After open seasons in 1914 and 1915, seal hunting was once more restricted for periods of three years at a time. However in 1938 two Bluff fishermen were caught with sealskins, as this headline announces. There was a final open season in 1946 before sealing was permanently banned.
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Reference: Otago Daily Times, 3 December 1938, p. 19
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