Starting last year, a certain timber company the club I hunt with leases land from, prohibited the use of dogs to deer hunt. Just recently two more clubs in my area of SC have just been informed they can no longer run dogs. They said the reason for banning the running of dogs is because a lot of uproar from still hunters. I still hunt and hunt with dogs, and I have to tell you from personal experience that you are more likely to kill that trophy or for that matter a deer with dogs than if you sat up in a stand all day long. My question to all hunters, what is the uproar? Help me understand why some people who still hunt just do not like a hunting dog to run in front of him? If they run through there, the deer has too! Dogs let you know there is a deer coming. They make deer move that otherwise are just going to wait to sundown to walk. I have sat in a tree stand all day long and nothing. Time the sun went down the deer came right under the stand I was sitting in!!! People have their opinions, I respect them for that opinion. But with all the uproar going on about dog hunting, soon we will be left without the sport we love. There has got to be a middle ground that still hunters, landowners, and dog hunters can agree on that we all get what we want. If enough dog hunters do not start standing up for the sport we pour our time, sweat, love for our dogs,and most of all a lot of money spent on dog food we will loose. If the still hunters and landowners complaint is because the dog owners trespass on their land, I am sorry, because not all dog hunters do that. We have sat beside a highway into the night, paddled across a pond to just avoid trespassing!!! Tell me what you all think. This is worth a debate!
If you don't believe me about the deer harvested in front of dogs, try looking at our web page: www.myspace.com/cashlakehuntingclub .