Backcountry Hunters & Anglers has long considered the privatization of wildlife to be a threat to our public hunting heritage and the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. In Texas, deer and elk “farms” undermine the public trust by allowing the effective privatization of the state’s wildlife resources — and threaten hunter opportunity and wildlife populations by spreading population-limiting diseases like chronic wasting disease (CWD).
This hunting season, please join Texas BHA in pledging to “Hunt Real Deer.” Together we can help reduce the demand for pseudo-privatized deer and stop the spread of CWD.
Why pledge to “Hunt Real Deer”?
- Hunting captive-raised deer violates key tenets of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, threatening the funding sources and wildlife management authority of Texas Parks & Wildlife and leading to the privatization of a public resource.
- Movement of live deer (by trailers) among captive facilities is one of the greatest risk factors contributing to the spread of CWD.
- The vast majority of CWD positive deer in Texas have been traced directly to captive deer breeding operations.
Want to learn more about CWD and why hunting captively raised deer is a problem for wild deer and deer hunters?