Hunt Preserve Debate 

There are seven active hunt preserves in the state where hunters pay a fee to hunt game in confined areas. With a move in Augusta to make them illegal preserve owners like Marc Luce are having to try to save the industry. Luce, who owns Hindsite Deer Hunt Preserve in Newport says there is plenty of misinformation regarding guided hunts including how the animals are killed and that the hunters are inexperienced. Supporters of legislation to ban preserves say the industry is not profitable in Maine. In 2007 the department of agriculture took in about 10-thousand dollars from license and tag fees. Maine Friends of Animals Director Robert Fisk is pushing the ban saying the “canned hunts” are unethical and inhumane. Fisk is familar to trying to change the law as the banning issue came up in the 90’s when it was turned down by lawmakers.