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Question about the use of tracking dogs

Hi, I am trying to create a web page on a tracking web site and need some information from some of you. I need to know if the use of a tracking dog for locating wounded game is allowed in your state or any state that you know of. Also some general guide lines that you most follow if you are allowed. Such as does the dog have to be on leash or can it free search? Can you track at night? Can you dispatch the animal at night if found still alive? If so then can the hunter carry the weapon or only the tracker and does it have to be the weapon that is insesaon? Do you have to be licensed and/or does your dog have to pass a test before you can become a tracker?

Here is a link to my web page and the type of tracking dog I use.
http://www.geocities.com/kapkep/

Thank you for your time
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Not here, big no no!!!

In Tennessee, the hunting and trapping guide states that it is 100% illegal to use dogs for the purpose of tracking deer. If you are found doing this, they will confiscate the animal, dogs, weapon and vehicle, and if they want to, they can confiscate your deer stand. I heard a story of a guy who was legally hunting and shot a buck, but the conservation officer had been chasing a guy that he saw using dogs to track them, and the guy ran into the same woods as the hunter who was legally hunting. The hunter saw a buck and shot it, and hy the time he had got back to his truck, the conservation officer was there waiting for him telling him that he was under arrest for the dogs, and he had nothing to do with it!!!! He pleaded and told the officer it wasn't him, so everything was said and done, the officer had a funny feeling, and the hunter and the officer went back in the woods and found the man. He was a nutorious big game poacher in the area who would kill big game just to kill them. The officer apologized and thanked the hunter for his help, so he was not accountable for anything.

But just to plain summarize it, In Tennessee, the use of any dog for tracking deer is strickly illegal.

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Question about the use of tracking dogs

Thanks Jason

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Question about the use of tracking dogs

Dogs are legal in Ontario but they must be licensed as well as you ($10/dog). Not only can you track wounded game, you can also use them on drives.

In NS they are legal for tracking wounded game only. Not sure what the exact rules are.

In SK it is illegal to hunt big game with dogs - full stop.

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