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Committee Approves Proposal To Allow Fenced Hunting

A House committee has approved a proposal to let fenced-in hunting preserves continue operating.

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Photo: Cindy Cornett Seigle (flickr)

A deer looks back after walking out onto a gravel road in Indiana.

Five Indiana hunting preserves could get a trump card in a long-running battle with the Department of Natural Resources.

A House committee has approved a proposal to let the preserves continue operating, while banning any similar hunting operations from opening.

Several environmental and hunting groups have criticized the fenced-in preserves as “canned hunting,” and the DNR has been embroiled in a court fight for eight years trying to shut them down.

Representative Matt Ubelhor (R-Bloomfield) says the preserves have done nothing wrong

“They‘ve been operating now probably since 2004 without any problems. They are a legitimate business and industry of which many people use and benefit from,” he says.

Ubelhor says banning them would not only put them out of business, but cripple the business of dozens of breeders who supply the preserves with deer and other animals.

The proposal still needs to clear both the full House and the Senate.

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