For people who have never hunted with dogs ( in states where it's legal), perhaps you should give it a try. I've had several folks from Northern states where dog hunting for deer isn't legal, come down and go with me. They left with a different perspective after seeing how difficult it is to hunt in the South without dogs; and they also gained insight into just how hard it is to shoot deer that are being run by dogs down in our swamps.
Here in the lowcountry of SC, we are fighting to retain our traditional dog drive style of hunting. We have been over run by non residents who for the most part are wealthy archery hunters who can outbid us for leases and purchasing hunting lands. They are waging a battle to not only have our dog hunting outlawed, but also to change our game laws regarding the limits on numbers and types of deer we can kill. Already the big timber companies which own the huge majority of privately owned acreages are refusing to lease to dog clubs....the same clubs that for years were the largest group of lessees in the state. Also lands that we used to lease for a few dollars per acre, are now being leased for thousands of dollars per acre by those non resident hunters who only pay slightly more for their hunting licenses than residents. As these people become more and more successful at banning dog hunting, they are also becoming adept at driving resident hunters out of the sport due to loss of available hunting land.
I understand that land owners with very small parcels, especially in those states with short seasons and limits on the type of hunting allowed, have reason to resent free roaming dogs that run deer; but the type of dogs running the deer that I support are hounds which are owned and maintained for the purpose of running deer in an organized procedure. I myself, do not hesitate to kill the wild feral dogs that run in packs like coyotes or wolves, since this type of dog is a killer and a menace. If however, someone's hounds happen to run across my property, I'm inclined to utilize the opportunity. I guess it all boils down to the differences in geography and what we as individual hunters are accustomed to.
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