Originally Posted by Kyle Welker
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.
Here's where it can be interesting where the lines are drawn. One can hunt large well managed properties with normal or no fences, that certainly won't be the same level of difficulty as the folks without access on the public ground surrounding it. I've hunted a 60,000 acre ranch in Alberta, and a 100,000 acre ranch in Wyoming. I considered them "fair chase" hunts, some of the DIY guys might disagree. I've had easy hunts, and brutal hunts. The difference between hunting Roosevelt Elk on the coast vs Elk in Wyoming I'm not sure can even be compared. However, within the situation a person can still find ways to challenge themselves. Broz mentioned the young hunter with his first buck, which is where all the good stuff is, this one is a challenge as it was first, now its up that hunter and mentor to up the stakes so it remains challenging in one form or another. Maybe its the difference in well managed areas you will more likely shoot "A" buck where in some high fence operations you pick "THE" buck. I had a grizzly tag in BC, I took a full pack fall, and walking was no longer an option. We cruised clear cuts and glassed, but no bear. We bumped into a native whose fishing camp had problems. It was the season end so they buckled everything down and left, but they were clear they wouldn't mind not seeing this particular bear again. We looked it over and no bear. Here's the question, if that bear had been coming out of a cabin with a Twinkie in his mouth would that diminish the story or make it better. Me I could have the taxidermist cover the head with powdered sugar and still be tickled looking at it today.