Perhaps the most emotionally-charged issue (on both sides) being decided yesterday, at least form a hunter’s perspective, was the North Dakota ballot measure that would make high-fence hunting illegal. So how did it fare?
From this story in the Minot Daily News:
_North Dakota voters decided the fate of one of the most emotionally charged issues in recent state history Tuesday whether or not to ban “high fence hunting.” With nearly 80 percent of the votes counted by 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night on statewide initiated Measure No. 2, “no” prevailed over “yes” 57 percent to 43 percent. That percentage mirrored a trend that became more and more evident as returns were posted throughout election evening.
_The “no” vote killed a prospective change to the North Dakota Century Code that would have banned the “killing or attempted killing of privately-owned big game species or exotic mammals confined in or released from any man-made enclosure designed to prevent escape.” There are 12 high fence hunting operations in North Dakota and about 80 elk and deer producers, the majority of which do not allow hunting. Those opposed to Measure No. 2 claimed the real issue was property rights, that a landowner should be able to decide whether or not to raise traditional game animals and allow shooters to harvest them.
Proponents of Measure No. 2 countered that captive hunting operations are little more than “shooting galleries” and that the concept of high fence hunting is contrary to long accepted Rules of Fair Chase. The state’s sportsmen appeared to be divided on the issue, tussling with a dislike for high fence hunting but unwilling to stifle the rights of property owners. Some quickly voiced their opposition when it was learned the Humane Society of the United States was in favor of the measure, fearing that an end to high fence hunting would lead to further action by anti-hunting organizations targeting North Dakota._
Good result? Bad Result? Discuss…