The captive deer breeder industry has spent a fortune over the last four legislative sessions proposing laws to bulldoze prudent regulation of their industry in an attempt to squeeze more dollars out of Texas bucks. Texans collectively own all wildlife in the state. It is called the public trust.
The deer breeder industry works much like our driver’s license, where Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sells a permit for the privilege to place deer in small high-fenced pens, inside which the breeders manipulate the creatures to grow the biggest pair of antlers.
The House Culture, Recreation and Tourism Committee recently heard the first in a slew of bills the deer breeder industry sponsored. House Bill 2855 by Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, requests removal of the visible ear tag on captive deer. Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, sat in as a special guest with the committee like a bouncer to help attack opposition to the breeder agenda… Read more from