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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Charles City County Seeking Ban on Hunting with Rifles

Charles City County is seeking a ban on hunting with rifles. If the county is successful it would eliminate precious hunting opportunities and would discourage hunters from taking to the woods to pass their hunting heritage on to the next generation and to help manage Virginia’s wildlife.

Hunting with a rifle has only been legal in Charles City County for the past two years, and just last month, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) testified before the County that there have been no firearms-related hunting fatalities in the last decade. There have been four shooting-related incidents. However, none involved rifles. DGIF officials are the experts regarding hunting safety and scientific game management practices and have actively represented hunter interests through the years. These two factors alone should be used to shape hunting regulations in the Commonwealth.

It is critical that hunters attend the Charles City County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Government & School Board Administration Building, 10900 Courthouse Road, Charles City, VA 23030 to oppose changes to the county ordinances governing the use of rifles for deer hunting. In the meantime, please contact each member of the Charles City County Board of Supervisors and strongly encourage them to refrain from making any changes to county regulations that have proven to be successful.

Please contact each member of the Charles City County Board of Supervisors and strongly encourage them to refrain from making any changes to county regulations that have proven to be successful. Also, please be sure to pass this information along to your family, friends, and fellow hunters.

Timothy W. Cotman, Sr.
Email: tcotman@co.charles-city.va.us
Phone: (804) 652-4701
Fax: (804) 829-5819

Sherri M. Bowman - Vice Chairman
Email: sbowman@co.charles-city.va.us
Phone: (804) 652-4701
Fax: (804) 829-5819

Gilbert A. Smith – Chairman
Email: gsmith@co.charles-city.va.us
Phone: (804) 652-4701
Fax: (804) 829-5819

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