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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 26, 2009
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Special deer hunts to be held in Virginia State Parks

(RICHMOND, Va.) - Applications are being accepted for special lottery deer hunts at Grayson Highlands State Park in Grayson County, Kiptopeke State Park in Northampton County, Occoneechee State Park in Mecklenburg County, and Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield County.

Grayson Highlands will hold a youth general firearms hunt Nov. 14 and general firearms hunts Nov. 16-17. Applications are due by Sept. 23 for both of the Grayson Highlands hunts.

Kiptopeke will hold archery-muzzleloader hunts Nov. 6-7 and shotgun hunts Dec. 11-12. The lottery application deadlines for both of the Kiptopeke hunts is Sept. 25.

Occoneechee will hold muzzleloader hunts Nov. 9-11 and shotgun hunts Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 and Dec. 14-16. The deadline for both lottery hunts at Occoneechee is Oct. 2.

Muzzleloader-shotgun hunts at Pocahontas will be Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 17-19, with applications due by Oct. 9.

A $5 non-refundable application fee must be submitted for each hunt. Anyone may enter the lotteries for a chance to participate in the controlled hunts, however successful applicants on the day of the hunt must show proof of completion of a hunter safety education course and pay a $10 fee. Each lottery entry requires a separate application.

For more information about these and other hunting opportunities and programs in Virginia State Parks or to obtain a lottery application, contact the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800-933-PARK. Applications and information may also be found at www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/hunting.shtml .

False Cape State Park, in conjunction with Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, will hold lottery hunts for deer and feral pig on Oct. 3, 5-6, and 29-31. There are also special hog only hunts Jan. 9 and 23, and Feb. 6 and 20, 2010. Hunters must apply through the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries quota hunt system. Applications may be made online at www.vaquotahunts.com or by phone at 1-877-VAHUNTS Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

For information on quota hunts, hunting licenses, hunter safety education and hunting regulations, call the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at (804) 367-1000 or visit the DGIF website at www.dgif.virginia.gov .

Mason Neck State Park, in conjunction with the Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge, will hold lottery hunts Nov. 19-20 and Dec. 11. The lottery deadline is Sept. 25. Interested hunters should contact the Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge at (703) 490-4979 for more information or find the information online at http://www.fws.gov/occoquanbay/pdf/Hunting%20Opportunities.pdf .

The award-winning Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

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