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High Fence Elk Hunt - How do you feel?

Ya, saw this one. True that, thats like taking care of your dog for years and then shooting it. Nice looking bull though, its pretty

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Maybe they took it to the vet and he said "I can't do any more for him....I suggest you put him down."

Oh no! We can't kill Elky!", she said.

"Honey we have to, he's in too much pain. He'll be in a better place."

BANG!

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High Fence Elk Hunt - How do you feel?

Do you recall the giant hog shot last year?

It was a fence hunt. I think it was a record animal (if they keep records of that sort of thing). It was a giant black ugly thing.

The hunting community was pretty hard on the boy, being a fence hunt and because he was quoted somewhere that he had to reload the gun several times to finish off the hog.

After the dust settled down a bit the public anger turned toward the father for letting the boy face the media and take the criticism alone. Also, largely because it began to come out that this hunt was all pretty much orchestrated by the father.

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High Fence Elk Hunt - How do you feel?

Here is my take on it. There are a lot of guys that don't have a lot of money. They want an opportunity to hunt Elk or some other big game animal. Some of these guys may save 20 years and know they may never get to go again. So they see they can get a guaranteed Elk and something to put on the wall, or spend all there money and never get opportunity at an Elk. Knowing if they don't score on an Elk, it will take another 20 years to save up.

So to me, it is a financial decision for some and I feel that they should not feel guilty or ashamed of it.

I have been blessed to be able to go on a few hunts around the United States, Alaska and Canada. As I am getting a little older and not as able to get around like I did when I was younger, there may come a time in my life, I may go kill an Elk on a game farm. After all I have yet to be drawn for an Elk tag in Arizona and with my up and coming 2nd knee surgery, I may not be up for the task if I did get drawn.

Is going to a game farm killing an Elk like fair chase, well no. But sometimes there is not another option. Just my humble opinion.

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High Fence Elk Hunt - How do you feel?

I am not opposed to high fence hunts-if the piece of land is large enough. I have hunted elk at a high fenced ranch(several thousand acres) out west and it was by far more challenging than any "fair chase" hunt I've ever done on my own-both physically and mentally.

Many people do not understand that the Elk (and most other types of game at high fenced ranches) are not, in my experiences, tame animals at all-they are just as weary of humans or other unknowns as anything you'd run into on a piece of public land.

I am of the opinion that whenever I choose to leave my area of the country and go on a guided hunt there is a lot of money and time at stake, and as a result, I'm not coming back empty-handed due to the fact that there was just no opportunity for a shot at a decent animal. I enjoy being in the outdoors and having to work for the animal I eventually harvest, but I do not enjoy spending alot of $ and having nothing to show for it besides several days in the woods.

Just my $.02

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High Fence Elk Hunt - How do you feel?

Seems to me if it was the same as fair chase they wouldn't need a fence. I don't care how big the cage is, its still a cage.
just my 2 cents worth

7magshooter wrote:
I am not opposed to high fence hunts-if the piece of land is large enough. I have hunted elk at a high fenced ranch(several thousand acres) out west and it was by far more challenging than any "fair chase" hunt I've ever done on my own-both physically and mentally.

Many people do not understand that the Elk (and most other types of game at high fenced ranches) are not, in my experiences, tame animals at all-they are just as weary of humans or other unknowns as anything you'd run into on a piece of public land.

I am of the opinion that whenever I choose to leave my area of the country and go on a guided hunt there is a lot of money and time at stake, and as a result, I'm not coming back empty-handed due to the fact that there was just no opportunity for a shot at a decent animal. I enjoy being in the outdoors and having to work for the animal I eventually harvest, but I do not enjoy spending alot of $ and having nothing to show for it besides several days in the woods.

Just my $.02

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High Fence Elk Hunt - How do you feel?

Everyone is entitled to there opinion. But I don't think people need to impose there own personal ethics on others. Shame on You!

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High Fence Elk Hunt - How do you feel?

I agree with redhawk.

tangozulu:
Seems to me if it was the same as fair chase they wouldn't need a fence. I don't care how big the cage is, its still a cage.

I don't believe I ever claimed it was the SAME as fair chase hunting, what I said was the the animals at a high fence ranch are no more tame than animals in fair chase situations-in my experiences. They have a fence to control the genetics and the herd, as well as to deter tresspassing and poaching.

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High Fence Elk Hunt - How do you feel?
Redhawk1 wrote:
Everyone is entitled to there opinion. But I don't think people need to impose there own personal ethics on others. Shame on You!

I believe as hunters we should be able to discuss on this open forum our own ethics - that is what makes discussions like this so interesting. I want to hear about your ethics and why you think the way you do. If we can't defend our beliefs and learn from each other - why bother?

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High Fence Elk Hunt - How do you feel?

I don't care for it especially on small tracks of land. I think for the most part, it gives hunters a bad name and more fuel for the antis.

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