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  • steve182
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    I think it's Piss Poor and has no relationship to free range hunting.

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  • Gary Devine
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    Bioguy, when I hunted with a Guide in Saskatchewan, Canada, and his wife was feeding deer that they had in a large blocked wall fence area. The deer were like cattle and they would run up to be fed. The guide said one buck inside the wall fence would score 180. The same domesticated deer were going to be sold to hunting reserves. The horror of it all is like shooting a pet.

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  • Bioguy01
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    Sarge & Treestand - Sorry for the repetition...it's for a class project this time.

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  • fliphuntr14
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    I like that people recognize the disease, aspect of the problem. I don't think deer should closed from the wild for more than a generation. I think it weaken's the offspring's gene's. Debunking the myth which that these deer are superior to the wild deer. There isolation and selective breeding are only after one gene, a secondary sex trait. Its the same as a puppy mill dogs over bread for particular temperament can produce defects such as a large underbite, effectively stressing the animal and causing it to have a bad temperament. It has also created the nightmare of Gene junkie's hunting in free range populations. Moral of the story it causes more trouble than it is worth. You want to kill an animal with a giant rack, you might as well do it the way cattle are. (with a metal rod shoved into its head). I mean no disrespect to the farming community most have a firm grasp of side-effects they are producing and are forced to or take measures to limit them. I have little if any respect for fenced in deer operations, its junk science.

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  • Grassroots89
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    I am not a big fan of it.

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  • AAM
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    Everybody knows that when you take wild animals fence them in and breed them you get diseases which then gets into the wild population.

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  • buckhunter
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    Last I heard there were over 400 deer farms in Ohio. I know of several within 15 minutes of where I set. Not uncommon to see 300 inch deer. They are no different than cows in my book.

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  • IND_NRA
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    Captive deer breeding means bad news for natural wildlife. here in southern Indiana where I live 20 escaped from a farm and one had tested positive for CWD that came from a Pennsylvania farm. We had never had any signs of CWD in Indiana, and if this incident changes that I will be one ticked off hunter.

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  • Dcast
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    I'm neutral, to each their own as long as it doesn't effect the rest and not every case is this true. I mentioned the other day here in Ohio deer farmers which are few and far between are now required to have testing every year on each and every deer with a price tag of $200+ a test. It has put many of deer farmers out of business in a hurry. One I know of, they put down somewhere around 400 deer because of it. I think the testing is a necessity.

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  • AAM
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    Down here in south Texas captive deer breeding is very large and I've seen some of the bucks they raised, it is the craziest most ridiculous thing someone can do to a deer. I've seen deer with weird skinny necks, huge mutated looking antlers and to top it all off they have no meat on their bodies. Is that something you want to hunt.

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  • jhjimbo
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    If i remember right the first case of CWD in central N.Y. was in a captive program.

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  • Ontario Honker Hunter
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    My thoughts on that crap run in the negative numbers.

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  • country road
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    It certainly isn't being done for the good of the species---it's all about the money.

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  • Treestand
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    Ditto~~sarge01

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  • Sarge01
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    Haven't we beat this around before ?

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