January 20, 2007 at 12:45am
Not all dog hunters are trespassers and not all still hunters are legal, ethical hunters either. I do agree with that. Some people are just not sportsmen. I do not agree with anyone shooting a dog that has come onto their property unless it is attacking them or foaming at the mouth. It aint the dog's fault. I also understand that even with the best laid plans and well trained dogs, a dog may still wander onto other properties. If it were an isolated event I'm sure it can be forgiven without a second thought most of the time. The reason people get all fired up is the fact that it happens over and over again and the private land still hunter repeatedly has ruined hunts because of it. All of it wasted after prepping his field, burning vacation days, clearing shooting lanes and all sorts of other things to prepare for the season and driving sometimes hours from home for the hunt. Like I said, I know that it is not all dog hunters but the bad ones cause such a problem for so many people so many times each year that still hunters feel that there is no other option but to try to ban dog hunting altogether. There aren’t any other options left for them and no.. most still hunters have no interest in joining the race. The problem is not the dog hunting itself, it is the unsportsmanlike conduct of so many dog hunters that makes still hunters want to do away with it especially when time and again the same excuse comes out of the same smug face repeatedly all season, "I can't control where the dogs go". I got news for ya, most dog hunters have more control over their dogs than they let on and allot of it depends on where the dogs are turned loose. I hunted 50 acres of land owned by my grandfather and watched as some doghunters dropped off their dogs where they would run through 3 properties before arriving on the property that belonged to the dog hunters. My 50 acres of land was the path of about 25 dogs, needless to say, the deer were not gonna be staying there. My grandfather even told me to shoot the dogs but I did not. I did not think that it would solve the problem and I could not shoot a dog for not knowing it was not supposed to be there. But I did have some anger twards those redneck hunter wannabees for ruining every day I could spend in the woods in my younger years. Just my .02.