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Deer hunt slated for W.Va. training center this fall

August 13, 2007

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife's National Conservation Training Center will offer the public a chance to hunt deer on its grounds along Shepherd Grade Road this fall.

Those allowed to hunt will be determined through a lottery system, according to a news release from the center.

Lottery cards will be due to the center Sept. 7 and the lottery drawing will be held Sept. 10, according to the release.

Deer hunting will be allowed Nov. 24, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, the release said.

There will be a special youth hunt Oct. 27 and disabled hunters will have special hunting stands available on all of the dates.

"We are excited about working on this hunt with our neighbors and with our conservation partners in the hunting community and at the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources," said Rick Lemon, director of the National Conservation Training Center.

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"Hunts such as this will help to control the deer population, keeping the deer herd healthy, while allowing for a healthy balance with the plant community and other critters that depend on this habitat," Lemon said.

To get more information on the hunt and the lottery, call 304-876-7407. Information can be obtained by writing to NCTC at 698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown, WV 25443, or e-mailing center officials at nctc_deerhunt@fws.gov.

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