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    Hunting with a dog

    I haven't really lookt yet but I thought I would through it out there. Is it legal in Wyoming to have a dog with you while you pursue or take game. I have a little terrier dog I like to accompany me while I hunt, she doesn't necessarily hunt deer and I wouldn't be pursuing deer with dogs. She chases squirrels and rodents and birds but never really gets past 50 yards. Am I pushin it just by takin a dog deer hunting or is definitely against the law to have a dog with you while hunting deer. Just curious.

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    Beyond the legal aspects, I can't even imagine having a dog hunt deer, elk or antelope hunt with me. Every dog I've ever had will react to the scent of a deer or elk. Also what about when it decides to chase a squirrel when you finally see that once-in-a-lifetime 195" buck and you are trying to lay low.

    You have issues with the dog's scent. The dog's added movement is a detriment, since deer and elk pick up movement like crazy. There is the added noise of a dog that likes to bounce around checking scents.

    The one thing I have seen a dog useful for in big game hunting is hounds for bear and lion or a dog to track a wounded animal.
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    This is under the "It's illegal to" portion of all big & trophy game regulations....

    Use any dog to hunt, run or harass any big or trophy game animal, protected animal or
    furbearing animal except as otherwise provided by statute.

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    I always have my dog with me when I'm hunting deer. She is quite and is my good luck charm. It never a cured to me it could be illegal.
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    IKIC, definitely illegal in NV and you can not use a dog to track a wounded animal. My cousin did this, so I contacted NDOW to see if it was legal and it is not.

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    Years ago I used to take my german short hair when muley bow hunting in the canyons here in Nebraska. Reason being if a mule deer sees you from afar they would always spook or at least relocate even if they see you from a mile or more away. With the dog with you they seemed to focus on the dog and I could move slowly to the next canyon without them spooking or relocating. They would settle down and stay bedded usually. They never stay bedded otherwise. I always thought that they were used to seeing coyotes move by didn't seem concerned as long as they weren't directly pressuring them. Not sure on that though, just a guess. It almost seemed like I was invisible to the deer if I had a dog with me as long as I was 400 yards or more away. She was great company also and if trained well I never had a problem even during the final stalk. I had her trained to follow very close behind during the final stalk. I never did use her to hunt or track deer so I didn't think I was breaking the law.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdub24 View Post
    IKIC, definitely illegal in NV and you can not use a dog to track a wounded animal. My cousin did this, so I contacted NDOW to see if it was legal and it is not.
    No kidding?! Well that sucks.
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    Thanks for the responses. The dog wouldn't be hunting, pursuing, taking game; I would be hunting, pursuing, and hopefully taking game with the dog as a companion. Its splittin hairs I know, so better safe than sorry, she will have to stay at home.

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    I heard, I have a little corgi that hunts (hikes) with me all the time...he loves waterfowl and squirrels but is pretty good at stay by my feet. Taking him on a few yote hunts this year!

 

 

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