Thursday, August 25, 2011

Markets in Everything: African Game Hunting in TX

Texas Exotic Hunting, with price list ($5,500 for a zebra). 

HT: Juandos 

15 Comments:

At 8/25/2011 10:48 AM, Blogger cruiser said...

Somewhat off-topic: I've been a hunter all my life but I will be damned if I can see why anyone would want to shoot a horse in a pasture-----and pay $5,500 for the privelege to boot.

 
At 8/25/2011 11:01 AM, OpenID Zhang Fei said...

This is on 800 sq miles of land, probably not all that different from the African veldt. Not exactly a pasture.

 
At 8/25/2011 11:10 AM, Blogger juandos said...

zhang fei nails it...

That area west of San Angelo, Tx is quite a bit like a section of the Serengeti...

 
At 8/25/2011 11:27 AM, Blogger Chris Burrows said...

What's next? "Bag Bambi only 2K!" (sarc)

 
At 8/25/2011 11:42 AM, OpenID Zhang Fei said...

What's next? "Bag Bambi only 2K!" (sarc)

Domestic deer only require a hunting license (<$100), assuming it's done on state land.

 
At 8/25/2011 1:13 PM, Blogger Benjamin said...

Charming.

 
At 8/25/2011 1:26 PM, Blogger Chris Burrows said...

Bet you can't shoot Bambi with that license.

 
At 8/25/2011 2:32 PM, Blogger Bill said...

I do not care for canned hunts either and I hunt whitetail deer and various birds (on occasion). Whitetail deer are native to the US and are totally wild. How much they have recreated the wild on their land is the key question here. The hunt could be made to approximate a real hunt in Africa which would not bother me. But, I suspect that the people who run this take steps to insure success so that they can get paid. This leads me to believe that it is not a fair hunt and is therefore unethical.

 
At 8/25/2011 3:47 PM, Blogger Free2Choose said...

AND...how do we know that the poor hunter wasnt' duped into shooting an old white nag - bound for the glue factory - which had just had black stripes painted on it. I see a lot of room for fraud here. :)

 
At 8/25/2011 4:33 PM, Blogger Hydra said...

I'm with Cruiser, I don't get it. I was taught that if you kill something, you are morally obligated to eat it: I hope this guy enjoys horse.


Not a fair hunt? Would that be when the man has an equal chance to get killed as the zebra?

 
At 8/25/2011 10:40 PM, Blogger Belinda said...

What a stupid activity. And people pay good money to do that? What a waste.
Belinda

 
At 8/26/2011 9:09 AM, Blogger juandos said...

"What a stupid activity. And people pay good money to do that? What a waste"...

Its their money so why do you care what they do with their money?

Besides its not a waste...

Those high prices help finance and drive breeding programs...

 
At 8/26/2011 9:56 PM, Blogger Stone Glasgow said...

What a disgusting sport. Why don't they throw some great apes out there as well?

 
At 8/26/2011 11:23 PM, Blogger Don Culo said...

Shooting fish in a barrel is for whimps.

I say charge $1,000.00 so the hunters can hunt each other and really make it a sport.

 
At 8/27/2011 5:21 PM, Blogger Trey said...

My father breeds deer in the Texas Hill Country area (central Texas), mostly as a hobby.

The local/native bucks had been subject to inverse Darwinism: over the decades, hunters killed the fittest (biggest rack).

My father began 15 years ago with 3 deer from South Texas, where the genetics are still good. Through breeding, buying, and selling, he now maintains around 200+ deer.

Total feed cost is $20,000 per year, having increased substantially in the last 5 years due to corn and other feed price increases.

They are his babies, but he does allow hunters every now and then. They pay $1500-$2000 for one (very nice) buck. (It's not very sporting -- the deer pretty much come to the same feeder at the same time everyday.) He also sells some to other breeders, though the market is pretty saturated now.

BTW, I'm not a hunter myself, but this market has been good for the deer population and genetics in general.

 

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