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Indiana Measure Would Allow Some Deer Hunting Preserves to Stay Open

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Indiana lawmakers are considering a proposal that would allow several deer hunting  preserves around the state to continue operating.   The preserves allow hunters to pay for a chance to shoot deer that are kept inside high fences.Owners of the preserves and some outdoorsmen organizations disagree on whether the hunting of the farm-raised deer is proper.But Republican Rep. Matt Ubelhor says legislation is needed to resolve a lawsuit over whether four existing preserves can stay in business.     Ubelhor says his proposal considered Monday by an Indiana House committee wouldn't allow any additional preserves to open.Indiana Deer Hunters Association President Joe Bacon says the group opposes allowing the preserves because they don't provide real hunting.The committee could vote next week on whether to support the proposal.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.