Captive hunts, also known as “canned hunts,” are the very opposite of fair chase. Shooters at captive hunts pay to kill animals—even endangered species—trapped behind fences.
Animals from breeders, dealers, and even zoos or circuses may end up at captive hunts. Often the animals are hand-raised and bottle-fed, so they aren't afraid of people.
The animals are often accustomed to being fed in certain areas at regular intervals—and shooters will be there waiting. Captive hunts are so unsporting that hunting groups like Boone & Crockett, Pope & Young, and the Izaak Walton League oppose them. Captive hunts also threaten cattle and wildlife with disease, while the owners earn big fees.
There are more than a thousand captive hunts in this country.
News & Events
October 7, 2015
Nueva encuesta revela que la mayoría de los estadounidenses se oponen a la cacería de trofeos tras la muerte del león Cecil
De acuerdo a una nueva encuesta nacional, los votantes estadounidenses dijeron que se oponen a la cacería de trofeos, por un margen de dos a uno.
June 5, 2015
An Indiana Supreme Court ruling has now legalized captive hunting in Indiana.
April 15, 2015
The Indiana Senate shot down legislation that would legalize captive hunting operations.
February 18, 2015
The Indiana House passed legislation allowing privately-owned facilities in the state to stock deer and elk for trophy-seekers, letting them pay to shoot the semi-tame animals trapped in enclosures for guaranteed kills.