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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
I'm not sure why PA waited so long to approve this valuable tool in retrieving wounded deer.
Because it's Pennsylvania, where nothin' much ever happens to move forward, until all the naysayers have run out of breath, lame excuses and supporters in the General Assembly.
Doesn't matter what has worked well in other states when it comes to improvements in hunting, we just can't have it here in PA, because someone doesn't like it and never gives up the fight to prohibit it.
Has taken over a decade and a half to finally gain approval for leashed tracking dogs in PA. It almost passed several times, then someone would chuck a monkey wrench in there at the last moment.
Ten years ago we had this debate at a meeting in Johnstown. Several there claimed it was only an excuse to let people run deer with dogs and opposed the idea. Andy showed up at that meeting, when several of us were outside during a break. He had his little wooly wiener dog, Eibe with him.
So I asked the most vocal opponent of tracking dogs, how many of them little rascals would it take, to "run down a deer" - ten, fifty, maybe a hundred of 'em?
The vocal opponent was not amused, went back inside.
Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B