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Safety Briefings Slated for Fort Indiantown Gap Hunters and Wood Gatherers

August 13, 2008

FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Outdoor enthusiasts wishing to use Fort Indiantown Gap for hunting, fishing or wood gathering will be required to attend a mandatory safety briefing and pay a $20 conservation fee.

The briefings will highlight the changes for this upcoming season, including the use of manually operated handguns in the training corridor. The lottery system for deer season, the “earn a buck” policy for archery hunters and Deer Management Assistance Program, will remain in effect.

The lottery system will require those who wish to hunt for deer to pay an additional $5 fee, which will be used to manage a program to make sure the number of hunters does not exceed what natural resources can support.

The “earn a buck” policy requires archery doe hunters to harvest a doe before they can harvest a buck. This is designed to help better manage the population in the archery-only hunting areas at Fort Indiantown Gap.

The Deer Management Assistance Program, established by the state Game Commission, provides assistance to landowners whose lands are impacted by deer over browsing or who have specific deer management goals.

Briefings are scheduled for the following dates and times in Building #8-80, off of Service Road, at Fort Indiantown Gap:

   -- Aug. 26 at 6 p.m.;   -- Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.; and   -- Sept. 21 at 1 p.m.   

Participants need to attend only one briefing, which will last approximately two hours.

The mandatory $20 conservation fee and the optional $5 lottery fee covers the 2008 and 2009 hunting seasons. All fees collected are used for the protection, conservation and management of fish and wildlife at Fort Indiantown Gap, including habitat restoration and improvement, biologist staff and support costs, as well as related activities.

Individuals wishing to hunt must bring a valid hunting license, current driver’s license and vehicle registration. Wood gatherers must bring a current driver’s license and vehicle registration. Photocopies are acceptable. Anyone under the age of 18 is required to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Applicants who attended a safety briefing in 2007 do not need to attend this year.

For more information call the Fort Indiantown Gap outdoor recreation program coordinator at (717) 861-2975 or visit our web site at http://www.ftig.state.pa.us/.

CONTACT: Lt. Col. Chris Cleaver

717-861-8468

Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

CONTACT: Lt. Col. Chris Cleaver of the Pennsylvania Department ofMilitary and Veterans Affairs, +1-717-861-8468

Web Site: http://www.dmva.state.pa.us/http://www.ftig.state.pa.us/




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