Is Hunting Behind a High Fence Cheating?
A discussion on high fence hunting, the stigmas that go along with it, and that as hunters, we need to stop judging each other so sharply in public.
*This is an excerpt from a podcast with Butch Whiting of Kryptek.
….high-fence hunting gets thrown under the bus publicly in such an extreme and judgmental way that I think it’s a worthy conversation.
We receive criticism because we have a few high fence hunts listed on our site. High fence hunts aren’t our focus at all, but our job is to find the hunt that our clients are looking for. We get some hate from the anti-hunters, and that’s to be expected, but we get more from other hunters. They think that their way of hunting is the only way, and that if you don’t do it like them, then you’re a cheater.
Now, people are entitled to their own opinion, and I can empathize with them for sure, high fence hunting isn’t for everybody. There are lots of reasons to choose to hunt behind a fence, and I’m sure cheating is one of them, but that’s a topic for another discussion. But what I want to talk about today is that, in my opinion hunters are the only ones that have each others backs, and if we disagree with a certain style of hunting, (short of illegal), then we should do it privately. Not on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram. Calling out other hunters just gives anti-hunters more fuel for their fire, it flat out pisses me off. I think it’s irresponsible and stupid.
Well, to be honest with you I was probably one of those guys that was high-fence, I guess …racist before I hunted on one.
But until you get to see some of the operations and a lot of people that would love- let’s just say pick a place, New Zealand or Africa. They don’t realize that a lot of those hunts, like when we say high-fenced some of these places are 50 to 100,000 acres and in many places, for example in Zimbabwe that high fence exists not to necessarily keep the animals in but to keep animals out and/or people out. You know it’s a vast area.
I went into a place in South Zimbabwe and the only time I ever saw the fence was when we drove through – actually when I left the place. I didn’t even know we were in one because we flew into it and landed at the airstrip. After several days of hunting I realized we were at a high-fence place when we drove out because the game manager was wanting to show us another section of the ranch.
So then you take the places in Texas and they all vary in sizes, but I’ve seen some operations down there that are enormous. One of my good associates has a place down there and it’s up around 11 or 12 thousand acres or something like that. Once you get inside the fence, you can go a long ways, and you never know you’re in there.
I think that when people that have never experienced it, they envision like hunting in a pen, a corral-and you just shoot the ‘tame’ animals like fish in a barrel.
Exactly. Judgmental hunters and anti-hunters both put us ‘on guard’. And when we are in that mode it makes us scared to say that we enjoy sport hunting. We feel the need to constantly justify it in some way. I don’t care who you are… there is no one, I mean no one who ONLY hunts for meat. Because if that were why you hunted then you’d go buy something – it’s cheaper, right? It’s just the reality.
I just wish hunters would stop feeling like they have to excuse themselves of that rather than embracing the predator we are, and that every predator in nature including us which we are a part of- have a point of elation at the time of the harvest. It’s just a fact, why would we be embarrassed of that? I don’t get it….
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