The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge will not have their fall 2011 deer hunt this year. A fire is still burning, and has already burned over 6,000 acres. Hurricane Irene helped suppress the fire, but did not completely extinguish it. The fire is now 90% contained but there are still areas with hot spots that fire crews are handling.
If any hunters already turned in applications for this hunt, they can receive a refund.
“It is with great regret, but we just can’t provide the quality hunt program that hunters deserve while our staff have been and are still involved in the firefighting efforts,” refuge manager Chris Lowie wrote in a news release. From PilotOnline.com .