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What are my rights to retrieve my hunting dogs if they run onto someone else’s posted land?

Gordon Sloan ( left) and Donald Lanier release the dogs while deer hunting in northeastern Pender County on Dec. 9, 1995. StarNews file photo.

If your hunting trip ends with your dogs scampering onto someone else’s property and you can’t get them to come back to you on verbal command, looks like you’ll just have to wait and leave your dogs there until you get permission from the property owners to go onto their land to retrieve your hunting dogs.

“They are not allowed to trespass,” said Officer Douglas Jones, of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement when asked this question. ‘They must have permission to go onto the land to retrieve their dog.”


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5 Responses to “ What are my rights to retrieve my hunting dogs if they run onto someone else’s posted land?”

  1. On January 4, 2013 at 4:50 pm Lauri wrote:

    Well i would have to trespass anyway to go up to the mans house to ask permission…this is sorta stupid ..the landowners protection act has 2 subsections that state you can retrieve your hunting dog but must leave your weapon outside of the property and if the owner asks you too leave with a verbal requests you must leave even without your dog..i found that on nc wildlife commisions website..also have spoken to a wildlife officer that says that is correct…Who in their right mind would leave their expensive hound behind for some person to shoot or do whatever they want with ? They are gonna loose hunters and revenue on a state level if these unfair laws continue..

  2. On January 9, 2013 at 12:26 am Steve Zandy wrote:

    What should be done is talk to the property owners where you are going to hunting and get permission to retrieve your dogs.

    Back in the 60′s my Dad fenced off the corn fields with electric fence and allowed the pigs to eat the corn that had landed on the ground.

    A group of hunters knocked down the fence so their dogs could chase a deer. To this day no hunting is allowed on our farm. Their are no signs but all locals know that hunting is not allowed.

  3. On January 11, 2013 at 2:21 pm Stephen Clemmons wrote:

    Some years ago, it was common for hunters to turn dogs in on posted land and wait on the other side for the deer and dogs to come out. I have gone in and caught many dogs and held them for ransom. Cost, 50.00 per dog to the NC Land Conservation Agency. There was a lot of bitching and moaning until a few had to pay up and they quit turning their dogs loose.
    When we hunted, on our land or with the approval of a landowner. we always left an old work coat on the ground where we put them out. Go back about dark and there they would be, all trying to get on the coat. That’s why dogs that are left along the roadside never leave, they are waiting for their masters to come back and are usually killed by automobiles. They will not leave under any circumstances.
    Baby deer are the same. When their mom is killed, they’ll remain under some brush and wait for her to come back, eventually falling prey to larger animals.
    That’s why I quit hunting.

  4. On January 12, 2013 at 5:02 pm Stephen Clemmons wrote:

    I would have to disagree with Lauri. First, no hunter in their right mind would turn their dog loose on posted land without contacting the landowner or leassors to get written permission before it becomes a trespassing problem.
    It’s too late after the dogs have been caught. Sometimes hunting clubs have been known to shoot dogs that don’t belong to their members and that is perfectly ok with the club. Whether it’s legal is another thing.
    I know getting permission is a lot of trouble for some folks but it’s the only thing that keeps one’s dogs safe.
    Tearing down a fence and letting stock out or shoot at the posted sign is certainly not a way to find favor with a landowner.
    A favorite trick was to watch for a set of a large deer tracks leading onto our posted property. Then follow the trail for about a half mile and broadcast black pepper over the tracks. When the dogs broke scent and become confused, it was easy to catch them with a little snack. then watch the owners try to lie out of putting the dogs on scent off the property.
    Lauri, no matter how much you want to hunt, get permission first. in writing to prevent any misunderstanding. If you kill a deer, offer the landowner a select portion of the meat. You might be surprised. He might invite you back.

  5. On March 1, 2013 at 10:41 am Robert wrote:

    Personally as a dog hunter in NC, NO ONE WILL HOLD MY HOUNDS AT RANSOM PERIOD! I have NEVER turned my hounds loose on posted land, but you can believe WHEREVER my hound is I WILL RETRIEVE HIM

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