Video: Short Film Addresses the Conundrum of High-Fence Hunting

A documentary from Blood Origins takes a deep look into the ethics and conservation aspects of high-fence hunting in Texas.

A contentious topic in pretty much any room you walk into, high-fence hunting is the practice of containing wildlife in a designated area for the primary sake of hunting. In Texas, that often means exotic species.

Because Texas has a climate comparable to portions of Africa, it’s an ideal location for many African big-game species. The idea of hunting African animals in Texas draws ire from both sides of the aisle.

On the pro-hunting side, you’ll hear the argument that it isn’t fair chase and commercializes wildlife. On the anti-hunting side, you’ll hear all the same arguments that you hear against the broader aspects of hunting — and then some.

It’s a game of big money, big business, and something a bit lesser-known: big conservation.

Robbie Kröger of Blood Origins shares his perspective from inside one of those big Texas ranches.

Runtime: 12 minutes

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Rachelle Schrute
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As a fifth-generation Montanan, Rachelle Schrute comes from a long line of western hunters and anglers. Born in western Montana, she spent countless days chasing mountain elk and mountain trout with her family. She is heavily involved in Montana's conservation and wildlife management practices and has served in leadership roles within multiple conservation organizations. Rachelle is a certified Wilderness First Responder, and often spends her summers as a Wilderness Guide in Yellowstone National Park. When not gear testing or writing, you can likely find her hunting, hiking, fishing, and cooking wild game with her two children.

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