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Trailing deer with dogs could be returning to East Texas

Trailing deer with dogs could be returning to East Texas
Friday, July 19, 2013 - 2:50pm

Using dogs while deer hunting has been illegal for more than twenty years here in East Texas.

But that could change for a number of counties within the coming months.

Texas Parks and Wildlife officils are discussing allowing dogs for trailing deer, this means once a deer is shot and runs off, this dog is used to track him down and find the body.

This is very different from using the dog to hunt deer, by running them out of the woods, or catching their scent and leading the hunter to them.

This type of hunting is illegal all across the state due it not being deemed fair.

This will also make it harder for game wardens to enforce the law, since they can't tell if the dog was used in hunting the deer after the fact.

But according to Smith County game warden Dustin Dockery, this will, in the end be a good thing for East Texas, if the proposal passes, since it will help with deer conservation.

In most parts of South and West Texas, dogs can be used to trail deer.

But that could all change for some East Texas counties after deliberations and public hearings take place in late July and august.

Counties where the ban could be lifted: Harris, Harrison, Houston, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Panola, Polk, Rusk, San Jacinto, Trinity, and Walker

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