No dog-deer hunting in Kisatchie

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info

Houston, TX

#1 Mar 2, 2012
U.S. Forest Service officials announced today, March 1, that dog-deer hunting will be prohibited in Kisatchie National Forest starting with the 2012-13 season.

“We continue to receive complaints about dog-deer hunters from adjacent landowners and other recreation users,” said Liz Agpaoa, regional forester for the Southern Region.“Through the analysis, we have determined that dog-deer hunting is no longer appropriate on the Kisatchie National Forest.”
“We’ll file an appeal again,” said Trent Hollingsworth, secretary/treasurer of the Louisiana Sportsmen Alliance, which has fought to keep dog-deer hunting in Kisatchie.“This is not what the people want.”

Today’s announcement by the Forest Service and previous attempts to ban dog-deer hunting cited safety concerns and confrontations between hunters and their dogs and local landowners.

“Dog-deer hunters will still have opportunities to hunt, just not on National Forest land,” Agpaoa said.

The decision did not surprise Hollingsworth.

“All indications were they were going to ban it again,” he said.

The Forest Service announced in December 2010 that it was prohibiting the use of dogs to hunt deer in Kisatchie. That decision was overturned in July 2011 by Forest Service Associate Deputy Chief James W. Peña, who found the ruling did not adequately document how the various issues relating to dog-assisted hunting were considered.

A new environmental assessment was released in December, which the Forest Service said corrected flaws in the previous assessments and included new information.

In announcing the decision in a news release, the Forest Service cited “issues ranging from livestock harassment, personal confrontations, shooting from and across roads and road damage from the influx of dog-deer hunters. A disproportionate number of law enforcement violations committed by deer hunters continue to occur during the deer hunting season with dogs.”

The news release also said,“Currently, the Kisatchie National Forest is the only public land within Louisiana with a wildlife management mandate where dog-deer hunting is allowed. Conflicts occur between users when deer-hunting dogs range beyond the control of hunters and trespass onto private land.”

Some hunting, including deer hunting without dogs,“will continue as a primary activity on the forest,” the Forest Service said.

Hollingsworth questioned the decision to ban dog-deer hunting, saying it is based on a small number of complaints, while public comment has been largely in favor of allowing dog-deer hunting.

“It’s just an opinion again,” he said.“There just isn’t any data to back up anything they say.”
polabo

Houston, TX

#2 Mar 3, 2012
info wrote:
U.S. Forest Service officials announced today, March 1, that dog-deer hunting will be prohibited in Kisatchie National Forest starting with the 2012-13 season.
“We continue to receive complaints about dog-deer hunters from adjacent landowners and other recreation users,” said Liz Agpaoa, regional forester for the Southern Region.“Through the analysis, we have determined that dog-deer hunting is no longer appropriate on the Kisatchie National Forest.”
“We’ll file an appeal again,” said Trent Hollingsworth, secretary/treasurer of the Louisiana Sportsmen Alliance, which has fought to keep dog-deer hunting in Kisatchie.“This is not what the people want.”
Today’s announcement by the Forest Service and previous attempts to ban dog-deer hunting cited safety concerns and confrontations between hunters and their dogs and local landowners.
“Dog-deer hunters will still have opportunities to hunt, just not on National Forest land,” Agpaoa said.
The decision did not surprise Hollingsworth.
“All indications were they were going to ban it again,” he said.
The Forest Service announced in December 2010 that it was prohibiting the use of dogs to hunt deer in Kisatchie. That decision was overturned in July 2011 by Forest Service Associate Deputy Chief James W. Peña, who found the ruling did not adequately document how the various issues relating to dog-assisted hunting were considered.
A new environmental assessment was released in December, which the Forest Service said corrected flaws in the previous assessments and included new information.
In announcing the decision in a news release, the Forest Service cited “issues ranging from livestock harassment, personal confrontations, shooting from and across roads and road damage from the influx of dog-deer hunters. A disproportionate number of law enforcement violations committed by deer hunters continue to occur during the deer hunting season with dogs.”
The news release also said,“Currently, the Kisatchie National Forest is the only public land within Louisiana with a wildlife management mandate where dog-deer hunting is allowed. Conflicts occur between users when deer-hunting dogs range beyond the control of hunters and trespass onto private land.”
Some hunting, including deer hunting without dogs,“will continue as a primary activity on the forest,” the Forest Service said.
Hollingsworth questioned the decision to ban dog-deer hunting, saying it is based on a small number of complaints, while public comment has been largely in favor of allowing dog-deer hunting.
“It’s just an opinion again,” he said.“There just isn’t any data to back up anything they say.”
good--hope its shut-down---
Mac-truck

Dallas, TX

#3 Mar 3, 2012
Just another form of the government turning to communism in it's purest form
polabo

Houston, TX

#4 Mar 4, 2012
dog-hunting--another example of forcing something on others against their will--fence in ur area and dog hunt till their feet wear off--wonder why they were able to issue 50,000 dollars of fines during a 9 day so call hunting frenzy-
a deer hunter

Natchitoches, LA

#5 Mar 4, 2012
Unless you are a dog hunter or ignorant of the problems associated with this type of hunting, you will applaud this band by the Forest Service. Now if only the State would make it illegal statewide.
hmmm

United States

#6 Mar 4, 2012
On private land, hunters simply use there dogs to run through posted areas. I am tired of sitting on my stand and having dogs pass by. I have talked to the hunters and they don't care. They think when dog season starts they own everything. I hope they end it statewide because most of the are nothing but outlaws.
Mac-truck

United States

#7 Mar 4, 2012
Still hunting sucks and it's boring anybody can shoot a broad side deer over corn. What's the challenge in that.
polabo

Houston, TX

#8 Mar 4, 2012
Mac-truck wrote:
Still hunting sucks and it's boring anybody can shoot a broad side deer over corn. What's the challenge in that.
as much challenge as dropping of dogs on a road and tracking them with electronis to cut them off on another road without stepping in the woods--now if u want to out challenge still hunters with your dogs do it with a bow--
hmmm

United States

#9 Mar 4, 2012
I use a bow. When duck season starts, that's my favorite. I have just about given up deer hunting because of dog season.
Bushman

Houston, TX

#10 Mar 4, 2012
I shoot deer dog running past my stand. It's a real challenge cause they are way smaller than deer. I killed three deer and two dogs this year along on my private poster land.
hmmm

United States

#11 Mar 4, 2012
Bushman wrote:
I shoot deer dog running past my stand. It's a real challenge cause they are way smaller than deer. I killed three deer and two dogs this year along on my private poster land.
don't blame ya, shoot the hunter next time though.
Pig2

Natchitoches, LA

#12 Mar 4, 2012
I glad to hear this. I got where I hate it when hunting season opens. People don't know how to act anymore. Anytime you approach someone about their dogs on your property the first thing they say is "dogs can't read". Its just a slick way of getting on someone else's land. But I also have a right to protect my property, such as livestock, poultry and such. I don't want you or your flea bitten dog on land I pay the taxes on. So that is probably why a lot of you can't find your dogs after you run them. People like myself took care of the problem.
no dog no corn

Lovelady, TX

#13 Mar 4, 2012
Mac-truck wrote:
Still hunting sucks and it's boring anybody can shoot a broad side deer over corn. What's the challenge in that.
CORN hunting isnt hunting. Its killing deer while feeding. That will be outlawed next
info

Houston, TX

#14 Mar 4, 2012
no dog no corn wrote:
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CORN hunting isnt hunting. Its killing deer while feeding. That will be outlawed next
If it was not for the still hunters, planting rye grass, wheat, winter peas, putting out corn, salt blocks, mineral blocks, etc. The deer population would starve. And we do not slaughter the deer and run them to death, like the dog hunters do. Many times we have found lost starving dogs wandering around on our lease, and we do not shoot dogs on our lease. Its not the dogs fault, we love dogs and only shoot deer to eat. The difference in a still hunt and a dog hunt is that the meat is much better when it is not all musky and stinking from being ran to death!!!
Love dogs, hate dog hunters:-)
polabo

Houston, TX

#15 Mar 5, 2012
no dog no corn wrote:
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CORN hunting isnt hunting. Its killing deer while feeding. That will be outlawed next
guess what,kat. has never allowed feeding--have killed many deer still hunting there with no dog or feeding--try it u might like real hunting--like mentioned above,i like dogs but not illiterate owners-
polabo

Houston, TX

#16 Mar 5, 2012
info wrote:
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If it was not for the still hunters, planting rye grass, wheat, winter peas, putting out corn, salt blocks, mineral blocks, etc. The deer population would starve. And we do not slaughter the deer and run them to death, like the dog hunters do. Many times we have found lost starving dogs wandering around on our lease, and we do not shoot dogs on our lease. Its not the dogs fault, we love dogs and only shoot deer to eat. The difference in a still hunt and a dog hunt is that the meat is much better when it is not all musky and stinking from being ran to death!!!
Love dogs, hate dog hunters:-)
plus,i never saw a pile of corn trespass and disturb other hunters--
a deer hunter

Natchitoches, LA

#17 Mar 5, 2012
no dog no corn wrote:
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CORN hunting isnt hunting. Its killing deer while feeding. That will be outlawed next
I certainly hope so. What a joke for another poster to say that the deer are dependent upon the bait that he puts out for survival.
Mac-truck

United States

#18 Mar 5, 2012
Anybody shoots any my dogs and I find out I'm shooting them.
polabo

Houston, TX

#19 Mar 6, 2012
Mac-truck wrote:
Anybody shoots any my dogs and I find out I'm shooting them.
yep,real good idea,them black boys will like that white butt--think about ur dog when bent over-
Mac-truck

United States

#20 Mar 6, 2012
I promise I wouldn't serve a month. Have u seen our system there's all kinds of ways to get out of trouble.

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