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VBHA Community Involvement

This page highlights some of the community involvement efforts of the VBHA and its members.  We encourage other members to let us know of similar efforts in your communities.  These projects are great advances in one of our primary objectives: Promote a positive image of the bear hound hunter to the general public.


Botetourt County Annual Fishing Carnival

The 18th Annual Botetourt Children's Fishing Carnival was held June 3, 2017 at the Buchanan Town Park.  Once again the VBHA was well represented at this great event and sponsored the Grand Prize for the winning child in the six and under category.  A total of 859 adults and children attended.  Of the 394 children manning the rods, 177 were six and under.  It was a fun day for all!

VBHA participation coordinated by Richard and Janice Sprinkle

Big Island Hunt and Fishing Club

The Big Island Hunt and Fishing Club participated again this year in the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Bedford. Fundraising began in mid March. On May 20, 2017 the event was off to a great start but the sudden arrival of a thunder storm that wouldn't pass over cut it short. All was not lost! We still CELEBRATED the survivors, REMEMBERED those lost, and pledged to continue to FIGHT BACK! We set our goal higher this year and so far have raised $3,785.29! Club members and family members participating were: Clint Bryant, Travis Manley, Dawna Miller, Ken Lavinder, Brianna Manley, Phillip Johnson, Brandon Manley, Tom Hunt, Dillan Goff, Erik Saunders, Cody Nester, Dakota Ellis. Most of the Big Island Hunt Club Members are also VBHA members.

 Fundraising will continue until the end of August, anyone wishing donate may do so online via this link or, for an address to mail a check email kwlavinder@yahoo.com .

When submitting this article for the VBHA website, Ken Lavinder said, "Besides raising funds to provide patient services and end cancer, I have to say that the positive publicity this has generated for hunters is surprising."


Rockingham County Annual Trash Pick-Up

On Saturday, March 25, 2017, twenty-one men and women of the Massanutten Hunt Club spent their day gathering trash along Cub Run Forest Service Land.  They gathered 1400 pounds of trash and 14 old tires.  Bear hunters giving back to the forest they love.  Great job!  Thanks for setting the bar high for the rest of us who share this beautiful land.  This is not a one-time thing for the Massanutten group, they do this every year.


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The Virginia Department of Transportation's Adopt-A-Highway initiative is a program where volunteers clean our highways.  Volunteer organizations agree to pick up litter four times a year for three years. In return, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) provides trash bags, vests, important safety information and highway signs that recognize you or your group.

A group of VBHA members in Giles County adopted a beautiful secion of Big Stony Creek Road that runs mostly through National Forest.  They pick up trash on a regular basis and do a lot to keep this section of highway free of litter.

VBHA participation coordinated by Steve Parcell