Hunting from home

Himalayan News Service

New York, January 17:

Hang up your jungle boots, hunting gear and fatigues — killing a live animal is now just a mouse click away.

A company in Texas is offering a choice of “species” that you can kill sitting in your living room using a sophisticated online hunting technology. Though operators of the website currently offer real-time target practice using a .22 calibre firearm, it will soon offer “exotic big game hunting”.

“We have developed a system where you can control a pan/tilt/zoom camera and a firearm to shoot at real targets in real time,” the site says.

Species available for hunting at the company’s well-fenced ranch in Texas include aoudad (Barbary sheep), native to northern Africa, blackbuck antelope originally from India, sheep and wild hog.

Other antlered species like axis, fallow and red stag will be available on a limited basis.

“If you are interested in one of these or possibly another species not listed, contact us and we’ll be glad to assist you in providing the chance at the trophy of you dreams,” says the company’s website.

The hunting experience from the comforts of home comes with a price. There is a guide fee of $150 per hunt in addition to the harvest fee. Each species will vary in price.

“When an animal is harvested, a deposit is required for taxidermy and meat processing. The taxidermy deposit is $175.00 - $25.00 is retained by us for preparation and $150.00 is given to the taxidermist to start the mounting process.

“An additional $60.00 is charged for meat processing,” the site says.