The article on this site regarding high fence hunting which seemed to look favorably upon future possible privitization of hunting management instead of the states. I am wholly oppossed to this idea as I see the future down that road as hunting closed off to only those who can afford the highest bid. Unfortunately with high fence operations and wild but private ranches I fear hunting is already headed down that road. Maybe not in my time but for younger generations down the road they may not even know what public hunting land was and only if extremely wealthy be able to afford to hunt an operation but at least the bucks and bulls will have been genetically engineered to have the hugest racks so their 12,000 dollars will be well spent on a rack they can hang on the wall.
When you go to privitization the end goal will be profits only with no regard to the individual hunter just to the stockholders. Sad.
This sounds like what they have in South Africa from what I know about hunting there.
I prefer free-range hunting and I do it because I like the challenge so high fence hunting would generally not be for me. I also prefer not to have the vision of you in a loin cloth and spear in my head, but I do now - thanks a lot.
I also recognize that high fence hunting offers opportunities for some that they may otherwise not have. Some may not be fortunate enough to go to Africa to hunt an impala (which very well may be on a ranch that is high fence) but can go to TX and take one.
Does it present the thrill and challenge that you described - nah, not for me, but for that person it may so I say good for them. Take the impala, get it mounted and be proud of it.
I use this analogy. In golf you have some amatures that are very serious about the game and have very low handicaps. They follow the rules to the letter and are very competitive. Then on the opposite extreme, you have the guy that likes to get together with his buddies, have a few beers, take a mulligan here and there and just have fun.
Each is a "golfer" but with different goals and abilities. The same way with hunters. Some will climb the mountain just for an opportunity at a goat. They train, they shoot regularly and they hunt. On the other hand you've got the guy who works 80+ hours a week, rarely gets time off, but likes to go on an estate hunt each year. He too is a hunter, just in a different class.
When we rid the world of all those that would ban hunting then we can be more selective in our "club." Until then I personally welcome all those that act legally when hunting.
SoCo - this is not directed to you.....I just happen to get on my soap box while responding to your post....