As the summer comes to a close, hunting season heats up.

The Virginia State Park system is offering reservation-only hunts and open-hunting starting in October.

Several of the parks in our region are offering muzzleloading and shotgun hunts. Those parks include Hungry Mother, Natural Tunnel, Grayson Highlands, Claytor Lake and Douthat State Parks.

Hunters can reserve stands or zones on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information visit http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/hunting.shtml