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Sunday, 19 August 2018

Comments from Hunting Advocates on Canned Hunting in Maine
Written by Robert Fisk   
Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Fair chase "is the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and taking of free-ranging wild animals in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper or unfair advantage over the animal...big game confined by artificial barriers for commercial shooting are ineligible."

The Boone & Crocket Club
"Hunting Behind Wire" by Bob Humphrey, Maine Sportsman

"These types of hunts are not looked upon in the best light by the public and the Department needs to consider if this is the type of hunting we want to promote,"



Former DIF&W Commissioner Lee Perry
Bangor Daily News

"I don't care if its elk farmers or Zulu hunters doing it. I don't want this called hunting, because it is not hunting if you are doing it in an enclosed area." .... "Basically I just don't think it's hunting. There's a real fair-chase issue here. It's shooting something in a barrel, as far as I am concerned."



Rep. Matt Dunlap
Former House chair of IFW Committee
Sportsman's Alliance of Maine News and Bangor Daily News

"Hunting and fishing in the woods and waters of Maine have a long and storied tradition. It seems to me that any Mainer familiar with the outdoors would realize that canned hunts are not only unfair but not sporting."



Governor John Baldacci
Bangor Daily News

But the Department of Agriculture doesn't want to regulate them either. "We are production driven. This hunt, or whatever you want to call it is certainly not agricultural production."



Chip Ridky, former State Veterinarian
"Hunting Behind Wire" by Bob Humphrey, Maine Sportsman

"In northern New England, the pride is in the chase, not the kill. When someone creates a situation where the chase is not an important part of the process, they're attacking the culture. I'm surprised they even opened a place like that in Maine."   



Jeff Brown, President of the Northeast Buck Club
The Boston Globe

"I'm concerned about Maine's culture and heritage. This is not who we are."



Sen. Marge Kilkelly, former Agriculture Committee member and bill sponsor
The Boston Globe  

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