The following are the rules and regulations used by the State Of Florida.
Several years ago we had the same problems as tesoronut described and lots of Hunting land disappeared for Dog hunters. These rules were brokered between landowners and Dog Hunters and appear to be working well so far.
Keep in mind that trespassing while in possession of a firearm is a felony in Florida which helps in stopping folks from coming onto your land and hunting without your permission.
Perhaps Hokieman could relay these rule to the State Wildlife Commission and use them as a model for similar legislation to quell this problem.
Text taken from website, page 17.
Hunting dogs: Dogs may be used as an aid in taking game mammals and game birds, unless otherwise prohibited. Persons owning or using dogs shall not knowingly or negligently permit such dogs to trail, pursue or otherwise molest game during
closed seasons. While hunting during archery, crossbow or muzzleloading gun seasons, taking deer or wild hogs with dogs is prohibited. Dogs on leashes may be used to trail wounded game mammals during all seasons. Taking turkeys with dogs at any time is prohibited. Hunters who use dogs for hunting, including bird dogs or retrievers, are required to have their dogs wear collars that identify their owners. This regulation also requires dog hunters to possess landowners’ written permission before using their dogs to pursue game on private property. For more information, contact an FWC regional office (see page 4).
Deer dogs: Deer dogs can be trained during
closed seasons when dogs are constantly attached to leashes or ropes in the hands of their trainers for training purposes. Deer dogs are permitted to run free for training purposes only during deer-dog training seasons
(see page 17). Taking deer or any other wildlife with a gun is prohibited while training deer dogs.
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Statewide deer-dog registration: Deer hunters using dogs on private properties in Florida must obtain a no-cost registration from the FWC. Registration requirements apply to the deer-dog training season and during any open deer hunting season when it is legal to take deer with dogs. Registration may be issued to landowners, hunting clubs or anyone having rights to hunt the property. Once a registration number has been issued,
the unique number must be affixed or attached to collars of dogs used to hunt deer on registered properties. Hunters also must possess copies of the registration while hunting. To comply with the rule, deer-dog hunters on private lands must have registration
numbers on their dogs’ collars; possess copies of the registration; and keep their dogs on registered properties. Applications are available at an FWC regional office (see page 4), county tax collectors’ offices and MyFWC.com/hunting. Applications must be submitted
no later than 30 days prior to the final day of general gun season in the hunting zone that the property is situated.
Thanks for that info. Looks like Fla. has done alot to try to solve some problems! One thing that I think is a little unfair for other types of hunting with dogs(in Va.) is the inclusion of non-nuissance types of hunting into the "nuissance" category. In other words, I don't think coon hunting or rabbit hunting should fall into the same category as deer hunting with hounds. Any Wildlife Conservation Officer will tell you that the Coon Hunters and Rabbit Hunters are not the problem. Just my thought.....