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Hunter who PAID to kill a 648-inch elk is criticized for shooting the animal on a game preserve

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A hunter who killed an enormous 648-inch elk on a ranch in Idaho has come under fire for paying the landowner to trace and shoot the animal dead in what’s referred to as high-fence hunting – and he could have paid as much as $15,000 for the prized creature. 

Brian Dhooghe, who shot what could possibly be a record-setting elk, said one among the essential reasons for the kill was to process the meat for his sausage making business in Washington. 

High-fence hunting is a controversial practice because persons are tracking animals in land that’s enclosed by a high fence, which makes them easier targets than in the event that they were out within the wild.

However, it was created to stop poachers from slaughter them in large numbers.

Dhooghe shared images on Facebook of himself standing with the dead carcass, which have lots of of negative comments with some saying ‘you gotta be ashamed’ for killing ‘something so beautiful.’ 

Nevertheless, others have come to his rescue praising him for the feat and using the meat. 

Cindy Norris-Brown, from Colorado, commented on the image sharing: ‘For those asking why you’d kill such a wonderful animal… when your loved ones relies on the meat to survive so kids don’t go hungry that’s the reason.’ 

Brian Dhooghe shared images on Facebook of himself standing with the dead carcass, which have lots of of negative comments with some saying ‘you gotta be ashamed’ for killing ‘something so beautiful’

DailyMail.com has reached out to Dhooghe for comment.

High-fence hunts are a multi-million dollar business within the US, which will be likened to trophy hunting in Africa – a business that can also be surrounded in controversy.

Such game preserves are situated across the US and range in price.

For instance, on the Rocky Mountain Elk Ranch in Idaho, hunters can expect anywhere from $2,900 to $17,000 for a single Elk, while buffalos can cost as much as $10,500.

Dhooghe killed the prized elk at Broadmouth Canyon Ranch, but pricing shouldn’t be available on its website or Facebook page.

Speaking with Outdoor Life Magazine, Dooghe said the trip to the Idaho ranch was a fiftieth birthday gift from his wife and he had initially paid to shoot a 500-inch elk until the guides told him concerning the recorder breaking beast.

However, others have come to his rescue praising him for the feat and process the meat into food. The elk has 648-inch antlers

Nevertheless, others have come to his rescue praising him for the feat and process the meat into food. The elk has 648-inch antlers

High-fence hunts are a multi-million dollar business in the US. Such game preserves are located across the US and range in price. Pictured is another elk killed on the same ranch as Dhooghe's prized animal

High-fence hunts are a multi-million dollar business within the US. Such game preserves are situated across the US and range in price. Pictured is one other elk killed on the identical ranch as Dhooghe’s prized animal

‘They’d told us this potential record was walking around, but I wanted a pleasant, big, sexy-looking bull to mount on the wall. And this thing is certainly not that,’ Dhooghe told Outdoor Life.

‘He’s ugly. I mean he’s awesome, but form of freaky lookin’. It looks like something prehistoric, like, what the hell is that thing?’

On the primary day of his stay on the ranch, Dhooghe killed a 571-inch bull and the following day joined a gaggle who were on the hunt for a 300- and 400-inch bull. 

While staking out in wooded area, the big bull stepped into view.

High-fence hunting is not only a thing in America, as in February 70 hunters in Spain slaughtered nearly 450 deer and wild board in a single day

High-fence hunting shouldn’t be only a thing in America, as in February 70 hunters in Spain slaughtered nearly 450 deer and wild board in a single day

Participants were each charged $977 for the shoot, which is legal under Spanish law. But animal rights groups say the use of fencing is unethical and have condemned the hunt after images of the animals' carcasses were shared online

Participants were each charged $977 for the shoot, which is legal under Spanish law. But animal rights groups say the usage of fencing is unethical and have condemned the hunt after images of the animals’ carcasses were shared online

‘We’re all sitting there when up comes this thing,’ Dhooghe said. ‘We saw him near 400 yards, so I put him in my scope and the rattling thing didn’t even slot in there!’

Dhooghe pulled the trigger when the elk was 150 yards away, shooting a bullet on to the animal’s heart and killing it. 

High-fence hunting shouldn’t be only a thing in America, as in February 70 hunters in Spain slaughtered nearly 450 deer and wild board in a single day. 

Participants were each charged $977 for the shoot, which is legal under Spanish law. 

But animal rights groups say the usage of fencing is unethical and have condemned the hunt after images of the animals’ carcasses were shared online.

Each hunter killed around six or seven animals, a figure much higher than on a mean day’s hunt, they are saying.

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