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

Ms. Helen Davis: I applaud your courage to speak out and by the number of dislikes, it is apparent that many dog hunters do not hesitate to voice their opinion likewise. Unfortunately, the experience that many land owners in NC and VA experience is a shocking disrespect for their "land rights" and/or land owners themselves under the guise of tradition or heritage. Both of these arguments are meant to somehow supersede your rights which you have earned when you paid for your land,,, and they have not.

These "tradition and heritage" arguments lend themselves well to the southern ear, but sadly it is without merit or weight in light of the many similar arguments for slavery, Jim Crow laws, or blue laws. Just because it has been our past practice does not grant them rights to this in the future.

Once the discussion moves from a demand by virtue of past usage, to one of who has the superseding legal authority, the dog hunters know that their arguments are without merit. Their only recourse is to now shout and thump their collective chests while trying to intimidate the legislatures with their loud voices but minuscule voting numbers. IF they truly want the right to have their dogs to cross anyone else's land ... let them negotiate those contracts with full compensation. My bet is that they want it for free and at your expense.

I encourage all persons with an interest in this discussion to take a higher road of approach. Use civility and try to understand both sides. Once the courts get involved, all bets are off and its highly likely that both sides will be unhappy with the results.

The time to work together may be past, but the opportunity exists until the gavel comes down. Good luck North Carolina, Virginia is not far behind you.

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Posted by Roger Hinde on 06/08/2017 at 7:22 AM

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