Bil Browning

Canned hunting redux

Filed By Bil Browning | August 27, 2005 11:53 PM | comments

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I've been keeping our gentle readers informed about the recent decision by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to stop the nefarious practice known as "canned hunting." This is when breeders raise deer or other exotic species like zebra or elk, release them into an enclosed, fenced-in area and allow someone with more blood thirst than hunting skills to stalk the trapped animal and kill it.

A lawsuit has been filed by an operator of a deer preserve to stop the proposed ban. I, personally, find it ironic that these farms are called "preserves" and they want to do anything but... Rodney Bruce of Corydon is bringing the lawsuit. Bruce owns a preserve called "Whitetail Bluff 2003" and has a game-breeders license from the state.

I really enjoyed the side story from the Indy Star article about the lawsuit.

"It is surprising and incomprehensible that the new director of DNR has out of the clear blue sky issued a pronouncement that they (hunting preserves) are 'illegal,"' Indianapolis Attorney Donald Blinzinger, who represents the Indiana Deer and Elk Farmers' Association, said Thursday in announcing the lawsuit.

In his statement Thursday, Blinzinger cited several organizations whose members he said support the lawsuit, including the Indiana Bowhunters Association.

But a spokesman for the bowhunters group denied the claim and said the association's members support the ban on canned hunting.

"To try to put our name in here is obviously trying to associate our group with this lawsuit," said Gene Hopkins, legislative director of the Indiana Bowhunters Association.

"When we say the IBA supports the ban on canned hunting, it's not just us as officers, but with our membership's full support," he added. He said only one member supported canned hunting in the group's most recent survey.

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