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Hound Hunting Game Lands

Be Respectful of Those Who Hunt With and Without Dogs

Todd Edwards

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We get reports of people still hunting North Carolina Game Lands and complaining about the houndsmen that are hunting the game lands with their dogs. The game lands are public land, so it’s open to varied hunting styles. Some public game lands are set aside for just still hunting. There are game lands that allow hounds and there are game lands that do not allow hounds. There are game lands that allow dogs on certain days of the week.

If you don't wish to have hounds around you while still hunting, check the map and proceed to the non-hound game lands. If dogs are allowed on Wednesday and Saturday, adjust your schedule so you are there on a different day.

I have heard the argument, "I should not have to drive xyz distance to hunt." There are houndsmen in the western part of the state that drive extreme distances to be able to hunt with their hounds. This rule works both ways.

We received a complaint from a guy that houndsmen were "running dogs all over him" the last week of hunting season. It turns out, he was still hunting in game lands that specifically allow hounds.

There are issues with outlaw houndsmen and again, the rules do work both ways. However, some if not many of the "conflicts" are caused by people intentionally encroaching on houndsmen then complaining about dogs. When people intentionally seek out houndsmen and then complain about dogs, you are no different than the outlaws.

Houndsmen are working hard to "self-police" the outlaw houndsmen. Our brothers that still hunt need to do the same thing. A still hunter that intentionally encroaches on houndsmen (and then complains about it) is just as much an outlaw as the dog hunter casting 30 head of walkers on 10 acres.

Think about it. Respect goes both ways

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