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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - "Would bill expand 'canned hunting' in Indiana?" It sure seems so ...

Updating this ILB post from March 31st, Ryan Sabalow of the Indianapolis Star has posted a second story, this one headed "Would bill expand 'canned hunting' in Indiana?" Some quotes:

Fenced deer-hunting preserves in Indiana could greatly expand under language quietly slipped into an amended bill that passed a state Senate committee on Monday.

The amendment to House Bill 1453 says that any Indiana property owner with at least 160 acres can offer hunts for farm-raised deer so long as the property has a hunting area of at least 125 contiguous acres surrounded by a 10-foot-tall fence.

When HB 1453 passed the Indiana House in February, the bill only grandfathered in preserves that had been in business prior to 2015. [ILB: see below]

Critics say they're deeply troubled by the language in the amendment, which they say creates the potential for a massive statewide expansion of what they call "canned hunting."

"I think the bottom line it allows for unlimited expansion of these operations that the overwhelming majority of Hoosiers find distasteful," said Jeff Wells, president of the Indiana Conservation Officer Organization.

In a Feb. 18th story, Niki Kelly of the FWJG pointed that the then-current draft allowed "only pre-existing facilities to be eligible for a license," but, in addition to the four "in operation under a court injunction – in Harrison, Blackford, Kosciusko and Marshall counties"
[A]bout a dozen existed before a long legal battle when the Department of Natural Resources tried to shut them down in 2005. Those would be eligible as well.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 1, 2015 02:20 PM
Posted to Indiana Government