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Re: “A Bill to Regulate the Practice of Hunting Deer with Dogs Stalls, But the Contentious Debate Continues

As a hunter who hunts deer with dogs there are some non-truths in this article. The hounds are fit and trim just like any athlete. The hounds could not perform their best, if they are not well cared for. Most deer hounds I know of are kept in kennels. There are some that have so much desire to pursue game that it is difficult to to keep in kennels. These hounds may have to be tethered for their own safety. I will also say keeping up with the hounds and working to keep them off property that is not ours is a long way from being a lazy hunter. It is a quite active form of hunting. Every property I hunt and most other people who hunt with dogs lease/own large acreage usually in the 1000's of contiguous acreage.

GPS and other tools available to us now are used to reduce conflict with adjoining land owners.

The number of deer harvested is also skewed in this article, as dog hunting is only allowed in half the counties in the state. The majority of these counties are located in the Coastal Plain and a few in the Piedmont. Malone and Adams wanted to make it a criminal offense for just one account of a hound pursuing a deer across property lines, while the hound was pursuing a state resource which was being legally hunted. This is where the GPS systems really help. I allows the houndsman to better stop this from happening but it is not fool proof. Houdsmen actually wanted a permit system to help with the bad apples, that exist in all aspects in life. They wanted a board of houdsmen to over see the permit system and let us police ourselves. I would have worked because we don't want rogues representing us. This was shot down because the State's Attorney stated that a independent board could not revoke a permit issued by the state.

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Posted by DRS on 06/08/2017 at 12:04 PM

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