Where I live and hunt in the county, west of Hough Road, a restricted area for almost two decades, the deer dog hunting problem is worse than ever. A certain club in our area seems to ignore or does not care that they are trespassing in an area that is banned.
This club is part of the problem that is ruining the hunting opportunities for residents of this county and for future generations. I do not believe a partial ban will do any good for anyone. In my opinion, this will actually make it worse when dog hunters will have more restricted areas to trespass on. A total ban for deer dog hunting is the only way, as it is the only solution to keeping renegade hunters off of our properties, as many North Carolina counties have come to realize. Hunters are fed up with there not being any regard for their rights as landowners by “hunters” who could care less about laws or regulations. These problems not only burden hunters county wide, but our law enforcement, as they are forced to take calls from land owners who cannot stop dog hunters from trespassing on their property, killing their deer and tearing up their roads, and sneaking in at night to retrieve dogs without permission.
I love deer hunting, and prepare year round for the season to begin. In my hunting club, we plant food plots, position tree stands in prime deer areas, feed and manage the land year round, and pay good money to harvest mature deer responsibly. This is a far cry from deer dog hunters who cannot fathom this sort of commitment to responsible, ethical hunting.