H Ludi Tyler wrote:
Feeding deer to hunt with feeders or feed plots is perfectly legal here in Texas, or in any case everyone does it. Deer feeders are manufactured in my locale.
dale hodgins wrote:
Back when it was legal to run deer with dogs in Ontario Canada, my dad and grandfather did it. Many people use very big fast dogs for this purpose but since dad knew it was highly unlikely that the dog would ever catch a deer it made no sense to scare the deer off with a scary dog.
Quite often a dog will locate deer which have chosen something tasty to eat. If a fast dog pursues the deer it may run off completely or it may take an hour or more to circle around and come back to its feeding spot. Hunters would sit and wait for hours for the deer to return.
Dad chose a better method. He got a large dog with a loud bark but this dog was some sort of odd crossbreed which had very short legs. Imagine a German Shepherd crossed with a dash hound. This dog loved to chase deer and would bark loudly while doing so. Because he was so slow and he always announced himself with loud yapping they didn't view him as a serious threat, more of an irritation. So instead of taking two hours to come back to the feeding spot the deer would often return after only five or 10 min.. By this time dad would have heard the commotion, locked the dog up in the house or barn and positioned himself to shoot the returning deer.
This dog would have been useless for hunting birds, rabbits or almost any other creature because he couldn't stop yapping. I'm sure that if dad had taken him to any of those hunting dog trials they would have disqualified him. But because of the unique farmyard hunting method that dad employed this silly dog became the most useful animal on the farm.