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December 26, 2012

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Canned hunts of confined deer financed by not so dear trophy hunters
By Linda Beans, Animals In Print Editor

A great deal of time and effort has been spent by the Ohio Division of Wildlife to protect and encourage the propagation of deer farms, a concept totally in-congruent with wildlife management. Exactly what alleged under handed business is taking place here in the beautiful rolling hills of Ohio?

This article will discuss all the despicable facts inside these abhorrent and hellacious deer farms. These establishments accumulate huge profits from canned hunts and the faux hunters that enthusiastically and repeatedly uphold and give credence to such pricey violence of our sanctioned wildlife. These human predators are pathetically conniving and extremely willing to disperse thousands of dollars to assure their slaying of a confined deer with a colossal and extremely ornate set of antlers. These humans whose self esteem is substantiated and bolstered by their newest procured wall trophy are lacking in basic self esteem and identity. Their proudly mounted deer heads appear like gargantuan and distorted crowns, morbid extensions of their own pretentious facade.

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Hunter sitting in deer stand waiting to shoot confined deer
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What separates these people from the commonplace hunter who is amenable to tracking through the wilderness searching for his prey?

The normal preponderance of hunters would never consider embarrassing themselves by engaging into a contract with a deer farm. They would be hiding their heads in shame, had they returned home with a deer killed while trapped inside a fenced area. Hunters wouldn't be observed returning with a deer having a tag in its ear nor would they take any pride in displaying the deformed and genetically altered antler from these defenseless and vulnerable creatures heads. As appalling and offensive a practice as hunting an animals is, trophy hunters take it to a new low, a dishonorable, opprobrious and disreputable act.

Why do these people need these grandiose murders and why are they so slothful and indolent they can't strive or put forth any endeavor that is noble and principled?

These people are interested only in instant gratification and satisfaction. They feel no need to defend or justify their conduct or insipid deportment. They are patronizing these deer farms because they find the kills effortless and hands-down a secure and guaranteed attainment. They are so cunning they enjoy the cold bloodied and ruthless option of actually selecting an animal they covet, envisioning the antlered heads upon their walls. They have no hunting ethics or any moral compass in their souls or psyche.

While most of us portray the hunter to be the casually attired blue collar worker, those whom call upon the usefulness of deer farms are the executive and privileged. Many venture to Ohio's deer farms as the bucks in their state are very small and slight in stature.

Some of these men, bereft of any form of decent character consider bringing their teenage sons to these farms for their first kill. After the kill family members embolden and en-hearten their children with misplaced virtuoso enthusiasm, posing them in giddy pictures with their freshly slain animal. Adults are coaching the newly culpable killers into awkward and gruesome pictures as they lift the heads of their victims by their mutated and convoluted antlers and smile silly grins into the cold and disapproving eye of the camera.

Here is an example of one 16 year old teen's first experience killing a deer at the ranch.

"I started putting more shells into my gun, when out of the thicket about 15 yards to the right of me, out walks this huge buck. I had just fired 3 times and it never bothered him. I took good aim, fired, and dropped him where he stood. I remember my dad saying if they try to get up,"hit him again," and the buck started to raise. I put another shot into him, and it was over. I was shaking, and could not believe what had just happened. When I finally got out of the stand, there lay my FIRST Deer.

It was 10 points, with a 20 inch inside spread, and weighed in at 200 pounds. IT WAS A MONSTER. My dad came running to me and showed me how to field dress it. We took lots of pictures. While I waited on the 1 hour developing, I drove the truck all over town to show it to my friends. I will never forget this day."

So many memories to made while still a teen, how tragic that one would be the shooting of an unsuspecting buck trapped inside a blatantly high fenced in area. This isn't hunting. This is double talk and nothing but a bunch of twisty words that actually say, go ahead and murder a confined deer, one that in many situation is very comfortable being around humans.

This is your Ohio Wildlife Division, or should we say, this is our state funded agency that supports and advocates for one small group of citizens in this state, a dismal percentage 6 or 7 percent of the population, the hunters and trappers. There is a love affair going on here and we are left out. Alleged deceit, lies, manipulated statistics, scare tactics, what ever it takes because love is blind and this romance is deadly and feeds on the violence projected on our state's wildlife.

Here is a Quote from SCI Issues Fair Chase Preserve Rules, read it closely. Are these mandates being met within these deer farms?

The North American Hunting Preserves - Fair Chase Standards May 2006

"Recreational hunting and the concept of “fair chase” has been linked for as long as recreational hunting has existed. However, the terms and conditions of what constitutes “fair chase” when hunting is conducted within a high fenced area has never been fully or clearly defined. SCI believes that the following conditions must be met, or exceeded, in order for the concept of “fair chase” to apply for hunting mammals within high fenced areas in North America:

•The animals hunted must have freely resided on the property on which they are being hunted for at least six months, or longer. •The hunting property shall provide escape cover that allows the animals to elude hunters for extended periods of time and multiple occurrences. Escape cover, in the form of rugged terrain or topography, and/or dense thickets or stands of woods, shall collectively comprise at least 50% of the property. •The animals hunted must be part of a breeding herd that is a resident on the hunted property. •The operators of the preserve must provide freely available and ample amounts of cover, food and water at all times. •Animals that are to be hunted must exhibit their natural flight/survival instincts. •No zoo animals, exhibited animals or tame animals are to be hunted. •No hunting or selling of hunting rights to a specified animal. •Hunting methods employed cannot include driving, herding or chasing animals to awaiting hunters. •Every effort must be made to utilize all meat commonly consumed from a taken animal. The minimum amount of land necessary to meet these requirements varies by region, terrain and habitat type. Setting a standard minimum area is unlikely to be realistic. However, SCI recommends that state/provincial wildlife management agencies work with the operators and the hunting community within their area to establish specific regulations to guide the operation of hunting preserves. "


Is your head spinning yet?

These are indigenous animals, native to this state. They aren't here for us to own, maneuver, command, manipulate, slaughter, profit by or breed. We share this planet. Is that concept so hard to understand?

The Ohio Division Of Wildlife must decease their unhealthy obsession with the hunters and trappers. As tax payers we have the right to speak out, with only 6 to 7 percent of the population hunting our voices should also be heard and respected. We the people, the 93%, have legal rights to be acknowledged and our opinions considered regarding the life threatening decisions for all wildlife. These animals belong to the residents of Ohio, not the Wildlife Division, we pay their salaries, they work for us.

Below is your Wildlife council in Ohio with a link to their page. Feel free to contact them and protest their objectifying lives of deer.

Always be polite and effective. We can't expect respect if we don't give it.

The Ohio Division Of Wildlife must decease their obsession with killing. As tax payers we have the right to speak out, with only 6 to 7 percent of the population hunting our voices should also be heard and respected. We the people, the 93%, have legal rights to be acknowledged and our opinions considered regarding the life threatening decisions for all wildlife. These animals belong to the residents of Ohio, not the Wildlife Division, we pay their salaries, they work for us.

Meet the Ohio Wildlife Council.

Definition "The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations. Appointed by the Governor, no more than four members may be of the same political party and two of the council members must represent agriculture. Each term of office is four years."

Members of the board are as follow: Note full detail of each member may be accesses at:

"Charles E. Franks (Newark) is so dedicated to community service that Governor George

Voinovich awarded him the "Volunteer of the Year" award for the state of Ohio in 1994.

Horace W. Karr (Pomeroy) is serving his seventh term on the Wildlife Council. With a farming background . We are recognized as a leader in wildlife management and a pattern for other wildlife agencies to follow.”

George R. Klein (Akron) is the owner and operating partner of the Hill‘n Dale Club, a 470-member fishing, hunting and shooting club near Medina, which he has led for more than 20 years.Klein is an avid steelhead trout fisherman and enjoys duck and woodcock hunting in Ohio and abroad.

Paul P. Mechling, II, (Pierpont) is a doctor of veterinary medicine from Ashtabula County, where he is co-owner in two practices providing large and small animal care and surgery.

Larry B. Mixon Sr., Ph.D., (Columbus) is a former superintendent for Columbus Public Schools. He is an avid outdoorsman and marksman, enjoying rabbit and wild turkey hunting, bowhunting for white-tailed deer, fishing for bass, walleye and Chinook salmon, and benchrest shooting.

Tim Ratliff (Winchester) is a Brown County farmer raising beef cattle, swine, grain crops, tobacco, sunflowers, hay and freshwater shrimp. He is a member of the Brown County Farm Bureau and has served on the boards of the Brown County Fair, Brown County Pork Producers and the National Wild Turkey Federations’ Ohio River Longbeards Chapter. He served on the Farm Services Agency State Committee for eight years.. Tim and his family enjoy camping along with deer and turkey hunting.

Karen Stewart-Linkhart (Xenia) She is a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Ohio State Trappers Association, and, with her husband, Dave, is a director of the National and International Affairs for the National Trappers Association. "

1-800-WILDLIFE (1-800-945-3543) or email [email protected]

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