High-fence hunt - and proud of it!

by Dave



Well, for anyone that might be interested(from an earlier post)... I finally went on an elk hunt. Settled on a high-fence ranch hunt. (I know - taboo, especially for anyone that lives out west. But for us in the east, our options are limited for elk.) Nice ranch, nice owners, nice operation. 200 ac. enclosure, swamp, woods, fields, hills. Took about 4 hours to finally locate the elk. Unfortunately, he located me as well. Took another hour and half to get close enough for a responsible shot. Good hunt, had fun, met some great guys, and overall was happy with it, but went a little too fast. A big part of that was because my hunting partner walked up ahead to "push" it to me. Didn't think he'd actually find it. He did. So I did.

All-in-all, not a bad hunt, and would do it again, but in a larger area.

For anyone thinking about a high-fence hunt, especially for anyone new to hunting, I would recommend it.

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Sep 16, 2010
Debate about "fair chase"
by: Dave, MT (ElkHuntingTips.Net

I think this debate is worthwhile. I do hope disagreements can be made without put downs. To clarify, there are several Dave's here. I always put "Dave, MT" and I am the owner of Elk Hunting Tips.Net.

All elk hunting reports are welcome. All opinions are welcome as long as they are family friendly.

Sep 15, 2010
by: Dave

Anonymous?!?! You make those kind of comments about me and my choice of hunt, and you can't put your name in? Don't blame you, I'd be ashamed, too.

Sep 15, 2010
Shame, shame, shame on you.
by: Dave

Why would you put someone down that has a very high desire, but very limited options for being able to hunt an elk? Everyone should think/act/hunt like you? (Sounds like a liberal.) I should stick to my turkey and whitetail? As I stated in a previous post, if I lived out west where I could hunt elk freely and often, I would have no desire to hunt elk in a high fence setting. But I can tell you this from EXPERIENCE, it was way more of a hunt than sitting in a blind waiting for a whitetail or a turkey to come ambling by and shoot it. (Which I also do.) On top of that, how much "hunting" is actually involved if I were to pay a guide $4000 to take me to where some elk are, point my gun/bow at it, and shoot it? Which is what 1000's of hunters do every year. Feel the same way about them? How about the long range shooters with $3000 guns/scopes that don't have to get any closer than 6-7-800 yards? Still "fair" chase? It's easy to put down others when you live where you live and have the opportunity you do. Sounds like you take it for granted. Again, shame on you.

Since my wife and I have been in the process of adopting a brother and sister, time and $$ have both been pretty tight, and which will make being able to hunt all the more difficult. But I'm going to do the best I can to teach them probably the most important thing my dad taught me about hunting and fishing - be respectful. Respectful of the outdoors, the animals you shoot (and don't shoot), and people, even those that don't agree with you.

I'll chalk up your comments to simple ignorance. Preconceived ideas about something which you have never experienced.

And when my son and daughter are ready for their 1st hunt, I'll let them choose where and how they want to do it. And do you think I'll be any less proud of them?

Nonetheless, good luck on your hunt this year. I hope you get the biggest elk of your life.

Sep 15, 2010
Proud of a Canned Hunt?
by: Anonymous

Frankly, when I come to this site, I don't expect to have to put up with sad rationalizations for unsportsmanlike behavior that neglects fair-chase principles. To each their own, but you have nothing to be proud of. Enjoy your meat.

I wish more folks would post the results of real elk hunts on the site! My muzzleloader season in northeast WA starts on Oct. 2. I'll be sure to report in. In those mountains, the Selkirks, elk roam free and wild, just like the turkeys and whitetails down south that the high-fence hunter should be hunting.

Sep 09, 2010
High Fence Elk Hunt
by: Dave, MT

No shame in that! Sounds like a hunt, not a "shoot", if it took four hours to find them.

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