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Ban issued on dog-deer hunting in Kisatchie National Forest

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Ban issued on dog-deer hunting in Kisatchie National Forest

Hunters who use dogs to hunt deer in Kisatchie National Forest again are on the defensive. U.S. Forest Service officials announced Thursday that dog-deer hunting will be prohibited in Kisatchie 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.”

 

Thursday’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.

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