I have been a member of SCI for many years and I know their record book entries are classified differently for free range and high-fence, or estate hunting as the refer to it these days. I will be the first one to say that SCI does a lot of good work world wide on behalf of hunters and wildlife management, but that does not mean I have to agree with everything about the organization. It is also some of the SCI boys that drive up to Saskatchewan to 'hunt' 400+ point bull elk on the private elk ranches. Most of those trophy elk hunts take place in kill pens that are not very large and the 'hunts' rarely take more than one day.
They know the score on these animals before the trigger is even pulled, in fact they call up the bwanas and advise them what they have on the ranch and what they score and the price tag. After the short hunt the ear tag is cut off for pictures and the shooter heads for town, back on the plane and back to business.
The Sanctuary is a high-fenced deer operation that is approximately 4 square miles in size. No I have not hunted there..........I am afraid that the $8,500 to $17,000 price tag for a Gold Metal hunt of 5 days duration is a bit out of my price league. Even if I could afford it, I would not do it. If someone else wants to.....it is their money and their decision. The deer densities and in fact the trophy buck densities on this property are extremely high and no......I do not consider it to be even remotely close to the difficulty a hunter faces in taking a huge buck free range.
I do not begrudge these ranchers the right to kill their stock or to offer it to someone for a price......and there are obviously people out there willing to pay for it, lots of them.
But please, lets not make it out to be more than it is. I have seen it and to me personally as a hunter, it is embarrassing.