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Location: Florida
Joined: 08/02/2005
Posts: 85
To dog hunters....

I am a still hunter, but that is my personal choice. I have nothing against most dog hunters.

I was hunting primitive weapon season in Mississippi on public land, 2 weeks after the commotion of dog season. I set up a ground blind at the point of a slough and drew my bow on a nice 8 pont at 30 yards and closing towards me. The buck spun and blew and ran the opposite direction as I was about to shoot. The buck didnt spin due to me, but because of the damned hound that came running down the trail between me and the deer.

It was 2 weeks after the close of dog season and the woods were still full of dogs. Some individuals breed dozens of dogs, accepting the fact that an acceptable "loss" would be half a dozen dogs never recovered during the season. They are all over the roads, hit by cars and wandering the woods aimlessly.

Im sure I am going to get a bunch of negativity now, dog hunters telling me what I "should" think, but the frustration in the woods and the sorrow for the dozens of lost dogs I feel is legitimate. Personally.....in MY opinion and most of the fair chase hunters I know, feel....dog season gives a bad name to the sport. I am just posting my opinion, take it or leave it.... I am not interested in fighting over chat forums or trading insults.

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Location: Southern Virginia
Joined: 11/02/2007
Posts: 227
To dog hunters....

Nothing wrong with your thread. Thousands agree with you......... Thumbs up

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Joined: 10/22/2008
Posts: 10
To dog hunters....

Depending on how far after the dog season it is I used to is xxxxx the dogs.
If the owner isnt responsible enough to buy tracker collars and go into the bush get his dogs then they become strays, where I come from we xxxxx strays for the safety of others and the game animals. [/u]

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Location: Somewhere Up There
Joined: 01/06/2007
Posts: 217
To dog hunters....

I couldn't agree more. I've seen more ignorant behavior from the dog hunting crowd than I care to think about. Unfortunately the anti-hunters see all of us as one and they give legitimate sport hunting a bad name. I could care less if they banned dog hunting all together, in fact I wish they would.

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Location: swva
Joined: 01/14/2008
Posts: 43
To dog hunters....

Well I see more ignorant unethical hunters than I do hunters. I see road hunting and spot lighting from the road. I see trespassers cross my fence and hang their stands and the edge of my boundries. I have 4 wheelers riding through my property all hours, but I'm not sterotyping one method of hunting over the other as I know you have idiots in all hunting.

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Location: Virginia
Joined: 02/09/2009
Posts: 20
Dog Hunting

I dog hunt at a Quality Deer Management Facility in Virginia. We got boxes on four wheelers and GPS collars and radios, weve never lost a dog. I know what a lot of people think when they hear dog hunter. They see a drunk dude with a mullet with a Side by Side 12 Gauge sticking out his truck window sitting on the side of the road. I mean I prefer still hunting, but Ive also been LEGITIMATELY successful with dogs. Just saying. Im mostly replying to HighFlyer here.

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Location: Somewhere Up There
Joined: 01/06/2007
Posts: 217
To dog hunters....

All I'm saying is what I've seen of dog hunters has all been negative. Could be just in my neck of the woods in Florida, but I see what I see and I call e'm like I see 'em. Problem is, everyone else sees the same thing and wants all hunting banned because of the behavior, ethics, and manners (or lack thereof) of the dog hunters. In other words, the general public doesn't see the other types of hunters screwing up and even though it doesn't make the dog hunters trangressions any more wrong than the other guy, it does make them more damaging to the sport as a whole. It's the same with four wheelers. They are no more wrong than the guy who hops a fence, but they are 100 times more visible to the anti-hunters.

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Location: Virginia
Joined: 02/09/2009
Posts: 20
To dog hunters....

Yeah, not ragging on ya hood (just joking) but yeah, Ive nbever hunted Florida, but from what Ive seen and heard it seems like theres a lot of idiots who just mess it up for us ethical folk.

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Location: Pennsylvania
Joined: 10/28/2003
Posts: 1647
To dog hunters....

Coop has been bashing dog hunters here for a couple years now and I try to stay away from his posts because he will never change the way he think about the sport (to him its not even sport). I just wanted to say that I have been hunting with hounds for about 8 years now and even have my own pack of hounds now. I enjoy hunting behind them more than any other form of hunting. I have not seen ANY of the behavior that he and some of you other posters claim that every dog hunter does. I hunt on public land in Maine, North Carolina, Tennessee and New York with my bear hounds. I also hunt a 100,000 acre lease in North Carolina too. Our dogs run on land with plenty of room to roam. They can run for hours (and they do) without ever crossing onto private land and when we hunt that huge lease in NC they stay on it for the most part. One time a dog was caught from off the road when he went off the lease down there. Any other time that a dog of mine (and my hunting partners) has gone onto private land (It has happpend in NY a few times) we wait at the road as close as we can get to them until they come out. It may be hours but we respect the land owners rights enough that we dont trespass on their land. We hunt a lot and our dogs have only chased onto private land a few times but we hunt properties that are measure in the tens of thousands of acres except in NY where the one WMA is about 4,000 acres but even there our dogs tree pretty fast most of the time.
I cant argue with you guys that want nothing more than to bash hunters like me and my friends because I know your opinions will not change. I do take great offense to the way you talk about me especially since you do not know me or the guys I hunt with. I'll not respond to this thread again.

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Location: Florida,USA
Joined: 08/21/2003
Posts: 1550
To dog hunters....

Well said hunter777 and I agree with you.
Most dog hunters I know or have hunted with are exactly as you stated, respectful and cautious. I have also seen the rude, crude behavior described on this thread (and others) and most describe illegal activity. To classify all people in a particular group because of what a few others have done is just wrong on any level. Using that mentality I should hate and try to ban still hunters as I have been "scoped" several times and have had more than a few trespass on our land.
ATV riders should also be banned as they have torn down our gates and ridden thru our woods and roads. "No trespassing" signs clearly displayed on the gates.
I could go on and on and on. What needs to be discussed, instead of attacks, are ways to weed out the rejects that are causing the problem. I would hope that Hokieman as paying attention to the complaints and can pass these onto other Hound Hunters thru his organization before there are enough complaints to get the power to ban the sport.
The squeaky wheel always gets the oil..

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Location: Barron county, WI
Joined: 01/20/2008
Posts: 7
To dog hunters....

I do not hunt deer with hounds (illegal in wisconsin). However I enjoy running bear, coyotes, and rabbits with them. The still hunters vs the hounders debate will be around forever. But if you are a true sportsman and hunter you HAVE too support all types of hunting even if you don't participate. As hunters we have enough challenges to face (peta and the hsus). And you can bet your last dollar that there are people on this and other hunting forums like this that aren't for hunting that are taking our bickering in and using it for fuel to end certain forms of hunting. It's whatever gets the ball rolling for the anti's. They would start with hound hunting then any hunting with dogs then hunting period. We must stick together and if you are arrogant enough to think that nobody can touch our hunting rights then god help us. We are all on the same team we just go about it differently. JMHO

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