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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 25, 2005
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Special lottery deer hunts to be held at state parks False Cape State Park - deadline Sept. 2

RICHMOND - Applications are being accepted for special lottery deer hunts at Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster County, Claytor Lake State Park in Pulaski County, Douthat State Park in Bath County, False Cape State Park in Virginia Beach, Grayson Highlands State Park in Grayson County, Kiptopeke State Park in Northampton County and Raymond R “Andy” Guest Shenandoah River State Park in Warren County.

The False Cape hunt is for both deer and feral pig, and it will be Oct. 1, Oct. 3–5, and Oct. 20–22. False Cape’s hunt is primarily a shotgun hunt, but muzzleloader and archery are permitted. Grayson Highlands will hold muzzleloading hunts Nov. 14-15, and a general firearms hunt Nov. 21-22. Kiptopeke will hold muzzleloader hunts Nov. 11–12 and shotgun hunts Dec. 2 and Dec. 10.

New lottery hunts this year include Belle Isle, with a muzzleloader hunt Nov. 14–15 and a general firearms hunt Jan. 4-5; Claytor Lake will hold a special muzzleloader hunt Jan. 12–14; Douthat will hold muzzleloader hunts Nov. 14–16 and Dec. 19–21 and a general firearms hunt Nov. 28–30; and Shenandoah River will hold a special youth muzzleloader hunt on Nov. 12 and a general firearms hunt Nov. 28–29. The special hunt is open only to young people ages 12–17. Youths 16-17 may hunt alone, and youths 12–15 must have a non-hunting adult accompany them.

The application deadline for the False Cape hunt is Sept. 2. The deadline for the Grayson Highlands muzzleloader hunt and general firearms hunt is Oct. 14. The deadline for the Kiptopeke muzzleloader hunt is Oct. 14, and the Kiptopeke shotgun hunt deadline is Nov. 4.

The application deadline for the Belle Isle muzzleloader hunt is Oct. 21, and the Belle Isle general firearms hunt deadline is Dec. 2. The deadline for the Claytor Lake hunt is Dec. 9. The deadline for the Douthat muzzleloader hunt is Oct. 7, and the Douthat general firearms hunt is Oct. 28. The deadline for the Shenandoah River youth muzzleloader hunt is Oct. 7; for the Shenandoah River general firearms hunt, the deadline is Oct. 28.

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation manages all five hunts.
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. There is a $5 parking fee for the False Cape hunt. Each lottery entry requires a separate application.

For information on 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.

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/parks/hunting.

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