Man sells opportunity to shoot captive deer on Craigslist [PHOTO]

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Got nearly $10,000 to spare? The owner of Summers Deer Farm in Vergas, Minnesota, wants that much coin for the opportunity to shoot Tarzan, a large four-year-old trophy buck with an impressive rack that's held captive on his roughly 25-acre property.

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While the offer is legal, some argue it's unethical. For instance, John Young, a member of a nearby deer hunters association, told WDAY that "I guess if it is legal, that is one thing; but [the] true hunter would not want to do something like that."

Summers Deer Farm owner Mike Summers acknowledges that his offer "isn't for everyone." But he told WDAY "we are not going to use him as a breeding buck, so we are getting rid of him this year."

Summers's offer drew the ire of KFGO radio host Mike McFeely. McFeely says he has no problem with hunting and could understand if someone with a disability takes Summers up on his offer.

"But if some dude from Minneapolis, Chicago, or Texas wants to shoot Tarzan strictly to hang the deer's head on his wall ... that is pathetic," McFeely writes in a blog post about the offer.

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DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

Do we have to shoot it, or can we use nunchucks?

Walter Hudson
Walter Hudson

Of course it is. What's fundamentally different between this and the billions of pounds of livestock which get slaughtered every month?

Jeff Cagle
Jeff Cagle

Sounds like something Ted Nugent would do.

Kari Christiansen
Kari Christiansen

That's as bad or worse then fox and coyote penning. Having packs of dogs chase and kill captive animals caught in the wild for so called "sport".

_Joe_
_Joe_

Maybe they'll get to meet Dick Cheney....

_Joe_
_Joe_

What the actual fuck?  If anyone takes them up on this offer, it is our duty to find out who it is and publicly ridicule them into the last century.


If they weren't so damn greedy, they could just release him and give REAL hunters a shot.

Actually, there may be an issue with releasing domestically raised deer into the wild population... not sure.  At any rate, how could anyone *possibly* feel pride over a mount they paid $10000 for?

Ridiculous.

Noel Barrick
Noel Barrick

Ethical to charge that much? I guess if people are willing to pay it, go for it. Ethical to kill a deer? Well, for that answer, refer to another question. Is it ethical to eat meat?

NewsDog
NewsDog

It’s a good call that they don’t want to use him as a breeding buck given his non-typical, non-symmetrical rack (which costs points on a B&C score), but at four years old I’ll bet he has already put plenty of his genes in the 25 acre pool. On a well managed ranch here in Texas he probably would have been culled in his second season. And I don’t know anyone that would shell out 10K for that rack.

Just shoot him and eat him or give the meat to a food bank (last year Hunters for the Hungry in Texas donated over 250K pounds of meat).

Margaret Millington
Margaret Millington

.....proposition are neither. I wish this magnificent creature could live out his life in a sanctuary where his live beauty could provide much more pleasure for many more folks than his dead, disembodied head hanging on a wall ever could.

David Gabriel Robinson
David Gabriel Robinson

Hmm, I'm more worried about homeless starving children than a non self-aware animal. Whatever happens to this deer is irrelevant when compared to a child in need.

Sarah Beal
Sarah Beal

Ok, I am a big hunter, but I'd never do this. Tough to shoot animals that have zero change of getting away, and trust me, in the wild they get away plenty. I also eat EVERYTHING I hunt. I don't think they are paying that high of a price for some backstraps....pure trophy hunting isn't my style.

Jesse D. Keogh
Jesse D. Keogh

If anyone is seriously upset about this, they need to focus more on the food supply that we currently raise... hell at least this deer lived a somewhat normal and relatively free life... A life I'm sure any GMO inbred turkey or chicken would have loved to have had...

kezaezy
kezaezy

We are a pathetic species.

Please, someone, shoot the fence.

John Fenderson
John Fenderson

I'm not sure I understand why anyone would want to do this. I'm not a hunter, but I've met and talked to enough hunters to understand what it is about the experience they enjoy. This isn't it.

Curtis Meyer
Curtis Meyer

It's only illegal to fuck the deer, not kill it. However, you may be able to kill it and then fuck it. I'm not sure, though. Please consult a lawyer.

Anna Berend
Anna Berend

UGH! I HATE this! Clearly I am not a hunter, but I don't understand the person who could shoot this beautiful creature!

Joseph Bartel
Joseph Bartel

When animals demonstrate the ability to differentiate proposed actions from ideal moral standards, I'll consider them my ethical equals and call this "morally wrong." Until then, it's just tasteless.

Kasey Jones
Kasey Jones

The only way this would be ethical is if the participants have to hunt the deer nude using nothing but their bare hands and teeth.

Zak Schneider
Zak Schneider

Not much different than Game Farms I suppose.

Nichole Kmett
Nichole Kmett

sick. I'll take him home and we can snuggle.

Christian Johnson
Christian Johnson

Perhaps he should put some fish in a barrel to increase profits

Dave2
Dave2

@Walter Hudson Slaughtered livestock heads probably won't be mounted, displayed, and bragged about in amusement rooms.

Southsider
Southsider

@Reier Erickson Technically that would be an inflammation or swelling of said "small dick" thus canceling each other out.  

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