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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 17, 2012
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Virginia State Parks to hold special lottery deer hunts

(RICHMOND) - Several Virginia State Parks from the Eastern Shore to Southwest Virginia are holding special lottery deer hunts this fall and winter and are accepting applications now.

 Applications are being accepted for special lottery deer hunts at Kiptopeke State Park in Northampton County, Leesylvania State Park in Prince William County and Natural Tunnel State Park in Scott County.

 Kiptopeke will hold archery-muzzleloader hunts Nov. 3 and Nov. 16, and archery-muzzleloader-shotgun hunts Nov. 17, Nov. 30, Dec. 1, and Jan. 4-5. The lottery deadline for the hunts at Kiptopeke is Sept. 26.

 Leesylvania State Park will hold a shotgun hunt Jan. 16. The application deadline is Nov. 2.

 Natural Tunnel State Park will hold a youth muzzleloader hunt Dec. 15, and a regular muzzleloader hunt Dec. 17-18. Applications for both hunts are due Oct. 26.

 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. The Leesylvania hunt requires a weapons qualification certificate and participation in a pre-hunt briefing.

 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.shtml.

 In addition to the lottery hunts above, two state parks are participating in hunts with adjoining public land owners. False Cape State Park, in conjunction with Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, will hold lottery hunts for deer and feral pig on Oct. 5-6 and Oct. 26-27 with a lottery deadline of Aug. 17.

 Interested hunters must apply through the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries quota hunt system. Applications may be made online at www.vaquotahunts.comor by phone at 1-877-VAHUNTS Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 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 also hold lottery deer hunts on Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 14. Applications are due by Sept. 21. Interested hunters should contact the Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge at 703-490-4979 for more information.

 For more information about Virginia State Parks, managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, visit www.virginiastateparks.gov.

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