I'm a relatively new hunter. I grew up in chicago and never had the opportunity to hunt. (dad never did) I moved to Texas and got hooked at age 27. Been hunting hard for the last 3 yrs. While this has been a wonderful experience I have seen some attitudes in the hunting world that will kill the sport. I was reading an article in Traditional bowhunter magazine and I just have to vent a little. Also being relatively new I wanted everyone's input on my thoughts. There was an editorial going nuts about hunting on ranches with high fences. I don't this guy has ever been to Texas. It's just different than other states. For one, if hunting is going to exist more young hunters will have to be brought into the sport. I can't get my kids to love it if they have to choose between a fall sport and hunting. (coaches love commitments to the team.) I can however, go to a bowhunting ranch and for a relatively cheap price hunt a huge ranch for exotics anytime of year. My oldest boy loves it and is hooked for life. He couldn't go any other time (must be offseason because of sports in the fall). These ranches provide tremendous opportunities in a state that has very little public land. I just don't think a hunter in montana should be working with anti-hunter environmentalists to affect a change in my state. Many of these ranches are larger than some of the areas people hunt in the midwest. Anyway the editor was going on about antis hating high fence hunting. I understand if it's 50 acres. What about 2,000 to 27,000? Secondly, anti-hunters hate hunting no matter what. You can't give them an inch. I know I lived around them for the first 2 decades of my life. Hunters must have opportunities to go hunting and young hunters must have the opportunity to get hooked. I find it odd that a hunter from a state with more beautiful forests and mountains to hunt in than my state could ever have with a population slightly larger that one of our cities metro areas would even feel free to comment on our opportunities. Our situations are different. If anyone thinks these are canned hunts then go on one. Going to a new area for three days and trying to bowhunt is as challenging as being able to scout out a non-fenced area for months in advance and set a few stands and then hunt for the next couple of months there. By the way, when will bowhunters understand that if guns go bye bye, bows will then follow soon after. Join the NRA. I'm new to this whole hunting thing, and I obviously don't have a lifetime of experience, but I also don't have preconcieve notions about hunting because my uncle and dad have told me how it should be for the last 40 yrs. Nuff said. Look forward to your comments.