The NC Wildlife Resources Commission has postponed the meetings to discuss deer dog hunting with dog hunters. These March 2020 meetings will be rescheduled when we get beyond the current Coronavirus problem. Join the NC Sporting Dog Association to keep up with current dog hunting issues and events in North Carolina.
I hear it in his voice. He is looking at the bloody remains of his dog. Non-hunters do not understand the trauma involved. Often, the dog is a companion, a friend, a treasure.
What does the dog owner do when his dog is shot?
Summary of do’s and don’ts:
- Take photographs from the first moment of trouble. Keep the photos; do not delete.
- Record the voice of the perpetrator if possible.
- Call the local Sheriff’s Department and ask for help at the location of the dog killing.
- Do not trespass. Wait for the law to arrive.
- Take photos of the dead dog, the people you see, the motor vehicles and license tags.
- Do not curse, threaten, or physically touch anyone involved.
- Keep paper in your vehicle, such as a notepad. Write down the time, date, circumstances, location, address, names of people present.
- Retain your Garmin (or other brand) tracking information. Do not delete.
- Provide to law enforcement information about your dog: the breed, age, name, and length of your ownership. If you are certain of the fair market value, advise the officer. If you are not sure, say you will get back with him.
- Fair market value will be used in court. Fair market value (fmv) is what a willing buyer will pay and a willing seller will accept.
- Make copies of photographs, Garmin maps of location, breeding documentation, etc. for law enforcement. Do not give them your original documents unless absolutely necessary.
- The District Attorney is the prosecutor of criminal acts. Criminal cases will be tried in criminal court in the county in which the dog killing occurred.
- You may file a civil case for money damages without the permission or involvement of the prosecutor or law enforcement officials.
- As soon as possible, speak with an attorney to ascertain your legal rights.
- Protect other dogs and other hunters by telling what happened to your dog and where it happened.
- In the entire process, do not post anything on social media that you would not want read aloud in court.
Calling all dog hunters in North Carolina! The NC General Assembly convenes on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Join Joe & Henri McClees at the Legislative Building, 16 West Jones Street, Raleigh. Visit your local legislators and meet the newly elected Senators and Representatives. Email us for more details. Thanks, Joe & Henri McClees, Lobbyists for the NC Sporting Dog Association, Inc.
Document your hunts, gentlemen. You will need to be able to prove who, what, when, and where you hunted. Keep the records for no less than five (5) years. Just ask the ___ Club in C___ County, NC. Some of their members learned the hard way recently.
According to the President, the Club is changing how it operates. They will maintain two distinct records. First, they will maintain an annual Member and Guest Registry. Every person who hunts with the Club will sign the Registry and provide contact information together with a copy of his state driver’s license or other photo ID and copy of his NC hunting license. The Club will maintain a copy of the driver’s license and hunting license.
Second, the Club will maintain a Daily Hunt Log for each day hunting occurs on Club land. In the morning, an officer of the Club or other delegated person will write in the Daily Hunt Log the details of who, what, when, and where the hunting occurred will be written. If there are different parcels of Club land, the Daily Hunt Log will indicate who hunted on which parcel, when those persons hunted that parcel, what game was taken, and other details will be recorded. The numbers of the relevant WRC game tags will be recorded. At the end of the hunting day, a Club officer or other delegated person will check the Log for accuracy and sign and date the Log. Daily Hunt Logs will be stored securely.
As members now recognize, had they maintained these records, they could have avoided a lot of trouble. A Registry can help spot troublemakers. With Daily Hunt Logs, they could have won cases brought by WRC officers for alleged offenses occurring over two years ago. Without details of when or where they hunted on dates listed on citations, the defendants were caught unawares. WRC slipped in undercover game wardens as visiting hunters. Because the Club was known to encourage visitors and welcome “outsiders,” the Club became the unsuspecting dupe of a WRC sting operation.
Had the Club kept a Daily Hunt Log beginning three years ago, they could have confidently testified and disproven many of the charges. As it was, their lawyer told them to plead guilty. Uncertain and afraid, many did what the lawyer advised, even knowing the charges were not true. But that’s another story.
On Saturday night, 8/26/17, in Supply, NC, Ray Casteen & his team showed us “how it is done” at the Annual Banquet of the Brunswick County Sporting Dog Association. A full house enjoyed great food and lots of it. As their primary fundraiser, this event was packed with famous local pro-dog personalities: NC Senator Bill Rabon, NC Representative Frank Iler, and most of the Brunswick County Commissioners (except one who was traveling out of state). New Hanover County Commission Chairman Woody White gave an inspirational speech encouraging us to raise up the next generation to treasure our heritage and the sport of hunting with dogs. There were valuable prizes and lots of winners smiling all over the banquet hall. Clubs won for having 100% of their members also joining the BCSDA. Boys and girls won for best dogs. Finalists for best deer trophy were displayed and admired before the winner was announced in a very close competition. There were so many prizes that many people went back for further nourishment before all the tickets were drawn and cash prizes delivered to the lucky winners. It was a great night! If you want some tips on how to organize and conduct a great fundraiser, contact Ray Casteen, President of the Brunswick County Sporting Dog Association. Ray will downplay his personal contributions and tell you it could have been better. From my viewpoint, this event gets better every year. Congratulations, guys!