The growing high-fenced hunting and deer farming industries are rich in revenue, but lacking in certain ethics.
High-fenced hunts – yea or nay? That’s a question that many hunters ponder over when it comes to their deer season options. Whereas one hunter may prefer public land, or his own private property, another may want the ease of knowing his target is already out there, waiting. Should we fault the latter hunter for that? Many do, citing the deer on those high fenced hunting properties as a “perversion of nature.” Plus, where’s the sportsmanship in shooting a penned up animal?
A recent investigation done by the IndyStar looks into the practices of these high-fence hunting and deer farming operations, including their involvement with the spread of CWD, as well as how they’re lobbying to be overseen by Agriculture Departments instead of Wildlife Agencies.
The series is broken up into four chapters, each focusing on a different portion of this booming industry from its roots in deer farming to high-fenced hunting preserves to the lobbyists who’d like to see this practice deregulated.
Watch the videos below, then let us know what you think in the comments. This article is best viewed via desktop.
Chapter 1 (if viewing via mobile, please click HERE)
Chapter 2 (if viewing via mobile, please click HERE)
Chapter 3 (if viewing via mobile, please click HERE)
Chapter 4 (if viewing via mobile, please click HERE)
Now that you’ve seen the series – what’s your opinion on this matter? Do you think high fenced hunting should be regulated by agriculture, rather than wildlife? Sound off in the comments below.
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