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November 19, 2012

Refuge to close Dec. 5 for deer hunt

PLUM ISLAND — A controlled public deer hunt has been scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

Hunters were selected by lottery last month at refuge headquarters with 35 applicants and 15 alternates drawn. Only those hunters that were selected by this lottery are permitted to deer hunt on the refuge. To help ensure public safety, the island portion of the refuge will be closed to all other entry for the day of the hunt.

Waterfowl hunters are permitted, however, to park in Lot 1 for access to the refuge boat ramp and Waterfowl Hunting Areas A and B. Area C will also remain open for waterfowl hunting but is accessed by foot only from Stackyard Road in Rowley.

In cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management, Division of Conservation and Recreation, Sandy Point State Reservation, located at the southern tip of the Island, will be open only for hunting on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The division is also requiring all waterfowl and deer hunters wishing to access Sandy Point to stop at the refuge gatehouse and show their Massachusetts hunting license, Firearms Identification Card or License to Carry, a minimum of 500 square inches of hunter orange to cover their head, back and chest, and if applicable, valid Massachusetts and federal Duck Stamps.

Hunter access to the island portion of the refuge and Sandy Point State Reservation is permitted from 5 to 5:45 a.m. and from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Hunter exit is permitted only after 8:30 a.m., emergencies excepted. Parking at Sandy Point State Reservation is limited to 15 spaces. Sandy Point hunters are asked to check any harvested deer at the state-approved Refuge Check Station located at refuge headquarters.

As an integral part of a comprehensive Refuge Wildlife Management Program, the hunt will help maintain the deer population at a level commensurate with the available habitat while providing recreational opportunities for the sporting public.

For further information concerning the hunt, contact refuge headquarters at 978-465-5753, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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