INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A proposal aimed at legalizing five fenced deer-hunting
preserves around the state faces an uncertain future even though it has been
approved by the Indiana House.
Supporters of the bill say it is needed to resolve an eight-year-old lawsuit
over attempts by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to shut down
the existing preserves where hunters pay for a chance to shoot deer confined
inside high fences.
The House voted 52-39 on Monday in favor of the bill despite arguments that
the shooting of farm-raised deer inside the preserves isnít real hunting.
Senate President Pro Tem David Long has blocked previous attempts at
legalizing the fenced preserves. He says allowing the five existing
preserves could open the state up to more of them in the future.