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LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – September 16, 1945

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020


Deer at Hill’s Market during hunting season 1941 from an Eastman Studios postcard

Deer Hunters Crowd Lassen
September 16, 1945

A record number of deer hunters, estimated to be well up in the thousands, invaded Lassen County for the opening of the season here.

Rangers said no definite count was possible but unhesitatingly described it as the biggest hunt in the county’s history.

One hunter, returning to Susanville from Sheepshead Valley, said it looked “like the gold rush days, the camps were so thick, it looked like 4000 men were camped in that one valley.”

Bucks taken so far, though in good condition have been mostly young and small. Numerically, however, the kill has been large.

Biggest buck reported so far was one shot by James Dow at Snowstorm n the opening day. It dressed out at 232 pounds and boasted four points and a 29-inch spread.


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