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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 16, 2008

Lottery deer and waterfowl hunts to be held at preserves
Applications accepted until Oct. 10

RICHMOND ? Applications will be accepted through Oct. 10 for white-tailed deer gun hunts at Savage Neck Dunes Natural Area Preserve near Eastville in Northampton County on Virginia?s Eastern Shore. Oct. 10 is also the application deadline for waterfowl hunts at Dameron Marsh and Hughlett Point natural area preserves. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation manages these hunts.

Muzzleloader-only hunts at Savage Neck Dunes will be Nov. 3-4, 7-8, 10-11 and 13-14. Shotgun or muzzleloader hunts will be Nov. 17-18, 21-22, Dec. 1-2, 5-6, 8-9, 12-13, 15-16, 19-20, 29-30 and Jan. 2-3.

For the hunts at Savage Neck Dunes, a $5 non-refundable fee must be submitted with all applications. Hunters selected in drawings must submit an additional $20 per hunter permit fee by Oct. 31 to receive a two-day hunt permit for themselves plus each additional member of their hunting party.

Waterfowl hunts at Dameron Marsh and Hughlett Point will run half a day on Nov. 18 and 25; Dec. 9, 16, 23 and 30; and Jan. 6, 13 and 20.

For the waterfowl hunts, a $5 non-refundable fee must also be submitted with all hunt applications. Successful applicants will have the option of purchasing up to a total of three permits at $10 each.

Each hunter must have in his or her possession a permit issued for the selected days along with all required state licenses. On the day of the hunt, hunters must also show proof of completion of a hunter safety education course.

Successful applicants will be notified by mail within two weeks of the drawing.
For information on hunting licenses, hunter education and regulations, call the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at (804) 367-1000 or visit the DGIF web site at www.dgif.virginia.gov.

For a complete set of hunt rules and details, call (804) 786-7951. Reservation and hunt information may also be downloaded from the DCR web site at www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/spevents.shtml.

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