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How Hunting Preserves Work


Arguments in Favor of Hunting Preserves

While it'­s never been argued that hunting is necessarily "easy," let's take a look at the obvious benefits of a preserve hunt first.

With many hunting preserves, you can bag your rooster, then head to dinner while facility staff cleans the catch. That's a nice perk for those sportsmen who don't like the hassle of clean-up. Other perks at these preserves include arranged transportation, lodging and meals for one price [source: Thoms].

If hunting isn't your thing, preserves still offer a good opportunity to spend time with friends and family, as these private lands are often spread out -- some as large as 10,000 acres (4,047 hectares) or more [source: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission]. And they offer other increasingly rare amenities, according to Jim Trinklein of the Michigan Association of Gamebird Breeders and Hunting Preserves. Hiking, bird watching and camping opportunities all exist on these lands.

And speaking of budget, preserves add $1.6 billion to the United States economy. They teach gun control skills to youth and work to instill a sense of stewardship and pride in natural lands [source: North American Gamebird Association].

So if preserves are so great for the hunters, what about the hunted? In the next section, we'll look at migration and how preserves and preservationists can offer feeding and resting grounds for animals on their annual migrations.