Deer are being hunted by "captive hunting." (Photo used by Flickr user Dave Williss)
By Claudia Johnson
SPRINGFIELD - The Humane Society calls it “pay-to-play shooting,” referring to the activity known as “captive hunting.”
A bill under consideration in Springfield, sponsored by State Rep. Kelly Burke (D-Evergreen Park), would stop any new “captive hunting” facilities from opening.
Captive hunting allows shooters to pay to kill animals trapped behind fences.
“It establishes a moratorium on the number of captive hunting facilities for varying mammals in Illinois," Burke said. "These are places where there is mostly deer hunting."
State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) is opposed to the bill.
“These animals are not wild. They are raised to do that, just like cattle is raised for us to eat. It is totally wrong,” Phelps said. “I just think what’s next. If they try to go after this, is bird hunting what they’re going after next? ‘Cause at the end of the day the Humane Society is totally against hunting, period. I just think this is a way for them to get their foot in the door.”
H.B. 3118 has not been assigned to a House committee.