Hunters Fight for the Right to Hunt Fenced-In Animals

Lawmakers in Indiana are considering a proposal to legalize a handful of hunting preserves in the state where “hunters” can pay thousands of dollars to go to shoot animals who are kept in enclosed areas.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) ruled that fenced hunting was illegal in 2005, but owners of the five preserves that are currently open won an injunction that year that allowed them to  keep operating and hold private hunts for deer, pheasants and other wildlife.

Senate Bill 487, introduced by Rep. Matt Ubelhor, R-Bloomfield, would ban more preserves from opening, but make it legal for the ones already operating to stay in business.

Supporters are arguing that this legislation is needed to resolve the eight-year-old lawsuit over whether the preserves can stay in business and owners are arguing that they need to protect the hundreds of thousands of dollars they’ve invested in these preserves with former approval from the state.

The DNR wants to see them shut down, and is even getting support from a number of hunting organizations, including the Indiana Deer Hunters Association, Indiana Bowhunter Association  and Indiana Wildlife Federation, which have raised concerns about deer at the preserves spreading illnesses to the state’s wild deer population, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a close relative of mad cow disease, is one of the illnesses that people are concerned about and with good reason: It’s very contagious, always fatal and there’s no way to get rid of it. Since it first appeared in captive mule deer in Colorado in the late 1960s, it has spread to more than 20 states and two Canadian provinces decimating native populations of deer, elk and moose along the way, while costing millions for disease control and eradication programs. Many believe that preserves function as an incubator for this disease because animals can be imported and are kept in crowded conditions, which aids its spread.

The groups also point out that fenced preserves take away from the alleged “fair chase” in hunting, since farm-raised deer lack an instinctive fear of humans. Whether you’re for or against hunting in general or for sustenance, there’s just no way to defend shooting at tame or semi-tame animals trapped in a fenced area as a sport, but that’s just what supporters are doing.

Ubelhor wants to see these “good businesses” stay open and give people who can’t otherwise find the time or make the effort to go out hunting get a guaranteed kill.

This type of hunting has been banned in several states while many remain baffled about why anyone would even want to participate in this type of canned hunting. The Natural Resources Committee is expected to vote on the issue April 1 and will hopefully vote to shut these places down.


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Carrie-Anne Brown
Carrie-Anne B4 years ago

thanks for sharing

Kati Patelaki
kathy P4 years ago


Amy L.
Amy L4 years ago

This is ridiculous. I do not like hunters to begin with - I find them gross and stupid and this only reenforces my perception of them. Imagine paying thousands of dollars to murder a defenseless animal that can't get away from some dumb ass who has the audacity to say their hunting. Do they need to hunt because they are starving to death? Excuse me while I throw up over this travesty and more alarming with all of the hungry kids in America why in the hell would you throw this kind of money away to murder something when you could use it to save someone. How stupid and irresponsible.

Elisa Faulkner- Uriarte
Elisa F4 years ago

Awful...must be stopped!

Waheeda S.
Waheeda E4 years ago

Canned hunting is amongst the most barbaric of activities...yet all these horrible people think it's harmless sport. Shame!

Carolanne Powell
C P4 years ago

Sickening to hear of yet another "canned " hunting type programme, & the excuses they use for being sick F~*%$

Gene Jacobson
Gene J4 years ago

"Lawmakers in Indiana are considering a proposal to legalize a handful of hunting preserves in the state where “hunters” can pay thousands of dollars to go to shoot animals who are kept in enclosed areas."

Hunting itself is an anachronism, something left over from a time when it was necessary to put food on the table. That is not the case any longer, nor has it been for a very long time. It drives me crazy to hear it called a sport and be covered in the sports pages. There is nothing sporting about an armed human killing a defenseless and inoffensive creature who is no threat of any kind. I confess, I did hunt, but the last time was at 16, it turned my stomach then and it still does today. Were the animals armed as well, well then you could call it a sport, if you are into gladiatorial contests which I am not. But this is ridiculous and should be offensive to ANY human being. Shooting creatures confined in a pen is sick, no other way to put that, it seems a mental illness to me to even consider such a thing. I don't think I'd want to live near either the "hunters" or the "owners" of these pathetic arenas as they seem far more dangerous to me than the average person calling themselves hunters. This should be barred everywhere, permanently, until we have evolved past our primitive bloodlust and into civilized beings.

Kathleen S.
Kathleen S4 years ago

Anyone who would shoot a confined animal is sick. Whatever goes around comes around. They need to be on the other side of the gun to know what it feels like. They are disgusting human beings.

anne r.
Tom R4 years ago

Confined or caged hunts are not only cruel and inhumane, they are evil. Why even do this? Hunters are getting lazy. The animals should have a chance and they would have one in the wild. In a caged hunt, they have nothing but fear and death.

Michael MacPherson

Caged and Fence hunting is for sociopaths, people who get a thrill out of killing helpless animals for fun. What we need to have is a sting where there is an add for anyone interested in caged or fenced in animal hunting on certain days, when these psychologically disturbed sociopaths arrive they are met by medical teams who will take them to mental institutes where they can hopefully be helped. The same for anyone who is sick enough to have animals caged or fenced in, so these other mentally disturbed people can have their sick shooting of helpless animals.

What also needs to be done is to weed out any employee who works for the city, State or Federal agencies that could give these psychopaths permission to commit these sick perverted acts on the defenseless creatures. With people who are sociopaths and could careless about the welfare of animals how are we going to stop Dog Fighting and other cruelties to animals?