Hunters and hounds


Published: Friday, January 26, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 11:48 p.m.
On Jan. 21 a letter writer voiced her opinions about the use of hounds during the hunting of deer. Her letter was replete with false information that must be rebutted.
The writer indicated that the practice of using dogs to hunt deer had been outlawed in Pennsylvania and Georgia. This is not true. Pennsylvania has not outlawed the hunting of deer with hounds, as this was never a traditionally used method in Pennsylvania. The terrain does not lend itself to this method.
In Georgia, the urbanization of certain areas and the fragmentation of large hunting tracts have resulted in a reduction of the areas where the use of hounds can be sustained. And, in 2003, the Georgia Assembly passed legislation that provides mechanisms for addressing the use of dogs when hunting. But to say that Georgia has outlawed the use of hounds is incorrect.
The writer further states that she has been told by Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission (FWC) staff that hunting dogs are a constant problem.
In fact, in September 2006, the FWC staff reported that there was a 25 percent reduction in complaints against hunters who use dogs over the previous year, and a 36 percent reduction in the north central region (includes Alachua County). This reduction was attributed to a hunter-supported registration program that was implemented during the 2005-06 season.
The members of the Florida Dog Hunters and Sportsmen's Associations and the Allied Sportsmen's Associations of Florida remind all sportsmen to be vigilant in your efforts to promote and support ethical hunting practices. The continuation of our traditions and rights to hunt depend on it.

Lane Stephens,

Executive Director

Allied Sportsmen's

Associations of Florida

Tallahassee

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