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Public Land vs. High-fence Hunting

November 19, 2010

There are a few topics that can really get a person’s blood to boiling… politics, religion, RC Cola vs Rondo Citrus Soda.  But one topic I’ve engaged in conversation about that has really opened my eyes is hunting on public land and hunting on high-fence properties.

At first I was on the side of hunting on public land… thinking that high-fence hunting was much akin to catching a squirrel, tying a string to its leg, letting it go and then once the string gets tight…. shoot it.  But then a few hunters pointed out some facts that have shed light on a lot of misconceptions that I’ve held onto for quite some time.

Better Country

The better the land is maintained, the better it ‘feeds’.  Think about it… why do animals migrate?  They move about for three basic reasons… food, water and shelter.

Public lands are truly in the wild.  If it grows, it grows…. if it don’t, it don’t.  For high-fence properties, it’s really all up how the landowner manages their land.  Game found on well-managed high-fence properties are a much better quality than what you’d likely find out on public lands.

Better Quality

As I just mentioned, better managed lands yield better quality game.  Having the high-fenced property, the landowner can determine how much hunting pressure they will allow and when they will allow it.  This allows them the opportunity of letting the game grow to maturity.

Less Hunting Pressure

This is just a numbers game here.  On public land you’re out there hunting with a lot of other hunters.  On a high-fence property, you may find that you’re the only one out there!  This means the odds go up in your favor!

Those were just a few of the points that those who hunt high-fence properties have pointed out to me.  Looking at it from these perspectives has helped pushed me more towards taking the opportunity to hunt on a high-fence property.  But for me I’m the joe-schmoe hunter, no sponsorships, no fancy gigs…. so money is going to be a big factor in deciding whether I go out hunting on public lands or on a high-fence property.

If I were to really narrow it down, the true deciding factor in choosing a high-fence property over public land would be the desire to harvest and mount a quality animal.  If my choice is to put something up on the wall, then it’s time for me to start saving up and taking the best hunt that my money can afford me!  But you better believe that I’m going to be checking out that high-fence property thoroughly before going out to hunt on it…. ’cause remember, it’s only as good as it’s managed!

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