Dogs Chasing Deer

Bandit29

6 pointer
Nov 21, 2008
255
Dog owners should be smart about their dogs and when they're loose. Not during hunting season, especially rifle. Had the biggest deer we've had on our farm in several years chased off by neighbors dogs last year and have pics in sequence to prove it of the deer, followed by the dogs at 2 different camera locations. The latter being near property line. I visited the neighbor, showed them the pics and several other random pics of their dogs at different times and asked them to keep their dogs up until after season. Their response wasn't very polite so the next time I was in the blind and heard the dogs strike up and a group of does were being chased, the .243 wasn't polite to their dogs. Not how I wanted things to go but when you spend alot of time and money working ground, food plots, minerals, fruit trees, time spent hunting and passing deer trying to somewhat manage them as best you can and get blatantly disrespected by the owners then it kinda ties your hands and doesn't leave many options....
 

1wildcatfan

12 pointer
Jan 2, 2009
15,003
raised n Bullitt Co.
I’m fairly new to Kentucky this is my second season hunting here. I am in the South East region. I routinely capture dogs chasing deer on my property mostly on cameras but I have witnessed it. I have witnessed by camera or sight more than 15 different dogs. Yesterday a gigantic black Bull mastiff type dog chased a buck by my stand. I’ve seen this dog chasing deer before. I’ve driven around the area and cannot locate where it lives. Does this happen all over KY or is this unusual? Are these dogs killing the deer or just chasing them. What do you think the impact on the deer’s health is? My opinion is the deer probably become accustomed to the dogs and just return. The health impact must be great. The buck yesterday was one of the biggest in this area. I followed the tracks and the dog chased him for over a mile off my property. He must be rut depleted, now he is exerting all this energy trying to escape this dog. What should I do if anything?
Who's property were you tracking the dog on?
 

HuntressOfLight

12 pointer
Nov 23, 2019
12,228
Guarding my lovely bluebirds
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FF/EMT516

10 pointer
Nov 22, 2020
1,313
Caneyville, Ky
When I was a kid we had a dog that always ran loose. One morning our neighbor pulled up with our dog in his truck bed. He said he was chasing a calf. He said he was sorry he had to shoot him. We said we were sorry for putting in a position where he had to shoot him. Different times.
See that’s the thing. Y’all are both good people for being civil. Folks now days can’t be civil about bumping a shopping cart into one another.
 

HuntressOfLight

12 pointer
Nov 23, 2019
12,228
Guarding my lovely bluebirds
When I was a kid we had a dog that always ran loose. One morning our neighbor pulled up with our dog in his truck bed. He said he was chasing a calf. He said he was sorry he had to shoot him. We said we were sorry for putting in a position where he had to shoot him. Different times.

Entirely different situation, privately owned, confined, domesticated livestock compared to wildlife.
 

WaterDog88

12 pointer
Jul 28, 2008
2,202
Kentucky
Dogs running deer is common year round in the part of south east ky I hunt. People abandon dogs all the time and it doesn’t take long for them to go feral. The smaller ones are the worst because they can run the deer to the point of exhaustion and the bigger ones will come in and bring it down.

They can also be pretty dangerous. An elderly friend of the family was killed many years ago by a pack of strays while she went out to check her mail. Let’s also not forget that young boy killed maybe last year or year before last.

I’m a dog lover and have 2 that are spoiled rotten. If I see a collar or know them they get a pass but otherwise it’s sss all day
 

HuntressOfLight

12 pointer
Nov 23, 2019
12,228
Guarding my lovely bluebirds
The point is...if you let your dog run loose, he may get into something he shouldn't on another person's property and get shot. If that happens it's your fault.

Happened to one of my dogs in ATL. Just missed his spleen. Er surgery cost me over 1k long ago, but I didn't mind, because he was a great rescue from the pound well worth saving. His name was King. He was massive, much larger than Brewster and thereby intimidating but sweet as could be. No idea whom shot him nor why.

I would not kill a dog for possessing a high prey drive. I am more prone to rescue him and then put him to work with it. The CO2 net guns are great.
 


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