High-fence deer hunting amendment passes Indiana House committee April 1, 2013 Indiana

Indiana Deer Population, Management News and Information Archive

... Representatives from the Humane Society of the United States and the Indiana Deer Hunters Association testified in opposition of the amendment. Erin Huang, of the Humane Society, testified that surveys show that Hoosiers are overwhelmingly opposed ... Rep. Matt Ubelhor, R-Bloomfield ... amendment would set rules for the preserves that include setting sizes of at least 100 acres ... Hunters using the preserves would be required to pay a $50 state fee per deer and have a hunting license...

Pending legislation alert, High Fence Hunting in Indiana April 2, 2013 Journal Review
...  This is not a 10,000 acre ranch in Texas - we have a pen in Indiana that is 40 acres in size. A few years ago a preserve was selling “hunts” on three acres.  These organizations have expressed negative opinions about high fence or the shooting of pen-raised deer. Boone and Crockett Club, Pope and Young Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Quality Deer Management Association, Indiana Deer Hunters Association, Indiana Bowhunters Association and Indiana Wildlife Association...


Why debate over fenced hunting is important to have April 3, 2013 Indiana, News Sentinel
... Some hunters like being able to shoot their prey in fenced-in deer preserves – enough to make such preserves profitable. But some hunters ally with environmental and animal advocacy groups in opposition to the practice...  Is the “sport” of hunting merely the thrill of killing something, or is there something nobler involved? How close to “like shooting fish in a barrel” do we have to get before our sense of fair play kicks in?  ...

Critics speak out against canned hunting April 4, 2013 Indiana, WISH
“We believe fair chase involves pursuing a white tail deer in its natural habitat and that doesn't include a surrounding fence to restrict its movement,” said Tom James, president of the Indiana chapter of the Quality Deer Management Association ... Indiana has five deer preserves where you can hunt in a fenced in area. They've been operating since 1998. The DNR unsuccessfully tried to shut them down ...

Opposition building to fenced-in deer hunts April 5, 2013 Indiana, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
...  Senate President Pro Tem David Long is wading again into the debate over high-fenced deer hunting in Indiana, saying the provision inserted into a Senate bill while in House committee will be removed... “You get deer who are basically raised, who are pretty docile, fenced in so somebody can get paid $20,000 to shoot a buck, sitting on a fence as the buck walks by casually and guns it down and they put the trophy on their wall,”  ...

...  A "canned hunt" is when marksmen take aim at deer enclosed in a fenced in area ... on Lee Fritz's property because the deer are fenced in, limited to roaming around 120 acres or so... Until the state makes a decision, Fritz will continue ... "Collared deer have been known to travel up to eight, ten miles during breeding time. 100 acres doesn't even touch that, so really you are limiting the natural environment of the deer itself which is why I wouldn't consider it hunting," said hunter Tylan Miller...

Fort Wayne republican keeps aim on high fence hunting April 12, 2013 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
... Indiana Senate Pro Tempore David Long ... made it abundantly clear that, even if the House passes a bill backed by Gov. Mike Pence that would allow the state’s five fenced deer preserves to stay in business, it would die a quick death upon reaching the Senate...

High-fence deer hunt bill passes in House April 16, 2013 Indiana, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
... The House voted 52-39 on Senate Bill 487, which seeks to quash a long-standing lawsuit over the legality of the existing preserves... Preserves would qualify under the bill if they can prove they continuously operated from 2005 to the end of 2012... The Indiana Farm Bureau and National Federation of Independent Businesses supported the bill.  A number of wildlife and hunting groups oppose the bill based on concerns of disease spread and unethical hunting practices...

Long: Fenced deer hunting bill dead for the session April 24, 2013 Indiana, The Statehouse File
The Senate leader said Wednesday that a bill to legalize five fenced deer-hunting preserves is essentially dead for the session...  he wants to let the courts decide whether the preserves – which the state has been trying to close since 2005 – can remain open...

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