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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 16, 2002
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Special lottery deer hunts to be held at False Cape, Kiptopeke state parks, Savage Neck Natural Area Preserve - September 6 deadline for False Cape lottery

Applications are being accepted for special lottery hunts at False Cape State Park in Virginia Beach and Kiptopeke State Park and Savage Neck Natural Area Preserve, both in Northampton County on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Deadline for the False Cape hunt is Sept. 6. The deadline for the Kiptopeke and Savage Neck hunts is Oct. 18. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation handles the applications for all three hunts.

The False Cape deer and feral pig shotgun hunt will be held Oct. 5, and Oct. 7 - 12. At Kiptopeke State Park, a shotgun deer hunt will be held Nov. 25 - Nov. 27, and a special youth deer hunt will be held Nov. 23. Savage Neck will also host a special youth deer hunt on Dec. 14.

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 completing a hunter safety education course, and pay the $10 hunting fee. There is also a $5 parking fee for the False Cape hunt.

There are only five slots available per day for the Kiptopeke and Savage Neck hunts. Youths 12-17 only may apply for the youth hunts, those 16-17 may hunt alone, and youths 12 - 15 need to have a non-hunting adult accompany them. Both the youth and the non-hunting adult must possess proof of completing a hunter education course.

For a complete set of hunt rules and to receive an application, contact the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 1-800-933-PARK. Applications may also be downloaded from the DCR website at www.dcr.virginia.gov.

For information on hunting licenses, hunter safety education and hunting regulations call the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at (804) 367-1000 or visit its site at www.dgif.state.va.us.

For more information on Virginia State Park camping or cabin reservations, call 1-800-933-PARK or visit the DCR website at www.dcr.virginia.gov.

Editor's note: Additional state park controlled hunts and hunting opportunities will be announced the week of Sept. 9.

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