Matthew McConaughey denies offering trapped deer kills

lpranchownersMatthew McConaughey‘s rep is denying that the Dallas Buyers Club star has anything to do with LP Ranch in Mertzon, Texas, which offers people the chance to kill trapped deer. Until yesterday, he was listed on the site in the staff section as a co-owner (see photo at left) but when TMZ drew attention to Matthew’s “side business,” his photo and any mention of the actor on the official site was quickly taken down.

Matthew and his brother Mike bought the ranch in 2001, but Matt’s nephew Madison, who’s a cattle manager at the ranch, told TMZ: “My Uncle Matthew, the hunting part is part of the ranch, but he is more with the cattle. That’s where his passion is.”

deaddeerThe ranch brags on their site that they “high fence” the area where the deer live so they can’t escape. Although the ranch is 22,000 acres, the deer hang out around the feeders, making them easy targets. The site offers shocking photos of people, including children, holding up the heads of the dead animals.

TMZ has sample Facebook posts from over the last day that included:

  • “What a F–KING COWARD!”
  • “We lost all respect for you…This is NOT HUNTING…This is disgusting behavior for human beings!”
  • “NO MORE support for you Matthew in anything and everything you do.”




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  1. j moores • February 5, 2015 @ 10:22 AM

    a disgusting thing to be part of ….

  2. J larose • February 5, 2015 @ 11:16 AM

    Why do Americans love killing so much? And why is much of it done with such cowardice? I just don’t get the whole killing for fun mentality, or as they call it trophy killing. It’s very disturbing if you ask me…

  3. Ashleigh • February 5, 2015 @ 12:02 PM

    Disgusting that he co-owns this kill ranch and also cowardly that he took his name and photo off the site to protect himself from criticism. I have no respect for people like this.

  4. Beverley • February 5, 2015 @ 12:43 PM

    A Canadian thoroughly disappointed in you Matthew McConaughey.

  5. Lori • February 5, 2015 @ 12:48 PM

    I will never understand hunting no less hunting an animal that cant escape. This is beyond cruel. This is psychopathic behavior. And to teach children that it is okay to kill these magnificent animals is the worst kind of child abuse. Disgusting and dispicable. I never liked this guy and now I just abhor him. Shame on you.

  6. Laurel Panchuk • February 5, 2015 @ 12:51 PM

    Rednecks man! This is what they do.

  7. Laurel Panchuk • February 5, 2015 @ 12:52 PM

    They are kind of like cave people. Hunting but they really don’t need to. Also why hunt like a real hunter when you can shoot ducks in a barrel. AGain Rednecks!

  8. Samantha Lauzon • February 5, 2015 @ 2:50 PM

    This is disturbing on every level. That Matthew is attached isn’t the issue. My issue is more of his publicist trying to pull the PR wool over our eyes and make it so he wasn’t ever there. If Matthew had stood up and said “Yes I bought this back when I wasn’t sure I was going anywhere in Hollywood and it was a way to create a sustainable income for me and my family” I could’ve forgiven him. However now acting like he hasn’t even been a part of it with photos of his wife and him and his child that’s just shameful.

    There is sadly another side to look at…what if Matthew really didn’t have anything to do with it? What if he had went to visit with his wife and son. They were photographed and then his cousin or whomever decided to use Matthews image without his knowledge and use it to make more money. I mean the guy wouldn’t be the first trying to cash in on a family members fame. Just some food for thought.

  9. Alida T • February 5, 2015 @ 3:14 PM

    To see children participating in such cruelty and thinking it’s fun is really sick. These people are a waste of space on this earth.

  10. Tess • February 5, 2015 @ 3:26 PM

    Hunting in the wild for food is a necessity for some people, but in no way, shape, or form can this be considered hunting. It’s pure blood lust and inbred stupidity! Caged slaughter is like pit fighting for dogs…the sick bottom-feeders that frequent these types of arenas are beneath contempt. Trophy hunting…really??? That’s like giving a trophy for wife-beating and animal abuse (which these scumbags probably indulge in as well). As for Matthew and his family…money-grubbers pure and simple. People haven’t forgotten the days when MM was nothing but a coked up bozo playing bongo drums in the nude… not much has changed obviously!!!

  11. Colin • February 5, 2015 @ 3:44 PM

    “…the worst kind of child abuse”? Are you kidding me? Do you have any idea what goes on in the world?

  12. MA • February 5, 2015 @ 5:52 PM

    That’s truly disgusting. Such cowardice and to have photos of children taken with an animal they have massacred makes it even worse. Shame on McConnaughy but I guess people from this part of the world think killing innocents is OK. Americans and their ‘right to bear arms’…bunch of yahoos.

  13. Ringo Lapua • February 5, 2015 @ 6:52 PM

    Would you rather have hunters during deer season shooting in the direction of your house or go to a regulated game preserver? All the deer hunters I know shoot only the deer they plan to provide food for their family. Unless you are all vegans (a lot of vegans have nutritional problems), think about the chicken, cattle or pigs brutally slaughtered in Chicago, St.Louis and Atlanta. When you go to your local grocer’s meat counter….think about how that meat got there. With all the “Mersa and Mad Cow type diseases you get from these places it’s a wonder we all aren’t sick or dead. Deer meat properly handled has NONE of these diseases. Matt McConnaughy is a true Texan and learned to hunt as a child and understands that if need be, his skills may be a life or death matter. It sickens me that so many people in our country have become weak and cowardly. Most of you have no idea of what to do if we were attacked on the ground by another nation. You are pampered, spoiled and pathetic weaklings who look to Father Obama to provide you with food stamps, free medical care, subsidized housing, twisted and false education. You have no idea what is right and what is wrong and usually take the side of the criminals (ie Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin). Yes, many of we Americans are violent and we will remain so because so many of you socialistic idealistic morons only want to take by force and not earn what you get. Don’t criticize honest hunters unless you know the full story.

  14. Ringo Lapua • February 5, 2015 @ 7:13 PM

    Hey, j moores, J larose, Ashleigh, Lori, Laurel Panchuk, Samantha Lauzon, Alida T, Colin, MA! The next time you sit down to dinner and eat your beef, chicken or pork, just think? By eating that meat, you are supporting the killing of millions of innocent animals who mean no harm to you. When I recently lived in BC Canada the deer were so numerous that the deer were dying by the hundreds by jumping in front of cars. The deers also are a major garden pest and last time I looked they are still breeding like rabbits. The cost of meat in Canada is three times higher than in the USA and controlled deer kills could really lower that cost if handled correctly. However, the government has virtually banned guns in Canada, so if a Canadian is attacked by a giant bear or a common criminal they cannot fight back and must wait for the mounties(good luck). You are all idealistic little girls who were pampered all of your life and want for nothing. Your parents have raised you to be weak simpletons who are easily whipped into a lynch mob mentality. Mathew McConaughy has been charged with animal cruelty when no such thing exists but you persist in making false allegations. SHAME ON YOU.

  15. Ringo Lapua • February 5, 2015 @ 7:16 PM

    If you want to go after some real animal abusers, how about going after the teenagers in Ft. Lauderdale who were arrested for torturing and killing Pelicans. Animal abuse is not hunting a deer for meat.

  16. Pamela Whistley • February 5, 2015 @ 8:34 PM

    I saw him on The Tonight Show years ago saying he owned a hunting ranch. I was disgusted and found the website and have known about it for years. Since I speak up for animals and becoming vegan, on Saturday the 31st I posted about it on Facebook and shared with several vegan groups and here it is today. So yes he owned it and said so on TV!

  17. Andrew • February 6, 2015 @ 11:25 AM

    Hey Ringo, I disagree that a lot of vegans have nutritional problems. Usually they’re the best informed people around in regards to nutrition. I find a lot of meat eaters are the unhealthiest people, there are some people who eat nothing but meat and science has proven that we should have a maximum meat intake to be 2% of our daily diet. For most people, it’s more like 25 to 50% and that’s why our hospitals are overcrowded with people who have cancer and other deadly diseases.

  18. Jeff • February 8, 2015 @ 5:43 AM

    For starters the article is very poorly written and, as usual, the people that don’t do their homework and research what they read are quick to make comments. Alexandra Heilbron article states the ranch “offers people the chance to kill trapped deer”. It also states that the ranch is “22,000 acres”. The idea that someone would say an animal that has 22,000 acres to run around in is trapped is crazy. It would take days to cover that kind of territory. I’m not even sure where she got that number from because the web site I was looking at didn’t mention the size of the ranch or how much of the ranch was actually used for hunting.
    Ms. Heilbron also states that the ranch “brags on their site that they high fence the area where the deer live so they cant escape”. They do state they high fence the property so that they can manage the herd of deer they have on their property. Saying they are “bragging” about it is far from an acurate statement.
    Ms. Heilbron’s comment that the “deer hang out around the feeders, making them easy targets” proves that she knows nothing about deer behaviour and hunting laws. 7 of the 22 photo’s on the ranch’s site are of deer during the night. Here in Ontario hunting is permitted 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes ofter sunset. Deer and other animals (turkeys in one photo) don’t hang around the feeders all day. Feeders generally have a timer and will only dispense food a few times a day. Deer travel between bedding and feeding areas during the day and night and would also be utilizing natural food sources in the area.
    The most important thing to remember is that everything the ranch does (fences, feeders etc)should be legal with respect to the game laws of the state that are set by some branch of the government.
    Everyone has a right to enjoy any activity they choose. For some people it’s hunting. I’m a hunter and proud to be one. I don’t go outside of the laws and always eat what I harvest. Very often I share the animals that God has put on this earth for us to enjoy with friends and family. Hunters are the ones that pour millions of dollars into conservation efforts and are the try caretakers of the wildlife that we all enjoy, however that my be. I know where my food comes from, which is more than I can say for the many that flow through the grocery store isles and buy there meat on a styrofoam tray wrapped in plastic.

  19. Mehakdeep Singh • October 6, 2016 @ 7:30 PM

    Such a proud ful shoot he took . I would like to hunt another deer please help me it’s been 8 year I had fresh deer meat

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