Winchester-Frederick County Conservation Club, Inc.
Membership area includes Residents of Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah Counties in Virginia and all cities and towns within these geographical areas.
*1968 – 2018*
Excerpt from a Holiday note written to WFCCC Club members from Kendall Benoit, 2017 Conservation of Natural Resources $1000 College Scholarship winner from
Clarke County High School (1/5/18)
"I'm writing to wish you all a happy holiday season and to again thank you for the immense support you've given me through the WFCCC scholarship. I've been keeping busy at UVA and it's been challenging yet exciting experience. This semester, I became involved in several outdoor-related clubs and declared my major in Environmental Science. I am also to have an emphasis in Physics. I accomplished my goal of getting above a 3.0 GPA this past semester. I will continue to keep you all updated on my academic career, and again I cannot express enough how grateful I am for your continued support"
for all WFCCC Properties
No LADDER STANDS are ALLOWED on any
Club properties unless they are carried IN and
OUT on the same day you are hunting.
Ladder stands have been found above the lake and shooting ranges on our main club property as well as the Shenandoah Co. property and can and will be removed by the owners, or the club membership is authorized to take them down and discard or take ownership of same BECAUSE they are considered abandoned by their owners. Do not complain to Officers or Directors of Club when your ladder stand is missing. The Club membership voted and approved this rule and it has been continuousley published in our newsletter, rules handout, at meetings and on this website for many years.
The North side of our main property has logging roads which are not to be used to road hunt or park during hunting season. There is a parking area up there which is to be used for your vehicle.
As a Hunting Courtesy to other members, please put more space than 50 yards between yourself and other hunters! There have been reports of people walking in on others hunting and staging themselves 50 yards or less from that person knowingly. This creates an unsafe hunting condition for both parties. Be considerate of fellow Hunters/Members!
Posted 11/12/2017 by Rich Sankovich
Secretary - WFCCC
Last Trout Stocking for 2017
October 19th at 3pm!
Stocking was accomplished with
300 trout put in our lake
200 Rainbows/100 Golden Rainbows
Note's on Fishing in the lake 10/21/17:
Mixed bag of fish caught on Saturday 10/21 (picture top 2nd down left)
The regular Rainbows were biting a little.
Fished 2-1/2 hrs starting around 4 pm. Caught several small Bass, a lot of large Bluegills, three Trout, a few Crappie and the Striped perch in the picture. The Striped Perch size (11.5") is surprising as they were only 4-5 inches when they were stocked in Dec. 2015. The Golden Trout in lake are traveling in groups, staying about a foot underwater and yesterday 10/23 were taking bugs off of top water between 2 and 5 pm. A fly fisherman may be able to entice these fish into biting with some dry fly's or sub-surface nymphs.
Tuesday 11/28/17 Fishing report
Picture at TOP left!
Mixed bag fishing. Hooked all 4 of these Trout after 4 pm. Caught one Bluegill and also one Largemouth Bass in 1 hour and 10 minutes of fishing. Still lots of Golden Trout swimming around also.
Friday 2/23/18 Fishing report
No Pictures today
The Ice is gone from the lake. Another mixed bag of fish today using meal worms under a Bobber! Tried power bait on the bottom, but not even one bite on that. Started at 2:30 pm and quit at 5:25 pm. Caught 9 Largemouth bass around 7 to 8" long and 15 Sunfish which were all released back to the lake unharmed. Caught a 13" Rainbow just before leaving the club. Noticed 2 Golden Rainbow trout swimming around, but they would not accept any offerings. Saw one of our grass Carp swimming by and it looked to be around 20-22" long.
Tired of or done Hunting - Go Fishing! Bring your son or daughter or grandchild, Lime Green or Pink power bait, red wigglers or meal worms and enjoy. Fish the bottom or with a bobber especially after 4 pm.
Lake frozen over as of 1/12/17... will update when lake thaws out and ice is gone! - Ice is gone as of 2/23/18!
Annual Club Member/Guest Picnic WAS Saturday September 9, 2017 at Main property off Siler Road in Frederick Co.- Food was served at Noon and the food was rated excellent by all who attended. Jordan Springs Market catered the event and the Smoked Chicken, Pulled pork, Cole slaw and Redskin parsleyed potatoes were delectable - See the 7 pictures and captions left of this message!!
1. 9 am setup for drinks/tables etc. - Come early to help
2. 10am Bounce house set-up/Shooting ranges closed.
3. 11 am - food tickets go on sale, members can pay dues,
buy extra raffle tickets or purchase 50-50 tickets and
hot dogs will be served from the grill.
4. 12 Noon - food served Catered by Jordan Springs
5. 1 pm - Donated items Auction/Archery for the kids &
instruction at Archery Range
6. 50-50 raffle ticket winner pulled right after auction.
7. Winning tickets pulled for Scholarship raffle.
8. Winner announced for selling most raffle tickets.
9. Bingo in the Main enclosed shelter
9/9/17 Raffle Ticket winners as follows:
Sherry See - $300
James McLaughlin - $100
Anonymus / Donate to scholarship fund - $150
James Foster - Wild Turkey Heritage Knife
WFCCC engraved knife to member selling the most raffle tickets:
Thanks Eddie for selling $155 worth of tickets to support the
Conservation of Natural Resources Scholarship Raffle this year!
August 19, 2017 was the Annual Club Members workday - 9 am to 2 pm - Food and drink provided. This is YOUR club and YOUR help keeps it in good condition for YOUR's and YOUR families use. 27 members showed up to work. The Bench was built and installed for the Crossbow shooters at the archery range, road improvements done on road to the archery range, weed whacking done at lake, shelters, ranges etc., dead wood picked up and piled for fall burning and trees removed from the stream running through property. Lunch was Chicken, Rolls, Mashed Potatoes and Baked Beans with drinks provided.
Thanks to those who showed to help!!!
The picture near top left shows the new shooting bench for our Club Crossbow shooters that was built and installed at the Archery Range on the workday!
Did someone lose a Shotgun at the Claybird range?
Contact Frederick Co. Sheriff's Dept. with the brand, color, gauge and case description to secure its return!
Did someone lose a pair of binoculars at our Fishing lake? Call Tom Wood at 304-716-1403 with a description and brand to reclaim your lost item!
WFCCC is pleased to announce the THREE
Conservation of Natural Resources
Scholarship Winners for 2017
Kendall Benoit from Clarke County was awarded the $1000 College scholarship. Kendall graduated from Clarke County High School and will be attending University of Virginia focused on a Major in Biology and Physics with an emphasis on Environmental Sustainability.
Madeline Festa from Frederick County was awarded the $500 College scholarship. Madeline graduated from James Wood High School and will be attending Lord Fairfax College focused on a
Major in Environmental Science.
Rachel Shumway from Shenandoah County was awarded the $500 College scholarship. Rachel graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School and will be attending University of Virginia focused on a
Major in Wildlife Management.
Congratulations to these Graduates and WFCCC Conservation of Natural Resources Scholarship Winners!
2018 WFCCC Memberships, which are valid from June 15, 2017 to October 3rd, 2018 are available at Old Dominion Sports Center and Club Meetings, starting June 15th for NEW and renewing members.
The Annual Renewal Newsletter, with Rules and Regs, plus Renewal Application, Maps and Raffle tickets were mailed to all Current Members on June 15th, 2017.
A new Tree Stand has been installed for elevated Archery shooting at our range. Please Bring and Wear YOUR own Safety Harnass when using this stand for practice. Picture near TOP Left
As of April 15, 2017, the Mens and Womens bathrooms in Clubhouse have been fully remodeled. They have new wider doorways for entry, grab bars, new toilets, wash basins and stands, windows, wood composite flooring, exhaust fans, heaters, lighting, mirrors, coat rack, TP, and paper towel holders and covered walls and ceilings. In addition, a Sulfur removal regeneration filtration system was installed for the Clubhouse water supply system to the sink and bathroom facilities. A Great deal of thanks is due to Mac Tlumach-WFCCC Treasurer, for spearheading and managing these projects over the last two months, and a big Thank You to Feltners Home Improvements for this professional installation and being on budget.
Pictures of remodeled bathrooms near top left of this page!
New pictures of the Easter Egg Hunt and Trout opening day at the Club on April 15, 2017 are now posted on the lower left hand side of this page. Enjoy!
PS: There was a 7 Pound Trout(among those 15 XTRA Large Trout) stocked with the 415 fish last Thursday in our lake.
If anyone catches the Monster and has a picture, please send it to me at [email protected] so I can post it on our website.
The Thursday night Trap shoots at the Club will resume at 6pm to 10 pm and will be held each Thursday beginning again in April 2018
The Last Saturday of the month Trap shoots will resume April 2018 at Noon to 4 pm and will be held until Late September 2018
Come out and have some fun and sharpen your shotgunning skills!
$2.00 for a 10 clays round - 5 positions
$4.00 for a 25 Bird round if 2nd trap is opened and in use, and $3.00 for Children under age 18 with Member who is Parent!
Upcoming Trout Stocking in our lake 2017
Next Stocking to occur
October 19, 2017 - By 3 pm!
SHOOTING RANGES CLOSED FROM 12 NOON to 6 PM on all trout stocking days and specifically Easter Saturday each year!
This rule established by Membership VOTE at April 19, 2017 Club Meeting!
Douglas Lunceford, who is pursuing his Eagle Scout rank as a member of
BSA Troop 63, son of WFCCC Member Robert Lunceford, has received approval for his Eagle Scout project of building and installing Five new benches at our main property off Siler Road. The installations will be as follows - two at the trap range, one at the childrens playground area and two at the lake. If you wish to contribute to the fundraising for this project, send a check made out to "BSA Troop 63", with a notation in the memo area of check stating "Douglas Eagle Project" to:
BSA Troop 63
c/o Robert Lunceford
102 Lewis Circle
Winchester Va. 22602
*Robert will be at April 19 Club meeting accepting any contributions on behalf of his son's Eagle Scout project!
This Project by Douglas is now complete as of the
May 17, 2017 Club meeting. Special Thanks to Douglas, his parents and his work team.
Updated change as of August 16, 2017
The membership voted at the August 16, 2017 to change the WFCCC Conservation of Natural Resources Scholarship awards from 1 at $1000, and 2 at $500 in 2018 to FOUR at $500 each. In addition, the recipients will have to attend a Club meeting for their awards as well as all Checks issued will be to both the Individual as well as the College/University they are attending.
The Scholarships will be in the amounts of Four at $500 and to deserving college bound seniors from the 10 High Schools in our membership area. The Conservation of Natural Resources Scholarship information will be sent out to all the High School Guidance Counselors January 2018 and application submissions are due by April 2nd, 2018 to them and then to
Mac Tlumach by April 14, 2018.
The information/applications were sent out to all 10 area High School Guidance counselors on December 28, 2017 for the Four $500 scholaships to be awarded during 2018.
Eagle Scout Project Completed
The picture on the left 000 shows one of six new benches installed at our lake at the club by Peter Mangione. See the News section on this website for more information!
Club Archery Range Improved
New covered Targets have been installed at the Club archery range by Members Ed Pabon and Bill Reynolds. Stop out and see the improvements. In addition, a Tree Stand for elevated archery shooting has been installed. Please remember to use a Safety Harnass when shooting from the Tree Stand. Thanks so much to Ed and Bill for these improvements! The eighth from top left picture in the photo gallery shows the new Target Stands at the Club.
Note: I expect to receive phone calls from 2017 members who do not pay their dues before the
October 4, 2017 by-date requesting me to allow them to renew at posted renewal rates.
Please understand that it is the Fiduciary Responsibility of elected Officers and Directors of a Non-Profit organization to uphold the Rules, Regulations, By-Laws and Constitution of that organization that was Written by, Acknowledged by, Voted on, and Approved by its Membership.
If you believe that you have an exception for renewal cost, please call me and it will be discussed and circulated for B.O.D. approval if appropriate.
Rich Sankovich - WFCCC Secretary - 6/16/17
Phone - 540-431-9367
All current Club members, please read the following. The annual WFCCC Newsletter, Membership application card, one book of Conservation of Natural Resources Scholarship raffle tickets will be mailed out on Tuesday June 13, 2017. Your membership dues renewal date will be no later than end of meeting on October 4, 2017 for the 2018 Membership year. The raffle tickets are to be turned in to Rich Sankovich(Club Secretary) via mail, Club picnic, drop off at Old Dominion Sports Center, or meetings on or before September 8, 2017. Note that the number and value of prizes was increased this past year along with an engraved WFCCC knife to the member selling the most raffle tickets.
If you HAVE NOT received your Club mailing by
June 25, 2017, contact me via e-mail at [email protected] and I will find out why and connect you to the information you need for renewal.
You can renew by mail, at meetings or at Old Dominion Sports(cash or check) on Valley Ave. in Winchester.
2017 and 2018(Spring) Youth hunting days
Hunting will be allowed on all Youth Hunting days on Club owned and leased property. Don't forget that you need a Sunday hunting permission slip available at both Old Dominion or Club meetings to hunt on the leased property at Unimin Sand Mine in Gore, Va. on a Sunday.
+++ Note +++
Club Shooting ranges are CLOSED to Sunday
shooting starting Monday May 1, 2018
through September 30, 2018.
This includes our Members who set-up their
own Claybird throwers in the open field
between our Lake and underground Traps!
## News Flash ##
Sunday Hunting on WFCCC Leased Properties 2017/18
Signed permission slips are available at Old Dominion Sports Center for member pickup & use. DGIF regulations state that permission slips must be obtained when hunting on private & leased property on Sundays. Our leased property requiring the permission slip is the Unimin Sand Mine at Gore. More permission slips will be available at next Club meeting also.
As of 3/31/17, the Club purchased the additional 43 acres of Property bordering the East side of the 97 acres property we purchased in Shenandoah County. The property is identified as Tax map ID 40-A-19 as the Zirkle Property. The property has been posted with WFCCC "No Trespassing" signage and is available for hunting & exploring.
A map of these parcels was included in the
June 15th, 2017 dues/newsletter renewal mailing.
Anyone age 16 years or older must have a Virginia State Fishing license to fish in Club lake - Va. Trout Stamp not required to fish in our Club Lake. Limit is 4 Trout per person per day and all trout caught must be kept!
NO CATCH AND RELEASE ON TROUT!
No Bass Fishing in Club Lake until further notice!
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"Conservation of Natural Resources"
Four $500 College Scholarship's
Some examples but not limited to this list of Conservation of Natural Resources area of instruction could be Forestry, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Management, Enviromental Conservation, Evironmental Policy and Planning, Wildlife Biology, Farming, Conservation Officer Training, Marine Biology, Solar Energy, Wind Power Generation, Soil and Water Conservation & Agricultural areas. As Colleges and Univeristies diversify and name thier instructional areas in a multitude of ways, there may be others with descriptions not listed here, so the only way to know is to apply for the Scholarship's and list your intended Major & Curriculum.
Firewood at the Club
As of January 7th, 2018, the day after Deer Hunting season closed in Frederick County, any member who wishes to go into property off of White Tail Lane where the Club did all the timbering and cut up the tree tops and limbs for PERSONAL fire wood use is welcome to do so.
Purpose and Objective
Winchester-Frederick County Conservation Club, Inc.
Protect the game and fish we have by law enforcement. Endeavor to strengthen our laws in all legitimate ways. Use available means for restocking our forests and streams with game and fish. Promote the dissemination of sound principles of conservation to the public. Co-operation with all public officials, organizations and individuals in the protection, conservation and development of our natural resources. Earnestly work for the eradication of pollution from our streams. Protect and extend our forests to restore unproductive lands by reforestation, planting soil building game cover and food plants, provide wildlife refuge, propagate facilities and to use all other means of developing and conserving our woods, waters, and wildlife.
Main Club Location
Club house and Main property entrance is located off of Route 522 North of Winchester, turning right on to Siler Road/Route 600 East and traveling approximately 1/2 mile. Property is on your left hand side/north of Route 600. Entrance lane is just after crossing bridge over Back Creek. The pictures at Left detail what facilities you will find upon entering the southern side of the club property.
WFCCC 2017 Main Calendar of Events
Jan. 4, 2017 - WFCCC Conservation of Natural Resources Scholarship submittal
information mailed to all 10 High schools in our Membership Area
Jan. 7, 2017 - 12 Gauge still target shoot competition at Clubhouse 5 pm
Jan. 21, 2017 - 12 Gauge Still target shoot competition at Clubhouse 1 pm
Feb. 4, 2017 - 12 Gauge Still Target shoot competition at Clubhouse 1 pm
Feb. 18, 2017 - 12 Gauge Still Target Shoot competition at Clubhouse 1 pm
Feb. 25, 2017 - 12 gauge Still Target Scholarship Benefit Shoot at Clubhouse 1 pm
Mar. 4, 2017 - 12 Gauge Still Target shoot competition at Clubhouse 1 pm
Mar. 15, 2017 - Club members monthly meeting 6:30 pm - First meeting of 2017
Mar. 18, 2017 - 12 Gauge Still Target shoot competition at Clubhouse 1 pm
Mar. 23, 2017 - First Trout stocking of lake for 2017
Apr. 1, 2017 - 12 Gauge Still Target shoot competition at Clubhouse 1 pm
April 2017 - Thursday Night Trap shooting starts sometime this month - TBD
April 9, 2017 - Lake Closed for 2nd Trout stocking and Saturday Trout opening day
April 13, 2017 - Thursday Night trap shooting begins at 6 pm until Sept. 28 and last
Saturday of each month Trap shoot starts on April 29 until Sept. 30
April 15, 2017 - Lake opens for Kids 12 and under at 1 pm for trout fishing
and all others at 1:30 pm- 400 Rainbows, Golden and some Lunkers
April 15, 2017 - Easter Egg hunt for members children and guests 12 and under at
3pm - 3 age groups will be set up. 0-6, 7-9, 10-12 Years old.
April 15, 2017 - All archery and shooting ranges closed
Apr. 15, 2017 - 12 Gauge Still Target shoot competition at Clubhouse CANCELLED
Apr. 19, 2017 - Club members monthly meeting 6:30 pm
May 4, 2017 - 3rd Trout stocking of lake by 3 pm - 300 Rainbows
May 6, 2017 - 12 Gauge Still Target shoot competition at Clubhouse 1 pm
May 2017 - "Conservation of Natural Resources" Scholarships Awarded
May 14, 2017 - Cut off date for accepting 2017 membership applications. No new
members will be accepted until June 15, 2017 - which is for 2018
membership that starts dues collections on June 15th, 2017.
May 17, 2017 - Club members monthly meeting 6:30 pm
May 20, 2017- 12 Gauge Still Taget shoot competition at Clubhouse 1 pm
June 13, 2017 - Annual 2018 dues renewal newsletters, raffle tickets and
application cards send out to all existing 2017 members
June 15, 2017 - First day to start Dues/Membership renewals for Club for 2018
membership via mail and ODSC.
June 21, 2017- Club members monthly meeting 6:30 pm
July 19, 2017 - Club members monthly meeting 6:30 pm
Aug. 16, 2017 - Club members monthly meeting at 6:30 pm
Aug. 19, 2017 - Member Workday at Club - 9 am to 2 pm - Food provided and Pistol
and Rifle ranges closed.
Aug. 27, 2017 - Annual WFCCC Board of Directors Meeting - 5 pm at Perkins Rest.
Sept. 9, 2017 - Annual Club members family picnic at Club - Food at Noon
Sept. 20, 2017- Club members monthly meeting 6:30 pm/Club Officers and
Oct. 4, 2017 - Last day to pay "Renewal" Dues membership for Year 2018
Oct. 4, 2017 - Last Club membership meeting for 2017 at 6:30 pm & Food served
along with Game Wardens at Club meeting to present changes for
2017/18 hunting seasons and answer questions.
Oct. 19, 2017 - 4th Trout stocking of Lake for 2017. 300 Trout will be stocked at or
before 3 pm. This is last stocking for 2017.
Oct. 21, 2017 - Still Target 12 gauge target shoots begin. 1st and 3rd Saturdays
each month until May 2018 starting at 1 pm.
Dec. 28, 2017 - Guidance Counselors at 10 area High Schools sent information for
the Four $500 Conservation of Natural Resources College
Scholarships to be awarded in 2018
Mar. 21, 2018 - First Club meeting for 2018 starts at 6:30 pm at Main Club House
Mar. 25, 2018 - Lake closed today through Saturday at 1 pm
Mar. 31, 2018 - Lake opens at 1 pm for kids 12 and under for Trout fishing opener.
All others can start at 1:30 pm. Over 400 Trout will be stocked.
Mar. 31, 2018 - Easter Egg Hunt starts at 3 pm. 3 age groups up to 12 years old.
Club Highlights 2017/18
1. Cut off each year for current year membership moved to May 15 as Opposed to
May 31st. - Too many complaints from people joining May 15th or after.
2. Target shooting was approved at 97 acre owned property in Shenandoah Co., but
with the restrictions of finding a suitable backstop for bullets, and not target
shooting during any open Deer season.
3. Special Still Target 12 gauge STOCK shotgun match held to benefit WFCCC
Scholarship fund Feb. 25th, 2017 at Club - Net proceeds were $802
4. Zirkle Property - 43 acres in Shenandoah Co. purchase closing on 3/31/17
5. Eagle Scout project approved to install 5 new benches at Club - Playground,
Lake and Trap Range has been completed
6. WFCCC properties approved by Shenandoah Area Boy Scout Council as
acceptable site for Boy Scout Eagle projects.
7. Two trout stockings in lake for a total of 715 trout as of 4/15/17.
8. 3rd trout stocking in lake of 300 to be done at or before 3 pm on May 4th, 2017
9. Sulfur filtration/regeneration system installed on water supply to Club House.
10. Tree stand installed at Archery Range. Safety Harnass must be worn.
11. Three College scholarships awarded to High School seniors from Clark Co.,
Frederick Co. and Shenandoah Co. during May 2017
12. Over 1200 Club renewal letters sent out to all 2017 listed members on 6/13/17
13. Refrigerator in Clubhouse failed and was replaced.
14. Club member workday held August 19, 2017 - 27 members in attendance.
15. Shooting bench installed at the Archery range for Crossbow users.
Four at $500 each in 2018.
17. Fourth Trout stocking slated for October 19, 2017 at or before 3pm
18. Annual Club picnic held at Main Club property off Siler Road in Frederick Co.
with 133 food tickets sold plus free for some children. Picnic day and number of
dinners ordered next year will be subject of discussion in Spring 2018.
19. Club Officers and Directors elections held at 9/20/17 meeting.
20. Philadelphia Liability Insurance Policy renewed for Club properties.
21. Club voted to move the $3036 in Scholarship raffle ticket sales to Conservation
of Natural Resources Scholarship fund CD.
22. Unimin Sand Mine 200 acre property hunting lease renewed for 2017/18
23. 12 Gauge Still Target shoots started October and run through May 2018 on
First and Third Saturdays at Club at 1 PM.
24. WFCCC Conservation of Natural Resources College Scholarship notifications
sent out to 10 area High School Guidance counselors for 2018.
25. Club celebrates 50 YEARS of existance in 2018!
"Conservation of Natural Resources"
We are proud to announce there will be 4 scholarship's available to be awarded for 2018
The Four $500 scholarships are available to be awarded to Four High School seniors whose application and essay submission is received from the 10 High Schools within our membership area and meets the criteria supplied on the scholarship application and is chosen by the WFCCC scholarship awards committee from all applications received. The Scholarships are presented to the individuals by an WFCCC officer on Senior recognition night at their High School. 2018 Applications to be sent to the 10 high school guidance counselors onDecember 28, 2017. The by-date for turn in of essays and applications to those counselors is April 2, 2018 and need to be in hand of Mac Tlumach - WFCCC Treasurer by April 14, 2018.
Our 2017 Winners are listed at the TOP of this Home page.
The Scholarship's are funded by annual raffle ticket sales, 50/50 ticket sales at meetings and picnic, contributions from members, and a special Trap shoot. All NET proceeds derived from the benifit raffle go in to The WFCCC Scholarship Fund established.
This past year, the raffle tickets prizes were changed to include three cash prizes and a NWTF Heritage Series Collectible Knife, and the Member who sells the most tickets will receive an engraved knife from the WFCCC.
Clay Bird Trap Shoots
During the summer months, weather permitting, clay bird shooting competition is held each Thursday evening at 6:00 pm, and the last Saturday of each month starting in April-May through September at 12 Noon. Prizes are awarded with all Clay birds provided. Bring your own shotgun and shells and enjoy the lighted trap shooting area at the evening shoot. VOICE activated release for PAT Trap.
FOR Member and Guests Safety - All guns must remain unloaded with open actions until you are setup on line for your turn to shoot.
2018 schedule will start Thursday nights April 2018 weather permitting, 6 to 10 pm and will continue every Thursday through First of October 2018. Keep an eye on WEBSITE calendar for announcement of first shoot for 2018. Saturday noon shoots start in April through September on last Saturday of those months depending on weather and shelters reservations.
Cost for 10 Clay Bird round at 5 positions/2 shots at each position is $2.00
Cost for 25 bird round if two traps in operation is $4.00 Adults/$3.00 for Children under age 18
Still Target Shooting – .22 caliber(suspended)
As of June 17, 2015 WFCCC meeting, the members have voted to suspend the .22 shoots until further notice due to lack of participation by members. If you have any ideas for re-opening the .22 shoots and are willing to help with their operation whether weekly, bi-monthly or monthly that would encourage participation, please send those ideas to [email protected]
Still target shooting matches are held from Indoors at the clubhouse beginning at 6 pm for practice and 7 pm shooting matches. Bring your .22 caliber rifle to use and shells. Lots of cash prizes are awarded. Shooting area is lighted. The Rifle and Pistol ranges are closed during this event.
FOR Member and Guests Safety - All guns remain unloaded with actions open if applicable and standing in racks inside clubhouse until you are on line for your turn to shoot.
NOTE: Practice begins at 6:00 PM and Match begins at 7:00 PM
Still Target Shooting – 12 gauge Shotgun(Time changed to 1 pm)
Starting on October 21, 2017, Still target shooting matches are held from Indoors at the clubhouse beginning at 1 pm on the First and Third Saturdays each month. Bring your 12 Gauge shotgun to use and all shells are provided by the club. Lots of cash prizes are awarded. Shooting area is lighted.
The schedule for these shoots for October 2017 through May 2018 will be posted on this websites CALENDAR page.
FOR Member and Guests Safety - All guns remain unloaded with actions open if applicable and standing in racks inside clubhouse until you are on line for your turn to shoot.
Note: The Rifle and Pistol ranges are open during 12 Gauge still target shoots!
Fishing at WFCCC
A Virginia State fishing license is required for all fishermen over the age of 16. A Va. State trout stamp is not required while fishing the lake on club property. The Lake is stocked 4 times yearly with large trout and fishing is allowed by members & their spouses, children and grandchildren under the age of 18 of members immediate family. The limit is 4 trout per day per person. No catch and release on trout caught. Largemouth Bass fishing is closed in our lake. Stocked Triploid Grass Carp caught in the lake should be immediately released as they control the vegetation growth in our lake. The lake will be stocked with Trout on March 28 and May 3 at or before 3 pm. Lake is open for fishing before, during and after the May 3rd stocking. The WFCCC Lake stocking of Trout for the Easter Saturday Family & Member Fishing opener March 31, 2018 will be done 3-4 days before and Lake will be closed from March 25, 2018 until Easter Saturday March 31, 2018 at 1 pm opening for children 12 and under and then 1:30 pm for adults.
Hunting at WFCCC Properties and Leased property
The Club properties and its leased property are open for hunting by Members, Spouses, and their children and grandchildren under the age of 18. All spouses and children must be accompanied when hunting, by WFCCC member carrying their membership card. Members should always have their WFCCC membership card on them when on the club or leased property. All Va. Sate game laws regulated under VDGIF are in force when hunting on Club owned or lease property. There are Squirrels, Turkeys and Deer abundant on the Club and leased property. Doe hunting is permitted and one doe per licensed hunter is allowed per season on our property. Limits on does harvest on Club owned property are reviewed yearly to determine whether the deer herd needs time to re-populate.
No permanent tree stands(ladder stands inclusive) or shooting huts of any kind are allowed on club properties or its lease. Permanent means that if you erected a stand today and left it for hunting tomorrow, you are violating club rules. The tree stand you carry in today must be removed today, or it is considered abandoned and can be removed by any member and considered confiscated without recourse.
The north side boundary of the main property can be accessed by using White Tail Lane off of Rt. 522 North. The property boundaries are marked with No Trespassing signs labeled with WFCCC Property. The Southern most area of property adjacent to club house, shelters, shooting ranges, fishing lake and open area between, which is approximately 30 acres, is posted for No Hunting as a safety zone for non hunting members and guests. The directions and map of our new 97 acre property in Shenandoah county are listed above under the TAB 97acresShenCo. Sunday hunting on Club OWNED property as per Virginia State Game Laws is allowed anytime after September 30th thru May 1st the following year. No hunting on Sundays is permitted from May 1 thru September 30th each year on main Club Property - 460 acre tract.
Sunday Hunting is also permitted on Leased property at Unimin Sand Mine in Gore, Va., with a permission slip signed by Eric Heflin or Mac Tlumach or Rich Sankovich or Marshall Shiley! Permission slips for Sunday hunting 2017/18 at Unimin Sand Mine lease are available at Old Dominion Sports Center. 2017/18 Sunday hunting permission slips for Unimin Sand Mine/Zirkle expire as of September 30, 2018.
This is in accordance with the Laws and Regulations published by DGIF of Virginia. Contact one of us through phone or e-mail to receive it if you did not attend meeting, or Old Dominion Sports Center is out of the permission slips when you ask for one after presenting valid membership card.
HUNTER SAFETY – Florescent/Blaze Orange or Pink clothing as required by Virginia Game Laws must be worn when hunting on any Club property or lease.
REMEMBER – IDENTIFY YOUR TARGETED GAME ANIMAL AND WHATS BEHIND IT BEFORE PULLING THAT TRIGGER! Think Safety – Hunt Safely!
WFCCC Annual Dues for 2017/18 Renewal
Are due and payable to WFCCC on or before October 4, 2017 to retain current Individual member status or must be post marked and sent to Rich Sankovich by October 4, 2017.
2018 Dues Collection & Membership renewal will start to be collected on June 15, 2017. Individual Membership application cards along with Newsletter and Raffle Tickets for 2018 membership will be mailed out on June 13, 2017. Must be mailed and or paid for by October 4, 2017 to retain current membership status. Pay early so you don't forget as anything after 10/4/17 is considered as a New Member and costs $100 instead of our $30 & $60 renewal fees for current members.
Individual Membership in WFCCC is limited to people residing in the following Virginia Counties and all cities and towns within same: Frederick, Clarke, Warren and Shenandoah.
Mail Check Payable to: WFCCC at PO Box 1431/Stephens City, Va. 22655
Please include self addressed stamped envelope to help defray mail costs and save club funds for your paid membership card return to you. Members are encouraged to pay their dues early.
New Members ---------- $100.00 for 1st year(can join as early as June 15th each
year and receive up to 15-1/2 months of Membership)
and you can join at Old Dominion Sports Center or by
attending a meeting.
No Club Memberships will be issued between May 15th and June 14th each year!
Renewing Individual Members under age 65 at 10/4/17 --- $60.00 per year when paid on or before last meeting date
Renewing Individual Members age 65 or older at 10/4/17 - $30.00 per year when paid on or before last meeting date
Life members ----------- $20.00 per year / Nominated at Club meeting and voted on by members
for exceptional work & contribution to Club
Dues can also be paid at: Old Dominion Sports Center
2828 Valley Ave.
Winchester, Va. 22601
Credit Cards not accepted for Dues at Old Dominion Sports Center-Cash or Check Only - If you are paying by CASH, PLEASE take correct amount of CASH in to pay dues to them as they are having trouble changing LARGE bills!
Conservation Club, Inc.
The club currently owns a 460 acre parcel in Northern Frederick Co. off of Rt. 522 north/Rt. 600 east. The property is 90% wooded allowing for hunting, with 10% open area which has shelters, shooting ranges, fishing lake, childrens play area, is mostly open and grassed and Hunting not allowed. The open area contains a Clubhouse, Five shelters, Archery range, Pistol and Rifle ranges, Still target and Trap shooting ranges, Fishing lake, Horseshoe pits, Children’s playground area w/Swings, See Saws, Spring riders, and a Volley ball area with net. Outdoor charcoal grills located at some shelters along with picnic tables. The Club House and the Large enclosed shelter are both air conditioned for summertime comfort. Multiple trails exist within the 460 acre property for hiking, bird watching, and mountain biking. No ATV’s are allowed to be used on Club properties other than to retrieve harvested game. The property is not gated and is open 365 days a year for the members and family use. There is no club like this club in the surrounding area that has these amenities and is always open for the members and their family/guests enjoyment. All members and guests are encouraged to pick up and dispose of any trash found on the property to keep it pristine for them and others to enjoy. No Alcohol is allowed on Club Property.
The Club just recently(Sept. 2015) purchased a 97 acre property in Shenandoah County that is 85% wooded and 15% meadow as well as an adjacent 43 acre property know as the Zirkle property on East side of it during early 2017. The 97 acre property boundary on 3 sides is GW National Forest. These properties are open for hunting and other recreational activities and have been posted with our signs. For directions to the property and a map of the property, send an email to [email protected] or go to top line on this website for directions and map - Labeled "97acreShenCo". If you hunt these properties, it is a good idea to have a National Forest Stamp in addition to your hunting license in case you cross our boundary line into the GW National Forest. Remember that hunting rules and regs on National Forest can be different than private property. Read the rules and regs for both! It was decided at a previous meeting that target shooting on the 97 acre owned parcel would be allowed, but that the persons shooting must assure that a good backstop for bullets is utilized to prevent ricochets or unsafe conditions down range. Target shooting on Shenandoah Co. properties is not allowed during Deer seasons whether Muzzleloader, Archery or Rifle & Shotgun.
The Club leases one additional property - 200 acres at the Unimin Sand Mine, Frederick Co. in Gore - directions and layout on back bottom of WFCCC newsletter.
Rifle and Pistol Ranges
OPEN at SUN UP & CLOSED at SUN DOWN!
Both of the ranges are open for INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS use only. A Members Spouse or Children and Grandchildren under age 18 may enjoy the same privledges as a current up to date Member when accompanied by the Member.
GUESTS of Members MAY NOT SHOOT at these ranges and NO GUESTS allowed on or at Shooting Ranges at any time!
Do not jeopardize your membership by bringing a guest to shoot or hunt.
The Club does prosecute Non-Members for Trespassing if found shooting on our Ranges or hunting on our Properties!
Paper Targets only - NO cans, bottles, water jugs, steel plates, drum lids, rolling or spinning targets etc. allowed on Pistol or Rifle Ranges!
Children MUST stay directly with adult member who brought them. They cannot wonder around or play on or at any ranges while parents are shooting! This is EXTREMELY important for the safety of the children!
Both of these ranges are closed to any Sunday shooting from May 1st though September 30th. We ask that you clean up your used targets, trash and shells and place in the containers provided at the ranges marked for this purpose. We also ask that you be courteous in your shooting times to allow for others who show up to shoot an opportunity to do so.
Safety is key on the Rifle and Pistol ranges:
No loaded weapons allowed down range
All weapons unloaded when not in use at range & actions open
Always point your weapon away from people/vehicles in a safe direction
CHECK and DOUBLE CHECK your weapon before and after each use
Always treat your weapon as if it was loaded even if its NOT!
If two or more are shooting, appoint a Range Safety Manager
Never walk in front of a LOADED or UNLOADED weapon
NO CHILD may Play or Roam around any ranges!
The range is in good repair and located in the old pistol range area. No firearm shooting is allowed in this area. We ask that you clean up your used targets, trash and place in the containers provided at the ranges marked for this purpose. We ask that you be courteous in your shooting times to allow for others who show up to shoot an opportunity to do so. There are now 5 lanes to shoot from as well as a Tree Stand and a Crossbow bench. Bring your own Saftey harnass for Tree Stand use!
Safety is Key on the Archery Range
No loaded crossbows down range
Cross Bows should be unloaded when not in use at range
Always point your weapon away from people/vehicles in a safe direction
If two or more are shooting, appoint a Range Safety Manager
Never walk in front of a LOADED or UNLOADED weapon
Never fire an unloaded crossbow – injury can occur
New WFCCC Individual Members
New Individual members are requested to attend the first scheduled club meeting the month after they joined. This meeting is for swearing in, receiving club information, receiving club decal for vehicles, familiarize themselves with club rules and regulations and receive Welcomes from existing club members. If a membership cap should occur, all current renewing members have first priority of membership to WFCCC if dues are paid on time. New Individual Members signing up at Old Dominion Sports Center can begin using their membership same day as they joined. Remember: You must carry your Individual membership card with you at all times when you are on Club Owned Property or Club Leased property.
Please inform Rich Sankovich if your address changes during the year, at Phone 540-431-9367 or e-mail to [email protected]
Easter Egg Hunt March 31, 2018 & Family Trout fishing opener
Trout fishing for children 12 years old and under will start in the WFCCC lake at 1:00 pm until 1:30 pm on Saturday March 31, 2018. 400 trout will be stocked 3 to 4 days before this opening day. The Lake will be closed March 25 prior to this stocking re-opened on Saturday March 31, 2018 for this event. After 1:30 pm, the lake is open to fishing by all. The Annual Easter Egg Hunt will start at 3:00 pm for members children and grandchildren and their guests 12 years old and under at the Club property. The Easter egg hunt is broken up in to three age groups so that all get a chance to find some EGGS. The 2017 Easter Saturday fishing had over 100 adults and children fishing, and the Easter egg hunt had close to 85 children searching for Easter Eggs.
WFCCC Monthly Meetings 2018
Meetings held March through September on 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Clifton Arnold enclosed shelter at the main club property off 522 North of Winchester on Siler Road/Route 600. Last meeting of year will be First Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm with food served and Game Wardens on hand to explain any new game and fish regulations as well as answer questions from the members.
It is important for members to attend monthly meetings, as it is your opportunity to present suggestions to the club, vote on changes, additions and improvements to our clubs operation and give input on any club issues that arise. This is a MEMBER operated Club and decisions made to Policies, Procedures, Rules, Constitution or By-Laws are by 2/3 approval vote by the Members, not the elected Board of Directors or Officers.
If you want to see changes in the Club whether in how it operates or the facilties that we have, you must attend a meeting, make the motion, have it seconded and then voted on by the membership. Voicing opinions with dues renewal letters, verbal conversations, web site messages, e-mails or phone calls will not allow your suggested changes to occur. The Membership must vote 2/3 in favor of it at a meeting to make it happen. You make the motion at the meeting to initiate a change and if seconded, and then it is voted on. A 2/3 Majority votes rule for changes in the operation of our club.
Individual Membership & Joining Club
Individual Membership in the WFCCC is open to all residents of Clark, Frederick, Shenandoah & Warren counties and cities/towns within same. No out of State memberships unless you previousley lived in City or Counties above when a member and kept your dues up to date upon relocation! Please pay your annual dues as early as possible. Current membership card MUST be carried with MEMBER at all times when on the WFCCC owned properties or its leases. All guests and anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by the card carrying MEMBER when on club properties or its leases.
Memberships are for Individual Members, and not considered a FAMILY membership. The individual member must be present when any family member is on club properties and have membership card for that individual member available to present when asked! Members are 18 years of age and older and at age 18 or older, must join in order to hunt, fish or shoot with a family relative who is also a member.
You can join the Winchester Frederick County Conservation if you meet requirements above as far as residency by either coming to a monthly meeting and paying by check or cash the sum of $100, or visiting Old Dominion Sports Center on Vally Avenue / Route 11 south side of Winchester and filling out and application, presenting your drivers license to establish proper residency and paying by either cash or check the sum of $100.
Master calendar of Shelter reservations is handled by Eric Heflin.
Eric's phone number is 540-931-3655
WFCCC Annual Picnic 2017 – Raffle- Auction and Bingo
This years club picnic was on September 9th, 2017 with food served promptly at Noon for family and guests of members. Jordan Springs Market will be the Caterer.
The food featured was Smoked Chicken and Pulled pork along with Redskin potatoes, Green beans w/Ham, Rolls w/butter, and Bakery assortment for dessert. The cost was $8.00 per person for adults and children over the age of 8. The picnic lunch was followed immediately by the annual club auction of items donated by the members to support the land fund. Please bring something to donate to the auction. Please – No electronic devices such as TV’s or Computer monitors. The "Conservation of Natural Resources Scholarship" Raffle drawings did immediately follow the auction and upon completion, the Bingo games started. Costs nothing to play and cash awards raised this year.
Dogs at WFCCC property
It is a Club rule that No Dogs are permitted on Club owned or Club leased property except for hunting purposes. In addition, SERVICE DOGS are allowed on Club property as long as they are under control of the owner. Most service dogs are identified with a vest that is labeled as service dogs in case there are any questions concerning same.
Leased Property for Hunting
WFCCC leases 200 acres at the Unimin Sand Mine at Gore, Va. for hunting only. Take Rt. 50 west to Gore, Turn left on Rt. 704. The Club lease of 200 acres of property is on the left hand side of Rt. 704 and is marked by No Trespassing signs by the WFCCC on the perimeter of the property tract. You should familiarize yourself with the property boundaries leased by the Club before hunting this tract. This property can be hunted on Sundays if you have a signed permission slip for Sunday hunting from one of the officers of the Club. There are signed permission slips also at Old Dominion Sports Center for Club members and available at Club meetings.
WFCCC Officers for 2018
President -------- Eric Heflin Phone - 540-931-3655
Vice President --- Marshall Shiley Phone - 540-533-4085
Treasurer -------- Mac Tlumach Phone - 540-664-2350
Secretary -------- Rich Sankovich Phone - 540-431-9367
1 Year Directors - Ken Corbett, Michael Collins, Jim Ward,
Duncan Scholfield, Donald Ramey, Tyler Payne
2 Year Directors - Jeff Feltner, Bill Michael, Jackie Roberts,
Jim Osborn, Barbara Gamble, Gerald Hendricks
Honorary Board & Life Member – Dave Fahnestock
Honorary Member for Life – George Quarles
Membership dues, Still Target shoots, Clay Bird trap shoots, Donations received for use of shelters, Annual raffle and Auction at picnic, 50-50 drawings at Meetings and Picnic, Personal donations from members, and Sale of timber when deemed appropriate by Forester.
Liability insurance, Property insurance, Directors and Officers Insurance, Land Loan Payments, Land leasing for hunting, Four $500 college scholarship's plus multi year membership's for deserving High School Senior's from the counties or cities within membership area, Printing costs for newsletter, membership cards & raffle tickets, Postage, Vehicle decals, Office supplies, Newspaper ads, Electricity, Johnny Blue rental, Dumpster service, Pay telephone, Four Trout stockings, Excess costs for annual picnic, Building and Grounds maintenance, machinery repair and fuel, Road maintenance, Shooting and Archery ranges upkeep, Shells and Targets for Still and Trap shoots, Equipment repair/replace for trap shooting and tractors, Signage for properties perimeters both owned and leased, Officers and Directors annual meeting & dinner, Food and Drink for members at last monthly meeting, Food and Drink for Member work day, donations to local fire and rescue, memorials for members who have passed away, and Legal costs as and when needed.
CLUB USAGE DATA
Club Usage Data from Members - 2012/13 membership year
Hunters – (36%) Fisherman – (42%) Picnic – (23%) Rifle range – (61%)
Pistol Range – (56%) Archery Range – (17%) Clay bird shooters – (10%)
.22 Shoot – (15%) Still Target – (11%)
Club Usage Data from Members - 2013/14 membership year
Hunters - 54% Fisherman - 61% Picnic - 41% Rifle Range - 83% Pistol range - 73% Archery - 26% Clay Birds - 19% Still Targets - 20%
.22 shoot - 23% No Data Recv'd - 16%
Club Usage Data from Members - 2014/15 membership year
Hunters - 58% Fisherman - 59% Picnic - 36% Rifle Range - 83% Pistol Range - 77% Archery - 24% Claybirds - 15% Still Targets - 19%
.22 shoot - 21% No Data Recv'd - 30%
Club Usage Data from Members - 2015/16 Membership year
Hunters - 56% Fisherman - 59% Picnic - 33% Rifle Range - 82%
Pistol Range - 77% Archery - 26% Claybirds - 17% Still Targets - 17%
.22 Shoot - 17% No Data Recv'd - 18%
Club Usage Data from Members - 2016/17 Membership year
Hunters - 62% Fisherman - 67% Picnic - 39% Rifle Range - 92%
Pistol Range - 89% Archery - 34% Claybirds - 22% Still Targets - 18%
No Data Recv'd - 10%
Club Usage Data from Members - 2017/18 Membership year
Hunters - 51% Fisherman - 60% Picnic - 37% Rifle Range - 82%
Pistol Range - 81% Archery - 28% Claybirds - 19% Still Targets - 17%
No Data Recv'd - 7.5%
DEER HARVEST DATA
Deer Harvest 2011/12 season
36 total reported --- 16 does / 20 bucks
Deer Harvest 2012/13 season
17 total reported - 8 Does / 9 bucks
Buck Sizes ---Two 8pt., One 6pt., Two 5 pt., Two 4 pt., One 3 pt., One spike
Deer Harvest 2013/14 season
13 Total reported - 7 Bucks / 6 Does
Buck Sizes --- One spike, One 3 Point, One 5 Point, One 6 Point, One 7 Point, Two 8 Point
Deer Harvest 2014/15 season
20 Total reported - 9 Doe / 11 Bucks
Buck Sizes - Three Spikes, Four 6 pt., One 7 pt., Two 8 pt. and One 9 pt. Buck
Deer Harvest 2015/16 season
29 Total reported - 12 Doe / 17 Bucks
Buck Sizes - Six Spikes, One Three Pt., Two Four Pt., Two 6 Pt., Four 7 Pt.,
One 8 Pt. and One 9 pt. Buck
Deer Harvest 2016/17 season
13 Total reported - 6 Doe - 7 Bucks
Buck Sizes - Two Spike, One 4 pt., Two 6 pt., Two 8 pt.
Special Thanks to:
Old Dominion Sporting Goods
2828 Valley Ave.
Winchester, Va. 22601
For supporting the Winchester-Frederick Co. Conservation Club, Inc. over the years by collecting dues from existing and signing up new members in support of our Club.
We hope you continue to patronize and support their business as they have supported our Club.
*Checks or cash only accepted at Old Dominion for Dues – No credit cards accepted for dues!
Please take correct amount in CASH if paying Dues that way to Old Dominion. They are having trouble changing large bills when smaller amounts are paid for dues!
Old Dominion Sports Center sells outdoor clothing and boots, Archery supplies, Fishing equipment and bait, Hunting supplies, Ammunition, Gun Safes, New and Used Rifles, Muzzleloaders, Shotguns and Pistols, and also repairs same as well as Archery equipment repairs. If you need something to add or replace in your outdoor Fishing/Hunting/Archery arsenal, stop by and see our friends at ODSC on Valley Avenue across from Hess Auto sales. They can and will Help You!
Pictures at left in descending order:
Picture ofTrout caught at our lake 11/28/17
Picture of Trout/Striped Perch/Crappie caught at our lake 10/21/17
Next seven pictures are of 2017 Club Member Guest Picnic held September 9, 2017
Shooting Bench installed at Archery range for Crossbow users 8/19/17.
Kendall Benoit - 2017 WFCCC Scholarship winner w/Club Officers
New Tree Stand installed at Archery Range
Bath 1 -Womens bathroom remodeling
Bath 2 - Mens bathroom remodeling
0000 - April 17th, 2017 Perry Lewis Fish from Club Lake
000 - Six new benches installed at lake - Peter Mangione's Eagle Scout Project
00 - Archery Range Target Improvements
0 - Hannah Wilson - 2016 WFCCC Scholarship winner w/Club Officers
1. M. J. Shorty Billmyer Club House
2. Clifton Arnold Enclosed Shelter
3. Club House rear .22 and 12 ga. shooting positions
4. Club House rear .22 and 12 ga. targets area
5. Clifton Buddy Marple Trap range
6. Carlton Ramey Large open shelter
7. Kids Playground area - Swings and sliding board
8. Archery target area
9. View of Club house and Large enclosed shelter from shooting range
10. Beatty - Kelly Shooting range Rules
11. Vernon Haines lake view from East end
12. 100 yd. target range/shelter
13. 50 yd. target range/shelter
14. Pistol range/shelter front view
15. Pistol range/shelter rear view
16. Archery Range
17 to 24 Easter Saturday 4/15/2017 Trout fishing opener at the Club
25 to 30 Easter Saturday Annual Easter Egg Hunt 4/15/17
32. Clifton "Buddy" Marple posing at the Trap Range he helped create
33 to 36 Thursday Night Trap shoot
37. Gobbler with 8-9" beard sweet talking a hen
38. - Eric Heflin - Club President w/ Davis Weddle - 2015 WFCCC scholarship
39-43. December 19, 2015 Lake being restocked with Bass, Bluegill, Sunfish,
Crappie, Perch , Snails and some tadpoles.