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News Release

For Immediate Release
7/3/2013
Contact
Gary Norman, Wild Turkey Project Leader, (540) 248-9360

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Public Invited to Comment on Draft Wild Turkey Management Plan

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) invites public input on the Draft Virginia Wild Turkey Management Plan, which will be available on or about July 12th, 2013. The Draft Virginia Wild Turkey Management Plan is the result of the joint work of VDGIF, a 12-member Stakeholder Advisory Committee (citizen volunteers who represented a cross-section of public interests), and Virginia Tech. The Draft Wild Turkey Management Plan includes goals that address hunting traditions, population levels of wild turkeys, allocation of harvest and turkey-related recreational activity, safety, ethics and compliance with law, and human-wild turkey conflicts. The plan also includes specific objectives designed to attain each goal, as well as potential, general strategies for attaining objectives. The Draft Virginia Wild Turkey Management Plan will provide broad guidance for the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries, VDGIF staff, and the public in addressing management of wild turkeys through 2022.

The draft plan will be available online for review and for public comments at: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/turkey/managemen-planning-process/.

Interested individuals may request paper copies of the plan (no bulk requests, please) by contacting:
Holly Morris
Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Conservation (MC 0321)
Virginia Tech, 310 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Comments may be submitted online or mailed to:
Wild Turkey Plan c/o Holly Morris
Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Conservation (MC 0321)
Virginia Tech, 310 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Public comments also are invited at six public meetings that will be held across Virginia. The meetings will be held on the following dates:

July 16th: Carroll 118 at Wytheville Community College, 1000 East Main Street, Wytheville, Virginia 24382 from 7:00-9:00 PM

July 17th: The Community Room at the Bedford Center for Business - Central Virginia Community College, 1633 Venture Blvd., Bedford, VA 24523 from 7:00-9:00 PM

July 18th: South Board room at the Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Lane, Verona, VA 24482 from 7:00-9:00 PM

July 29th: Salem Church Branch Library, 2607 Salem Church Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407 from 6:30-8:30 PM

July 30th: Bass Pro Shops, 1972 Power Plant Parkway, Hampton, VA 23666 from 6:30-8:30 PM

July 31st: Board room at VDGIF Headquarters, 4010 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230 from 7:00-9:00 PM