Push to legalize harvest preserves causing stir within Alberta hunting community

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By Gillian Francis, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A debate over the legalization of harvest preserves has left the Alberta hunting community divided as two different groups, for and against the practice, lobby provincial and municipal governments and make cases for their respective positions.
Harvest preserves are enclosed areas of land where guests can pay to hunt and shoot animals like elk, deer and bison. The activity is currently illegal in Alberta, but some ranchers believe it’s a good source of revenue and would like to see the government repeal its legislation.
John Cameron, an elk and bison farmer located near Winfield, is one such person.
He’s chairman of the Alberta Elk Commission, a group that for the past year has advocated for the legalization of harvest preserves, sending its message up to the top, to Devin Dreeshen, minister of agriculture.
“We have a real need for it,” says Cameron. “Our markets to the U.S are jeopardized by the spread of chronic wasting disease in the wild and it just makes sense to have this second opportunity here...continued.

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