As Easy As Shooting Fish in a Barrel?

Why Private Game Reserves Offer a Chance to Save the Sport of Hunting and Conservation Practices

This Note argues that private game reserves can benefit the sport of hunting and conservation efforts simultaneously. Private game reserves benefit the sport of hunting by isolating animals on a large tract of land, while not capturing them, offering an alternative to decreasing public hunting lands while allowing the sport of hunting to continue. They may also stimulate conservation efforts by providing habitats in which animals can prosper. For these reasons, Illinois should amend its proposed hunting regulation bill to encourage private game reserves. In defending this conclusion, this Note analyzes the history of property rights in animals and the socio-political, economic, ethical, and environmental benefits of private game reserves.

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