published Monday, March 28th, 2011

Bill would allow deer farms, TWRA opposes it

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A legislative bill that would allow commercial deer farming in Tennessee is scheduled for discussion by a House subcommittee on Tuesday. A state wildlife conservation group opposes it, saying it could spread chronic wasting disease.

The bill would require state agriculture officials to license breeding operations to raise white-tail deer, primarily for hunting on private ranches, reports The Commercial Appeal.

CEO Mike Butler of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation says the spread of disease isn't the only problem with the proposal, contending that shooting farm-raised deer isn't sporting.

Knoxville Republican Frank Nicely sponsored the bill and the newspaper says he didn't return its call. A call offering Nicely an opportunity for comment was left at his office on Monday by The Associated Press.

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EaTn said...

Farm raised deer for sport hunting--you might have guessed a right-winger would sponsor such a bill, but it's consistent with what they've been pushing out of Nashville lately. Killing Bambi in a pen while feeding on corn is totally disgusting, and to call it hunting for a profit is too. There are more wild deer than ever, and if these yahoos with money from NY or wherever are too lazy to get up at dawn and walk a little to hunt then let them stay where they belong.

March 28, 2011 at 12:47 p.m.
EaTn said...

wildman--first let me thank you for enlightening me on some of the issues of deer farming I was not aware. Also, I would like to point out that thousands of public hunters through hunting license and the efforts of the TWRA and private citizens have developed the deer herds in the state so that both in-state and out-of-state hunters can enjoy the sport of true wild deer hunts on our many public and private hunting lands, and where deers are not necessarily measured in antler size or weight but in the challenge of the hunt itself.

March 28, 2011 at 2:57 p.m.
Humphrey said...

I don't know anything about "deer farming" but what "wildman" says makes sense to me. However, I know a little, not much but a little, about trout fishing and well, those fisherie trout are not wild trout. They don't fish the same, they don't taste the same. It is great, wonderful, to have hatchery trout to take the kids fishing, because they are easy to catch, but those poor things are not like wild trout. Just imho.

March 28, 2011 at 8:57 p.m.
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