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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 24, 2007
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 Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster County, Grayson Highlands State Park in Grayson County, Kiptopeke State Park in Northampton County, Lake Anna State Park in Spotsylvania County, Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield County and Staunton River State Park in Halifax County.

Belle Isle will hold a muzzleloader hunt Nov. 14-15, with applications due Oct. 12, and a general firearms hunt Jan. 2-3, with applications due Dec. 7. Grayson Highlands will hold a youth general firearms hunt Nov. 17, and general firearms hunts Nov. 19-20.

Applications are due by Sept. 26 for both of the Grayson Highlands hunts.

Kiptopeke will hold archery-muzzleloader hunt Nov. 10 and shotgun hunt Dec. 8. The lottery deadlines for the Kiptopeke archery-muzzleloader hunts is Oct. 5, and Nov. 9 for the shotgun hunt.

Lottery hunts will be held for the first time at Lake Anna State Park, Pocahontas State Park and Staunton River State Park. Lake Anna will hold muzzleloader-shotgun hunts Dec. 12-13 and Dec. 18-19, with applications due by Nov. 16. The Pocahontas muzzleloader-shotgun hunts will be Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 19-20, with applications due by Nov. 2. Staunton River will hold archery-muzzleloader hunt Nov. 7-8, with applications due by Oct. 5.

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 1-800-933-PARK. Applications and information may also be found at www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/hunting.shtm .

False Cape State Park, in conjunction with Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, will hold lottery hunts for deer and feral pig on Oct. 6, 8-10, and 25-27. Interested 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. The lottery deadline for the False Cape-Back Bay hunts is Aug. 31.

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. 27-28 and Dec. 7. The lottery deadline is Sept. 1. Interested hunters should contact the Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge at (703) 490-4979 for more information.

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

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