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Published October 31, 2010, 08:54 PM

Park River Rancher Says Measure 2 Would Hurt Business

If the North Dakota Fenced Hunting Ban passes, the Laaveg family will have to change how their farm is run.

One Rancher in the Northern Valley depends on the sale of his elk to help support his family.

If the North Dakota Fenced Hunting Ban passes, the family will have to change how their farm is run.

For the last seven years, nurturing and raising elk in Park River has been Wayne Laaveg's life.

"I don't want to have to quit," Laaveg said.

If Measure 2 passes on November 2nd the Laaveg'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," Laaveg said.

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," Laaveg said.

Some say hunting a fenced in animal is unfair, but Laaveg says many times the fenced in areas are hundreds of acres for what is called a fair chase.

As for his land:

"It's private property and I'd really like to protect it and this measure goes against 100-percent I feel of the private property issue." Laaveg said.

If the ban passes, Laaveg says it will put him and others out of the elk and deer business.

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