VermilionToday.com – Deer hunting with dogs banned on Kisatchie National Forest

An instance where hunting with dogs has been banned.  All other types of hunting are still allowed, but this article points out that dog hunting is an issue that affects thousands of people across the nation.

VermilionToday.com – Deer hunting with dogs banned on Kisatchie National Forest.

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Hunting deer with dogs an emotional issue – Roanoke.com

In my research of hunting deer with dogs, I came upon a lot of information, and found that I’m not the only one who feels abused by dog hunters during deer hunting season.  Here is a good article about a man who bought over a hundred acres and set it up for bowhunting  bird watching and wildlife photography. This man is a hunter and is not against hunting, but is being violated by dog hunters who send their hounds out over his property, ruining what he has accomplished.

Hunting deer with dogs an emotional issue – Roanoke.com.

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Post A Day

WordPress has jumped on the resolution wagon and challenged it’s users to sign up for either their “Post A Day” or their “Post A Week” challenge for the year 2011.  Normally, when I take on a challenge, such as eating green vegetables every day, or getting in bed by 10pm, I normally go in the extreme opposite direction and completely fail at my resolution.

So, knowing this is my habit, I went ahead and signed up for “Post A Day”.  You can probably rest assured that I will be posting less and less..which may be a good thing for me if you only use my posts to put you to sleep!

My last post, titled “Hunting Season Mayhem” got a lot of views and sparked a lot of conversation.  In the future, I want to get more comments from both sides of the issue.  I used to know a fellow who hunted with dogs and he was a nice guy in every other way:)  He’s passed on now, so I can’t ask him anything about it.  There are always two sides to every story and I’m interested to hear more from their side, so that is one issue I’ll be focusing on in 2011.

Another subject I’m interested in exploring is alternative healing, especially for horses because they are the main reason I get up in the morning:)  Over the years I’ve been learning a lot about Reiki and other energy healing methods, and have been in contact with a few practitioners and they were very inspiring.

We’re hoping to get started on the new barn this spring as well as the new fencing around the whole property.  The new barn plan includes two rehab stalls with rehab-friendly footing.  Caritas (my personal rehab horse)  will get one of the stall/paddock combos to try out.  That horse has taught me an awful lot that I hope will help me to help other horses.

The soap business is increasing and we’re looking for ways to make sure it keeps expanding….as well as working on products I can use for horses.

We’ll be kidding out SEVEN does this year, starting in February with the last three due on June 1 and 2!  Alicia had the first normal heat she’d had all season on Jan, 2 so I’m hoping she took…plus she got some drugs that might help out too!  Ciara and Holly both made the trip to NightSky Farm to visit a couple of bucks over there.  We tried “Bold Type” with Ciara, but he was just too big so luckily Jennifer had another yearling buck that was just her size and who she liked very much!  We got Holly bred to Bold Type and now I’m crossing my fingers that they all took!

I’d planned to sell two or three does this spring, but right now I don’t think I can part with any of them, so it looks like we’ll be having quite a bit of excess milk! I’d like to get a Jersey heifer to raise off of all that milk…..I’m tentatively looking for a bottle baby that’s had her colostrum.  I really do want a cow…I need more work to do around here!  🙂

Other than all those things, we’re still working on the house of course.  CG fixed two big holes in the living room wall last night that we’d covered with paper and blankets.  One of them had an outlet sticking out that wasn’t attached to anything and now it’s securely in the wall where it belongs.

He’ll be going back to school next week to expand his degree into the electrical realm, which should combine well with his degree in computer networking.  Plus we could use a lot of re-wiring around here!

What are your dreams, aspirations, plans for the coming year?  Post them here if you’d like.  I plan to re-run this post late Dec. 2011 and will include all non-psycho comments.

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Hunting Season Mayhem

I love living in the country.  There is distance between our house and our neighbors.  We enjoy a more private life, a more peaceful life, and despite the hard work of having a small farm, it’s more relaxing than living in the city….until hunting season rolls around. And then it becomes a free-for-all, every-man-for-himself, noisy, insane, big-boys-playing-with-new-toys, game!

I cannot believe that in this day and age of so many gun fatalities that the kind of hunting that goes on around Brookneal and many other areas in Virginia is still legal.  Any other time of the year, men patrolling the roads with guns…men I don’t know, who often don’t even live around here, would be arrested. But during hunting season they are allowed to patrol the roads in their trucks, guns in laps, or sit parked with their guns pointed out the window, waiting for their dogs to run something out of the woods.  And they walk the roads, guns slung over their shoulders…although not more than about 50 yards from their trucks, waiting for deer to run out so they can shoot them.  Shooting a deer on the road is illegal.  Nobody is going to convince me that these guys run into the woods to shoot a deer when they see one…how would that even work, with the dogs running the deer OUT onto the road?  Of COURSE they are shooting within 50 feet of the road.  How naïve do they think people are?

So, who is to prevent them from shooting me?  How do I know they have good hunting skills, or won’t shoot me instead of a deer?  Why am I subjected to their “game” whenever I need to go to work or to the store?  Men with guns kill people every day.  Just because they wear an orange hat I’m supposed to feel better?  I’m supposed to somehow “know” they are not out to shoot me?

Dealing with the “sportsmen” on the roads everyday isn’t enough though.  In this densely populated area, with nothing but small parcels of private property, hunters turn out their dogs anywhere they see fit, and then go sit in their trucks drinking beer while the dogs run and bark through the woods.  This morning I had people shooting on both sides of my property.  People I cannot see.  People I do not know.  Not only were they shooting time after time, I could hear other “hunters” further down the road also shooting round after round.  And the whole time these people are shooting, someone else has turned a frantic gang of barking dogs loose in the woods and they are baying and yelping all around my fence line for over 2 hours.

I was outside cleaning a horse paddock and could hear the bullets, see the dogs on occasion and hear them constantly.  I have goats that are pregnant and it panicked them so bad they ran through the fence and I’m seriously worried they will abort from the stress.  Was I dodging bullets?  I don’t know.  Guns were going off all around me.

I don’t understand for the life of me why this type of hunting is still legal.  This is an EXTREME upset to our simple life here.  We don’t bother anyone.  We certainly don’t go to people’s houses with guns drawn and turn our dogs loose on purpose to harass their family and livestock, no matter what the reason.

Hunting should be done on your OWN property or on large tracts of land such as national forests or privately owned land that is leased to hunters for hunting and NOT in highly populated rural farm areas.  This is a cause for immediate concern and remedy.  If the law won’t require it, at least hunters should have the decency to not harass people with their hunting “rights”.  This has gone too far and is something that needs to be changed immediately.  I will NOT continue to be a sitting duck here on my OWN private property, with bullets whizzing by from who knows where and my livestock being harassed by dogs whose owners I do not know and so cannot hold responsible. I moved to the country to live a more peaceful life.  I want my peace back and I want hunters to “man up” and keep their dogs and guns out of my neighborhood, no matter how many rabbits or deer they see dodging through the thistles on the side of the road.

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