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Minnesota deer farm puts $9,400 price on buck's head

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VERGAS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota deer farm owner has turned to social media to advertise a chance to shoot a captive trophy buck for $9,400.

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Mike Summers of Summers Game Ranch near Vergas told WDAY-TV Tarzan is 4 years old and won't be used for breeding. So he's offering hunters the change to bag the buck on his 25-acre farm in northwestern Minnesota. The buck has a rack few hunters would see in the wild, Summer said.

"Last year, he had 30 scorable points. He scored 241 inches at 3 years old," Summers said.

More than 500 Minnesota farms raise deer or elk. Several let hunters pay to shoot trophy animals on their fenced-in property. Other private game preserves offer hunters opportunities to shoot farm-raised upland game birds and waterfowl. Captive hunts are legal, but the sportsmanship remains debated.

"I guess if it is legal, that is one thing, but a true hunter would not want to do something like that," said John Young of the Clay-Wilkin Deer Hunters Association.

Summers said it's not for everyone, but some people don't have the time to hunt such a buck in the wild and would rather hang a mount than a picture on their wall.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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