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where can I see Jimmy Houstons canned hunt video?

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Every link I pull up that has the video footage gives me an error...Not sure why.

here is the story

Peru deer farmer trial begins
His associate pleads guilty in deal to testify
By Rebecca S. Green
The Journal Gazette

SOUTH BEND – The property manager of a Peru deer farm pleaded guilty Monday morning as part of an agreement in which he is to testify against his boss in the federal trial related to a “high-fence” deer hunting operation.

Hinds Tom Jones, of Edwards, Miss., is the property manager of “Bellar’s Place,” a 1,200-acre fenced deer farm in Peru owned by Russell G. Bellar.

In July, a federal grand jury indicted both Jones and Bellar with more than 30 violations of the Lacey Act, a federal wildlife protection law that prohibits the transportation and sale in interstate commerce of any wildlife taken or possessed in violation of any state law.

The indictment charges Bellar and Jones with illegally selling and transporting wildlife across state lines, facilitating the illegal killing and transportation of wildlife, and knowingly providing false information to federal agents.

Jones pleaded guilty to a single charge that he conspired with Bellar to violate the wildlife law. According to court documents, the additional counts from the federal indictment will be dismissed at sentencing. The agreement is contingent on testimony Jones will provide in the trial against Bellar which started Monday morning with jury selection.

The jury of nine men and seven women, was seated by Monday afternoon. In the first day of what is scheduled to be at least a two-week trial, federal prosecutors were able to call four witnesses, including three hunters who had participated in allegedly illegal hunts.

During opening arguments, Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald J. Schmid briefly sketched the government’s case against Bellar, using the head of a 12-point buck as a prop. Throughout the remainder Monday’s proceedings, the head remained propped on chairs behind the federal prosecutors.

Bellar hosted illegal “canned” deer hunts, was paid thousands of dollars by out-of-state residents to kill the deer inside his high-fenced property, used tranquilizers to sedate the deer, and used drugs to reverse the sedatives, contaminating the deer meat, Schmid said.

“He violated a whole host of Indiana hunting rules,” Schmid said.

Then, when questioned by federal and state investigators, Bellar told “big lies about big bucks,” Schmid said.

One of Bellar’s three-member defense team, Indianapolis-based James H. Voyles, argued Bellar was raising deer as livestock according to Indiana law.

million since 1999 on his deer farm, pays Bellar, Voyles said, has spent $5 taxes on the deer, has permits for the deer and acquires other deer for breeding.

The issue is a conflict between the federal government and the Indiana government, with neither understanding the plight of the deer farmer, Voyles said.

Lt. Colonel Jeff Wells, the executive officer for law enforcement with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources testified first for the government, and outlined for the jury Indiana’s white-tailed deer hunting laws.

Indiana law prohibits the killing of more than one antlered or male deer during a year, regardless of hunting permits for various seasons such as archery or firearms, Wells said.

The state also bans the use of bait to attract deer, he said.

Schmid also questioned Wells about the state’s definition of a wild animal, a definition that, he said, included “cervidae,” the family of animals that includes white-tailed deer. He also asked Wells about conversations the conservation office had with Bellar about his deer farm.

After Wells testified, Greg Bridgers, a Tennessee home builder, told the jury he paid $3,000 to hunt at “Bellar’s Place” in December 2003, and killed two bucks during the course of his stay.

Wearing a shirt with a pattern of white-tailed deer in a woods, Bridgers testified the first buck he shot had been lying in a small fenced area, and said Jones believed the deer was ill and near death.

According to Bridgers, Jones and Bellar spoke on the telephone about the condition of the deer and Jones said Bellar would allow Bridgers to shoot the buck at an additional cost of $15,000.

“It was an exorbitant amount of money to shoot a deer in a pen,” Bridgers said.

He tried to negotiate a lower price, but later agreed to pay the $15,000 and, went to the pen to shoot the deer, accompanied by Jones and a man with a video camera.

“(Jones) had to literally push the deer … to get it up off the ground,” Bridgers said. “That’s how sick the deer was.”

The deer stood up, and Bridgers said he shot it through the heart. Then the group re-enacted what took place for the video camera, Bridgers said, “as if it was a real hunt out in the wild.”

At the end of the week, Bridgers said he shot another buck, this one evidently malnourished, putting it “out of its misery.”

According to testimony, Bridgers’ hunting license was not credited for the first buck he shot.

Schmid produced for the jury pictures of the two pair of antlers now hanging on Bridgers’ office wall, and asked Bridgers if part of the money for the hunt was paid to get the two racks back to Tennessee with him.

“You bet your boots,” Bridgers said.

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Here this will piss you all off.

Look who Bellar hangs out with and gives money to;

Canned hunts feature penned, drugged deer
Outdoor TV personality Jimmy Houston was a customer
by Don Jordan
Published Jan. 30, 2005. Updated 4/26/05

It probably comes as no surprise that one of ESPN's outdoors television personalities, Jimmy Houston, filmed a canned deer "hunt" at Bellar's Place. He was just one of many "hunters" who shot deer that were drugged, baited or herded into pens to be shot.

Bellar's Place is the "game preserve" or "game farm" near Peru whose owner, Russell G. Bellar, was recently found guilty, in a plea deal, of 35 counts of violating the Lacey Act, a federal wildlife protection law, providing false information to federal officers, conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act and conspiracy to violate federal food and drug laws.

During the trial in U.S. District Court at South Bend, the details of Bellar's "hunts" were fully exposed for the first time. Here is a list, compiled from the Associated Press, and articles in the Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette by Rebecca Green and Phil Bloom, Michel Koryta's column in the the Herald-Times last Monday, and from my own personal sources associated with the trial:

*A Tennessee man admitted paying $15,000 to shoot a buck with large antlers that was wounded and lying in a pen. Bellar's henchmen had to prod the deer to its feet so it could be shot. The incident was taped for a Bellar's promotional video. The man shot two bucks on his visit.

*Deer at Bellar's 1,200-acre shooting preserve were routinely drugged and moved into small pens where clients could shoot them.

*Bait was routinely used to attract deer to within easy shooting range of clients.

*Bellar's employees routinely chased deer away from fences so videos of client "hunts" would not reveal the fencing.

*Deer skins, antlers and meat were routinely sent across state lines, including deer meat from the drugged animals.

The guilty plea agreement included a $575,000 fine and restitution of costs, but Bellar gets to keep the deer on his "farm" and all his equipment, including the tranquilizing gear. And, Bellar has yet to be sentenced. Federal prosecutors expect him to get two years in prison, but the judge has yet to decide. Bellar was permitted to go on a vacation with his wife before sentencing.

Now comes news that one of Bellar's pals, a state legislator from Macy, Republican William Friend has introduced a bill in the General Assembly that would remove operations like Bellar's from Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources regulation and place them under agricultural regulation, thus classifying white tail deer as agricultural animals just like pigs and cows.

Friend has had business dealings with Bellar and runs a meat packing business. He received campaign donations from various groups, all of which share at least one of Bellar's addresses. The convicted animal abuser has also made donations to several other Republicans, including our Gov. Mitch Daniels who got $10,000. Some Democrats got in on Bellar's largesse too. Former Gov. Joe Kernan got $2,000.

This is at least the third time Bellars and his buddies have tried to get their despicable operations legalized through the Indiana General Assembly. This time, with both houses of the Legislature and the governor's office controlled by more "game farm friendly" Republicans, close observers fear the shooting preserve owners will get what they want.

I personally don't believe all Republicans support this legislation, but unless they start screaming at their state representatives, it is going to look that way.

So far as Jimmy Houston's practice of filming "canned hunts" inside Bellar's is concerned, what's new? Practically all of the outdoor hunting programs and many of the big fishing TV stars go to these places. They get invited by preserve owners, like Bellar, and do their shooting free with success guaranteed.

The game farmers and shooting preserve owners believe that their operations are the future of hunting in America. Maybe they are. They certainly will be the future of hunting in Indiana unless each person who reads this story is outraged and disgusted by it and is willing to call, write or email a state legislator.

Here's where you can find those addresses and phone numbers:

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wow!!! go figure remember jimmy's catch and release turkey hunts where he called the birds in and said bang
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