NWTF
WHEELIN' SPORTSMEN

About Us


In late 2000, Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF became an official outreach program of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Our mission is to provide all people with disabilities opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. NWTF chapters host Wheelin' Sportsmen events across North America that help participants gain a sense of independence by learning to stay active in the outdoors on their own in between Wheelin' Sportsmen events. Event participants can enjoy activities like hunting, fishing and shooting. In addition to local chapter events, Wheelin' Sportsmen hosts an assortment of other national events.

In 2001, under the guidance of our first volunteer State Coordinator George Homan, the Virginia Wheelin’ Sportsmen(VAWS) program was created. In our first year VAWS hosted two events, and with the help of our local NWTF Chapters and many dedicated volunteers, state agencies, and private landowners, our program has experienced tremendous growth. We are currently holding over 35 events annually for our disabled sportsmen here in Virginia. We work closely with the Va Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries to provide us with assistance, equipment and resources for our events. Our agency partners currently hosting events are:

Va. Dept. of Conservation & Recreation: Shenandoah River, Lake Anna, and Staunton River State Parks

Va. Dept. of Aging & Rehab. Services: Wilson Workforce and Rehab. Center

Va. Dept. of Forestry: Matthews State Forest, New Kent Forestry Center

VAWS continues to be the largest and most active Wheelin’ Sportsmen program in the country. With roughly 400 members and hosting over 35 events statewide annually, no other state even comes close. While we have worked hard and are proud of our accomplishments, we are not resting on our laurels. We are continually searching for new participants, ranging from youth and adults with physical disabilities, to our wounded veterans returning from service. Our events are open to anyone with a disability and we never charge you to participate. If you have a disability, or have a friend or family member with a disability, and would like to participate in our events, please contact me at the information below. Please help us spread the word of our exciting program. Keep up to date on our Upcoming Events below, and be sure to follow us on Facebook.

Additionally, we are always looking to develop exciting new opportunities for our participants. We have local NWTF chapters throughout the state that can provide volunteers, and all the gear and resources necessary to host such an event. And there’s no risk to you as all of our events are covered under our $2 million liability umbrella. If you have property and would like to host a hunting, fishing, or shooting event, please let me know. I will be glad to meet with you to coordinate an event.

With the help of our local NWTF chapters, dedicated volunteers, and our many supporters, we will continue to provide more, and better, opportunities for persons with disabilities throughout the Commonwealth! Thank you for your support, and look for great things to happen to VAWS this year!

 

Robin Clark

Volunteer State Coordinator

434-249-6154 or via Email



Our Fall Deer Hunt Application is out!


Our Fall Deer Hunt application is ready to be downloaded. We have 13 great hunts taking place all over the state. You can download the Deer Hunt Application-PDF or the Deer Hunt Application-WORD. Don't miss out on some great hunting opportunities. We hope to see you out with us this fall. Application deadline is Sept. 28th!

 


2018 Upcoming Events
Date Event Name Host Chapter Location
 January 5, 2018  Pleasant Grove Deer Management Hunt  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Palmyra, VA
 January 13, 2018  Middle Potomac DU Waterfowl Hunt  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Colonial Beach, VA
 January 20, 2018  RVA Delta Waterfowl 'Shocking the Shirley'  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Charles City, VA
 January 27, 2018  Long Farm WS Rabbit Hunt  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Spring Grove, VA
 February 10, 2018  Franklin WS Rabbit Hunt  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Franklin, VA
 Feb 23-25, 2018  VAWS Booth at Western VA Sports Show  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Fishersville, VA
 April 14, 2018  New Kent Spring Gobbler Hunt XII  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Providence Fordge, VA
 April  Warsaw Spring Gobbler Hunt  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Warsaw, VA
 April  VA Wounded Warrior Turkey Hunt  Bland County Many Beards  Bland, VA
 April  Taylor Hunt Club Spring Gobbler Hunt  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Orange, VA
 April  East Belmont Spring Gobbler Hunt  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Keswick, VA
 April  Tri-County Longbeards Spring Gobbler Hunt  Tri-County Longbeards  Waverly, VA
 April  High Mountain Longbeards Spring Gobbler Hunt  High Mountain Longbeards  Max Meadows, VA
 May 12, 2018  Tharpe Creek Reserve Turkey Hunt I  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Ferrum, VA
 May 12, 2018  Charlie Scott Memorial Outdoor Day VIII  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  West Augusta, VA
 May 19, 2018  Tharpe Creek Reserve Turkey Hunt II  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Ferrum, VA
 May 26, 2018  Mossy Creek Trout Rodeo XII  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Broadway, VA
 June 2, 2018  Little Switzerland Trout Rodeo  Little Switzerland Strutters  Monterey, VA
 June 23, 2018  Wheelin' Sportsmen Hawaiian Luau  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Waynesboro, VA
 September  Warsaw Ultimate Dove Hunt  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Warsaw, VA
 September  Covered Spring Farm Dove Hunt  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Goochand, VA
 October  Outdoor Dreams Archery Hunt  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Shipman, VA
 October  Lake Monticello Bass Rodeo  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Palmyra, VA
 November 3, 2018  New Kent Muzzleloader Hunt  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Providence Forge, VA
 November 5, 2018  Shenandoah River State Park Hunt  Blue Ridge Strutters  Bentonville, VA
 November  Lake Anna State Park Muzzleloader Hunt  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Spottsylvania, VA
 November  Outdoor Dreams Muzzleloader Hunt 1  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Shipman, VA
 November 10, 2018  Menokin-Warsaw Muzzleloader Hunt  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Warsaw, VA
 November  Outdoor Dreams Muzzleloader Hunt 2  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Shipman, VA
 November 16-17, 2018  Botetourt Longbeards Deer Hunt  Botetourt Longbeards  Fincastle, VA
 November 17, 2018  Staunton River State Park Hunt  Halifax Area Chapter  Scottsburg, VA
 November  Franklin Co. Longbeards Deer Hunt  Franklin Co. Longbeards  Rocky Mount, VA
 November  Jean's Hunt Club Eastern Shore Deer Hunt  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Chincoteague, VA
 December  Millswamp Longbeards Deer Hunt  Millswamp Longbeards  Newsoms, VA
 December  Eric Higgins Memorial Deer Hunt  Virginia Highlands  Galax, VA
 December  Monquin Creek Outfitters Deer Hunt  Virginia Wheelin' Sportsmen  Manquin, VA
 December  3rd Annual Freedom Hunt  Tri-County Longbeards  Waverly, VA
 December  High Bridge Strutters Deer Hunt  High Bridge Strutters  Cumberland, VA
 December  WWRC Management Deer Hunt  Augusta Co. Chapter  Fishersville, VA