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University to host hunters at Kentland Farms


BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 2, 2004 – The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech will hold a series of controlled deer hunts on its Kentland Farm to manage the deer herd.

The herd management will help reduce deer damage to crops and research projects and maintain a healthy deer herd. The hunts will take place from Oct. 9 through Nov. 27 and will include bow, muzzleloader, and shotgun.

Hunters must file a Virginia Tech hunting application to qualify for a random drawing to determine who shall be permitted to hunt. A hunt packet, including rules, dates, procedures, and application form may be picked up at the Virginia Tech Police Department located on campus in the Sterrett Complex, Southgate Drive, at the Kentland Farm office, or downloaded from the farm website at http://www.vaes.vt.edu/colleges/kentland/2004deerhunt.html.

Completed applications must be filed by 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, with the Virginia Tech Kentland Farm, 5250 Whitethorne Road, Blacksburg, VA 24060. For further information, call (540) 731-9353.

Antlerless bow hunting will be conducted on Oct. 9 and Oct. 16. An either sex bow hunt is scheduled for Oct. 23. Bow hunters must first pass a qualified-shooter test held Sept. 24 - 25.

Antlerless muzzleloader hunts are scheduled for Nov. 9 and Nov. 12. Antlerless gun hunts for either muzzleloaders or shotguns are scheduled for Nov. 16 and Nov. 20. An either sex gun hunt is set for Nov. 27.

Youth ages 12-15 can participate in a youth deer hunt on Nov. 6. All youth applicants must be accompanied by an adult guardian and must have completed a hunter safety course. For more information on dates and locations of hunter safety courses held near you, visit the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website at http://www.dgif.state.va.us.

All participants must abide by the Virginia Tech rules and procedures for the hunt as well as rules and regulations of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become among the largest universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech’s eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.