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Old 07-03-2013, 09:29 AM
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$$ Hunting Trips

Just curious with all the hating going on with PAID hunting trips how may of you guys have ever PAID to go on a hunting trip (high fence)?

in your mind why is paying to go on a hunt (high fence), so different than using trail cams or some sort of feed to lure whatever animal in you are hunting?

For me i don't hate on anyone really if that particular hunt makes the hunter happy then we should all be happy for them, right?
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:25 AM
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Re: $$ Hunting Trips

I've been on a couple of "canned" shoots. You just have to be clear what you're doing. We don't have a lot of opportunity here. Shooting a big hog is a great bullet testing opportunity. I told my partner's son get good grades, and I'll pay for a hog to shoot, his grades improved. They make a good controlled situation for beginners. All kinds of variations, buffalo, meat and a hide can be worth it. Some can be as easy or hard as you like. Like anything else if it works for you fine, just don't BS yourself or others. Someplaces can be set up for long range, and could be a good trial to see how ready you really are before you try to fill a hard draw tag.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:07 AM
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I've been on a couple of "canned" shoots. You just have to be clear what you're doing. We don't have a lot of opportunity here. Shooting a big hog is a great bullet testing opportunity. I told my partner's son get good grades, and I'll pay for a hog to shoot, his grades improved. They make a good controlled situation for beginners. All kinds of variations, buffalo, meat and a hide can be worth it. Some can be as easy or hard as you like. Like anything else if it works for you fine, just don't BS yourself or others. Someplaces can be set up for long range, and could be a good trial to see how ready you really are before you try to fill a hard draw tag.
You couldn't have made a better statement than "Like anything else if it works for you fine, just don't BS yourself or others".

I definitely don't BS myself or others for that matter, i know exactly what i am doing when i go somewhere like the Sanctuary. In most cases (i.e. like myself) the people i have met on "canned" hunts so to speak are more there for the commodore with fellow hunters than they are for the deer they are going to smoke.

All that being said i have a 10,000 acre lease (low fence) that myself and my little bro have patterned the deer so well that either one of us could get someone on a 150'+ deer in no time at all thanks to trail cams and feeders, so i have a hard time understanding the difference between all the gadgets we have and a high fence.

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Old 07-03-2013, 03:13 PM
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Re: $$ Hunting Trips

There's a forum member (can't remember his screenname) who's signature line is: "high fence, low fence, stuck in the fence, if I can tag it, it's hunting!"
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:25 PM
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There's a forum member (can't remember his screenname) who's signature line is: "high fence, low fence, stuck in the fence, if I can tag it, it's hunting!"
That's BignGreen's here is the copy and paste.

"High Fence, Low Fence, Stuck in the Fence, if I can Tag it and Eat it, it's Hunting!"


I don't have issues with canned hunts. But it is just not for me personally. I don't care what others do, go for it if it works for you.

I guess I view it as easier to obtain large trophy animals, that probably would not have grow to their current size in the wild. I have never taken a high fenced animal, but have spent a good deal of time chasing trophies in the wild. So it does rub me a little raw I guess when they are compared to trophies take out side. I just see it as two different types of hunts and not on the same scale of achievement.

That's as honest of an answer as I can give. Nothing personal, just how my gut sees it.

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Old 07-03-2013, 03:55 PM
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Re: $$ Hunting Trips

Personally i don't care about the records books, my record book is if I'm happy with what i took. It's more of the experience i have on each hunt that is the real trophy for me whether I'm high fence hunting or not.

As far as comparing the trophies in record books everyone knows P&Y and B&C don't take game/high fence animals. SCI has different categories for high fence versus non which are estate records and non estate (Cant remember if that is exactly what they call it but you get my drift). So in the record books anyway they are not be compared....

There is no question that you cannot that comparing high fence versus low fence animals, since typically high fence will be much bigger if the land owner has a good supplement program and manage the herd correctly.

As i have stated before i have a high fence on my ranch (2,000+ acres) but the whole reasoning behind it was to let our deer herd mature before being whacked. Prior to the high fence we had multiple deer that my family would pass on (150+ deer) due to the maturity of the deer, the next week you would hear people at the local Town and Country talking up the 150" 3 year old they killed. Since i don't nor does anyone in my family care about the record books, we decided it would be better to high fence our place and let the deer mature to a minimum of 5 years old before being taken (not counting culls).
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Old 07-03-2013, 04:17 PM
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Re: $$ Hunting Trips

For the record I don't do record books either. I have some on my wall that qualify but never have attempted to register one. Doubt I ever will. When I owned farms in Iowa we had no high fences, yet we let smaller 140" and down walk. Unless we invited a young hunter for their first buck. We had less land than you do and we left a bedding area we deemed as "no mans land" No one was allowed in there, it was a place for the deer to stay and not be disturbed. We had our choice of nice bucks every year after we had owned the land four years.

It is just a personal way of looking at things. To me they are either free range animals or not. Like I said, to each his own, but I will always be more interested in game that was not fenced. It's just my personal choice. As is yours to fence and "manage your herd"

Thanks! and have a good upcoming season.
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