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Tracking laws in your area for using tracking dogs

Old 11-08-2005, 04:51 PM
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I need a little help from the board. I know there are individuals on here from all over the country that might be able to help me. I am working with a group of leashed dog trackers to create a web site for the United Blood Trackers http://www.unitedbloodtrackers.org/ Promoting the use of leashed tracking dogs for the recovery of wounded game.

I am responsable for the section on tracking laws across the country and need some help with a few of the states that I have left and can not find details on. If you can give me any information it would greatly be appreciated. Information like legal or not, can you track at night, can you carry a weapon at night, does the dog have to be on leash or can it search free and last do you or the dog have to pass a test before you can do tracking.
Here are the states that I need info on:
Alaska, Arizona, Conneticut, Florida, Hawaii,Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wesy Virginina, Wyoming

Thank you in advance for any info that you give.[/align]
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Old 11-08-2005, 05:01 PM
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I know that in VA it is legal to hunt deer with the aid of dogs in most counties east of the Blue Ridge Mtn.s only. I will check on the specifics and let you know. I heard that one of the guys I guysI know had a few buddies hunting with them, and one shot a deer with a ML. They could not find it, so they used a dog to find the deer. I have also used a dog to track down a turkey I shot near dark. I think you should be able to use dogs for tracking legally shot game animals, if you don't find the game another animal will.
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Old 11-08-2005, 07:56 PM
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According to..

http://www.deersearch.org/licensin.htm

In recent years other states started to allow the use of tracking dogs. It is legal to use tracking dogs in Maryland, Alaska, Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio. Check your local regulations.

For residents of the Canadian Province of British Columbia it is possible to track wounded deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats with leashed tracking dogs as a legal activity authorized by the appropriate hunting licenses and permits.
The use of tracking dogs is generally permitted in those states or counties where the use of dogs to drive deer to hunters is permitted. This includes substantial parts of the South. In most states it is worth exploring the possibilities of tracking by calling your local conservation officer. This officer may refer you higher up the chain of command.

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Old 11-08-2005, 09:18 PM
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I have emailed every state department of natural resources and the states in my first post are the ones that never have responded back.
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Old 11-08-2005, 09:32 PM
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As far as I know ND and SD do not allow the use of dogs for anything connected with Big game. That is unless its changed which I hope it has not. I personally don't like dogs anywhere near my deer hunting area. To often they end up running the deer.
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Old 11-09-2005, 04:42 PM
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James, I understand what you mean. But what I am refering too is leashed tracking dogs for the recovery of wounded game that would be lost with outthe aid of the dog. The dogs are always under control of the handler by means of a leash,usually at a lenght of 30'.
Thank you for the reply though.
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