Hunting's Free-Enterprise Future?
February 1, 1999
In some parts of the country, privately-owned hunting clubs are springing up -- operated much like golfing clubs.
- At one such club in Waukesha, Wis., members hunt by appointment, have access to teaching pros, practice ranges, clubhouse, locker rooms, and a fireplace and bar.
- Members pay $695 a year for club privileges and a "bank" of 20 pen-raised pheasants -- which are released on 60- acre tracts about an hour before the member arrives.
- Wealthy Americans have maintained similar preserves, usually on the East Coast, for many years -- but hundreds of new accommodations are springing up all over the country to accommodate mainstream hunters.
- Entrepreneurs have succeeded in developing and raising new and superior strains of pheasants -- which were in danger of being over-hunted prior to hunting becoming a business.
Observers say such preserves have doubled in a decade to an estimated 3,500 -- compared to the nation's 16,000 golf courses. Last year, game-bird breeders raised nearly 40 million pheasants, quail, partridges and ducks for preserve shooting.
Source: James P. Sterba, "Plight of the Pheasant Frame's the Debate Over Hunting's Future," Wall Street Journal, February 1, 1999.
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