It is a series of compromises with "shooting in a corral"
at one end of the spectrum and "Using a knife and a spear in the whole State of Montana"
on the other end.
I enjoyed the experience of walking in the woods (actually the desert) many times over my younger years, with the outdoor camping experiences being the prime purpose and bringing home 'meat' strictly an added bonus.
That is not the situation for me now. We tried a "ranch" in Texas a couple of years ago and it was not what we thought it woukld be. The place was fenced and a total of about 800 acres of brush-land , using blinds and feeders to attract the hogs out of the brush. It was a canned 'shoot' for sure and was not anything special...and turned out to be pretty expensive.
The compromise we are participating in now is a larger Ranch. It encloses 5 square miles. You can choose to wander the woods on a stalking hunt, or use a guide and a blind or several other possibilities. Since I am rather limited in my mobility I choose to use a technique that keeps me off my feet most of the time.
Our motivation now includes filling the freezer to help offset the cost of the trip...that was not an issue before, but it is a contributing factor now. I cannot justify a $5000 elk hunt in Colorado with possibly not bringing home an Elk ! In Missouri We will take a Bison for less than $3500, enjoy a three day holiday in very nice resort-level accomodations, and bring home over 500 lbs of finish-butchered Bison. In our personal situation that is an acceptable compromise...But it may not be for everyone.
That's just My Opinion..It works for us, but may not for others.
Cosmos- As to the escapee's, Indiana has the same sort of laws being implimented now about importing Hogs.
My response would be to place a shoot on sight
law into effect and charge a license fee, that money would be used to pay claims made by landowners who have damage claims. Not perfect but a start...and fine the rancher who allows escaping animals.
As far as wild game goes, I am sure that Bison and the various Venison's are on the menu in Many NY restaurants...so Boar and Alligator should be an acceptable addition.
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