BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Ranchers who run fenced hunting operations in North Dakota have asked the Legislature to approve a law to regulate them. But the North Dakota House isn’t going along.
House members voted 59-33 on Monday to reject a proposed law that sets out minimum standards for fenced hunting preserves.
Fenced hunting operators raise deer and elk and allow people to hunt the animals for a fee. Some North Dakota sportsmen say the business is unethical because the animals can’t escape.
Opponents of fenced hunting put a measure on the ballot last year to ban the practice, but voters rejected it.
Mandan Rep. Todd Porter says fenced hunting is already regulated. Operators have pushed the law because they say it will deflect criticism, but Porter says a law wouldn’t make any difference.