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#3805867 - Yesterday at 07:42 AM Loose dogs
drrxnupe
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Has anybody had to deal with people intentionally leaving their dogs loose during hunting season? Someone in our area has been doing this over the last 2 or 3 years. I don't know if its the adjacent property owners who have a hunting club or if its someone else who is an anti-hunter??? I shot 2 dogs last year that were chasing deer under my stand. I shot at 3 more during turkey season. I had not seen dogs since the spring until recently when I pulled cards from my trail cams. Once again over the last week or so, i have domestic dogs running all over the property.

What should I do?

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#3805868 - Yesterday at 07:47 AM Re: Loose dogs [Re: drrxnupe]
DaveB
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The last "S" is every bit as important as the first two.
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#3805871 - Yesterday at 07:49 AM Re: Loose dogs [Re: DaveB]
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What DaveB said.
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#3805874 - Yesterday at 07:52 AM Re: Loose dogs [Re: drrxnupe]
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For me it depends on the how close houses are to the property. My last spot had houses about half a mile away and I would give them 2 chances, 3 strikes and your out. I haven't had that problem at my new place but it is even more secluded so I wouldn't hesitate, unless there was a collar. You can normally tell if they are wild or not. Wild dogs will run in packs. As far as the domestic ones, either a couple of flyers near the problem homes or word of mouth will go a long way.
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#3805890 - Yesterday at 08:02 AM Re: Loose dogs [Re: shaggy]
KENBOB10
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Here's what you should do. DON'T GET ON A PUBLIC FORUM AND TALK ABOUT THE DOGS YOU HAVE KILLED! Thank you, that is all. Carry on.
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#3805905 - Yesterday at 08:12 AM Re: Loose dogs [Re: KENBOB10]
DntBrnDPig
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By dogs you mean you shot coyotes, right?
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#3805908 - Yesterday at 08:15 AM Re: Loose dogs [Re: DntBrnDPig]
Southern Sportsman
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 Originally Posted By: DaveB
The last "S" is every bit as important as the first two.


In fact, the most important of all the "S"s. I don't blame you for shooting them. If they are strays, then nothing will come of it and I don't deny shooting a few stray dogs on our place. But if by some chance it wasn't a stray, I'd hate to get hit for $5,000 in civil damages over somebody's shi*headed, deer-running dog (see T.C.A. 44-17-403).

Your Options:
1) Find out who owns the dogs and ask then nicely to keep them restrained. If that doesn't work (and it likely wont), be more forceful and threaten to contact wardens, etc. This has a low success rate and you will probably piss off neighbors who think because they live in a rural area, their dogs have a birthright to roam free and chase other peoples' deer.

2) Tell all the neighbors that you have a huge number of coyotes and will be running snare traps across your property. Tell them you're just being neighborly and telling them because you wouldn't want one of their dogs to accidentally get loose and get snared. Moderate success rate, but if a dog turns up missing after you tell them, either for reasons unknown or as a result of option (3), they will blame you and you will piss off a neighbor.

3) Shoot the dogs. Make sure you get clean shots so you don't have a wounded gut-shot dogs running back to wherever they came from. Immediately collect the dead dog and dispose of it. Throwing in a river is easy and effective, but if you don't have a river bordering your property like I do, then burying or a deep gully will work. After dog is disposed of, never mention having shot the dogs, especially in public, and if asked if you have seen a dog running around lately, answer, with a slightly concerned and sympathetic tone (but don't oversell it) "No ma'am I haven't, but if I do I'll be sure to let you know. I hope you find him." If done properly, this one has a 100% success rate for preventing individual dogs from repeating the behavior, and you shouldn't piss off neighbors because they will just think the dog "ran away" or some other unexplained reason for disappearance.

Note, I express no opinion on which option you should choose. Just listing available options.


Edited by Southern Sportsman (Yesterday at 08:50 AM)

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#3805913 - Yesterday at 08:20 AM Re: Loose dogs [Re: drrxnupe]
Carlos Viagra
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 Originally Posted By: drrxnupe
Has anybody had to deal with people intentionally leaving their dogs loose during hunting season? Someone in our area has been doing this over the last 2 or 3 years. I don't know if its the adjacent property owners who have a hunting club or if its someone else who is an anti-hunter??? I shot 2 dogs last year that were chasing deer under my stand. I shot at 3 more during turkey season. I had not seen dogs since the spring until recently when I pulled cards from my trail cams. Once again over the last week or so, i have domestic dogs running all over the property.

What should I do?


Yes if you can find out who owns the dogs and go talk with them it would probably help.
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#3805925 - Yesterday at 08:33 AM Re: Loose dogs [Re: Carlos Viagra]
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#3805934 - Yesterday at 08:41 AM Re: Loose dogs [Re: BSK]
Grizzly Johnson
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In the instance of bow hunting, I wonder how well those blunt arrow tips for small game hunting would get the point across to wandering dogs....
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