Annual Deer And Hog Hunt Begins At Va. Parks

October 2, 2010

A hunt is under way to clear the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park of white-tailed deer and feral hogs.

About 100 hunters picked by a lottery began their quest for the
deer and long-haired pigs just after midnight Saturday, according
to The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk.

The annual hunt will continue throughout the weekend. Hunters
will get another chance beginning Oct. 28.

Officials say the hunt is a chance to maintain a healthy deer
population and eliminate the pigs.

The hunt started in 1986, when 147 deer and 11 hog were
harvested. Last year, just nine deer and four hogs were killed.

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