New hunting preserve to open near LeRoy

Published 7:57 am Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The county board approved a conditional use permit to allow Ben Jacobsen to open a commercial hunting preserve and kennel for hunting dogs near LeRoy.

Jacobsen said there are no similar hunting preserves in the area.

“I’m just trying to offer them (hunters) an opportunity to stay within our area and hunt,” Jacobsen said.

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Jacobsen plans to breed and train hunting dogs, and he’ll be allowed to house 40 dogs. He’ll also be able to host events like training seminars and competitions for up to 70 dogs.

“I see it as a good opportunity for myself and the county,” Jacobsen said. “The dog events that will be held will bring people from across the country to our area.”

Jacobsen will be required to release a minimum of 1,000 pheasants on his property each year.

According to Environmental Services Director Angie Knish, Jacobsen notified all nearby land owners before applying.

Jacobsen will have to set rules at the preserve to make sure hunters don’t fire toward roads or properties. A buffer will be established near 125 Street 790 Avenue for safety reasons.

Alcohol will not be permitted on the preserve. The preserve will be allowed to be open from 9 a.m. to dusk seven days a week, but not major holidays.