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#4412193 - 07/22/13 08:23 PM TPWD to reconsider use of dogs for tracking wounded deer -
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Texas Agriculture Daily News
TPWD to reconsider use of dogs to track wounded deer in East Texas


Monday, July 22, 2013

After 20 years of restrictions, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is reconsidering the law prohibiting the use of dogs to track wounded deer in 34 East Texas counties.

TPWD has scheduled a trio of public hearings to provide details on its proposal to the community and give the public an opportunity to comment.

The first meeting will be held Tuesday, July 30 at Woodville Elementary School in Woodville. The second will be held Wednesday, July 31 at Angelina County Courthouse in Lufkin, and the final will be held Thursday, Aug. 1 at the Sabine County Courthouse in Hemphill. All three meetings will begin at 6 p.m.
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#4412917 - 07/23/13 02:15 AM Re: TPWD to reconsider use of dogs for tracking wounded deer - [Re: swmays]
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Wouldn't you know it!!! I'm offshore for this one also!!! I missed the one in Woodville regarding AR's prior to subjecting Tyler County with them!!!
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#4413335 - 07/23/13 08:53 AM Re: TPWD to reconsider use of dogs for tracking wounded deer - [Re: Seadog]
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Curious, but why would TPWD have tracking-dog restrictions in some counties but not others?

On the surface, it seems like tracking dogs are a good ethical hunting tool to reduce waste of game. I'm sure there are some counter-points, but not familiar enough with it to know. Hopefully someone here can shed some light on the topic.

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#4413377 - 07/23/13 09:05 AM Re: TPWD to reconsider use of dogs for tracking wounded deer - [Re: buccaneer]
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I think it boiled down to people hunting deer with dogs and saying they were tracking wounded animal!!!
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#4413435 - 07/23/13 09:18 AM Re: TPWD to reconsider use of dogs for tracking wounded deer - [Re: Seadog]
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Originally Posted By: Seadog
I think it boiled down to people hunting deer with dogs and saying they were tracking wounded animal!!!


You think?

100% chance that happens.

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#4413829 - 07/23/13 11:38 AM Re: TPWD to reconsider use of dogs for tracking wounded deer - [Re: cameron00]
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Deer don't bay like pigs do they? I feel like this would be WAY less effective than hog dog'n...

Now if you drew blood and are tracking I'm perfectly fine for it seen dogs find deer we NEVER would have
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#4413933 - 07/23/13 12:16 PM Re: TPWD to reconsider use of dogs for tracking wounded deer - [Re: catslayer]
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This could be something being pushed by game ranches as a better way to recover trophies and the revenue that would otherwise be lost.
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#4413996 - 07/23/13 12:46 PM Re: TPWD to reconsider use of dogs for tracking wounded deer - [Re: Texas Dan]
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I would loved for this to be in effect a few years ago when I shot a big one and trailed blood for 5 hours but never found him.

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#4414126 - 07/23/13 01:32 PM Re: TPWD to reconsider use of dogs for tracking wounded deer - [Re: Texas Dan]
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Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
This could be something being pushed by game ranches as a better way to recover trophies and the revenue that would otherwise be lost.


Willing to bet they do it all ready. ..since they are behind a tall fence

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#4414248 - 07/23/13 02:16 PM Re: TPWD to reconsider use of dogs for tracking wounded deer - [Re: Seadog]
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Originally Posted By: Seadog
I think it boiled down to people hunting deer with dogs and saying they were tracking wounded animal!!!


It's perfectly legal to run hogs with dogs so they could just say they were hog hunting if caught. The ones that break the law will do it regardless. I think it's stupid not to be able to try to recover a wounded deer with a dog. I have found many deer with dogs after hours of not being able to find them without dogs.

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#4414271 - 07/23/13 02:28 PM Re: TPWD to reconsider use of dogs for tracking wounded deer - [Re: BowSlayer]
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definitely a good way to recover deer. i agree with other posts that people who are breaking the law will do it anyway.

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#4415774 - 07/23/13 10:37 PM Re: TPWD to reconsider use of dogs for tracking wounded deer - [Re: TexasEx57]
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Keep in mind that deer are considered trash game to those who use hounds to run hogs, raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, and everything else. For that reason, finding one that will track a deer can be harder than you think. Most good houndsmen don't want a dog that will run deer and are very embarrassed when any of their hounds does it.

A hound that is truly "broke" will only track the animal for which it has been trained and can easily cost several thousand dollars when sold.
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#4416090 - 07/24/13 06:55 AM Re: TPWD to reconsider use of dogs for tracking wounded deer - [Re: Texas Dan]
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I think it is a good idea. Never understood why some counties could and other counties could not use tracking dogs.

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#4416779 - 07/24/13 11:11 AM Re: TPWD to reconsider use of dogs for tracking wounded deer - [Re: Texas Dan]
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Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
This could be something being pushed by game ranches as a better way to recover trophies and the revenue that would otherwise be lost.
It's being pushed by tracking dog owners (many of whom benefit financially when their dogs are called out on a track). That being said, a lot of them don't charge or don't charge a lot of money for a track, and I believe their motives for pushing this are more or less pure.

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#4416790 - 07/24/13 11:18 AM Re: TPWD to reconsider use of dogs for tracking wounded deer - [Re: BOBO the Clown]
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Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
This could be something being pushed by game ranches as a better way to recover trophies and the revenue that would otherwise be lost.


Willing to bet they do it all ready. ..since they are behind a tall fence


Sí. But dogs were the main reason for fences going up in the first place in our area.

I think it's a good idea if the dogs have to be on leash or are contained by such a tall fence. Cuts down on the excuses of a dog not knowing what a property boundary is.
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