INDIANAPOLIS - Outdoorsmen will no longer be able to hunt whitetail deer
behind fences in Indiana.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources on Thursday announced it
would ban deer hunts within enclosures beginning next year.
"In order to preserve the hunting tradition, we must ensure that all
hunting in Indiana is done in an ethical manner and in a way that
conforms with long-standing fair chase ethics," DNR Director Kyle Hupfer
The move followed the high-profile trial of a Peru deer farmer convicted
earlier this year on charges he ran illegal deer hunts on his hunting
Hupfer also signed an emergency rule banning the hunting of exotic
species - such as wild boar, sheep, elk and zebra - in enclosed areas.
There are about 225 deer or elk farms in Indiana, with 125 farms also
permitted to have other exotic species.
The Humane Society of the United States praised the state's decision.
"The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has taken the lead in
outlawing this unsporting and inhumane practice, and we hope that other
states will follow," said Heidi Prescott, the Humane Society's senior
Federal legislation has been introduced to prohibit interstate commerce
in exotic animals for use in canned hunts, the Humane Society said.
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