Never fails, every Saturday during rifle season, I have dog hunters running dogs and parking in front of my properly posted property and private road. It is so bad in Warren County, NC that I am going to take up bow and muzzle loading next season. They run deer all day and sometimes at night and will never give me their name when I stop and question them. Its an issue because our clubs bring in folks from outside the county and they do not respect private property. To them, its not an issue at all and I shouldn’t be upset. I just joined this alliance to get involved and get my property rights back. That said, I am concerned with the lack of materials on this website and would like to know how many members does this alliance have?
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There is plenty of reference material available here, and membership fluctuates with hunting season. The reality is although we have a lot of members, most choose to send a few dollars in each year and expect their problems to be solved. We need a more active membership willing to get involved with state legislators and wildlife commissioners. Although dog deer hunters are only 9% of the hunting population, they are vocal and organized. We cannot fight this from behind the curtains if we want to secure our right to peaceful use of our private property.
Yours is a common problem and one of the reasons so many private property owners despise deer dog hunting. The deer dog lobby has a lot of influence in the legislature and at the wildlife commission. We recommend identifying an owner of a deer dog trespassing, and then filing suit against them citing Pegg vs. Gray NC Supreme Court decision from 1954 which says a dog released onto or allowed to run through the property of another during a hunt, is trespassing just as if the person themselves had trespassed. Good luck and should anyone initiate a suit under this decision, we are willing to guide and assist.
Thank you for the Supreme Court reference, I will be sure to use it. I am investing in and installing new cellular trail cameras, in hopes that I can identify the culprits. When I talk to the club, I just get the “it wasn’t our members, talk to one of the other clubs”. My neighbor and I are working on a plan to lease some surrounding property that should block one of the clubs reasons for hunting our road. Another thing I have heard someone mention, if I start a business and offer my land for lease during hunting season for an insane amount of money (say $1,000), theoretically, anyone caught hunting my land would not only be trespassing but committing theft of services (that same $1,000). I have not talked to an attorney, but it sounded reasonable to me. If anyone has a law degree in this alliance, I would love to hear from them.