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.