BUCK FEVER What can happen if preserve owners make the rules

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  1. Friday, March 28, 2014

    BUCK FEVER What can happen if preserve owners make the rules


    What can happen if preserve owners make the rules
    Damning investigation by Mr. Sabalow et al @ IndyStar, that shows what we have known for decades about, an industry run amuck, an industry that will eventually self regulate itself, if they get their way, an industry that in my opinion, has been spreading cwd to hell and back for decades, i.e. the shooting pen industry. ...tss


    What can happen if preserve owners make the rules

    What can happen if preserve owners make the rules

    At one Indiana high-fence operation, deer — some ill or appearing drugged — were hunted in what prosecutors called 'killing pens.' Today, laws like those that sent the owner to prison are under assault in many states.

    Ryan Sabalow, [email protected]

    "I think the DNR was so jealous 'cause I was selling deer for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and it would take 10 years for them to make what I was making in one day." — Russ Bellar

    Buck Fever

    Chapter 4

    The nation's deer farmers are aggressively lobbying for regulatory changes that would benefit their industry. One Indiana case serves as a warning of what could happen if the industry is allowed to set its own rules. Robert Scheer/The Star

    PERU, Ind. – For seven days in January 2005, a jury in a federal courtroom heard tales from a now-notorious Indiana hunting preserve of deer being drugged and even a sick deer propped up in a 1-acre pen so a hunter could shoot a $15,000 trophy.

    Jurors heard testimony from an outdoor television celebrity, a corporate CEO, a country music star and an ex-NFL quarterback, some of whom paid substantial sums to shoot deer in enclosures so small that prosecutors dubbed them "killing pens." One shot his deer only minutes after it was released from a trailer. ...

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    Overview: Trophy industry breeds risk disease, costs taxpayers millions
    The pursuit of deer bred for enormous antlers and shot in hunting pens is compromising our ethics and laws, and comes with growing risk and costs.


    Chapter 1: A troubling industry is born

    Amish farmer unwittingly helped give rise to a booming new business — and ethical and legal quandaries.

    "I am the king behind my fence. These are my deer." — Marty Berry, Texas deer breeder


    Chapter 3: How fair is the chase?


    Chapter 4: What can happen if preserve owners make the rules


    Is the rack worth the risk?

    The search for the source of a deadly disease often leads to deer farms.
    The interstate movement of deer has been linked to the spread of disease. What are we risking for trophies? Robert Scheer/The Star
    SEYMOUR, Ind. – In April 2012, a tree fell on a fence in Southern Indiana and 20 white-tailed deer bounded through the gap, their tails raised like stark white flags.

    One of the deer in the pen had been shipped from a Pennsylvania herd where two deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease, a neurological disorder that's always fatal to deer and elk and has been found in 22 states — but never in Indiana.

    Not yet, anyway.

    That buck — which state officials call Yellow 47, for the color and number of the tag in his ear — has never been found. And because there is no reliable way to test for the disease until an animal dies, no one knows whether Yellow 47 had CWD when he arrived in Indiana, or whether he could be spreading it to his wild brethren today. ...



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    BUCK FEVER What can happen if preserve owners make the rules



  2. Steve

    Steve Staff Member

    Not a good image.