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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 18, 2004
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Parks and preserve to host deer hunts

(RICHMOND, Va.) - 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, and for Grayson Highlands State Park in Grayson County.

The False Cape deer and feral pig shotgun hunts will be Oct. 2 and Oct. 4 - 9. Kiptopeke will hold muzzleloader hunts Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, and shotgun hunts Dec. 3 - 4. The Savage Neck hunt on Nov. 20 is a special hunt 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. Grayson Highlands will hold muzzleloading hunts on Nov. 9 and Nov. 11, and rifle hunts on Nov. 16 and Nov. 18.

The application deadline for the False Cape hunt is Sept. 3 and the deadline for the Grayson hunts is Sept. 24. The deadline for the Kiptopeke muzzleloader hunt is Oct. 1 and the deadline for the Savage Neck hunt is Oct. 15. The Kiptopeke shotgun hunt deadline is Nov. 5. 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 the $10 hunting 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 Virginia State Parks camping or cabin reservations, other hunting opportunities and programs in Virginia State Parks, or a complete set of hunt rules and an application, contact the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 1-800-933-PARK. Click here for more information about 2004 hunts.

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