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 or lease rural land

  • We support the right of land owners and lease holders to use and manage their land without disruption from trespassing deer dogs and other nuisances.
  • We support the use of dogs to hunt squirrel, coon, rabbit, duck, geese, quail, hogs, and other small game.
  • We support additional regulation of dog-deer hunting to reduce or eliminate deer dog trespass on private land.

Mission Statement

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, 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 dog-deer hunters and/or their dogs. Our association seeks to reduce or eliminate the inconsiderate behavior of the few dog-deer hunters who give all hunters a bad reputation when they do things such as:

  • Turn their deer dogs out on someone else’s land without permission to hunt said land.
  • Knowingly allow their deer dogs to encroach on posted private property; ruining still hunts or disturbing, injuring, or killing livestock, poultry, and pets.
  • Utilize their deer dogs to chase deer off someone else’s land so that the deer can then be pursued on public land or land they control.
  • Hunt directly from the roadways.
  • Block or impede traffic flow on public roadways.
  • Trespass on private property to hunt, retrieve deer 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, commit other vandalism or arson, etc).
  • Threaten to commit both bodily harm, property damage, or conduct other mischievous activity.
  • Abandon 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 deer dog hunting activities on or near their private property ruin their still hunts during deer dog season, and often threaten the safety of their family and domestic animals.


(Members only)

For incidents involving dogs, deer-dog hunters, or both. 

You do not have to have caught the dog. This is for all deer-dog- and deer-dog-hunter-related problems.


 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?


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.