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I see your point there Don-both are for sale at a price that is dependant on what the market is able to bear.

Hunting has most certainly changed, there are so many options when it comes to choosing where/how/with whom you're going to hunt any given species of animal. I think the abundance of options is a good thing, and the competition that comes with it. I wouldn't want to see that limited to strictly "fair chase" or nothing at all. That's what the GA DNR (dept of natural resources) would like to see, as evident by their attempting to control deerfarms as if the animals born there and kept there are a "natural resource".

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Thank God I'm in the position to teach my children what hunting really is, and not have to rely on spending thousands of $$ for going through the motions of just killing a trophy animal. The trophy should come from your experiences you encounter during your preparation and hard work of finding the animal you are seeking, rather than the size of its antlers. Every animal I kill is a trophy because I know I did it all on my own, from field to table.
I do realize not everyone has that opportunity, and that's why I am so grateful. I just feel sorry for those that can't experience what a real hunt is. As the post started out, is this type of "hunting" really hunting? Not in my book.

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I agree Red everything you said is exactally what was on my mind.

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I'm curious Dave. You live in Illinois, I assume you also hunt there. Would it be alright with you if there were two types tags there? Say a subsistence tag for does and spikes for maybe ten bucks each as you need them and then a trophy tag for bucks two branched forks or better but you have to draw it and get only one. If choose a trophy tag, you forfeit any and all subsistence tags. That be alright? If not, why not? I'd go for it here in Ore and it would make sense in some states that are over run with deer.

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Don, we do have that in Illinois. You can buy doe only archery tags over the counter for $10. Unlimited, I think. Only one either sex tag per hunter, though.

Reading your post, I'm not sure we disagree on anything.

I'm curios, how many days were the PHs given to hunt those fenced deer? A weekend? A week? A whole season? My point is, if you know for sure a trophy deer is there, given a whole season, odds are you're going to get him.

My concern is, as this becomes more and more lucrative, more and more private land is going away. Then, my friend, hunting will be the sport of the rich...and that sucks for everybody.

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Illinois_Dave wrote:

My concern is, as this becomes more and more lucrative, more and more private land is going away. Then, my friend, hunting will be the sport of the rich...and that sucks for everybody.

The light is coming on! Thumbs up

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I don't see it as anything more than a business targeting folks who may not have the time, but the cash to pay for a hunt. An oppurtunity in the market that some ranchers siezed. Good for them! Keeps some people out of the woods that maybe you wouldn't want to run into. I didn't mean that in a mean way.

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Sure you didnt lol.

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Yuk! sad

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Alright. I'm not trying to be mean. Sorry if I offended anyone. There is that issue though deep down in everyones mind. Last year a friend I was hunting with was targeted by another hunter. The other hunter told us he almost shot. We were covered in orange. Safety and education is definately a huge issue with some I believe. That's why I'm choosing more secluded places this year. But I will say I'm not going to bad mouth anyone who participates in hunting or the defense thereof.

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That guy shouldnt have a license. Shame on You!

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