Ms Dog Hunters
February 02, 2012 at 4:25pm
It is really sad to know that there is still such prejudice against dog hunters. Not all dog hunters are bad people, nor do they just turn there dogs loose on private lands. Yes, there are some that do it and it is wrong, however, those of us who follow the code of ethics get stuck with a bad rep from those who do not put collars on there dogs nor put tracking devices on them and will just turn out anywhere. I can just about promise you that if you see a dog with a tracking collar then that hunter cares about the rules. If they did not care then he/she would not spend a small fortune on tracking devices. What some people fail to understand is, dog hunting is a way of life for some just as still hunting is. We spend money every month on our dogs, feeding them, housing them and any medical needs that arise and then we use them to hunt for a couple of months a year. We train them, they are part of our families, our children and grandchildren love to play with them and some, not all, but some still hunters will just shoot them. Just like some dog hunters are wrong, so are some still hunters. I agree there should be accountability, but it should be on both sides. If you see a hunter turning out on your land, yes, you have a right to be upset however, a deer knows no boundary lines, neither do the dogs. If a dog jumps a deer, it will leave with that deer. We are sorry if this happens across your land. It is not our intention to run a nice buck out of our hunt and into your field and your scope for you to harvest. Now please do not misunderstand, I still hunt as well so my feelings are not onesided when it comes to dogs. I just feel like all dog hunters are being lumped into one mold and as we all know, we should never judge a book by its cover. Instead of being negative, why not try to get to know the hunters around you and come to amicable solutions instead of constant mud slinging.