I have no problem with anyone on this fourm, just a difference of opinon. I can take a joke, no big deal. The southern states have thier share of tresspass issues conserning dogging deer, you only have to read some of the other posts to relise it. Dogging deer isn't a "new idea" , and I was open minded to the method at one time. However after seeing it done on tv, and witnessing coyotes, and hogs being dogged. I have devoloped an new opinion and beliefs that dogging deer isn't good for the image of hunters in the public's view. While the coyote dogs do occasionaly chase the deer, the majority of the dogs stay on the trail of the coyotes. This is a small price to pay for the control of a over-populated predator. Deer are not predators, and I don't think predators should be equally "treated" like deer.ORIGINAL: JPH
Like I stated, deer are not predators or ferral, and that is the difference. As for how IL. laws are keeping dogs from being turned lose on deer, they attain that goal by imposing fines or jail time for the owners of such dogs. Why I am here? Well it is a disscussion forum, whether someone likes mine or anyone elses opinions or not, doesn't matter. Instead of making personal attacks questioning someone's reasons to be involved in a public forum, maybe you should just use the ignore feature. I think it's pretty clear why most of us are here debating the issues. You would fight dogging deer in IA, but would dog deer in the south, that is the very essence of hypocritical. My belief ,and others is that dogging deer is unethical, and demeaning to the sport of hunting. It is a opinion, nothing more.
EatDeer you have misread my previous post.
1. I do not understand why predators do not deserve the same ethical treatment that a deer does.
2.I did not suggest that dogs are turned loose on deer in Il. I suggested that dogs are turned loose on coyotes and they have no understanding of the game laws once they are out of sight of their owners. They seem no less likely to maul a deer than deer hounds.
3.You are correct, this is a discussion forum. It is not (IMO) a platform to impose your opinions on others. I just think there should be a certain degree of openess to new ideas.
4. My position on dogging in IA vs. the South is not hypocritical in the least. IA is meeting it's conservation goals without dogging. IA does not have large expanses of pine forest or swamp where dogs can fun w/o crossing property lines. But the conservation goals and the landscape do seem to allow for this in the South. I do not use a rifle in IA but I do in MO,because of the respective laws. It is no less hypocritical.
5.Most importantlly, my rebuttals were, and are, directed at your position and reasoning. They are in no way directed at your person. I want you to know that I have no issue with you as a person. I do not know you. But if I have in some way hurt your feelings, I am sorry.