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Martin County Holds Hearing About Hunting With Dogs

The issue of hunters using dogs for deer hunting brought out residents to a meeting in Martin County Thursday night as some property owners say some of those dogs are tearing up their property.

George Roberson told county commissioners, "I think we need hunting but we need respect and I am for hunting and for dog hunting but I'm also for respecting the landowner."

The treasurer of the hunting club in Oak City "Jump and Run"- feels any property damage is not intentional and most hunters respect property owners.

Roberson says "It's a people problem not a dog problem."

County commissioners say this was a listening session because they had received complaints, but the county cannot impose hunting regulations. They can only write and vote on a resolution, which then must be passed by the state legislature.

The commissioners say they will come up with a solution and inform the community when the next meeting will be held about the issue.

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Martin County commissioners will hold a hearing Thursday on the controversial issue of hunting with dogs while on private property.

The issue is sparked by angered homeowners who have deer roam their property while the dog's owner is hunting.

The meeting will be held at the Martin County Auditorium at 7 p.m. Registration to speak begins at 6 p.m.

Martin County Manager Russell Overman says the session will hear arguments over the broad issue of hunting with dogs, and there is no specific resolution being considered at this time. Also, county commissioners cannot impose hunting regulations. They can write and vote on a resolution, which then must be passed by the state legislature.


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