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I can't remember if this issue came up here (but in another region), or if it was in another forum I frequent, but it really got some people fired up. Not that I'm looking for that here, but I was just curious what ya'll thought.

One guy was braggin about he and his buddy that went on a hunt (somewhereville USA) and shot this monster buck. Come to find out it was a high fence hunt. Everyone came down on the guy pretty hard about it being a high fence hunt, but the guy was insistant that it is no different than an "open range" hunt because it is a 2500 acre area. He is against a smaller fenced hunt though, but he feels this buck should be in the record books.

Has anyone done one of these High Fence Hunts? What are your thoughts on this? None of the record books will recognize a deer shot under such circumstances as "record book worthy" and I agree. Of course the guy that was pretty fired up about the "smack talkin'" that was going on!! It was kinda funny. What do ya'll think?!! Legit hunt/deer?? Or not??!!!!

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May get a better response in the Whitetail section.
Personally I believe High fence is High fence no matter how large the acerage. I don't agree with it and would never do it, nor would I want to see the "record books" accept any these trophy's.

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i agree with RR

of course.....all of southern florida is high fenced do to the fencing along I-10....it is separated from the north. neener!

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For starters i think most would be surprised how many high fence bucks are probably already in the books. Some of these guys pay unreal amounts of money to shoot these animals so its very likely a lot get entered in the books anyway. If you are in the biz of raising huge deer for clients to shoot then your probably gonna shut your mouth about the deer being scored and entered. As for me i love big mature bucks but wont take one from any size enclosure. Bigger enclosures do normally mean tougher hunts sometimes. However i've seen smaller enclosures make deer more nervous and pressured and even a caged whitetail can be extremely elusive. I simply love wild hunts where you dont know exactly what bucks are out there. If someone thinks enclosure hunting is real hunting then thats there right. It just does not interest me at all!

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If someone wants to hunt in a high fence enclosure that is their business, but their animal shouldn't be entered into the record book. The animals behind the fence are cultivated and nutured to be bigger and thus, you are comparing apples to oranges.

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I agree 100% with you all. However the guy was claiming no difference in growing, and suplimental feeding in a fence hunt and putting in food plots, feeders, and other sources of suplimental feedings to grow big bucks in unfenced areas. I just couldn't believe the thinking of this guy that he believes it is the same thing!! If you fenced me in an area (big or small) with only a Panera Bread and a McDonalds.....believe you me....I'm gonna be a fat A$$!!!!!

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Humpin Buck wrote:
I agree 100% with you all. However the guy was claiming no difference in growing, and suplimental feeding in a fence hunt and putting in food plots, feeders, and other sources of suplimental feedings to grow big bucks in unfenced areas. I just couldn't believe the thinking of this guy that he believes it is the same thing!! If you fenced me in an area (big or small) with only a Panera Bread and a McDonalds.....believe you me....I'm gonna be a fat A$$!!!!!

Even TX. free range hunts have the pleasure of supplemental feeding and supplemental protein. We have a totally free ranging hunt just nw of Dallas and they supplemental the crap out of the deer and believe me it shows. Truthfully if you supplemental feed 24/7/365 you don't even need a fence to keep the deer on your property, they are not leaving the food. The fence mainly keeps them from being shot by neighboring hunters before they can reach maturity if they do wander over on their property but they don't go far from the feed. They know just about every deer on this ranch and have watched many of the same deer for years and it is totally free range with nothing more than low farm fences you find everywhere. The feeding keeps the deer on their ranches just as much as any fence does..

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None the less...the fence takes the "Wild" out of "Wild Game". Without the fence, the deer have the CHOICE to leave the area. With the fence they don't. It's a principal thing.

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I couldnt agree more, 2500 acres isnt that much land and would severely limit any herding animals natural range and hence limit and change thier natural instincts. May as well been in a feedlot IMHO

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I think Washington should invest in some high fenced hunting.....for it's liberals...I myself would never be caught on a high fenced hunt for anything....but as screwed over as Washingtons hunting regulations are you might as well book a high fenced hunt....there is only one anamial here in Washington that is remotely close to being on for seasons...and that the coyotes...any time of the year and no limit....perfect...other then that your pissing in the wind

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Great comments by both of you!! FEED-LOT!! LMFAO!! That's a GREAT analogy!! Yes

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