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Published October 31, 2010, 11:05 AM

ND Elk Rancher: Measure 2 violates private property rights

Park River, ND (WDAY TV) - A northern valley rancher depends on the sale of his elk to support his family. But he says if the North Dakota Fenced Hunting Ban passes, his family will have to change how the farm is run.

By: Lezlie Johnson, WDAY

For the last seven years, nurturing and raising elk has been Wayne Laavig's life.

WAYNE: “I don't want to have to quit.”

If Measure 2 passes on November 2nd, the Laavig's will have to find a different animal to raise because the value of elk will decrease.

“These bulls here, I usually sell to the hunting ranch over in Edinberg every year.”

They are sales that could be taken away. The measure also states that ranchers or farmers could no longer charge a fee for people to hunt big-game in a man-made enclosure.

“Will I be able to even get rid of these animals? And if I do, I would like to be able to charge a fee for them just to make some money off of them, but the way it's written, I might not even be able to do that.”

Some say hunting a fenced in animal is unfair and un-sportsmanlike. Laavig says many times the fenced in areas are hundreds of acres for what is called a fair chase. As for his land...

“Its private property and I'd really like to protect it and this measure goes against 100-percent of the private property issue.”

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