Unemployed Utah Man Offers His Body as Target Practice

Target Practice Desperate times really do call for desperate measures. It's one thing to be far along in your career, and have the extraordinary circumstances of a financial downturn lead to the loss of your job; if you're lucky, the contacts you've built might present you with a new professional opportunity.

At least there's hope. But for a generation entering the workforce amid the worst economic climate in 80 years, the story's not quite the same.

They don't have the same established credibility to fall back on. Instead, they are forced to think beyond the corporate jobs listings, and must resort to more creative tracks. But few have gone as far as the man who goes by the name, Mork Encino. Or as far as he says he's willing to go.

The 28-year old Utah resident has created a website called, "Huntme4sport.com." His enterprise, as the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports, is to allegedly offer his own body as target practice for well-heeled hunters.

The pricetag? $10,000. (An additional $2,000 is charged if the shooter wants to practice on a naked Encino.) For the target himself, the risks pale in comparison to the potential payout.

"I do like to think I have some tricks up my sleeve," Encino said during an interview with US 99.5, which bills itself as "America's Country Station. "But certainly the advantage is with the hunter."

While Encino goes on to note in the interview with the radio station that his mother is not too pleased with the "hubbub" over his cottage industry; it is that very attention to which he is hitching his star.

Embracing the mantra, "there's no such thing as bad press," Encino hopes that his experience on the firing line will lead to a more conventional job. In an interview with AOL Jobs, he even concedes his hope is for the public attention to allow him to avoid actually having to follow through.

"I'm still holding out hope for something a little bit better than getting blown away," he writes via e-mail. "Maybe thats foolish of me. I have received several inquiries of varying levels of sincerity."

But by the metric of Internet hits, the campaign is working. He's already been written up in newspapers including the Daily Mail in addition to websites including deadspin.com and Brotherhood of Slaughter.

On Brotherhood of Slaughter, Encino posts his manifesto, in which he aims to inject an air of both levity and gravity into his endeavor.

"I seek hearty gents who fancy themselves sportsmen and bored of the usual game. I am a new breed of prey with thick pelt and smooth hide. I'm faster than a wild turkey, smart as any GODDAMN wild boar and willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for the monetary health of my family," he writes.

But his story is illustrative of the plight of the young and unemployed. Americans aged 20 to 24, the demographic category used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are currently experiencing an unemployment rate of 14.5 percent, more than five points above the national average. And as many observers, such as the scholars at the Economic Policy Institute have noted, the long-term danger lies in the creation of a new "lost generation." The longer that proper entry into the workforce is put off, the challenge of establishing a career only grows greater.

Indeed, the outlook of such a scenario is far bleaker than a mere cyclical delay for the young workers themselves, argues Don Peck, in his essay, "How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America," published in the March 2010, issue of the Atlantic.



"If it persists much longer, this era of high joblessness will likely change the life course and character of a generation of young adults -- and quite possibly those of the children behind them as well. It will leave an indelible imprint on many blue-collar white men -- and on white culture," he wrote. "It could change the nature of modern marriage, and also cripple marriage as an institution in many communities. It may already be plunging many inner cities into a kind of despair and dysfunction not seen for decades. Ultimately, it is likely to warp our politics, our culture, and the character of our society for years."

Indeed, figuring out whether Mr. Encino is for real or not is besides the point. What his publicity campaign proves more than anything is just how high the stakes are.

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KevinW

There's a business opportunity here. Kind of like Mantracker. No actual killing but hunting nevertheless. Round up a bunch of fit young people and offer them as prey to bounty hunters and sports hunters. Equip the hunters with paintball guns and cameras. Loose the prey in the boondocks and release the dogs. Hide and seek for grown ups.

July 25 2011 at 7:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shep

oh...right...I forgot its legal to shoot a guy because he's stupid enough to ask you to. seems to me you'de get an extra 10 years for attempted murder of the disabled. is there really nothing more newsworthy happening these days?

July 19 2011 at 1:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DAN

i agree with crappy except america has gotten lazy! It seems everybody thinks they are owed something!

July 19 2011 at 12:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
crappy3424

I'll give him $5.00 and use a pellet gun.... if he needs money that bad and prove the point he would have been DEAD in less than two hours... take that deal big boy!!!!

July 18 2011 at 10:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
crappy3424

As far as the the un-employment I can fix this ! NO JOKE !! NO SALES GIMMICK !! I PROMISE Americans that the "change" they was promised and NEVER received ...Then you don't have to go to such links to do this kind of stuff !! I certainly wouldn't want to go to my maker with some of the words, but that's me...back to the employment, If we STOP, all of these Dollar General stores, Fred's Walmart etc. from selling all of the China crap, One we are making them STRONG! We need to tell them in order to take your goods in our Country you are going to have to accept (import) OUR goods !! We have to become a reliable ,Strong country, STOP all of these DAMN lawyers from suing, and forcing our jobs overseas! Go down to the docks, strike, dump it into the ocean...have your "tea" party like our forefathers! I may be spouting out nonsense to some but I have the balls to stand by you, dump it, picket, whatever it takes to get REAL jobs here...in America for Americans..STOP, illegals from taking jobs here, medicare etc... if you want to come here and be a citizen FINE, I'll shake your hand but don't do it the illegal way or claim wet foot dry foot, go through the proper channels.. We need to stop going to the Aide of other countries when a disaster hits!...where's China? you NEVER see them helping but they want OUR land for our debt? LOOK China. turn it in on Equifax, Exsperian,Transunion...because we're NOT giving you $hit... buy American...PLEASE, I do . it cost a little more but it keeps someone employed here...my 4 wheeler is a polaris..my cars all american..We can get cotton mills going again and train these young kids who think the only jobs are restaurants and hospitals...the schools have all but stopped paying teachers...but we have all this lottery money, where is all this government money going? In my county they paved the same road twice...to waste money..but the roads that need it they said it was state roads, not county... I'm surprised China don't start making Nobama letting them come here for free....oh wait he does... look it up! his only strategy to get re-elected is saying he "killed" osama...yeah ...right! well that's all I got to say about that...(from Forrest Gump)

July 18 2011 at 10:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Butch

Mork the Dork

July 18 2011 at 8:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jrexmarda

Looks like no one considers that maybe he's the one who wants to clean up the gene pool by blowing away anyone stupid enough to take him up on his offer. Maybe according to his nutty way of reasoning this is how he'll open up some job opportunities for himself.

July 18 2011 at 7:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Amber K

This sounds like the story line of "Hostel" or something similar to that. Wealthy people pay big $$ to hunt and kill people.... I don't even want to know what kind of people have actually offered this man his asking price...

July 18 2011 at 7:57 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
tamlcn

First he needs a better costume to play a dumb redneck, second he needs to work on his lingo, third a better gimmick then hunting him. What is funny are those that are taking him serious and don't get the gig! They are the same dumb----- that think Casey Anthony is not guilty!!! geez......

July 18 2011 at 7:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dmande6304

$10,000 ?? he's not worth any more then $49.95

July 18 2011 at 7:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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brandi

scumbag.

July 18 2011 at 8:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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