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South Africa
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Posted - Jun 27 2012 :  00:26:10  Show Profile Send JohnC a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi guys

Out of interest sake...

How does the private ownership of wildlife in the US work?
Do you putt up a 2.4m high fence around your ranch and buy 2 bison, 5 elk and 10 pronghorn and say you own them?

Please share a couple pointers on this.


Joe King
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Posted - Jun 27 2012 :  11:51:41  Show Profile Send Joe King a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It varies state by state. In Montana you can own them but you have to have a fence of sufficient construction to keep them isolated, it's a lot like (essentially is) having quarantined live stock.

you can hit em as hard as you want, but you have to hit em first

Keep in mind the animals we shoot for food and display are not bullet proof. Contrary to popular belief, they bleed and die just like they did a hundred years ago. Being competent with a given rifle is far more important than impressive ballistics and poor shootability. High velocity misses never put a steak in the freezer.

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Posted - Jun 28 2012 :  09:21:27  Show Profile Send hwy40 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Here is a site with a rundown of state laws and some federal references.

If it ain't broke, fix it 'till it is.
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Posted - Jun 30 2012 :  14:14:31  Show Profile Send grubber a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ohio is oddly lenient in this regard. There was a big disaster on a private game reserve recently with the release of exotic animals and suicide of the owner/operator. It was a big enough event that it may cause some legislative attention to the subject.
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