Grounded in Sound Principles

Our Mission

To protect the game and fish we have through law enforcement.

To endeavor to strengthen our laws in all legitimate ways.

To use available means for restocking our forests and streams with game and fish.

To promote the dissemination of sound principles of conservation to the public.

To cooperate with all public officials, organizations, and individuals in the protection, conservation, and development of our natural resources.

To earnestly work for the eradication of pollution from our streams.

To protect and extend our forests to restore unproductive lands by reforestation, planting, soil building, game cover, and food plants, providing wildlife refuge, propagating facilities, and using all other means of developing and conserving our woods, waters, and wildlife.

Winchester-Frederick County Conservation Club, Inc. Properties

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 a 7% open area(about 30 acres) which has shelters, shooting ranges, a fishing lake, children's play area, is mostly open and grassed where Hunting is not allowed.

The open area contains a Clubhouse, Five shelters, an Archery range, Pistol and Rifle ranges, Still target and Trap shooting ranges, a Fishing lake, Horseshoe pits, Children’s playground area w/Swings, See Saws, Spring riders, and a Volleyball area with net. Outdoor charcoal grills are 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 ATVs 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 purchased a 97-acre property in Shenandoah County that is 85% wooded and 15% meadow as well as an adjacent 43-acre property known as the Zirkle property on the 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. 

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 regulations in a National Forest can be different than private property. Read the rules and regulations for both. It was decided at a previous meeting that target shooting on the 97-acre owned parcel would be allowed, but that the person shooting must ensure 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 and Shotgun.

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

Main Property Map

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Shenandoah County Property


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Meetings are held monthly on the 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. September meeting 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 are closed from 6 pm to the end of the 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 club's 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 facilities 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, website 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, then it is voted on. A 2/3 Majority vote of members at a meeting rules for changes in the operation of our club.


In the Spring of 1968, Dave Fahnestock, then President of the local Izaak Walton chapter, left the chapter with the vision of starting a club in the area at which members could both fish and hunt on the property as well as provide land for the members and their families to enjoy. Dave was running the Sports Center in Winchester at the time and as patrons came into the store, he asked them to sign up to join the new club being formed. The interest was overwhelming and the first meeting was held at the Round Hill store owned by George Kelchner. The attendance by local sportsmen was so large that many could not even enter the building. George Kelchner then became the first President of the WFCCC. Numerous people joined that first night and the dues were set at $5.00 per year. The membership fees were used to buy trout for stocking a farm pond for member fishing on the property of Thurman Perry at Whitacre, Va.. Even with the few fish stocked, lots of new members continued to join and the success of the new club continued to flourish since the first meeting. The next endeavor was the purchase of 16 acres of property on Route 259 in western Frederick Co., which had an old cabin on it. The club members fixed up the Old Red Cabin with a bathroom and it became the new WFCCC clubhouse. Cliff Arnold had an idea to have clay bird shoots and with his guidance at making it work, additional funding was made to help pay the club's bills. As years went by with membership growing, the general feeling of the club members was that a larger property was needed. Carlton Ramey Sr., knowing of a piece of property owned by the Adams family in Gainsboro proposed approaching the family and the first 50 acres of land with Back Creek flowing through it as it is today, was purchased in 1972. The Gore property with the Old Red Cabin was then sold and some profit from it was used to help offset the new property purchase. Once purchased, the brushy property was further cleared and a new clubhouse building erection was underway, led by Buddy Marple with help from the members of the club for both labor and materials. The next undertaking was the building of a lake for the members who enjoyed fishing. The water for filling the lake was originally pumped from Back Creek and the spring seepages from the hillside above as well as below water level today continue to keep it filled year-round. The Perry family which owned Stuart Perry Rock Quarry continued to help and support the club over the years.

Thurman and Mickey Perry farms would give a calf each year to the club to auction off to raise money to support the club. Shorty Billmeyer, who was club treasurer at the time, worked at Glaize and Bros. Lumber in Winchester and was an immense help in securing supplies and lumber for the club's building projects. After the Main Clubhouse was built, shelters were the next projects and major contributors were Dorsett Russell of Russell Roofing Co., and Jim Wilson from Valley Redi-mix Concrete. Donnie Arnold and Mac Tlumach started gun shooting competitions at this time raising money and contributing their time for the benefit of the club. The success of the club continued to come about by faithful members of the club and the good ideas and sound judgment of its members and board of directors. The numerous contributions of time and materials by both membership and local businesses have been built upon to produce the buildings and pristine property you enjoy today. Other members who contributed greatly to the club are Carlton Ramey Jr., Dr. Victor Albright, George Quarles, Paul Fahnestock, and Dottie Fahnestock. While there are many members who contributed time, energy, and materials over the years and not enough space to list them all, they are also important to this club and thanked for their generosity in making this club successful today and set up for future generations to enjoy. A Quote from Dave Fahnestock, "It is rewarding to look back at our humble beginning in 1968 and to look forward to what we have been blessed by God Almighty as we enjoy a part of his great creation". Dave's hope and wish for members and their families is that the club will cherish, enjoy, and care for the property that so many have made possible through hard work so that future generations can enjoy the great outdoors.

The properties today after numerous purchases during 51 years encompass 460 joined acres where our Clubhouse, Shooting ranges, Pavilions, and Lake are today, as well as 97 Acres purchased in September 2015 and 43 Acres adjacent to it in March 2017 for Club use in Shenandoah County, with all being used for a broad variety of conservation & outdoor recreational activities by our members and families. The Club membership now encompasses Four Virginia counties - Frederick, Clarke, Warren, and Shenandoah and all cities and towns within those counties and is said to be the largest Conservation Club based on total membership in the state of Virginia.

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 were voted on and ratified by the membership.

The Constitution and By-Laws were amended to include a Whistleblower Policy, a Conflict Of Interest Policy, and a Document Retention & Destruction Policy. 
Copies are available to any Member if a written request is sent 
to our Club mailing address.

Club Mailing Address for any correspondence: 

PO Box 1431 
Stephens City, Va. 22655
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