Saturday, December 10, 2016

500 Hunters To Shoot at Pisgah National Forest Game Preserve, 1939

“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.

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