antelope into two

large coolers and Dani/Pierre and the girls flew home while the four guys drove to

complete the 3,800-mile round trip.

 

A side benefit of this trip was that the ranch was located in the zone that included a full

eclipse of the sun. Fabulous to watch the process while sitting on the porch with a glass

of Crown Royal.

 

The next trip is August 2019 and I am already anticipating a great journey with friends.

 

12.Calendar of Upcoming Events

 

Sep. 9th - Maryland Striper Trip

Sep 9th - Opening of Fairfax’s Parks Archery Season (Program members only)

Sep 24th – Application Deadlines for Mason Neck and OB Deer Hunts

Sep 30th – Cape Hatteras Deep Sea trip

Oct 29(Tent.)– DIA R&G club Fall Membership dinner. Exact date TBD.

Dec 1st & 2nd –Trophy Striper trips

Dec 9th – Maryland Striper trip

DIA Rod and Gun Club Newsletter, July 2017

In this issue:

· Hunters for the Hungry Banquet

· VA Hunter Education, IBEP, and Hunter Skills Course Information

· Seeking Entries for the Annual Best Fish, Game and Article Awards

· New Virginia Hunting Chairperson / Seeking Maryland Chairperson

· Remaining Club Fishing Trips for 2017

· Successful June Lake Anna Rockfish Trips

· Calendar of Upcoming Events

· Points of Contact

 

1. Hunters for the Hungry Banquet

The Hunters for the Hungary 6th Annual Sportsman’s Banquet will be held on Saturday July 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm at Park West Lions Club, 8620 Sunnygate Drive, Manassas, VA 20109.  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 our state. Event includes dinner, dessert, and beverages, a variety of raffles as well as live and silent auctions of donated merchandise.

DOORS OPEN AT 5:00 PM

COST: $40.00 Single $60.00 Per Couple

Children under 12 free!

Major Credit Cards Accepted!!! (Except AMEX )

Call Cole Cushman (540) 454 – 2688 or Jason McIntosh (571) 437 – 8304 for registration

and more information.

 

2. VA Hunter Education, IBEP, and Hunter Skills Courses

VA Hunter Education Course at Quantico

There is one remaining Hunter Education Courses at Quantico this year on Saturday 26 August. Please forward this to anyone who you think might be interested in attending. They can get information and register at https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/education/huntereducation-

course .  This free Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) course provides instruction in hunter safety, principles of conservation and sportsmanship. It is required for hunters 12-15 years of age, and hunters at least 16 years of age who are hunting with their

first hunting license. Proof of completion of this course is also required for some quota hunts, such as at Caledon State Park. We often have hunters with many years of experience who take the course to ensure they are applying the best hunter safety procedures.

 

IBEP Course

There is also an International Bowhunter Education (IBEP) Course that will be held at the Stafford Isaak Walton League on 19 August. The course is currently full but they are accepting standby students in case vacancies occur before the course. The IBEP Course is required before getting a bowhunting license in about a dozen states and Canadian Provinces.  Locally, it is required to hunt on Fort Belvoir and the Fairfax County (Parks) Archery Program. Interested individuals can get on the Wait List at https://registered.

com/programs/virginia/66-virginia-bowhunter-education-course-ibep/agency:19

 

Hunter Skills Weekends

Finally, the Virginia Hunter Education Association is sponsoring two Hunter Skills Weekends. These courses offer a great opportunity for the whole family to learn new hunting skills or hone the ones they have. The first is from August 11th thru the 13th at

Airfield 4-H Center, 15189 Airfield Road, Wakefield, VA 23888. Information on Registration at: http://www.airfieldconference.com/page/specialty-events/ or by calling 757-899-4901. Registration deadline is 26 July.

The second Hunter Skills Weekend is at Holiday Lake State, located near Appomattox, Va. From Sep 29 thru October 1st Information and Registration at:  http://holidaylake4h.com/upcoming.php . Or by calling 434-248-5444. Registration deadline is September 15, 2017

 

3. Seeking Entries for Annual DIA Club Fish, Game, and Newsletter Awards

Remember to measure your fish and game, snap a photo and get a fellow club member to certify your measurements. Then send the photo and measurements to any board member for consideration. Also remember that you are encouraged to share any hunting, fishing or outdoor trips with the club in the form of a newsletter. Just submit a photo of your trip and a few facts to share your adventure with the club.

 

4. Seeking Maryland Hunting Chairperson

We are currently seeking an activity chairperson for Maryland hunting activities. Congratulations and welcome aboard to Mark White who has recently taken up the Virginia Hunting Chairperson position. Our activity chairpersons play a crucial role in the service of our club by organizing trips for club members. If you are interested in becoming a chairperson, or if you have an idea for a group hunting trip or would like to plan a single hunting trip let a board member know. In

the past, hunting trips have included upland bird hunting at local preserves, guided waterfowl hunting in the bay area, and group deer and turkey weekends at Fort A.P. Hill. The club subsidizes the cost of such trips but all trips must be officially sponsored through a chairperson.

Remember that the Club’s success depends on our member’s willingness to share their passions of the outdoors with others. If interested in the Maryland Chairperson position or if you want to help organize a single event just contact a board member.

 

5. Remaining Virginia Fishing Trips for 2017

Bay Fishing from Virginia:

  • Friday 18 Aug- Spanish Mackerel: Out of Reedville, VA. 15 mackerel per person limit, plus blue fish. Currently all slots are fiilled, taking names for standby list.
  • Friday 25 Aug - Spanish Mackerel: Same as above.  Cost of these trips is approximately $100 per person not including any deductions for subsidies. These are high success trips. Call now to be entered on the standby list in case there are cancellations.
  • Friday 1 Dec - Striped Bass: Currently all slots are filled, taking names for standby list. Trolling for Trophies, 2 fish per person.
  • Saturday 2 Dec,- Striped Bass: 1 opening remaining– This is a NEW TRIP due to members requests. Out of Reedville. The cost of the trip is approximately $108 and club members can deduct any remaining 15% club subsidy amount from this amount. Call now to book the remaining spot.  The boat license covers all persons aboard, no need to buy a VA or MD fishing license. Allfishing gear is provided, just bring food/drinks. Costs above do NOT include a $25 cash tip for mate. Fish cleaning is free on Bay trips. Cost for non-club members would be approximately $110.
  • Possible Cape Hatteras Trip: Several members have asked about an end of Sept or early Oct charter at Cape Hatteras, NC. Probably a Saturday, drive Friday, fish Sat and return Sunday. This is an INFO request only NO obligation, Cost approximately $258, plus $50 mate tip, prior to Club discount if you are still authorized one. Please contact Ed below if interested. The board has approved the request so all we need now is enough willingparticipants.
  • Contact Ed Fortunato if interested in any of the Bay Trips or Cape Hatteras Trip. Payment will be coordinated upon filling a trip. Ed Fortunato, 703-622-9323, Ed.fort.translog@comcast.net

 

Lake Anna Freshwater Rockfish Trips:

No other trips for the remainder of the year are planned, but a trip in later in the Fall may be possible, depending on interest. This trip would have to be approved by the board, so if interested please contact Martin Lockard soon if interested at 571-529-6433, or twistruff@cox.net.

 

Maryland Striper Fishing Charters:

Lew Roach is scheduling TWO fishing charter with Captain Wayne Schuhart out of Chesapeake Beach, MD (Rod ‘n Reel Marina). The first will be a light-tackle trip for Saturday, September 9th at 6:00 AM for 6 to 8 anglers. This will be a chumming or livelining

trip targeting TWO stripers per angler minimum of 20 inches; just one over 28 inches. Cost will be approximately $100 (less, if we get more than 6). Bluefish will likely be in the mix, as well.

The last trip of the year on Saturday December 9th is a trolling trip that will target the large sea-run rockfish as they enter the Chesapeake —same TWO striper limit as above, but much higher chance for trophy stripers. Captain supplies rods; mate cleans the fish back at the dock. Same cost as above, however seeking a maximum of 7 anglers. To book a rod on either trip, or for more information please contact Lew Roach at lew.roach@gmail.com or

cell (202) 417-4185.)

 

6. Results of the Lake Anna Trip!

On June 8 & 9, there was a 2-day striper fishing event at Lake Anna southwest of Fredericksburg. We had four club members signed up each day to go after rockfish on a pontoon boat with a guide. The first day was beautiful but quite chilly, cloudy, and windy. Plus, there were engine problems that limited us to the electric motor. The catch:  Six keeper rockfish, one nice largemouth bass, and a bunch of channel catfish. The second day was much warmer and sunny, and a different boat was used. The catch: Eight keeper rockfish and some channel catfish. Everyone enjoyed the outings in this peaceful, beautiful setting. A good number of fish were caught on both days and released. Most of the released rockfish ironically measured a half inch less than the minimum. We probably fished a little too early in June as the rockfish

were not schooling as expected. See pictures of this trip in the photos section.  

 

Contact Marty Lockard, twistruff@cox.net, if you are interested in another rockfish event at Lake Anna this summer or fall. One is not currently scheduled, and would have to be approved by the Board.

 

7. Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Aug 18th / 25th – Spanish Mackerel Trips
  • Sep. – DIA R&G club Fall Membership dinner meeting. Exact date TBD.
  • Sep 2nd – Opening VA Urban Archery Season
  • Sep. 9th – Maryland Striper Trip
  • Sep 9th - Opening of Fairfax’s Parks Archery Program Season (Program members only)
  • Dec 1st & 2nd Trophy Striper trips
  • Dec 9th – Maryland Striper trip

 

 

 

 

 

DIA Rod and Gun Club Newsletter, May 2017

DIA Rod & Gun Club Newsletter, May 2017

· Seeking Virginia/Maryland Hunting Chairpersons

· Subsidy Policy for Club Hunting/Fishing Trips

· Virginia Fishing Trips Planned for 2017

· June Lake Anna Rockfish Trip information

· New Archery Qualification Standards for Fairfax Deer Management Program

· Trophy Rockfish Trip Results

· Calendar of Upcoming Events

· Points of Contact

 

1. Spring Membership Meeting, May 21st

Our Spring Meeting will be held at the Fairfax Rod and Gun Club. The location is:  7039 Signal Hill Rd. Manassas, Va. 20111. The club will once again cover the range fees for two rounds of skeet or trap. Members must provide their own shot shells. (Shot

size must be 7.5, 8 or 9). More information and RSVP instructions will be provided in an upcoming email invitation. Please remember to RSVP so that we can get a firm head count. Also note that that this year heavy hors d'oeuvres will be provided instead of a full meal.

 

2. Shenandoah Float Fishing Trip -Saturday, May 6th 2017

There are still slots available for the Shenandoah River Float Fishing Trip. Come to the South Fork of the Shenandoah River near Rileyville VA and Jeremey’s Run for a day of fishing on the best small bass portion of the river. Bring your own lunch and beverages for the day. A hamburger dinner will be provided at 4 pm riverside. Sit on-top kayaks, sit-in kayaks and tubes will be furnished. Bring your own canoe, or arrange for one ahead

of time with Maston Gray at 703-408-8020, maston.gray@cox.net.

 

We’ll start fishing 9am at 262 River Road, Rileyville Va and conclude the day with a BBQ at 4 pm. Rileyville is approximately 60 minutes from the DC area Beltway via Front Royal Va on I-66 West (go past Cabela’s in Gainesville Va). It is about 5 miles south of Bentonville VA and about 20 min from Front Royal Va on US 340 South. Details and directions furnished

before signup.

 

POC: Maston Gray, 703-408-8020, “maston.gray@cox.net”. The trip is no cost. Space is limited so decide and respond early. There will be no rain date. A weather call will be announced 48 hours before the trip in case of inclement weather or high water. Come float and fish!

 

3. Comment on proposed 2018 VDGIF Rules and Regulations

The public comment period is open for new and changed Rules and Regulations. Check them out at: http://eepurl.com/cG1Sgn . The comment period is open thru May 10. Send in your comments to help VDGIF shape the next hunting bills.

 

4. VA DU Gun raffle/calendar for sale

Green Top Sporting goods and VA DU are teaming up to offer a unique gun raffle/calendar. Buyers have 31 chances to win the “gun of the day” in July. Calendars are $40 each and sales end June 1, 2017. Daily winners will be drawn beginning July 1,

2017 and end July 31, 2017. Maximum of 1500 calendars will be sold. Additional information is provided at: https://www.virginiaducks.org/2017/02/14/the-vadu-2017-

christmas-in-july-gun-calendar-kick-off/

 

5. Seeking Virginia/Maryland Chairpersons

We are currently seeking activity chairpersons for Virginia and Maryland hunting activities. Our activity chairpersons play a crucial role in the service of our club by organizing trips for club members. If you are interested in becoming a chairperson, or if

you have an idea for a group hunting trip or would like to plan a single hunting trip let a board member know.

 

In the past, hunting trips have included upland bird hunting at local preserves, guided waterfowl hunting in the bay area, and group deer and turkey weekends at Fort A.P. Hill. The club subsidizes the cost of such trips but all trips must be officially sponsored through a chairperson.

 

Remember that the Club’s success depends on our member’s willingness to share their passions of the outdoors with

others. If interested contact a board member. 

 

6. Subsidies for Club Fishing/Hunting Opportunities

As was done in previous years, each member participating in a club sponsored trip will receive a 15% subsidy per event from the Club with the annual total not to exceed their $40 annual membership dues. This subsidy is intended to encourage greater

participation in our club sponsored events.

 

7. Virginia Fishing Trips for 2017

Fishing from Virginia Bay Schedule:

  • Friday 19 May – Striped Bass. Out of Lottsburg, VA. Trolling, 2-fish limit. Currently filled but taking standbys in case of cancellations.
  • Friday 18 Aug- Spanish Mackerel. Out of Reedville, VA. 15 fish limit per person. Currently filled but taking standbys in case of cancellations.
  • Friday 25 Aug - Spanish Mackerel. Same as above. Two openings remain, the cost of the trip is approximately $100 and club members can deduct any remaining 15% clubsubsidy from this amount. These are high success trips. Call now to book a spot.
  • Friday 1 Dec - Striped Bass. Currently filled, taking names for standby list. Trolling for Trophies, One trophy sized fish per person.
  • Saturday 2 Dec,- Striped Bass. 2 openings – This is a NEW TRIP due to member request. Out of Reedville due to member request. The cost of the trip is approximately $108 and club members can deduct any remaining 15% club subsidy amount from this amount. Call now to book a spot.  The boat license covers all persons aboard, no need to buy a VA or MD fishing license.  All fishing gear is provided, just bring food/drinks. Costs above do NOT include a $25 cash tip for mate. Fish cleaning is free on Bay trips. Cost for non-club members would be approximately $125.

Cape Hatteras offshore Trip:

  • Saturday 29 April – currently filled. This time of year the target species are normally Mahi, Yellow fin and Black fin tuna, but White Marlin, Sailfish are always possible and have been caught in the past as well. You just never know what to expect. Approximate cost is $250 before club discount depending on your earlier subsidies. Cost does notinclude a $50 cash tip for mate nor any fish cleaning fees you elect to pay.  Contact Ed Fortunato if interested in any of the Bay Trips or Cape Hatteras Trip.  Payment will be coordinated upon filling a trip. Ed Fortunato, 703-622-9323, Ed.fort.translog@comcast.net

 

8. June Lake Anna Freshwater Rockfish Trips

The next Lake Anna Rockfish trips are scheduled for Thursday, June 8 and Friday, June 9. These trips are focused on straight down, “fast and furious” rockfish. As of April 24, all openings have been filled by club members, but there is still room to sign up as

an alternate (in case someone has to cancel).

 

Remember that June is the “fast and furious” period for rockfish in the lake. We normally get over schools of fish, and it is common to have hits on multiple lines at same time. So we expect lots of action and fun. A trip later in the Fall may be possible, depending on interest. The limit remains at four rockfish per day over 20 inches. We also catch some nice sized largemouth bass and channel catfish. The trip involves a guide and a pontoon boat equipped with sophisticated fish-finding equipment. The tackle and live bait are provided by the guide.

 

The optimum fishing arrangement is to have four fishermen go out each day. The cost per member is approximately $134 and members can deduct any remaining 15% subsidy from this amount. Cost does not include any tips. Exact cost is subject to

change. If you are interested in signing up for the June trip, please contact Martin Lockard, 571-529-6433, wistruff@cox.net.

 

9. New Qualification Standards for Fairfax Co Archery Deer Management 9. New Qualification Standards for Fairfax Co Archery Deer Management

Club members who want to participate in the 2017-2018 Fairfax County Archery Deer management program need to be aware of important program changes for 2017.  Before you can apply, you must first qualify with 3 out of 3 arrows in a 7-inch pie plate at

20 yards and 2 out of 3 at 30 yards using your hunting equipment. Traditional archery equipment continues to be prohibited.

 

Qualifications are being conducted March 31 through June 4. If you do not qualify on your first attempt you must come back another day – no second chances the same day. The application period will begin after qualifications have closed. If qualified and selected, you must then complete the International Bowhunter Education Program (IBEP) before the season begins or show

proof you have completed it in the past. Members should schedule an IBEP course as soon as possible as they fill quickly.

 

10. Another Successful Fishing Trip!

Club members enjoyed success during Maryland’s Rockfish opening weekend. Herb Cully’s 42 inch trophy Striper was one of five lunkers caught with Capt.  Wayne and Mate Doug aboard the TRICIA ANN II.

 

11. Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • May 6th – Shenandoah Float Fishing Trip
  • May 19th – Striped Bass Trip out of Lottsburg
  • May 21st – DIA R&G Spring membership meeting. Fairfax R&G Club.
  • Jun 8th & 9th - Lake Anna “Fast and Furious” Rockfish trip.
  • Aug 18th / 25th – Spanish Mackerel Trips
  • Sep. – DIA R&G club Fall Membership dinner. Exact date TBD.
  • Dec 1st & 2nd Trophy Striper trip

DIA Rod and Gun Club Newsletter, March 2017

 

In this issue:

· 2017 dues are due

· Seeking Virginia/Maryland Hunting Chairpersons

· Reminder: Subsidies are back for Club Hunting/Fishing Trips

· Virginia Fishing Trips Planned for 2017

· June Lake Anne Rockfish Trip information

· Occoquan Bay Youth Fishing Day Cancelled

· Virginia State DU Convention & Alexandria DU Chapter Dinner

· New Archery Qualification Standards for Fairfax Deer Management Program

· Fort A.P. Hill Deer Report

· Successful Club Rockfish Trips

 

 

1. 2017 Dues are Due

It’s that time of the year again. Dues for 2017 are unchanged at $40. Please make checks payable to DIA Rod and Gun Club, Inc, and send to Membership Chair Bernie Gately, 9121 Lake Braddock Dr., Burke, VA 22015-2136. Additionally, if you have friends or family who might

be interested in our club please don’t hesitate to invite them to join too. Remember, the person who recruits the most new members this year will be granted a free membership for 2018 (and Board Members are not eligible to win!).

 

2. Seeking Virginia/Maryland Chairpersons

We are currently seeking activity chairpersons for Virginia and Maryland hunting activities. Our activity chairpersons play a crucial role in the service of our club by organizing trips for club members. If you are interested in becoming a chairperson, or if you have an idea for a group hunting trip or would like to plan a single hunting trip let a board member know. In the past, hunting trips have included upland bird hunting at local preserves, guided waterfowl hunting in the bay area, and group deer and turkey

weekends at Fort A.P. Hill. The club subsidizes the cost of such trips but all trips must be officially sponsored through the chairperson. Remember, the Club’s success depends on our member’s willingness to share their passions of the outdoors with others. If interested, contact a board member. 

 

3. Reminder: Subsidies are back for Club Fishing/Hunting Opportunities

Just another reminder: Our most important news is that 15% subsidies are back for 2017! As was done in previous years, each member participating in a club sponsored trip will receive a 15% subsidy per event from the Club with the annual total not to exceed their $40 annual membership dues. This subsidy is intended to encourage greater participation in our club sponsored events.

 

 

4. Virginia Fishing Trips for 2017

Our Virginia Fishing Chairperson has the following trips tentatively planned based on garnering enough member interest.

 

Fishing from Virginia Bay Schedule:

Friday 19 May – Striped Bass. Out of Lottsburg, VA. Trolling just after the

spring trophy seasons have closed. Two-fish limit will likely be in effect and size limits will depend on whether we are in VA or MD waters.

Friday 18 Aug- Spanish Mackerel. Out of Reedville, VA. Light line trolling; 15 fish limit per person.

Friday 25 Aug - Spanish Mackerel. Same as above. These are normally high action and high success trips.

Friday 1 Dec - Striped Bass. Trolling for trophies, which will have returned to the bay. One trophy sized fish per person. Size limit is usually 28-30”+ depending on VA or MD waters.  Boat leaves from Lottsburg or Reedville as noted above. The boat license covers all persons aboard, so no need to buy a VA or MD fishing license.  All fishing gear is also provided, so just bring food/drinks. Cost approximately $106 assuming you have not received earlier club subsidy, plus $25 cash tip for mate. Fish cleaning is free on Bay trips. Cost for non-club members is approximately $125.

 

Cape Hatteras offshore Trip:

Late April - May. No date until I have serious interest. We have done these

successfully for three years. This time of year the target species are normally Mahi, Yellow fin and Black fin tuna, but White Marlin and Sailfish are always possible and have been caught in the past as well. You just never know what to expect.  Approximate cost is $225 after club discount depending on your earlier subsidies.  Cost does not include a $50 cash tip for mate nor any fish cleaning fees you elect to pay.  Since Hatteras is a six-hour drive south, a hotel room is probably the best option and can be shared/coordinated with other participants. The longer drive south is made up for by less hours driving in the boat and consequently more time spent fishing and cheaper total price since the captain burns less fuel to get to the fishing grounds.  Contact Ed Fortunato if interested in any of the Bay trips or Cape Hatteras trip. No obligation for money now, only interest. Monies will be coordinated upon filling a trip. Ed Fortunato, 703-622-9323, Ed.fort.translog@comcast.net

 

5. June Lake Anna Freshwater Rockfish Trips

The next Lake Anna Rockfish trips are scheduled for Thursday, June 8 and Friday, June 9. These trips are focused on straight down, “fast and furious” rockfish. Slots are filling quickly so you may want to decide soon. As of the1st of March there are still a few openings remaining. One opening is still available on June 9 and two alternate positions are open on both dates. Remember that June is the “fast and furious” period for rockfish

in the lake. We normally get over schools of fish, and it is common to have hits on multiple lines at same time. So we expect lots of action and lots of fun. A trip later in the Fall may be possible, depending on interest. The limit remains at four rockfish per day over 20 inches. We also catch some nice sized largemouth bass and channel catfish. The trip involves a guide and a pontoon boat equipped with sophisticated fish-finding equipment. The tackle and live bait are provided by the guide. The optimum fishing

arrangement is to have four fishermen go out each day. The cost per member is approximately $117 including a 15% subsidy but not including any tips. Exact cost is subject to change. If you are interested in signing up for the June trip, please contact Martin Lockard, 571-529-6433, twistruff@cox.net.

 

6. Occoquan Bay NWR Youth Fishing Day – CANCELLED!

The Occoquan Bay NWR staff recently announced that the annual youth fishing event will not be held this year. Our club usually assisted by providing volunteers for the event. Don't let this news keep you from taking a kid fishing this spring.

 

7. Virginia Duck’s Unlimited Convention & Annual Alexandria DU Dinner

The 2017 Virginia State Duck’s Unlimited Convention will be March 10-11, 2017 at The Tides Inn Resort in Irvington, Virginia. This year DU will be celebrating their 80th Anniversary. Since 1937, DU has conserved more than 13 million acres of waterfowl habitat throughout North America and more than 45,000 acres here in Virginia. The attached link has all the details for the event.

http://www.ducks.org/virginia/events/44238/virginia-ducks-unlimited-state-convention

In addition, the Alexandria DU Annual Banquet & Benefit Auction will be held on April 21, 2017 at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union Street Old Town Alexandria. This event has SOLD OUT for 5 years in a row and will sell out again this year! Purchase your tickets and tables early before they are SOLD OUT. Join friends and family in support of conservation efforts impacting the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River. For more information and ticketing visit:

http://www.ducks.org/virginia/events/44442/alexandria-du-annual-banquet-&-benefitauction

 

8. New Qualification Standards for Fairfax Co Archery Deer Management

Club members who want to participate in the 2017-2018 Fairfax County Archery Deer management program need to be aware of important program changes for 2017. Before you can apply, you must first qualify with 3 out of 3 arrows in a 7-inch pie plate at 20 yards and 2 out of 3 at 30 yards using your hunting equipment. Traditional archery equipment continues to be prohibited. Qualifications will be conducted March 31

through June 4. If you do not qualify on your first attempt, you must come back another day – no second chances the same day and only three total chances. The application period will begin after qualifications have closed. If qualified and selected, you must then complete the International Bowhunter Education Program (IBEP) before the season begins or show proof you have completed it in the past. Members should schedule an IBEP course as soon as possible as they fill quickly.

 

9. Fort A.P. Hill Deer Report

The DIA Rod and Gun Club has a long history of conducting deer, turkey and fishing events at Fort A.P. Hill. We recently received the 2016-17 A. P. Hill Deer Harvest Report and it is posted to this site under the Hunting tab. The report contains a wealth of information concerning the deer harvest and comparisons to seasons past.  This year’s report also includes a comparison of A.P. Hill, Fort Pickett and Quantico deer harvests by Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Deer Program Biologist, Matt Knox.

 

10. Successful February Lake Anna Club Rockfish Trips

Club members participated in the first fishing trips of the season and had great success as evidenced by the photos in the gallery!  Greg Hernandez, Tim Cary, and Ryan Cary fished on Saturday, Feb 25. The weather was beautiful in the morning (60 degrees at 6:30AM). There were no monster (“hawg”) rockfish caught, but our fishermen did come home with five nice keepers.  The next day, after a huge weather front came through, Bob Seltzer, Dan Van Gundy, and Dave Burpee went on the 26 Feb trip. The weather was a little cold but is was sunny and the wind was manageable. Overall the conditions were comfortable and contributed to a beautiful day on the water and to the enjoyment of the day.  Interestingly, this group also caught five nice keepers but came away with no big ones.  Even though the weather front didn’t help the fishing, all seemed to enjoy a great day on the lake, and there is already talk about wanting to go out again.

 

 

DIA Rod and Gun Club Newsletter, January 2017

1. 2017 Dues are Due

 

It’s that time of the year again. Dues for 2017 are unchanged at $40, and due now. Please make checks payable to DIA Rod and Gun Club, Inc, and send to Membership Chair Bernie Gately, 9121 Lake Braddock Dr., Burke, VA 22015-2136. Thank you.

 

2. Subsidies are back for Club Fishing/Hunting Opportunities

 

Our most important news is that 15% subsidies are back for 2017! As was done in previous years, each member participating in a club sponsored trip will receive a 15% subsidy per event from the Club with the annual total not to exceed their $40 annual membership dues. This subsidy is intended to encourage greater participation in our club sponsored events.

 

Members can look forward to another year of fishing and hunting trips organized by our activity chairpersons. The Board of Directors has approved the 2017 events requested by Committee Chairmen, which includes a minimum of three trips for each of the club’s standing activity areas. Spring fishing chairmen are organizing upcoming trips -- dates and trip details will be released as soon as they become available.

 

We currently have chairperson vacancies in the VA and MD hunting areas. Past hunting trips included upland bird and waterfowl hunting at local preserves and waterways. Any member who is willing to fulfill these positions or even organize an individual trip are encouraged to contact any of the board members. Remember that the Club’s success depends on our member’s willingness to share their passions of the outdoors with others.

 

3. February Lake Anna Freshwater Rockfish Trips Planned

 

There are two Lake Anna events currently planned for 2017. The first event is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Feb 25 and Sunday, Feb 26, and is focused on trolling for “Hawg” or trophy-size rockfish. The second event is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Jun 8 and Friday, Jun 9, and is focused on straight down, “fast and furious” rockfish. A trip in the Fall may be possible, depending on interest. The dates were chosen after carefully checking solunar tables from four fishing applications. The limit remains at 4 rockfish per day over 20 inches. We also catch some nice sized largemouth bass and channel catfish. The trip involves a guide and a pontoon boat equipped with sophisticated fish-finding equipment. The tackle and live bait are provided by the guide. The optimum fishing arrangement is to have four fishermen go out each day. The cost per member is approximately $117 including a 15% subsidy but not including any tips. Exact cost is subject to change. If you are interested in signing up for the February or June trips, please contact Martin Lockard, 571-529-6433, twistruff@cox.net.

 

4. New Club Fishing and Game Awards Coming Soon

 

A new initiative for 2017 is the introduction of DIA Fishing and Hunting Awards. Club members who catch the largest fish of various species during club trips or harvest the best buck or spring gobbler on an individual hunt will be recognized. There will also be a category for the best newsletter article. Winners will be awarded a certificate of recognition at the subsequent spring membership meeting. The exact criteria for each award are currently being finalized and will be released soon, but in general terms members catching large fish need only to take a picture next to a ruler showing the size and get a fellow member to confirm the exact measurement. Hunters need to have a fellow member confirm the point count or beard and spur measurements of their 2017 harvest.

 

The bottom line: Watch for announcement of fishing trips, sign up and keep your rulers and cameras ready!

 

5. New Qualification Standards for Fairfax Co Archery Deer Management

 

Club members who want to participate in the 2017-2018 Fairfax County Archery Deer Management Program need to be aware of important program changes for 2017. Before you can apply, you must first qualify with 3 out of 3 arrows in a 7-inch pie plate at 20 yards and 2 out of 3 at 30 yards using your hunting equipment. Traditional archery equipment continues to be prohibited. Qualifications will be conducted March 31 through June 4. If you do not qualify on your first attempt you must come back another day – no second chances the same day. The application period will begin after qualifications have closed. If qualified and selected, you must then complete the International Bowhunter Education Program (IBEP) before the season begins or show proof you have completed it in the past. Members should schedule an IBEP course as soon as possible as they fill quickly.

 

6. Belvoir Bowhunters Trip to Pennsylvania Outdoor Show

 

The Belvoir Bowhunters have invited our club members to join them in their club sponsored bus trip to the Pennsylvania Outdoor Show which is to be held in Harrisburg, PA on 6 February. They will be chartering a bus and departing from the Backlick North Park and Ride located at 6831 Backlick Rd., Springfield VA 22150 at 7:00 AM and returning at 7:30 PM. The cost is $55 and includes the bus, buffet breakfast enroute, and the show ticket. To reserve your ticket call or email Rich Vigue (703) 217-4988 or rich.vigue60@gmail.com. Payment with credit card or check is accepted.

 

7. Member’s Moose Hunt

 

Our own Club president, Dave Burpee, recently had success on a moose hunt in Canada this past fall. Not only did he harvest a bull moose, he did it using a traditional bow. Congratulations, Dave! Read his story below. ____

 

The sound was unmistakable -- a male moose had responded with a grunt to the female moose call screamed into the Canadian woods by my guide. This was scheduled to be my last moose hunt so any legal animal was in trouble. Game on!

 

This was my third trip to hunt about an hour and a half east of Edmonton, Alberta with the Alberta Wildlife Guide Service. I enjoyed the hunts even though the 7 days spent in the truck for the round trip of 5,236 miles was a drag. This hunt, however, had the added satisfaction of moose in the freezer.

 

I first heard the moose about 100 yards out in some dense woods. My guide was about 30 yards from me to my right and did not hear the first grunt so I was waving like crazy behind a tree to get his attention but he did not look my way. The second grunt was just inside the dense wood line and that definitely got the guide's attention! He scrambled to a spot about 30 yards behind me and prepared to call the moose to him and in the process draw him past my ambush. He did not get a chance to call because this moose definitely had sex on his mind as he beat a straight line through a relatively open patch of alders to a spot 19 yards from me. A quick prayer and the wooden arrow tipped with a 145-grain Eclipse broadhead was gone from my Great Northern bow, a 61" recurve with 58 pounds at 28" draw.

 

The animal was quartering away and I could see him jump and then run with the fletchings in the boiler room and about 8 inches of arrow showing. Later we would learn the arrow penetrated both lungs and lodged in the off-side shoulder.

 

We waited about 30 minutes and then tracked him about 250 yards to his final resting place. The guide estimated the bull was 2.5 to 3.5 years old and the butcher ultimately estimated the live weight at about 1,100 pounds.

 

We all have moments to remember and this was certainly one of mine.

 

8. Calendar of Events

  • February 6 – Fort Belvoir Bowhunter trip to PA Outdoor show
  • February 10,11 &12 – The Nation’s Gun Show, Dulles Expo Center. Chantilly, VA.
  • February 25 & 26 – tentative date for Lake Anna “Hawg” Rockfish trip
  • Apr. 8 – Beginning of VA spring Turkey Season
  • May – Youth Fishing Event at OBNWR, Woodbridge. Exact date TBD.
  • May – DIAR&G Spring membership meeting. Exact date and location TBD.
  • June 8 & 9 - tentative date for Lake Anna “Fast and Furious” Rockfish trip.
  • Sep. – DIAR&G club Fall Membership dinner. Exact date TBD.

 

 

 

 

 

DIA Rod and Gun Club Newsletter, November 2016

Rescheduled Fall Membership Meeting – December 4, 2016

The meeting will take place at the Fairfax Rod and Gun Club, Manassas, VA, on Sunday, Dec 4th.  We have reserved a skeet and trap field, and plan to follow our normal Fall format.  Please plan to attend, save the date.  A separate invitation with directions will follow shortly. Also, if you are a current range-qualified Fairfax Rod and Gun member, please volunteer to serve as a range officer for a couple of hours.  Contact Dave Eoff at <deoff1@verizon.net> if you are available.

 

New Initiatives for the DIA Rod and Gun Club

Please see the attached memo that describes new initiatives that will be discussed at the fall meeting.

 

Possible Hunting Lease in Orange Co, Virginia

Our Club is currently negotiating a lease for a property south of Culpepper, VA.  Stand by for further details.

 

Volunteers needed for Occoquan Bay NWR Hunts

Once again the OBNWR staff has asked for our assistance with the fall hunting program there. We need a few volunteer lines to come out on Nov 15th to help check and put up the safety lines on the tree stands. Then we need help moving the deer for the youth hunt on Dec 3rd and the lottery hunts on Dec 8th and 15th. If you can help please email Bernie Gately at the above address as soon as you can clear your calendars.

 

Thanks and apologies

Many thanks to those who have recently sent me photos and stories for inclusion in the newsletter.  Unfortunately, my computer is suffering serious Internet problems that neither I nor Hewlett-Packard seem to be able to fix.  I will get these in a new newsletter as soon as I can.  Thanks for your patience – Dave Eoff

 

 

DIA Rod and Gun Club Newsletter, July 2016

In this issue:

  • Trip Report: Halibut Fishing in Seward, Alaska
  • Lake Anna
  • Stripers in Virginia
  • Virginia Managed Hunts
  • Virginia Hunting Regulations for 2016-2017
  • Fairfax County Managed Firearms Hunts
  • Calendar of Events
  • Points of Contact

 

 

1. Trip Report: Halibut Fishing in Seward, Alaska

Bob Zebell, our Treasurer, sent the following about his recent trip to Alaska for Halibut.

I fished from the Seward Army Lodge’s boats; we typically had 4-6 fishermen on board, sometimes more during the high season. They have good captains that know where the fish are… at least on my trip she did!

  • We fished about 200 feet down with 2-pound weights due to the strong Alaska currents offshore of Resurrection Bay… used live bait.
  • After the weight hit bottom, we reeled the line in so the bait was just a few feet off the bottom. (The halibut lay flat on the ocean bottom and wait until their prey swims by and they swim upward to catch their meal.)
  • The halibut grow larger than their cousins, the flounder. Some weigh hundreds of pounds although my fish were only 35-45 inches long and weighed between 25 to 40 pounds. (The largest flounder I've caught was in Peru just south of Cabo Blanco near the Ecuador-Peru frontier and weighed 26 pounds.)
  • The big fish fight but aren’t “jumpers” like some game fish. They do fight by turning their bodies so they are like a sail in the water. So it’s real work hauling them in… especially from 200 feet down. I caught four big ones and I was tired after reeling ‘em in… but it was fun!!
  • The problem with Orcas is that they like to snatch the fish while being reeled in… When that happens you have to fish elsewhere. They know where the easy meal is so they hang around. I must confess, I enjoyed seeing ‘em even though they can be a pain-in-the-rear!!!
  • The other fish were called “rockfish.” (I guess every region has rockfish even though the fish we caught don’t look at all like our East Coast “rockfish” AKA “striped bass.”)
  • Alaska’s water is cold… colder than the Humboldt current running from Antarctica along South America’s west coast past Peru where I’ve fished… probably warmed up going along the coast towards the Equator. During my Seward visit, some people died after capsizing off the Alaska coast, from hypothermia they said.

 

2. Lake Anna

Marty Lockard reports: It was supposed to be an excellent fishing day, the weather was beautiful, and we expected another "fast and furious" event. But a big storm a few days earlier seemed to interfere. The action was relatively slow. Andy Tirch, Tommy

Thompson, Jed Woodill, and Marty Lockard caught four keeper rockfish, three largemouth bass, one white perch, and plenty of catfish and undersized rockfish. Andy

Tirch had the hot hand, catching the most fish and the largest rockfish. This is the last approved, club-sponsored Lake Anna trip for 2016 unless there is enough interest to request more events. Another warm weather event and a fall event are possible.

Communicate with Marty Lockard, twistruff@cox.net, 571-529-6433, if interested.

 

3. Stripers in Virginia

Ed Fortunato reports that Club members caught their limit of legal size striped bass and a total of 43 by 10:15 on May 27.  Fishing once again on the “Heritage” in the lower

Potomac, which continues to produce for us every time we fish with him. As usual lots of camaraderie, laughs and poor jokes from Dick Van de Hei, along with continual fish biting, made for another great DIA Club event and day on the water.

 

4. Virginia Managed Hunts

The Mason Neck and Occoquan Bay deer hunt websites are up and running. Hunt applications are now available for the coming season.  Mason Neck Hunt Website:

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Mason_Neck/Visit/deerhunt.html

Occoquan Bay Hunt Website:

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Occoquan_Bay/Visit/DeerHunt.html

 

5. Virginia Hunting Regulations for 2016-2017 available online

Virginia hunting and trapping regulations (The Hunting Digest) are now available online at the VADGIF website. The printed version will be available in August at all the usual places.

 

6. Fairfax County Managed Firearms Hunts

Sgt Earit Powell, FCPD, Animal Protection Police, reported we will not be conducting the annual firearms hunt out at Sully Woods for the next two years. As of right now we do not have any plans for firearms hunts on any other County properties. Any changes will be passed along immediately.

DIA Rod and Gun Club Newsletter, May 2016

In this issue:

  •  Float Fishing Trip on the Shenandoah – June 12
  •  VA Freshwater Fishing (Lake Anna)
  •  Maryland Live-Lining Striper Fishing Charter
  •  Fort A.P.Hill Hunting Survey
  •  Youth Fishing Event Results
  •  Calendar of Events
  •  Points of Contact

 

1. Float Fishing Trip on the Shenandoah – June 12.

 

Take an early Father’s Day Treat!  Save the date of Sunday, June 12th for a float fishing trip on the South Fork of the Shenandoah. We'll meet and start at 0800 at Down River Canoe Company (DRCC) in Bentonville, VA for an all-day float of the Burner's Bottom section, one of the best fishing sections on the river--it's about 7.5 miles long. Canoes will be $65 each or $32.50 per person double occupancy. Kayaks will be $44 each (single-person kayaks),

and DRCC has 10 brand pm new fishing kayaks this year. If you want to use your own canoe or kayak, DRCC will shuttle for $12. To sign up contact Maston Gray by e-mail maston.gray@cox.net or by phone 703-408-8020 NLT 5 pm on Sunday June 5.  Let’s fish!

 

2. VA Freshwater Fishing (Lake Anna).

 

On April 22/23, we fished for freshwater Rockfish (stripers) on Lake Anna. We use pontoon boats, a guide, special fish-finding equipment, and live bait (herring/shad) that is abundant

in the lake. One boat fished on April 22, and the second boat fished on April 23. Rain threatened on both days, but it turned out not be an issue on either day. The water was still cool, and the

fish were not schooling. So we trolled using 11-13 fishing rods and planer boards. The first boat caught 12 keeper Rockfish over 20 inches, and the second boat caught 15 keepers. Each

boat caught about three times as many stripers. We watched many of them measuring 19 ¾ inches going back into the lake for another day. A number of channel catfish were also caught. Everyone enjoyed the fishing and the serenity of the lake.  Our next trip is tentatively planned for June. June is a “fast ‘n furious” month when the Rockfish begin schooling and we fish straight down with two fishing poles each. It is necessary to set up these fishing events well in advance, but it isn’t always possible to align the scheduled (and sometimes rescheduled) dates with the

newsletter. That is why it is so important to sign up in advance saying that you are definitely

interested in fishing at Lake Anna. You will be added to a special Lake Anna group email list.

You will get detailed information and notifications about each upcoming fishing event

through that email group. Contact Marty Lockard at twistruff@cox.net or 571-529-6433 (H).

 

3. Maryland Live-Lining Striper Fishing Charter.

 

Lew Roach is scheduling a striper fishing charter with Captain Wayne Schuhart out of Chesapeake Beach, MD (Rod ‘n Reel Marina) on Sunday June 26th at 6:00 AM. FYI “live-lining” is a light tackle technique whereby we spend an hour or so bottom fishing for bait fish, then rig the little critters to catch medium-sized stripers. This year’s limit remains at two fish, however both must be at least 20 inches, with just one above 28 inches. We could also get into some blue fish.

Logistics: Captain supplies rods; mate cleans the fish back at the dock. We’re seeking 6-8 anglers, and cost should be at or below $100 per angler (depending on final head count), plus a suggested tip to the mate of at least $20. For more information please call Lew at cell (202) 417-4185 or email @ lew.roach@gmail.com. (Note: we advertised for sign-ups at the DIA Rod & Gun Spring Meeting, so get your druthers known by JUN 1st)

 

4. Fort A.P.Hill Hunting Survey

 

Board member Dick Vande Hei provided info from a hunter survey at Ft. AP Hill. There were a number of interesting topics mentioned, including: preventing hunters from checking into site, but not hunting, thus tying up those sites; access and opening more roads to recreational use; antler restrictions and either sex hunting; and coyote control. Also, about 74 percent of respondents opined that the deer herd was “too low” or slightly low.” If you want specifics from the survey, please contact Dick at rvande2924@verizon.net.

 

5. Youth Fishing Event Results.

 

We had a very successful turn-out for the kid's fishing day at Occoquan Bay NWR this year. Thanks to all the Club members who gave up a few hours to put smiles on young faces. The weather held for the event and all the youngsters caught fish. Let’s do it again next year.

 

6. Calendar of Events

 

Jun TBD - VA Freshwater Fishing (Lake Anna)

Jun 12 - Float Fishing Trip on the Shenandoah

Jun 12-14 – Ocean Fishing Charter, Cape Hatteras, NC

Jun 26 - MD Live-Lining Striper fishing charter

Aug 19 – Spanish mackerel fishing charter, Northern Neck, VA.

Sep 18 - DIAR&G Fall Membership meeting, Izaak Walton League, Centreville

Dec 2 - Trophy Striper Fishing Charter, Northern Neck, VA

 

 

 

 

 

DIA Rod & Gun Club Newsletter, April 2016

In this issue:


• Spring Membership Meeting, Sunday, May 1, 2016
• Volunteers needed.
• VA Saltwater Fishing Opportunities
• VA Freshwater Fishing Opportunity
• Fairfax Co. Archery Deer Management Results
• Bobwhite Nesting Season
• Calendar of Events

1. Spring Membership Meeting Sunday, May 1, 2016 – Save the Date
Rick Mrstik has once again secured the Izaak Walton League, Centreville, for the meeting. We
will once again provide free shotshells and two rounds of skeet or trap per member. Additional
information will be provided separately, but please plan to attend.


2. Youth Fishing Volunteers Needed.
Kid's fishing day at Occoquan Bay NWR this year is Saturday, May 14. We're looking for some
fishing mentors again to work with the school group that will be coming. While the event runs
from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, volunteers should arrive by 8:45 AM and stay at least until 12:30 PM,
when we expect the majority of the kids to break for "lunch" (mostly snacks). If you can help
out, please contact Rozz and their new volunteer coordinator, Kimberly at the following emails:
Rosalind_Wu@fws.gov, Kimberly_Kruszewski@fws.gov


3. VA Saltwater Fishing Opportunities
Cape Hatteras big game fishing (tuna, mahimahi, white marlin, etc.) There are 2 openings for a Cape Hatteras charter 12-14 June for a second boat; one is already filled with those members paid. Cost is $258 plus $50 tipfor mate. There is also a fish cleaning charge at Cape Hatteras.
Chesapeake Bay fishing


Already scheduled:
19 Aug - Spanish mackerel, 2 openings
2 Dec - trophy stripers, 1 opening
DIA Rod & Gun Club Newsletter, April 2016
Cost for these Bay trips is $100 per member plus a $25 tip for the mate. We have done this the
last two years and the fishing was great. We’ll schedule additional Bay trips for you if
you contact us. Suggest late May through June scheduling.
All fishing gear, bait and fish cleaning for the Bay trips is included. Just bring food/drinks and
your cooler. Women and children are welcome.
Contact Ed Fortunato, H 540-548-2489, cell 703-622-9323, email: ed.fort.translog@comcast.net


4. VA Freshwater Fishing Opportunity
Lake Anna is a beautiful lake southwest of Fredericksburg and about 1 ½ hours from Springfield.
Our trips focus on rockfish (stripers), but we also catch large-mouth bass and channel catfish on live bait. The limit on rockfish is four per day over 20 inches. Information was sent out in
January to all club members who had indicated an interest in fresh water fishing. That
information included an opportunity to get on a special email list of club members who are
interested in fishing at Lake Anna. A number of club members responded.


The first event for 2016 was scheduled for April 7/8 (one boat each day). It was cancelled due to
very unfavorable weather. The event is now rescheduled for April 21/22/23 (one boat each
day). If you would like to be added to the special email list or sign up for the late April fishing
event, contact Marty Lockard at twistruff@cox.net, (571-529-6433), and provide him with your
name, address, and home/cell numbers.


5. Fairfax Co Archery Deer Management results
Jay Avery reports that his group harvested 35 deer this year at their assigned properties near
Clifton, VA. This is three less than last year’s harvest, but inclement weather kept hunters out of
the parks at times. Overall, the program resulted in the harvest of 1052 deer from county
properties.


The application period for this year’s hunt lottery will be in June and July 2016. If you are
interested in this program, information is available on the Fairfax Co website, as it becomes
available


6. Bobwhite Nesting Season
May is the month when bobwhite quail breed and sit on nests. VDGIF asks that you disk fields
before mid-April to avoid destroying nests. Fallow land is used by a number of other species,
including deer, turkeys and rabbits, too.

7. Calendar of Events
Apr 17 – Trophy Striper Fishing Charter, Chesapeake Beach, MD
Apr 21-23 – Striper Fishing Charters, Lake Anna, VA
May 1 – DIAR&G Spring Membership meeting, Izaak Walton League, Centreville
May 1 – end of Virginia tautog season/Trophy striper season begins
May 2-14 – Spring turkey season change – hunting permitted one half hour before sunrise to
sunset. See the VDGIF website for information.
May 13-15 – Women’s Outdoor Weekend at Holiday Lake 4H center (women 10 and older)
May14 – Youth fishing Event at OBNWR, Woodbridge.
Jun 12-14 – Ocean Fishing Charter, Cape Hatteras, NC
Aug 19 – Spanish mackerel fishing charter, Northern Neck, VA.
Sep 18 - DIAR&G Fall Membership meeting, Izaak Walton League, Centreville
Dec 2 - Trophy Striper Fishing Charter, Northern Neck, VA

DIA Rod & Gun Club Newsletter, March 2016

 

In this issue:

  •  Membership Renewal
  •  Election of Officers
  •  VA Saltwater Fishing Opportunities
  •  VA Freshwater Fishing Opportunity
  •  MD Saltwater Trophy Fishing Opportunity
  •  Spring Membership Meeting Sunday, May 1, 2016
  •  Volunteer Activities

 

1. Membership Renewal. It's time to renew your membership for 2016. 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.

 

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

 

3. VA Saltwater Fishing Opportunities

 

VA Bay fishing from Northern Neck (Lottsburg/Reedville)

  • Friday 27 May – striped bass(rockfish)-cost $109 + $25 cash tip for mate (yes, $109, not $100 for the May trip). This is Memorial Day weekend
  • Friday 19 Aug – spanish mackerel/bluefish – cost $100 + $25 cash tip
  • Friday 2 Dec – big striped bass (rockfish) -cost $100 + $25 cash tip.

 

I can easily set up another striped bass charter which I suggest May – 15 June. Weekdays are easier. Also going for bottom fishing for croakers and spot and bluefish anytime during the summer is fun. Let me know your interested dates or days of the week.

 

Cape Hatteras big game fishing. We have done this the last two years and it was great. Suggest late May–June. Cost approx $258 each, plus $50 tip. These have been very successful for mahi-mahi, tuna, amberjack, shark, marlin etc. Let me know if you are interested and I will set up a trip. All fishing gear, bait and fish cleaning for the Bay is included . There is a fish cleaning charge at Cape Hatteras. Just bring food/drinks and your cooler. Women and children are welcome. Contact Ed Fortunato, home- 540-548-2489, cell 703-622-9323, email: ed.fort.translog@comcast.net.

 

4. VA Freshwater Fishing Opportunity

Lake Anna is a beautiful lake southwest of Fredericksburg and about 1 ½ hours from Springfield. The fishing there is excellent for rockfish (stripers), large-mouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, and more. The limit on rockfish is four per day over 20 inches. Information was sent out in January to all club members who had indicated an interest in fresh water fishing. That information included an opportunity to get on a special email list of club members desiring to fish for rockfish at Lake Anna. A number of club members responded. The first trip for 2016 has already been set up for April 7/8. The next trip is tentatively scheduled for late May or early June. If you would like to be added to the special email list, contact Marty Lockard at twistruff@cox.net (571-529-6433), and provide him with your name, address, and home and

cell telephone numbers.

 

5. MD Saltwater Trophy Fishing Opportunity

Lew Roach is scheduling a fishing charter with Captain Wayne Schuhart out of Chesapeake Beach, MD (Rod ‘n Reel Marina) on Sunday April 17th at 6:00 AM. This is opening weekend when the large (trophy) sea-run rockfish are running—one fish per angler. Captain supplies rods; mate cleans the fish back at the dock. We’re seeking 6 anglers, and cost should be $100 per angler, plus a suggested tip to the mate of at least $20. To book a rod, or for more information please contact Lew at lew.roach@gmail.com or cell (202) 417-4185. (Deadline for checks will be March 31st.)

 

6. Spring Membership Meeting Sunday, May 1, 2016 – Save the Date

Rick Mrstik has once again secured the Izaak Walton League, Centreville, for the meeting. Additional information will be provided as the date approaches, but please mark your calendars now.

 

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 season!

 

 

 

DIA Rod & Gun Club Newsletter, November 2015

 

In this issue:

  • Election of Club Officers
  • Alex Kosyak is looking for recoil pads for Argentina Dove Hunt
  • Volunteering Opportunities
  • Virginia Bay Fishing Charter December 4, 2015
  • Maryland Trophy Striper Fishing Charter December 13, 2015
  • Virginia Eastern Shore Waterfowl Hunt January 9-10, 2016
  • Fairfax Co Archery Hunt Report
  • Submissions for the Newsletter
  • Points of Contact
  • Calendar of Events

 

Election of Club Officers for 2016-2017

Club members recently received a ballot for election of Club directors for the next two-year term. Please return your completed ballot by November 30, 2015 to the Club

Secretary at the address on the ballot.

 

Alex Kosyak is looking for recoil pads

Talk about flying south for the winter, Club Member Alex Kosyak and his son are going to Argentina over the Christmas holidays to hunt doves. Alex is looking to borrow or buy used, strap-on recoil pads for the trip. If you have one you can part with or loan,

Alex can be reached by email at penaty7@yahoo.com

 .

Volunteers Needed.

If you can spare some of your outdoor time this deer season, we need some help with the deer hunting program at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Woodbridge.  Our Club has supported this program every year since it began and we hope to continue into the future. Your three or four hours on one or more days would help us accomplish what needs to be done. We're planning an afternoon check of all the hunt stands in November to fix the simple things we identify. We'll move deer on the four hunt days (5 Dec youth hunt, 10 & 17 Dec, 11 Jan) and a fifth possible hunt date on 21 March -- all half day events. The youth hunt is an afternoon event; the remaining hunts are mornings only. If you haven’t already signed up at the fall membership meeting,

please let Bernie Gately know at 703-425-1494 or by email to

bernard.gately@verizon.net.

 

Virginia Bay Fishing Charter

Ed Fortunato has a December 4, 2015, Virginia Bay charter, for which he will take stand by names in case of cancellations (the trip is currently full). Cost is $100 plus $20 tip for the mate. Contact Ed at: Ed.fort.translog@comcast. net. 703-622-9323

 

Maryland Trophy Striper Fishing Charter

Lew Roach is scheduling a striper fishing charter on the lower Potomac River on Captain Wayne Schuhart’s TRICIA ANN II on Sunday December 13th. This is at the end of the season and we expect the large sea-run rockfish will be running—two fish per

angler (limit includes one over 28 inches, and one 20-28 inches). Captain supplies rods; mate cleans the fish back at the dock. We’re seeking 6 anglers, and cost should be $100 per angler, plus a suggested tip to the mate of at least $20. For more information please call Lew at cell (202) 417-4185 or email @ lew.roach@gmail.com.

 

Virginia Eastern Shore Waterfowl Hunt:

If you are ready for some waterfowl action, contact Rick Mrstik (stikmann@aol.comright away to get in on a 2-day hunt with Capt. Pete Wallace of Chincoteague Hunting and Fishing Center (http://www.chincoteaguehunt-fish.com/). The guided hunt is

scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, 9-10 January. Chincoteague is about a four-hour drive from the Washington area, so the plan is to drive out on Friday afternoon and spend two nights at the Hampton Inn or Comfort Suites (about $90 per night) and return

late on Sunday. The Chincoteague area is the winter home to all manner of migrating waterfowl, so a great variety of birds should be present, with combined bag limits totaling around 30 birds per day. Brant, a seagoing goose, is a featured bird and will be

in season at that time. Two-day hunt cost will be $390 per hunter, and space is limited to four hunters, so contact Rick ASAP.

 

Fairfax Co. Archery Deer Management Hunt Report

Jay Avery heads up a group of bowhunters conducting management hunts on two county parks near Clifton, VA. As of this writing, the group has taken 16 deer, and hunting will continue until the program ends on February 20, 2016.

 

Submissions for the Newsletter

If you have something of interest to the membership that you would like to see posted in this newsletter, please forward it to David Eoff at deoff1@verizon.net or call him at 571-399-7094.

In this issue:
• Fall Membership Meeting and Dinner
• Elections to the Board
• Potomac River NWR Complex Deer Hunts
• Fairfax County Deer Management Hunts
• Novice Deer Hunter Workshop
• Volunteers Needed
• From My Treestand
• For Sale
• The Bottom Line
• Calendar of Events

1. Fall Membership Meeting and Dinner. Our Club’s semiannual membership meeting
and dinner is fast approaching. Doublecheck your calendar to be sure you’ve blocked out
Sunday, the 20th of September. We are confirmed for the Isaak Walton Facility in Centreville,
VA from 1:00 to 7:00 PM to enjoy skeet, trap, camaraderie, several great door prizes and our traditional barbeque dinner. More details and RSVP information will be in a separate invitation published in the next few days.


2. Elections to the Board. The military is always looking for a few good men and women
and now the DIA Rod and Gun Club is in the same situation. We have enjoyed a vibrant
membership with good leadership for the past two years but part of that equation is about to
change with the departure in December of at least two Board members. Our departing Board
members have served with distinction and we are now looking for the good men and women to
take their place. If you have enjoyed the benefits of the Club and want to do something in return,
now is your chance. The commitment is to attend four Board meetings and two semi-annual
meetings a year for the next two years. This is your chance to help the club and at the same time infuse new ideas and energy into the Board. We are volunteers led by volunteers and hope you can help. If interested or need more information, send me an email with your phone number and I will be in touch. Send to Dave Burpee at burpeed@verizon.net.


3. Potomac River NWR Complex Deer Hunts. Most members should have long since
received the hunt application message from the PRNWRC staff to hunt at Mason Neck NWR
and Occoquan Bay NWR this year. If you did not receive it, go to:
For Mason Neck Hunts: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Mason_Neck/Visit/deerhunt.html
For Occoquan Bay Hunts: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Occoquan_Bay/Visit/DeerHunt.html
Application deadline is Saturday, Sep. 19th.

4. Fairfax County Deer Management Hunts. Fairfax County has announced the details
on this year’s shotgun deer hunts. They will occur on 19 & 24 November, 14 January and 25
March at Sully Woodlands, a FCPA property of 1,821 acres. All information on applying,
qualifying and participating in the hunts has been emailed to all who were in the county data
base from previous shotgun hunts. This year’s application process will include a criminal
background check. If you are volunteering to join our team of volunteers (we hunt till 9:00 and
drive deer after that till noon or thereabouts), let Bernie Gately know of your intent. You may
also volunteer without hunting. You must have qualified on the Fairfax County Police Range to
hunt. Remember to schedule your weapons qualification for either the 4th or 11th of October.
Qualifications are good for three years and are accepted at all other northern Virginia
management hunts. All applications must be in by 01 October.


5. Novice Deer Hunter Workshop. Loudoun County and VDGIF are once again
sponsoring a deer hunter workshop for novice hunters at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve. Class size is limited to ten novice hunters, or would be hunters, who have completed the Hunter Safety Course and are seeking additional confidence building skills as deer hunters. Each hunter is paired with an experienced volunteer mentor for the duration of a two day workshop in both the classroom and the field in October, followed by up to three days of deer hunting at Banshee
Reeks in December. If you know of anyone who might benefit from this workshop, please steer
them to http://blog.wildlife.virginia.gov/outdoor-report/2015/08/registration-open-for-banshee-reeksnovice-deer-hunter-workshop-and-hunt/.


6. Volunteers Needed. We need several members to help move the deer at Occoquan Bay
NWR on 5, 10 & 17 Dec and 11 Jan. The youth hunt on the 5th is for about two hours on
Saturday afternoon. For the remaining lottery hunts, we are there from 9:00 to 3:30 (or whatever
time you can contribute). There may also be a 4th hunt on Mar 21st. If you can help out and
maybe get to hunt as well, please let Bernie Gately know at 703-425-1494, or via email at
bernard.gately@verizon.net. You can also sign up at the fall membership meeting on 20 Sep.


7. From My Treestand. I bought a new Ford F150 XLT this spring and what better way to break
it in than drive to an antelope hunt near Douglas, Wyoming. Three friends and I left August 18 and returned on the 28th having put almost 4,000 miles on the vehicle. It is broken in and my tired b--- can attest to the fact it was a LONG trip. However, the end result was worth
the effort. There were 6 of us in camp and four antelope were harvested, one with a compound
bow and the other three with traditional equipment. The outfitter had blinds set near waterholes but there had been so much rain the prior weeks the animals did not need to come to a waterhole as they had plenty to drink in the surrounding terrain. The weather warmed up near the end of the hunt and the animals were taken on the last two days, mine on the last day. The only down side to the entire event happened in the first ten miles of the return drive when a truck threw a rock into my windshield and produced a crack that extended half-way across the windshield in front of the driver. My next antelope hunt is August of 2017. Hopefully I'll score again and the truck will have good luck also. On a more local level, I spent this last weekend hanging treestands. I hope to see you in the woods! Dave


8. For Sale. Grumman 17 foot aluminum canoe, classic blue and white factory paint scheme,
paddles, seat cushions, anchors. All in excellent condition. (car top transport blocks and tie-down straps included). $850.00. Call 703-239-9349 or email rjtarcza@cox.net


9. The Bottom Line.
Here’s a selection of photos from our more recent fishing excursions. And go to
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fishers-Bay-Charters/113893425309910
for pics of the 21 Aug mackerel trip from Reedville.

 

10.Calendar of Events.
19 Sep – Mason Neck and OB hunt applications due
20 Sep – Fall Membership Meeting & Dinner
01 Oct – Fx Co shotgun deer hunt application due
04 Oct – Fx Co Range Qualif. #1
11 Oct - Fx Co Range Qualif. #2
01 Nov – Mason Neck scouting day
TBD – Fort AP Hill Annual Deer Hunt
19 Nov – Fx Co Hunt #1 at Sully Woodlands (FCPA)
16 Nov – Mason Neck hunt #1
20 Nov – Mason Neck hunt #2
24 Nov - Fx Co Hunt #2 at Sully Woodlands (PM hunt)
05 Dec – VDGIF Youth hunt at OBNWR
07 Dec - Mason Neck hunt #3
10 Dec – OB lottery hunt #1
17 Dec – OB lottery hunt #2
12 Dec - Mason Neck hunt #3
11 Jan – OB lottery hunt #3
14 Jan - Fx Co Hunt #3
22 Jan – Mason Neck Bonus Hunt
25 Feb - Fx Co Hunt #4
21 Mar – Possible OB Hunt #4