I don't remember the reasoning behind the sanctuary...except that the land was donated to the Forest Service with those conditions. By the time we started going down there the bears pretty much owned it. The following year one came round under me and stood up, resting his paws on the third or fourth rung of my ladder stand. Yes, the hammer was back on my TC Renegade that time! He stayed down there a couple minutes and then just shuffled off. The place is very low lying, criss crossed by earth dikes and ditches for drainage. One of my other buddies walked up one side of a dike while a bear came up the other. They met at the top about 10 feet apart and both took off like scalded dogs. Another time, the bears ate my cushioned foam seat on a high end climbing stand...pieces of it scattered all over the ground. All 4 of us eventually had 1 or more close encounters, the deer hunting was not that good, and we quit going. There must be other North Carolinians on these boards that know about Pungo!?