Editorial brief: Open the hunting cans, once and for all

Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, IN

Indiana ought to take the hard line on closing fenced animal-shooting enclosures. It’s the right thing to do, and it’s the right move politically, too.

Until recently, this issue was all glory for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and its director, Kyle Hupfer. Last year, the DNR passed emergency and temporary rules to halt “canned hunting.” The governor and attorney general both approved the new rules. And Hupfer says there will be no more fenced “hunting” enclosures established.

But now he’s waffling about whether there ought to be a years-long phase-out period. The answer is no. Canned hunts ought to stop in Indiana. The spectacle of herding a deer into a corner and executing it appalls nonhunters and embarrasses real hunters.

Today’s briefs by Bob Caylor for the editorial board

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