Hunting in pens isn't real hunting, harms deer

2013-04-07T00:00:00Z Hunting in pens isn't real hunting, harms deer
April 07, 2013 12:00 am

The Indiana General Assembly is considering legislation that would allow businesses to continue to provide high-paying customers the ability to shoot white-tailed deer within fenced enclosures.

Make no mistake about it. These are not “hunting" facilities, and they pose a serious threat to the health of Indiana’s wild deer population.

That is why the legislation and the facilities are opposed by genuine deer-hunting associations and conservation organizations alike.

Typically, a customer selects an animal from a website with unique antlers they want on their wall. The animal is then shipped from whatever state it is in and released within a fenced enclosure to be shot by the customer at his convenience.

These facilities are often so poorly regulated that their in-bred and domesticated deer often escape to pollute the genetics of wild deer populations.

Please tell your state representatives to oppose this legislation and shut these facilities down.

- Jim Sweeney, Schererville

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