Conservation Club, Inc.
Enjoying the Great Outdoors and
*Celebrating our 53rd Year - 2021*
Mailing Address for any correspondence:
PO Box 1431
Stephens City, Va. 22655
Club Secretary can be reached at cell phone or text to 540-431-9367 -
Leave a message if no answer when calling!!
Questions? - Send an E-mail to WFCCC Secretary at
You can Join this Club by going to Middletown Firearms in
Middletown, Va. Cash or check only - NO credit cards! or Come to one of the monthly meetings and join there!
You must live in our MEMBERSHIP Area to Join!
$100 to join first year includes dues. 2021 memberships are good now until end of day October 6, 2021
As of June 15th, 2021, New memberships and renewals for the 2022 Club Year will begin to be issued and they will be valid until October 5th, 2022
Club monthly meeting minutes for March, April, May and June 2021
are under the NEWS tab!
Note's of Interest
Special Thank You's going out to all the Members who have sent in donations to Club Scholarship account this year along with their dues!
Also, Cub Scout Pack 45, that is registered to Sacred Heart Catholic Church and used our facility for their Pack meetings during the past year donated $100 to the WFCCC Scholarship fund. Very commendable by Cub Scout Pack 45 & we thank your Pack, Leadership and Parents!
Shelter Reservations are handled by Club President - Eric Heflin
He can be reached at 540-931-3655
Clay Bird Trap shooting at Club
Thursdays @ 6 pm to 10 pm
There are 12 gauge 2-3/4" 7-1/2 & 8 shot shells available to purchase at the shoots.
Shells are scarce and I just stumbled onto
59 boxes of Federals!(Rich 5/6/21)
From June 17 to September 30, 2021
the Clay Bird Trap shoots will be on
Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 10 pm
Trout Stocking Schedule
Limit is Four per day/Person
First stocking - Saturday March 13
10 am - 300 trout
Shooting ranges closed Noon to
6 pm on this day!
Second stocking - 400 Trout - week of March 28th - Note: Lake is closed to fishing starting Sunday March 28 through Saturday April 3rd at 12:30 pm for annual Kids/Adult fishing derby - Kids 12 and under start at 12:30 pm and all others at 1:30 pm on Easter Saturday April 3rd- Free fishing tackle raffle will be held during Kids fishing event period!
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Shooting ranges closed Noon to
6 pm on Saturday April 3rd!
Note: Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 3 pm on Saturday April 3rd also for kids 12 and under starting at the Club House. 3 age groups, and don't forget social distancing and masks Please!
Third Stocking - Friday April 30th
10 am - 300 Trout
Shooting ranges closed from Noon to
6 pm on this day
4th stocking to occur in October!
Watch this site for day and time!
Note: You can begin fishing for the stocked Trout the moment they are stocked on March 13th and April 30th. Any angler age 16 years or older must have a Va. Fishing license, but a Va. Trout stamp is not required to fish in our lake as these are purchased Trout, not Va. State Stocked.
Please wear masks if appropriate and practice 6 Foot or more social distancing at all times when fishing around the edge of Club Lake! The Covid-19 pandemic is still infecting people. If you feel sick and or are running a fever, please do not come out to fish at the lake with other people around to avoid infecting them! The life you save may be yours, a friend, a family member, acquaintance or a club member!
12 Gauge Still Target Shoots
The Web Site calendar has been updated with the shoot dates from 11/28/20 to 5/29/21. All shoots are on Saturdays starting at 11:00 am and subject to availability of the shotgun shells provided. Shoots held rain or shine as Shooting is done from indoors at outdoor targets at 57 foot distance.
Update: As of 6/1/21, There will be some Summer Still Target Shoots if Jeff Feltner can get enough of the #9 shot shells to use! If they become available, the shoots will be posted on this Website Calendar!
Note: Check out "News" Tab above for
latest meeting minutes/Club updates!
The Club Meeting minutes for
August, September and October 2020
March, April, May, & June 2021
are now posted
on the News tab of this website!
Membership area includes:
Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah
Counties in Virginia
and all cities and towns within these
$100 to join which includes first year Dues!
Mac Tlumach Scholarship Raffle
Winners for 2021!
1st Prize - Drawing 9/5/21 - $300
2nd Prize - Drawing 9/5/21 - $150
3rd prize - Drawing 9/5/21 - $100
4th Prize - Drawing 9/5/21 - $100
5th Prize - Drawing 9/5/21
DGIF Ruffed Grouse Collectors Knife w/Laser Engraved Case
DGIF 2019 Collectors knife with Laser w/case for selling the most raffle tickets will be presented to a Member who sells the most Scholarship Raffle tickets!
Thanks to all members who sell and buy tickets
for the scholarship raffle.
Tickets available at Monthly Club Meeting's NOW and a card of tickets will be in the membership renewal envelopes as of June 15, 2021 for all existing members as of that date!
$1.00 donation per chance and $5 for a card of 5 tickets!
If you are a Fly Fisherman or a wanna-be Fly Fisherman, send me a note with your Phone number!
Notification to all Members!
A. Dues Increase for 2022 proposed by Board Of Directors to be presented for ratification by members at 8/19/20 Club meeting. Dues increase for 2022 members ratified by membership. Dues for Age 65+ members will increase to $35 and Age 18 to under 65 members to $65, and Life members from $20 to $25 starting on the 2022 membership year drive which began as of June 15, 2021.
B. The section of White Tail Lane Road East of the Parking lot (North Side of Main Property)will be closed off due to people using it for illicit purposes.
C. The Lake was restocked with Catfish, Bluegills, Redears, Largemouth Bass, Black Crappie and minnows on November 18, 2020
D. Three new Policies were ratified for addition to the Club Constitution and By-Laws at the September 16, 2020 meeting. They are A. Document Retention and Destruction Policy, B. Conflict of Interest Policy and Annual Statement C. Whistleblower Policy. All three policies are required by the Federal Government per revision to the Sarbane's Oxley Act in 2018.
State of Virginia
The DGIF(Department of Game and Inland Fisheries)
announced today July 1, 2020 that
they will now be known as the
DWR(Department of Wildlife Resources)
In the future when you type in DGIF on your Cell phone or Computer looking to report harvest of game, search regulations and such, it may not work!
The shooting ranges at the Club are CLOSED on Sundays
May 1st to September 30th each and every year!
This includes Archery Ranges and setting up personal
Clay bird throwers between Lake and Underground
Clay bird throwing bunkers!
In essence - no shooting of any kind will be tolerated on the bottom 30 acres of Club property on a Sunday between May 1 and September 30 each year!
It doesn't matter whether a picnic was scheduled on that bottom 30 acres or not!
Follow the rules please!!!
2021 Trout Stocking of Club Lake
Note: Club rules state that on Trout
Stocking days, the Rifle and Pistol
ranges are CLOSED
from NOON to 6 PM.
Also, same goes for Easter Saturday
April 3, 2021!
Limit is 4 per day per person/member and any trout you catch must be kept - no catch and release.
Also note: If you catch 4 and give them away to others, then you have reached YOUR limit for the day. You cannot continue to Fish for more because you put them on someone elses stringer. Anyone age 16 and older is required to have a Va. Fishing license to fish in our lake, but NOT required to have a Va. Trout stamp since the Club purchased and stocked the Trout!
Water Testing at Club Lake
(added information and updated 11/18/20)
We have had 3 major fish kills in our lake during past 5 years.
Because of this, a wider range of testing our lake water is now taking place. The data collected now is outdoor air temp, lake water temp, PH of lake water, Dissolved oxygen in parts per million of lake water, and the parts per million concentration of Ammonia, Nitrites and Phosphates disolved in the lake water. Dissolved oxygen is important as Trout need around 7 parts per million(PPM) to survive. The PH is a measurement of acidic below 7 and alkaline above 7 and fish prefer to live in water that is at a range of 6.8 to 8.2 PH. Above or below that range affects plant life and fish ability to survive. The ammonia test gives us a reading that measure the level of toxic waste excreted in to a pond by fish, birds and other pond life. A healthy pond has "0" detectable ammonia and you can add nitrifying bacteria to keep the ammonia level in check. Nitrites are released into ponds by fish, frogs, birds and other pond animal waste. The waste is turned into toxic ammonia and again can be controlled by nitrifying bacteria to convert it into non-toxic ammonia. A healthy pond has "0" nitrites level. Overstocking, uneaten fish food and decomposing and decaying vegetation can cause high Nitrites. Phosphates enter a pond from fish waste and decaying organic matter, such as dead algae and uneaten fish food. A healthy pond has "0" Phosphates level. Excess phosphate may lead to an algae bloom. Increased Algae levels in a pond/lake also lead to decreased dissolved oxygen levels in a pond or lake threatening the survival of fish. The dissolved oxygen level in our club lake as found Sept. 2019 was 0.8 ppm and thousands of our fish/minnows in lake perished at that time.
So, what are we doing moving forward? - Test-Test-Test for starters. The second thing we did was adding 4 gallons of beneficial bacteria to our lake to combat the increased Phosphate levels. Third, we invested in a new oxygenated air to water delivery system which conisists of an electric air compressor, attached to weighted hoses spread out 200 feet between the bottom installed oxygen bubblers. The objective being to directly inject oxygen/air into our lake water from the bottom up to the top for a mixng effect that our current lake aerators does not provide to raise and keep up the dissolved oxygen level that promotes fish survival.
We have been working closely with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries biologists to determine the causes, effects and the remedies listed above. We hope to come out of this with a more sustainable lake that continues to provide the outdoor pleasure to fisher-men, women and children of our club membership without the intermittment fish kills and cleanup thereafter.
Latest test results
3/20/20 - Air 55F, Water 52F, PH -7, Ammonia - 0, Nitrites - 0, Phosphates-1.0 ppm, Dissolved oxygen - 10 ppm
Note: water clarity at this time was 4 to 6 feet from bank of lake.
4/25/20 - Air 60F, Water 55F, PH-7.5, Ammonia - 0, Nitrites - 0. Phosphates - .25 to .50 ppm, Dissolved oxygen - 8 ppm
Note: water clarity at this time was around six feet from bank of lake.
5/13/20 - Air 65F, Water 62F, PH- 7.0-7.5, Ammonia - 0, Nitrites - 0
Phosphates - 0-.25 ppm, Dissolved oxygen - 8 to 10 ppm
Note: water clarity at this time was 10 to 12 feet from bank of lake.
6/14/20 - Air 53F, Water 72F, PH - 7.0-7.5, Ammonia - 0, Nitrites - 0, Phosphates - 0, Dissolved Oxygen - 10 to 12 ppm (aerator running)
Note: Water clarity at this time was 6 to 8 feet from bank of lake, but it was raining when test was taken.
7/13/20 - Air 80F, Water 82F, PH - 9.0, Ammonia - 0, Nitrites - 0
Phosphates - 0, Dissolved Oxygen - 8 ppm (aerator running)
Note: Water clarity at this time was 3-4 feet from bank of lake, and lots of floating particulate in water sample when taken. Some scum on top of lake water in corner, and aerator water actually looked slightly brown in color during discharge. Definitely a lack or rain has occurred as lake is about 6" lower than normal.
7/16/20 - Four Gallons of ABA Benificial Bacteria were added to treat the 3+ acre - 9 Million gallon +/- lake on our property on 7/16/20. The product was introduced into the lake at 24 locations around the edge. Water tests and observations of water clarity, temperature and other conditions will be conducted by weekending 7/24/20, and again within two weeks after.
7/23/20 - Air 82F, Water 78F - PH at 7.0 to 7.5, Ammonia - 0,
Nitrites - 0, Phosphates - 0, Dissolved Oxygen - 8ppm (aerator running). Water clarity has improved as there was no "brown" water coming out of aerator. Visibility from bank of lake has improved to 4-6 feet and water sample taken had minimal suspended particulate in by comparison at last lake test. Beneficial Bacteria addition to lake to kill off the nutrients that Algae was feeding on seems to be working. Scum layer on lake has disappeared. Next Lake water testing will be in about a week as our new compressed air aeration system starts to run more hours daily as opposed to 4-5 hours daily for next 7 days.
7/30/20 - Air 85F, Water 82F - PH at 7.5, Ammonia - 0, Nitrates - 0,
Phosphates - 0, Dissolved Oxygen - 8 to 10 ppm. Aerator and Compressed air aeration system running 4-5 hours daily. Water clarity improved with 8 ft. visibility from bank. Still some floating sediment in Lake water. No visible scum on lake and No dead fish floating. Bluegill/Sunfish skittering from around lake edge during short walk. Some Bluegill/Sunfish nesting seen around lake edge - shallow depressions seen fanned out 10-12 inches in diameter.
The new Compressed Air aeration system for our lake was installed on July 23, 2020. The system provides 4.6 cubic feet of compressed air to bottom of lake installed diffusers that will be 100 feet each from the compressor. The objective is to introduce oxygen into the water on a continuous basis from the bottom up to increase the dissolved oxygen level in the lake water that the current top floating aeration system does not provide. As our lake has no continuous flowing water introduced into it unless it is a hard rain or water runoff from hillside above, it is believed there is a thermocline level within lake that prevents good oxygen mixing within the water column.
8/15/20 - Air Temp - 72F, Water Temp - 82F - PH at 7.5, Ammonia - 0, Nitrates - 0, Phosphates - 0, Dissolved Oxygen - 10 to 12 ppm. Aerator and Compressed air system running. Compressor set up to run 4 times daily at 2 hours runtime per workout. Still some floating sediment in Lake water. No visible scum or any dead fish found floating. Saw 3 small turtles while walking lake and some fish skittering from bank edge. Water clarity around 8 feet from bank edge although it was overcast and slight drizzle of rain.
9/6/20 - Air Temp - 82F, Water Temp - 82F, PH at 9.0, Amonia at - 0,
Nitrates - 0, Phosphates - 0, Dissolved Oxygen - 8 to 10 ppm. Aerator running. No visible scum line in lake and no dead fish floating. Water clarity around 4 ft from bank edge.
9/16/20 - Air Temp - 76F, Water Temp - 75F, PH at 7.6, Ammonia at - 0,
Nitrates - 0, Phosphates - 0, Dissolved Oxygen - 8 to 9 ppm. Aerator riunning. No Visible scum line in lake and no dead fish floating. Water clarity around 5 ft. from bank edge.
10/7/20 - Air Temp 78F, Water Temp - 66F, Dissolved Oxygen 10-12PPM. No scum or dead fish floating. Water clarity 4-6 ft. from bank.
300 Rainbow Trout were stocked at 10 am on
Thursday October 8, 2020. This is last scheduled stocking of trout until Spring of 2021 in our lake.
11/18/20 - Air temp 56F, Water Temp - 48F, Dissolved Oxygen 12PPM
No scum or dead fish other than a couple extras thrown in by Fish Wagon as they gave us 10% more than paid for. Top aerator still running and will be pulled from lake 12/1/20. May also pull underwater compressed air aeration unit for winter. Water clarity very good as water sample had no suspended algae or particulate in it.
2/26/21 - Air Temp 52F, Water Temp - 44F, Dissolved Oxygen 10PPM. Water clarity was good, No scum or dead fish noted, Lake is approved to be stocked with Trout!
3/10/21 - Air temp 63F, Water Temp - 50F, Dissolved Oxygen at 10ppm.
Water clarity very good, No Scum or dead fish seen. Lake looks good for Trout stocking Saturday March 13 at 10 am!
5/19/21 - Air Temp 83F - Water Temp - 74F, Dissolved Oxygen at
6-8ppm, PH at 6.5 to 7, Nitrites - 0, Ammonia - 0, Phosphates - 0.
Member found aeration compressor unplugged and replugged this week which may have caused the lower than normal Dissolved Oxygen level. Top floating aerator will be reinstalled this week at west end of lake to help get Dissolved Oxygen back to the 8 to 12 ppm range. Lots of smalled fish seen in lake - Bluegills, Crappie, Catfish and Bass and minnows. As they were stocked last year in November, it may take a while yet before they grow enough to make worthwhile keeping for consumption. If you injure a fish while catching it to the point it will not live if returned to lake, please dispose of it in trash can or down over bank or in woods to feed other wildlife. Dead fish in lake depletes oxygen level while decomposing, so its best not to put it back into our lake.
7/20/21 - Air temp at 79 Degrees. Dissolved Oxygen testing showed water at 8-10ppm of dissolved 0xygen in water sample. New aeration compressor installed today. Existing unit had locked up and was found not to be working last week. New compressor putting out underwater compressed air bubbles very nicely at both locations. Top water aerator working fine and definitely helped as a backup system. Lots of Blue/Gill and Sunfish nests seen at the edge of lake at multiple locations. No dead fish seen around edge of lake.
Service Work needed at Club
GOT A TRUCK???
Can you Help Out?
The trash cans at the lake and the shooting ranges get
filled with trash from our fisherman and shooters.
Can you empty one or some or all in our dumpster when
you are done fishing or shooting at the Club?
A lot of work at our Club is performed by our Members
Volunteering to make it happen! We are able to keep
our dues lower than any Club around because our
Members participate in helping out so we don't have to
pay someone to do these types of tasks!
Your HELP is appreciated!!!
Notice - 12/16/2020
WFCCC College Scholarships 2021
Four available at $500 each
The 2021 Mac Tlumach Conservation Scholarship information along an application form will be sent to all 10 High Schools in our membership area on 1/1/2021. The applications and essays are due to the Guidance counselors by April 9th and to WFCCC by April 16th, 2021
The information below will also be sent to the Community Bulletin Board to be shown in the Winchester Star Newspaper.
This year in addition to the High School Seniors invited to apply, Home Schooled and Private Schooled Seniors who are going to pursue a degree in a conservation area are also invited to apply.
Applicants do not need to be related to a WFCCC member, but must reside in the WFCCC Membership area - Counties of Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah and any city or town within those boundaries!
Send written request for Scholarship application to
WFCCC, PO Box 1431, Stephens City, 22655
Include valid e-mail adress if you want the application & Information sent electronically.
See list of 2021 College Scholarship winners below!
January 10, 2020
We are now partnered with Middletown Firearms in
Middletown, Va. for Membership enrollment.
Owned and operated by Travis Dodson
Located at 7609 Main St.
Beside Italian Delight Restaurant
Monday to Friday - 10 am to 7 pm
Saturday - 9 am to 4 pm
Sunday - Closed
Check or Cash only - NO CREDIT CARDS!!
Please support their business as they are supporting our Club! Buy, Sell, Trade, Ship to, Repairs and all your ammo and accessories needs!
The 2022 Renewal and New membership period starts on June 15, 2021 and those memberships will be availble at Middletown Firearms, and through the mail as of that day. The 2022 membership card will be good from June 15, 2021 until end of day October 5, 2022. A NEW member joining on June 15, 2021 or after receives a 2022 membership that is valid for up to 15-1/2 months.
WE ENCOURAGE ALL 2022 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS AFTER JUNE 15, 2021 TO BE MAILED IN THIS YEAR! MIDDLETOWN FIREARMS IS LIMITING THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE STORE AT ANY TIME!
STAY SAFE AND MAIL YOUR RENEWAL DUES and
hopefully your raffle tickets
with One check THIS YEAR TO:
PO BOX 1431
STEPHENS CITY, VA. 22655
Look for your Club Membership renewal package to arrive in your mailbox anytime after June 15th, 2021
Club Member Hunter's and Trappers
over age 65 - Take Notice
The last Club meeting of 2019 at our Club property on Siler Road and was attended by two DWR(DGIF) Conservation Officer's. One of the main questions answered by them this year is whether any hunting licenses/permits at all will be needed by a MEMBER who is hunting/trapping on private property in the county they RESIDE in, is needed to hunt or trap for ANY game species on our Frederick Co. and Shenandoah Co. properties. Yes, it is private property, but it's also Incorporated. Frederick Co. residents and Shenandoah Co. residents over age 65 may be exempt on our properties in their residential counties!
See Below for all the Answers!
From our DWR(DGIF) Conservation Officers at the 10/2/19 Club meeting
Q and A session
Our properties owned and leased are considered PRIVATE properties by the State. Example, if you RESIDE in Frederick Co./Winchester, and are a MEMBER and over age 65, NO Hunting licenses - General, big game, bear, archery, muzzleloader - are needed to hunt on our Frederick Co. owned or leased properties. The same holds true for those Members living in Shenandoah County who meet the age 65 or older requirement - They can hunt the Shenandoah Co. property as members without licenses as those 140 acres meet the criteria as private property. Remember that you still need to check and receive a harvest number for your Big Game animals whether from a check station, phone or online app.
These rules apply county by county for the age 65 exemption, so if you leave your present residing county to hunt in another, you need to purchase the required licenses.
One final note - If you are age 65 or older and hunt on GW Nat'l forest(Government owned property), you do NOT need a National Forest Stamp, but do need the full range of Hunting licenses for the seasons and game you are pursuing.
10/17/19 Update on BONUS Deer permits
According to DWR(DGIF) reply received today, in order to harvest Bonus Deer(does only) for the 65+ year old hunter on private land hunting in county they reside in without a license of any sort, YOU MUST purchase the additional BONUS deer harvest permits in order to legally take additional deer over and above the FIVE on a BIG Game License.
2021 WFCCC "Mac Tlumach"
Conservation Scholarship Winners!
Sara Murray - Clarke County High School
Grace Lilly - James Wood High School
Luke Brumback - Clarke County High School
Sam Brumback - Clarke County High School
More information on each of these students is located
on this page below!
Mac Tlumach Conservation - College
Scholarship Winner's 2012 to present
2012 - Tyler Paine $750
2013 - No qualified applicants
2014 - Ali Oliver $1000
2015 - Davis Weddle $1000
2016 - Hannah Wilson $1000
2017 - Kendall Benoit $1000, Madelne Festa $500,
Rachel Shumway $500
2018 - Jared Rice $500, Brandon McDonald $500,
Sydney Aschenbrenner $500, Eleanor Welch $500
2019 - Zach Otley $500, Christopher Pate $500,
Kelsie Keene $500, Erin Orgen $500
2020 - Reagan Johnson $500, Charles Shepley $500,
Chloe Phillips $500, Mindi Freed $500
2021 -Sara Murray $500, Grace Lilly $500,
Luke Brumback $500, Sam Brumback $500
$13,750 to date awarded in College scholarships
to 23 Students pursuing a Conservation based field of
higher education by WFCCC!(as of May 2021)
The Annual Club Scholarship Raffle Ticket sales, Meeting and Picnic 50/50's, slated picnic auction items, and directed donations
are the sole support of this worthy program!
Please purchase or sell a card of tickets this year to continue
this scholarship program!
Next Meeting is
July 21, 2021 - 6:30 pm
at the Club
Can you make it?
Notice To all Pistol Range Shooters!
We expect to replace the backing materials as part of regular upkeep at the Pistol Range, but the decimation of the framing that holds the backing is a careless act and uncalled for!
No Shotguns, Rifles or A/R's
on Pistol Range!
If your weapon has a collapsible stock
to shorten it, it is STILL a Rifle,
not a Pistol!
All Pistol and Rifle Ranges OPEN at
8 am and CLOSE at 1/2 hr.
The Notification & Application forms was sent to the High School Guidance Counselors for the 10 High Schools in our membership area for the Mac Tlumach Conservation Scholarship during week one of January 2021. There will be Four $500 scholarships available to college bound seniors among the 10 High Schools, as well as Home Schooled and Private Schooled students in our membership area which includes Frederick, Clarke, Warren and Shenandoah Counties and all cities and towns within that geographical area. The forms along with essays are due to the guidance counselors ASAP(4/9/21) and then due to WFCCC by April 16, 2021. The applications will be reviewed by our Scholarship awards committee on April 21, 2021 and notifications may be given at each schools Senior recognition night immediately thereafter or to the winners. There is additional information about the scholarship's embedded in further details below on this Home page.
The Scholarships are open to application by Home Schooled and Privately Schooled graduating Seniors this coming year that live in our membership area. To receive the information packet on the scholarships for Private and Home Schooled Seniors,
Send a Request to WFCCC,
PO Box 1431, Stephens City, Va. 22655
Include e-mail adress if you want electronically!
New Members note & UPDATEs! (6/15/2021)
Yes, we are still accepting new members. Cost to join is $100 cash or check for dues, which gives you instant access to all club properties the day you join. Middletown Firearms, has membership cards, vehicle decals, newsletter and rules/reg letter for Club with maps, plus anything else you may need for the outdoor sportman's use.
If you join now,
your membership is good until October 5, 2022.
2022 memberships are available starting June 15, 2021 at 10 am
The statements below are being added at the request of some perspective members for clarification purposes!
Club Member's & Family versus Guests!
1. A Club Member carries their up to date dues paid membership card with them on any Club property at all times and produces it when asked to be seen.
2. A Club Member can bring their spouse, as well as their child and or grandchild under the age of 18 to Target Shoot, Hunt and Fish on Club Properties.(Age 16 or older must have a DGIF Fishing license to Fish)
3. A Club Member must be present with the above Family members ANY TIME they are on Club properties and have their Membership card with them. There is no such thing as a Family Membership Card. The Card is issued to the Person, not Family.
4. A GUEST is someone who is NOT one of the above people, but is with a Current Club Member who has their membership card with them and is NOT allowed to Target Shoot, Hunt or Fish on or at any Club property.
5. A Guest is NEVER allowed to be PRESENT at the Pistol, Rifle, ARCHERY and or Shotgun shooting ranges when any target shooting is taking place. A Guest can Hike or Picnic, Etc., when with a Club Member on our property, but does not have the rights to Target Shoot at our Archery, Pistol or Rifle ranges, Hunt or Fish on any of our Club Properties!
12 Gauge Still Target Shoots
The Fall and Winter & Spring Still Target 12 ga. shooting schedule will be posted on Calendar on this website.
First shoot was Saturday November 28, 2020!
All shooting is from indoors at 57 feet!
All shells supplied for each shooter - 12 gauge only!
See Web Page calendar for the full schedule
Lifetime Fishing, Trapping and Hunting licenses
for the State of Virginia (Plus More!)
updated as of 9/27/19
Are you turning 65, or already there or past? Virginia offers Lifetime fishing and hunting licenses for those people for a one time payment of $25 per license or less*. They are sold for Hunting, Freshwater Fishing, Trout Fishing, Saltwater Fishing($5*), or Trapping. You still need to buy a bear tag, big game tag, archery or muzzle loader license if you hunt for those additional species and use archery or muzzleloading weapons, but the $25 fee is a great deal year over year for those 65 or older.
Even if you do not hunt or fish in the state of Virginia, but visit Virginia's Wildlife Management Areas or Virginia State controlled Lakes such as Lake Frederick for canoeing & kayaking, or to hike, picnic, birdwatch etc., buying a Freshwater lifetime fishing license for $25 saves paying the $4 daily access fee to use these Virginia State Controlled Land & Lake areas.
Visit DGIF.Virginia.gov on your computer and click on Life Time Licenses to see the form that you have to fill out and send in.
It requires a copy of your drivers license and they will even send you a plastic laminated card for $10 more if you don't want to have a paper copy of the license.
Shenandoah County Club Property
Safety Note - Try not to go there by yourself - take a friend - Cell Phone signal is little if any available as you are down between the hillsides. Remember that this is also a logical place to run across Rattlesnakes and Copperheads! (see picture of a Male Copperhead - Left)
Be careful where you walk or step -
hence have a friend with you
JUST IN CASE!
for all WFCCC Properties
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!
by Rich Sankovich
Secretary - WFCCC
Annual Club Member/Guest Picnic is Scheduled for
Sunday September 5, 2021 at Main property
off Siler Road/Route 600 in Frederick Co.- Food will be
served at 1:00 pm. Jordan Springs Market
will cater the event with Smoked Chicken,
Pulled pork, Cole Slaw, Redskin parsleyed
potatoes, Mac & Cheese, Green Beans, Rolls and
Pie for dessert. Iced Tea, Water and Sodas
will be available.
Cost will be $8.00 per person
and under 8 years old is FREE!
1. 9:00 am setup for drinks/tables etc. - Come early to help
2. 9:00 am -- Shooting ranges closed for rest of Day
3. 11:00 am - food tickets go on sale at $8 per adult and
Children under 8 years old are Free, members can pay
dues, buy extra raffle tickets or purchase 50-50 tickets
4. 11:00 am - Hot dogs will be served from the grill for early arrivals
5. 1:00 PM - Food Served & Catered by Jordan Springs
Market. Pulled Pork, Smoked Chicken, Red Potatoes, Green Beans etc.!
6. 2:00 pm - Donated items Auction - Bring something for Auction.
7. 50-50 raffle ticket winner pulled right after auction. All 50-50
proceeds goes to support WFCCC Scholarship fund.
8. Winning tickets pulled for Mac Tlumach Conservation
Scholarship raffle. Five winners this year!
9. Winner announced for selling most raffle tickets. - DWR 2019
engraved Collectors Knife to be awarded.
10. Ice Cold watermelon eating.
11. Bingo in the Main enclosed shelter (air-conditioned) with Cash
Saturday August 21st, 2021
will be the Main Property -
Club Members workday -
9 am to 2 pm
Grounds and Buildings cleanup will be done along, target building, and brush clearing at shooting ranges. Bring yard work tools if you have them including weed whacking equipment and or chain saws.
Shooting Ranges closed on this day!
Lunch and beverages will be SERVED to all in attendance.
Pulled Pork w/ sauce, Rolls, Potato salad and Cole slaw on the menu
NO BUFFET LINES THIS YEAR.
ALL FOOD WILL BE PRE-PREPARED
This is YOUR club and YOUR help keeps it in good
YOUR's and YOUR families use.
Thanks to all those
who show up to help!!!
Announcement May 3, 2021
WFCCC is pleased to announce the
"Mac Tlumach" Conservation
Scholarship Winners for 2021
is a 2021 $500 scholarship winner from Clarke County High School and
her intended Major is Environmental and Biological Science at Christopher Newport University.
is a 2021 $500 scholarship winner from James Wood High School and she intends to Major in Landscape Horticulture and Design at Virginia Tech.
is a 2021 $500 scholarship winner from Clarke County High School
and he intends to Major in Environmental Engineering
at West Virginia University.
is a 2021 $500 scholarship winner from Clarke County High School
and he intends to Major in Forestry
at West Virginia University.
Congratulations to these Graduates and WFCCC "Mac Tlumach" Conservation Scholarship Winners!
NOTE: As of April 18, 2018
Club Membership meeting,
it was approved by membership vote to place
a creel limit of 4 per day per person
on Black Crappie being caught in our lake.
In addition, the size limit approved by Club
at June 20, 2018 meeting
is NOW 8 inches in length for Crappie.
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!
2021/22 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 by mail request or Club meetings to hunt on the leased property at Unimin Sand Mine in Gore, Va. on a Sunday.
+++ Note for 2021 and Beyond!+++
Club Shooting ranges are CLOSED
to Sunday shooting
Starting May 1st
through September 30th.
This includes our Members who set-up their
own Claybird throwers in the open field
between our Lake and underground Traps as well as
Archery Target shooting!
Anyone age 16 years or older must have a Virginia State Fishing license to fish in our 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!
Every trout "LANDED" is part of
Daily 4 trout limit!
When you "REACH 4",
You can "FISH NO MORE"
that day in our Club lake.
This includes whether you put them
on your stringer, someone elses
stringer or give
** DATA **
"Mac Tlumach Conservation Scholarship"
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 Universities 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 3, 2021, the day after Deer Hunting season closes 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. All firewood cutting will cease on all properties as of October 1st.
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.
The Club address is GPS located at 517 Siler Road
WFCCC 2020/21 Main Calendar of Events
March 18, 2020 - First club meeting for 2020 starts at 6:30 pm at Club House- Cancelled
March 19, 2020 - Lake stocked with 300 Trout
April 5, 2020 - Lake closes for the week until 12:30 pm Saturday April 11, 2020 - NO FISHING
April 9, 2020 - Lake stocked with 415 Trout - NOFISHING UNTIL SATURDAY APRIL !!, 2020
April 11, 2020 - Trout opening day at the Club with Easter Egg hunt also
April 15, 2020 - No Club meeting at 6:30 pm at the Club House & Scholarship Application Review
April 30, 2020 - Lake stcoking with 300 Trout
May 20, 2020 - Membership meeting and scholarship application review! MEETING OUTSIDE!
June 13, 2020 - Membership renewals to be sent to all current members as of May 15, 2020
June 17, 2020 - Membership meeting at 6:30 pm - Outside or Inside depending on Covid Virus
situation. Masks and Gloves and Social Distancing is recommended.
July 15, 2020 - Membership meeting at 6:30 pm - Most likely outdoors at large picnic pavilion. Masks
and gloves and Social distancing recommended.
Aug. 15, 2020 - Membership workday at Main Club Property. 9 am to 2 pm. Bring weed whacking and
or shears and work gloves. Food and Beverage provided.
Aug. 16, 2020 - WFCCC Board of Directors Meeting to be held at 5 pm at Club Property.
Aug. 19, 2020 - Membership meeting at 6:30 pm.
Sept. 16, 2020 - Membership meeting at 6:30 pm - Officer and Director elections
Oct. 7, 2020 - Last meeting for 2020 at main club property. Game Wardens in attendance
Dec. 29, 2020 - 2021 Mac Tlumach Conservation scholarship packs out to all 10 High Schools
Jan. 5, 2021 - Winchester Star published WFCCC Scholarship information in Club News Section.
March 13, 2021 - First Trout stocking of Club Lake at 10 am - 300 Rainbow Trout
March 17, 2021 - First Club members meeting at 6:30 pm at Club House North of Winchester
April 3, 2021 - Annual Trout Opener & Easter Egg Hunt at Club
April 21, 2021- Club members meeting at 6:30 pm
April 30, 2021 - Third Trout stocking at Club Lake at 10 am - 300 Rainbow Trout
May 14, 2021 -- Trap shooting begins! 5 Fridays in a row, then Thursdays to Sept. 30th, 2021
May 19, 2021 - Club members meeting at 6:30 pm
June 16, 2021 - Club members meeting at 6:30 pm
Club Highlights 2020/21
1. Middletown Firearms set up as sole distrubutor of WFCCC memberships as of Jan. 10, 2020 - New memberships for
2020 available there, and they will take Renewals and New Memberships for 2021 as of JUNE 15, 2020
2. Lake stocked with 400 sunfish/blue gill and 2000 minoows on March 6, 2020 - Test to see if they live
3. Lake stocked with 300 Rainbow Trout on March 19, 2020 at 10 am.
4. Lake stocked with 300 Rainbow Trout on April 9, 2020
5. Lake stocked with 250 Rainbow Trout on April 30, 2020
6. Four 2020 Mac Tlumach Conservation scholarship winners chosen.
7. First Club meeting for 2020 held May 20th at outside pavilion.
8. Thursday night trap shoots at Club restarted May 21, 2020
9. Club workday for Frederick Co. property set for August 15 from 9 am to 2 pm with food & Beverage provided.
10. Annual Club picnic scheduled for Sunday September 6, 2020 catered by Jordan Springs Market
with food served at 1 pm. was cancelled
11. Annual Club renewal mailing set to go out on June 13, 2020 to 1291 current members.
12. New underwater Compressed air aeration system purchased -Installed 7/23/20
13. Club lake treated with Benifical Bacteria for water treatment 7/16/20
14. Land Loan paid down by CD money. Goal to pay off 7% loan in less than 10 months.
15. Fish ordered from Fishwagon for Late October restocking of lake - Bass, Sunfish, Catfish, Crappie
16. Membership adopted a Document Retention/Destruction Policy, Whistleblower Policy and Conflict of Interest Policy at
9/16/20 meeting to be added as addendums to WFCCC Constitution & By - Laws
17. Still Target 12 ga. shooting started at club on November 28, 2020 and will run until May 2021
18. 2021 Scholarship information send out to 10 high Schools in Membership area and post in Winchester Star for
Homeschooled & Private Schooled seniors!
19. Lake stocking of 300 Rainbow trout on March 13, 2021
20. First Club Membership meeting of 2021 to be held March 17
21. Dues increase slated for 2022 renewal of members - over age 65 rate to be $35 instead of $30 per year, and Age 18
to under 65 rate to be $65 instead of $60 per year. Starts June 15, 2021
22. Major Projects for 2022 at Club to be roof repair and gutter repair at large outdoor shelter, Electrical repairs at
Lake shelter, Possible heatpump addition/changeout at Old Club house, road improvements to archery range
23. Winchester Star published Mac Tlumach Conservation scholarship information in Club News section 1/5/21.
24. Lake stocked with 400 trout and Trout Derby and Easter Egg Hunt held 4/3/21.
25. No permeant tree stand rules changed for all club properties effective 4/21/21
26. Membership approved $18,500 expenditure to fix the roof on large outdoor shelter.
27. Membership approved the destruction & removal of old band shelter due to repair costs and No-Use for 10 years.
28. Membership alerted to 3rd trout stocking of 300 on Frdiay April 30, 2021 around 10 am.
29. Trap shooting starts on May 14 at 6pm - See calendar TAB for all futre dates!
"Mac Tlumach Conservation Scholarship's"
We are proud to announce there will be 4 scholarship's to be awarded for 2021
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, Home Schooled and Private Schooled Seniors 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 Scholarship notification may be presented to the individuals by an WFCCC officer on Senior recognition night at their High School. 2021 Applications to be sent to the 10 high school guidance counselors by January 1, 2021 and advertised for Home and Private Schooled seniors in local newspaper. The by-date for turn in of essays and applications to those counselors is April 9, 2021 and need to be received by Mail by WFCCC as of April 16, 2021.
Applications should be mailed to:
WFCCC, PO Box 1431, Stephens City, Va. 22655
The Scholarships are also open to Home Schooled and Private Schooled college bound Seniors this coming year. Send letter to WFCCC at PO Box 1431, Stephens City, Va. 22655 for application information.
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 Gross proceeds derived from the benifit raffle go in to The WFCCC Scholarship Fund established and the Club covers the cost of prizes and printing costs.
Clay Bird Trap Shoots
During the Spring/Summer months usually starting in April each year, weather permitting, clay bird shooting competition will be held each Thursday evening at 6:30 pm. 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.
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 – 12 gauge Shotgun
(Time changed to 11 am)
Still target shooting matches are held from Indoors at the clubhouse beginning at 11 am on Calendar list in this Website Bring your 12 Gauge shotgun to use and all shells are provided by the club.
The schedule for these shoots for November through May is 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 and 4 Black Crappie(8" in length) 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. Lake is open for fishing before, during and after the March 13 & April 30 stocking. The WFCCC Lake stocking of Trout for the Easter Saturday Family & Member Fishing opener April 3, 2021 will be done 3-4 days before and Lake will be closed from March 28, 2021 until Easter Saturday April 3, 2021 at 12:30 pm, opening for children 12 and under, and then 1:30 pm for adults.
At the 2021 Easter Saturday Trout opener on Saturday April 3, 2021, the fishing for kids will be one hour long as opposed to 30 minutes and Start at 12:30 pm instead of 1 pm! There will also be a free raffle of fishing gear supplied by the Club for kids age 12 and under during the event.
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 DWR 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 owned property. Limits on does harvest on Club owned property are reviewed yearly to determine whether the deer herd needs time to re-populate. No doe limit on leased property.
The statement below was adopted by and ratified at the 4/21/21 membership meeting:
This is an update and upgrade to Club hunting rules effective 4/21/21!
No wooden/metal tree stands or ladders, manufactured wood/plastic or metal blinds, for hunting of any kind, are permitted on any Club Owned or Club Leased Land.
Questions you might ask and Answers to same:
Q. Can I use a climbing tree stand?
Q. Can I erect a fabric blind?
Q Can I leave my Climbing stand or fabric blind overnight?
Q Can I fabricate a ground blind from natural materials found from Tree cutting or limbs on property?
Q. Can I install metal screw in ladder steps on a Club Tree?
Any tree stand found erected will not be removed from the spot found in, but you might find your illegally installed tree stand under the tree that was cut down. The rules are for everybody and as stated and I quote from several members at the meetings,
"If you don't like them, go join another club as we don't want you in this one"!
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 97/43 acre properties in Shenandoah county are listed above under the TAB 97acresShenCo. Hunting on Sundays is permitted each year on main Club Property, Shenandoah County Properties and Leased properties- 430 acre tract above ridge line above target ranges and lake at main property is open for hunting.
Sunday Hunting is also permitted on Leased property at Unimin Sand Mine in Gore, Va., with a permission slip signed by Eric Heflin or Steve Hunt or Rich Sankovich or Marshall Shiley! Permission slips for Sunday hunting 2020/21 at Unimin Sand Mine lease are available at meetings, Mail, Middletown Firearms or e-mail request.
This is in accordance with the Laws and Regulations published by DWR of Virginia. Contact one of us through phone or e-mail to receive it if you did not attend meeting, or Middletown Firearms 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 Club Owned Land:
Frederick Co. Virginia Parcels by Tax Map ID
29 A 38 - 41.24 ACRES
29 A 43B - 0.88 ACRE
29 A 37B - 112.27 ACRES
19 A 53A - 21.5 ACRES
19 A 81A - 7.3 ACRES
19 A 52E - 54.32 ACRES
19 A 51 - 29 ACRES
19 A 50 - 5.5 ACRES
19 A 27 - 138.19 ACRES
19 A 49 - 50 ACRES
Shenandoah Co. Virginia Parcels by Tax Map ID
40 A 20 - 97 ACRES
40 A 19 - 43 ACRES
WFCCC Annual Dues for 2022 Renewal
Are due and payable to WFCCC on or before October 6, 2021 to retain current Individual member status and/or must be post marked and sent to Rich Sankovich by October 6, 2021.
2022 Dues Collection & Membership renewal started to be collected on June 15, 2021. Individual Membership application cards along with Newsletter and Raffle Tickets for 2022 membership will be mailed out on June 15, 2021. Should be mailed and or paid for by October 6, 2021 to retain current membership status. Pay early so you don't forget as anything after 10/6/21 is considered as a New Member and costs $100 instead of our $35 & $65 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/or you can join by attending a
No New Club Memberships will be issued between May 15th and June 14th each year!
Renewing Individual Members under age 65 at 10/6/21 --- $65.00 per year when paid on or before last meeting date
Renewing Individual Members age 65 or older at 10/6/21 - $35.00 per year when paid on or before last meeting date
Life members ----------- $25.00 per year / Nominated at Club meeting and voted on by members for exceptional work & contribution to Club
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 93% wooded allowing for hunting, with 7% open area(about 30 acres) which has shelters, shooting ranges, fishing lake, childrens play area, is mostly open and grassed where Hunting is 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 RICHARDSANKOVICH@comcast.net 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 8 am & CLOSED at 1/2 hour before SUN DOWN!
NO Fully Automatic weapons allowed on Pistol or Rifle
Range and NO BUMP stocks allowed at any range!
Shotguns can be used on either rifle range!
Set your target at preferred distance from bench and shoot from bench!
PAPER TARGETS ONLY ALL RANGES!
Rules established and approved by Membership at
8/15/2018 Club Meeting!
NO Shotguns, Rifles or A/R's allowed on
Pistol range at anytime!
Rifle and Pistol Ranges closed from 6 pm until end of all Club Membership Meetings! Voted on and APPROVED at Club meeting 4/18/18.
Both of the ranges are open for INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS use only and the following - 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, Fishing in our lake, 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 which is down the dirt road past the picnic pavillion and children playground. 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
NO GUESTS ALLOWED AT ARCHERY RANGE! Members & Spouse & Children & Grandchildren under 18 ONLY!
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 Middletown Firearms 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. Your family members may not be on Club property without your presence.
Please inform Rich Sankovich if your address changes during the year, at Phone 540-431-9367 or e-mail to RICHARDSANKOVICH@comcast.net
Easter Egg Hunt - April 3, 2021 & Trout opening day at Club
Trout fishing for children 12 years old and under will start in the WFCCC lake at 12:30 pm until 1:30 pm on Saturday April 3, 2021. 415 trout will be stocked 3 to 4 days before this opening day. The 15 extra fish will be breeders and anywhere from 15 to 22 inches long! The Lake will be closed March 28th prior to this stocking and re-opened on Saturday April 3, 2021 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 divided up in to three age groups so that all get a chance to find some EGGS.
WFCCC Monthly Meetings 2021
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 6, 2021 at 6:30 pm and Conservation Officers on hand to explain any new game and fish regulations as well as answer questions from the members. Rifle and Pistol Ranges closed from 6 pm to end of meeting each month.
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 vote of memebrs at a meeting rules 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.
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 Middletown Firearms for Club members and available at Club meetings. No doe harvest limits on Leased land.
Winchester Frederick County Conservation Club, Inc. is a 501-7c non-
profit organization registered with the Virginia State Corporation
Commission. It is governed by the Officers and Directors listed below
who are elected from the current membership rolls during its annual
elections. The Club operates through the utilization of the Constitution
and By-Laws that was voted on and ratified by the membership.
The Constitution and By-Laws were amended on 9/16/20 to include a
Whistleblower Policy, Conflict Of Interest Policy and Document
Retention & Destruction Policy.
Copies are available to any Member if written request sent
to WFCCC, PO Box 1431, Stephens City, Va. 22655
WFCCC Officers for 2021
President -------- Eric Heflin Phone - 540-931-3655
Vice President --- Marshall Shiley Phone - 540-532-4898
Treasurer ----------Steve Hunt Phone - 540-869-7077
Secretary -------- Rich Sankovich Phone - 540-431-9367
2 Year Directors - Ken Corbett, Michael Collins, Ken Morris,
Duncan Scholfield, Donald Ramey, Kirk Gordon
1 Year Directors - Jeff Feltner, Bill Michael, Terry Feltner
Jim Osborn, Barbara Gamble, Gerald Hendricks
Honorary Member for Life – George Quarles
Membership dues, Still Target shoots, Clay Bird trap shoots, Donations received for use of shelters, Annual Auction at picnic, Personal donations from members, and Sale of timber when deemed appropriate by Forester.
Income for Scholarship
Raffle ticket sales, Prizes and cost of Raffle tickets given to scholarship fund from Club General Fund to pay for same, Meeting 50-50. Picnic 50-50, Picnic auction items donated specifically to be sold to support scholarships, Scholarship donations.
Liability insurance, Property insurance, Directors and Officers Insurance, Land Loan Payments, Land leasing for hunting, Property Taxes, Four $500 college scholarship's and expenses for raffle 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, Emergency telephone, Four Trout stockings, REstocking the lake with other game fish, 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.
Expenses for Scholarship's
$2000 awarded annually in $500 increments to qualified College bound students seeking degree in Conservation Based curriculum.
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%
Club Usage Data from Members - 2018/19 Membership Year
Hunters - 53% Fisherman - 65% Picnic - 40% Rifle Range - 87%
Pistol Range - 83% Archery - 32% Claybirds - 19% Still Targets - 17%
No Data Recv'd - 9.3%
Club Usage Data from members - 2019/20 Membership Year
Hunters - 51% Fisherman - 64% Picnic - 41% Rifle Range - 85%
Pistol Range - 85% Archery - 31% Claybirds - 20% Still Targets - 17%
No Data Recv'd - 14%
Club Usage Data from members - 2020/21 membership year
Hunters - 52% Fisherman - 64% Picnic - 42% Rifle Range - 89%
Pistol Range - 87% Archery - 31% Claybirds - 20% Still Targets - 17%
No data Recv'd - 11%
Club Usage Data from Members - 2021/22 membership year - 524 responses to date 7/17/21
Hunters - 45% Fisherman - 65% Picnic - 43% Rifle Range - 87%
Pistol Range - 85% Archery - 21% Claybirds - 16% Still Targets - 15%
No Data Recv'd - 4.8%
DEER HARVEST DATA
Deer Harvest 2011/12 season
36 total reported --- 16 does / 20 bucks
Buck sizes ---7-button, 3 spikes, 4@4pts, 3@6pts, 1@7pts, 2 @ 8pts.
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.
Deer Harvest 2017/18 season
27 Total Reported - 14 Doe - 13 Bucks
Buck Sizes -Three Spike, One 3 Pt., Three 4 pt., Two 6 pt., One 7 pt., Two 8 pt., One 10 pt.
Deer harvest 2018/19 season
21 Total Reported - 10 Doe -11 Bucks
Buck sizes - Three Spikes, One Three pt., Three 4 pt., Two 6 pt., Two 7 Pt.
Deer Harvest 2019/20 season
30 Total Reported - 15 Doe - 15 Bucks
Buck sizes - Three Button, Three Spike, Two four point, One Five point, Two Six point, Two Seven point, Two 8 point
Deer Harvest 2020/21 season as reported to date from 524 members as of 7/17/21
6 total reported - 4 Doe - 2 Bucks
Buck Sizes - One Button, One Spike
**Special Note - If you've read down this far, before and during the Club meeting on 10/2/19, there were 23 Wild Turkeys eating in our field next to the lake!.......**Gobble-Gobble!**
Pictures at left in descending order:
2021 Scholarship Raffle prizes
2021 Ester Weekend Trout Derby
Jackie Roberts Memorial
Fish Wagon at WFCCC to restock lake with bass, crappie, panfish and catfish
Sample picture of 2021 WFCCC Membership card
Marshall Shiley in his Speedy Boat intalling air diffusers in Lake
Three of the Four 2020 WFCCC Scholarship winners
Pictures of Trout fishing at Club 2020
Lake water Testing
Fish Kill at Club lake noted 9/25/19
Piebald buck from Frederick County
Pictures from 2019 Club Picnic
2019 Club scholarship winners
2019 Easter Saturday Trout opener -21 pictures
Targets conditions at the Pistol range
Mac Tlumach - Last Deer hunt in Pennsylvania - Fall 2018
Kubota Tractor & accessories purchased for club maintenance
Treestands illegally installed & left on club property
2018 Scholarship winner Eleanor Welch
Six Pictures of 2018 Club picnic 9/2/18
Two pictures of fish kill found at lake 9/3/18
2nd CrossBow shooting bench built for Archery Range at August 2018 Club workday.
2018 Scholarship Winner Sydney Aschenbrenner
Male Copperhead Snake
2018 Scholarship Winner Jared Rice
2018 Scholarship Winner Brandon McDonald
Pictures from Shendoah Co. WFCCC Property workday
6/3/18 Flooding at the Club - 3 pictures
4/9/18 - White Deer after todays snowstorm - Frederick Co.(not on Club Property)
18 Pictures of 3/31/18 Trout Opening day at Club Lake
Pictures of Trout stocking March 8, 2018
Pictures of Trout 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