Assuring the peaceful enjoyment of private property
Property rights defined by Washington State Supreme Court Justice Richard B. Sanders in 1997: “Property in a thing consists not merely in its ownership and possession, but in the unrestricted right of use, enjoyment, and disposal. Anything which destroys any of the elements of property, to that extent, destroys the property itself. The substantial value of property lies in its use. If the right of use be denied, the value of the property is annihilated and ownership is rendered a barren right.”
Serving sportsmen, ranchers, farmers, timberland managers and others who own, lease or manage rural land
- We support the right of land owners and lease holders to use and manage their land without disruption from trespassing persons or dogs, or nuisances such as property damage, stated or implied threats, or other dangerous activities by unwanted and uninvited persons or animals.
- We support the owner/manager’s right to utilize their property for any legal and legitimate purpose.
- We support additional regulation as necessary to preserve private property rights, and eliminate encroachment of private property, by those intent upon benefiting from the utilization of property, when they have no legitimate ownership rights to said property.
The North Carolina Landowner’s Alliance (NCLOA) is a non-profit organized exclusively for the protection and promotion of rural private landowner and leaseholder rights, so that those investing in private rural property have an opportunity to utilize and enjoy their land as they see fit, unencumbered and without encroachment from other unwanted persons or animals.
In many parts of North Carolina and surrounding states, land owners, lease holders, their guest hunters, and the general public are frequently and negatively impacted by the poor conduct of some individuals seeking to gain the benefit of another’s property utilizing loopholes in existing laws and regulations, intimidation, and/or a wanton disregard for existing laws and public safety. Our association seeks to reduce or eliminate the inconsiderate behavior of these rogue individuals, whether they are hunting or otherwise encroaching in an unwanted manner upon private property without express written permission from those in charge of the property in question. The individuals involved in these activities give all sportsman a bad reputation when they do things such as:
- Trespass on any privately owned property without the written permission of the owner or manager of said property.
- Show blatant disregard for posted signs, purple paint, or other indicators that the owner/manager of the property desires to keep them off the land in question.
- Turn their hunting dogs out on someone else’s land without permission to hunt said land.
- Knowingly allow their hunting dogs to encroach on posted private property, ruining legitimate still hunts, disrupting the landowners daily activities and/or investment in the land, disturbing, injuring, or killing; or causing to be disturbed, injured or killed, livestock, poultry, pets or persons.
- Knowingly utilize their hunting dogs to chase game off someone else’s land so that the game can then be pursued on public land or land they control.
- Hunt directly from the roadway, riding roads looking for game being chased by dogs, waiting for game to approach a roadway so they can be shot as they cross, etc..
- Block or impede traffic flow on public roadways for any purpose.
- Shoot a weapon of any type directly across a public roadway, or parallel to a public roadway when the shooter is located within the public boundary of said roadway.
- Trespass on private property to hunt, retrieve hunting dogs, or pursue wounded game; without regard for landowner property rights or permission to access said property.
- Inflict damage to the property of others. (e.g., cut fences and locks, drive vehicles onto private property, shoot across private property or into private buildings and equipment; or commit vandalism, arson, or other nefarious activities of any kind).
- Threaten verbally or otherwise to commit bodily harm, property damage, or conduct other mischievous activity.
- Abandon unwanted hunting dogs causing them to roam around aimlessly and suffer.
The above issues are so serious in some areas of the state, that legitimate land owners often decide not to hunt their own land because dog hunting activities on or near their private property ruin their still hunts (primarily during deer dog season), and often threaten the safety of their family and domestic animals.
For incidents involving trespass, threats, property damage, dogs, hunters, etc..
This is for all private property protection concerns and dog hunting related incidents.
Is it possible to hunt, bike, hike, bird-watch, horseback ride, or enjoy any other activity in a national forest during dog-deer hunting season?
Is North Carolina losing still-hunting license revenue because of dog-deer hunting?
DID YOU KNOW?
Deer-dog trespassing is a problem that is not unique to North Carolina.
Only nine states in the USA allow the use of dogs to hunt Whitetail deer; even in those states, some areas are closed to dog-deer hunting.
There are 155 national forests in the USA. Of those, 127 (81%) are closed to dog-deer hunting for Whitetail deer.