“Hunting at Asheville,” from the New York Times, Dec. 3, 1939
Asheville, N.C.—Five hundred hunters from all sections of the Eastern United
States will enter Pisgah National Forest Game Preserve near here this week to
take part in the sixth annual deer and bear hunt.
Supervised by the National Forest Service in cooperation with the North
Carolina Department of Conservation and Development, the hunts are held each
year under strict regulations.
The hunts are held to reduce the deer herd to a number that can be
adequately cared for. As food for the animals on the 97,000-acre preserve is
only available for a certain number of deer, hunters are turned into the area
each year to thin out the herds.
In all a total of 2,000 hunters will be allowed to seek kills in the area.
The hunts will continue until Dec. 23.