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UPLAND GAME STAMP REQUIRED FOR DOVE HUNTERS

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- With dove season just around the corner, the Department of Fish and Game is reminding dove hunters of the requirement that they purchase and possess while hunting the new upland game bird stamp. Dove season opens Sept. 1.
 The new stamp is required under a state law that took effect Jan. 1, 1993. The cost of the stamp is $5 if purchased at a Department of Fish and Game office and $5.25 if purchased from a license agent.
 Revenue from the new stamp will be used to improve upland game habitat, expand hunting opportunities, accelerate the department's programs to establish additional wild turkey and pheasant populations, and generally to increase waterfowl and upland game bird populations.
 The new stamp is required for all adult hunters pursuing pheasant, turkey, quail, doves, band-tailed pigeons, snipe, all species of grouse, chukar and ptarmigan.
 Revenue from the stamp supports the Game Bird Heritage Program, a concept supported by a number of wildlife conservation and upland game hunting organizations. The department established a public advisory committee to make recommendations for specific projects to be paid for by stamp revenues.
 The upland game bird stamp is available at fish and game license agents throughout the state, the department's License and Revenue Branch at 3211 S Street in Sacramento and the department's regional offices, located as follows:
 -- Region 1, Northern California-North Coast: 601 Locust St., Redding
 -- Region 2, Sacramento Valley-Central Sierra: 1701 Nimbus Rd., Rancho Cordova
 -- Region 3, Central Coast: 7329 Silverado Trail, Yountville
 -- Region 4, San Joaquin Valley-Southern Sierra: 1234 East Shaw Ave., Fresno
 -- Region 5, 330 Golden Shore, Suite 50, Long Beach.
 Questions regarding the new upland game stamp, uses of the revenue generated, and the department's Game Bird Heritage Program in general may be directed to the Department of Fish and Game's Wildlife Management Division, 916-653-6640.
 -0- 8/26/93
 /CONTACT: Steve Capps or Pete Weisser of the Conservation Education Office of the Department of Fish and Game, 916-653-6420/


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