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Vandenberg to host hunters' town hall meeting

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg will host a town hall meeting for base hunters at 1 p.m. April 25 at the Conservation Law Enforcement Office in Building 13848.

The meeting is open to people who are already eligible to hunt on Vandenberg per 30th Space Wing Instruction 32-7001, which includes active duty and retired military members, Department of Defense civilians, Chumash tribal members, and nonappropriated fund and Army and Air Force Exchange Service employees.

The 30th Security Forces Squadron conservation law enforcement office and 30th Civil Engineer Squadron environmental flight will discuss G11 tags, permit prices and the guest hunting program. While only some minor rules are changing, the unexploded ordnance device closure areas will be a key topic of discussion.

"We need to keep people safe," said Mr. Ed Panas, the 30th SFS conservation officer. "If a hunter gets hurt because of a UXO incident, it has the potential to shut down the whole hunting program."

Vandenberg is popular for hunting because of its size and game population, said Mr. Panas. Hunters come from all over the country and from all branched of the service.

"I think it's also extremely reasonably priced," he said. "Private ranches in the area can set someone back a few hundred dollars for a one or two day trip. We charge $50 to $100 for the entire season."

For more information on the town hall meeting, call the 30th SFS resource protection office at 606-6804 or send an e-mail to gamewarden@vandenberg.af.mil.