She said the group generally opposes all hunting but takes particular offense to killing animals that have no chance of escape.
Hunters and non hunters agree that when you have animals in a fenced in area it is not the traditional type of hunting," Bourbeau said. "In reality they are commercial killing fields where customers pay to kill an animal in an enclosure. We would like to see all of them closed but this is step in the right direction
I think its mis-informed hunters and non-hunters alike making inaccurate statements such as these that ultimately endanger our second amendment right and hunting. The facts (or ommission there of) are presented in such a manner as to dilute the reality.
FACT: Based on a nationwide average, most hunters stand a 1 in 4 chance of harvesting a deer. Thats a 75% survival rate for deer that supposedly "have no chance of escape".
FACT: On average a deer's home range extends roughly one square mile and deer will spend over 50% of that time in an area even smaller than that defined as their core home range. This does not change for deer that become extremely pressured..if anything their core range will reduce in size and their movements become more nocturnal in extremely pressured areas.
I will concede that those hunting high fence areas may have a greater probablility of success, but I don't attribute this to an "enclosure"/ fence. Good/ethical operators of these ecosystems manage the herd levels and nutrients in those systems to ensure a thriving healthy population...they have to if they want to stay in business...but they also know in any given season the number they must harvest to ensure the ecosystem stays in tact and can support the herd. In my mind they are actually providing a service to the environment, although I'm certain some won't see it that way. Thus I am of the opinion (and its mine alone) the probabilty of harvest in these high fenced areas is higher because the lack of pressure allows the deer to roam unencumbered and because these operators have intimate knowledge of the terrain the deer thrive in and can set their clients up for success accordingly. In some regards this is not much different than those of us who own private acreage and manage it in a similar fashion, less the fence.
Would I hunt in a high fenced operation? No, because for me scouting the property, looking for sign, and determining where best to situate myself to successfully harvest my quarry is a large part of the hunting experience. This aspect alone has brought more joy and gratitude to my hunting experience. Still there are many who have limited access or opportunity to hunt public, private, or semi-private club land. For those less fortunate these operators provide a service which allows them to enjoy the hunting experience.
Clearly (and as the Humane Society Director implied) this is just a stepping stone for their agenda and as others have already said we need to police our own and ensure we educate ourselves on the facts so the illinformed cannot discredit them and us in the process. The new administration brings with it the hopes and dreams of many of the Anti's and don't think for a minute they won't exploit "Hope and Change" for this very purpose. Good Hunting All!