State Tries Registration to Curb Panhandle Dog Hunting Friction

State officials are trying a new tactic to cool friction over dog hunting by requiring that the animals be registered before they can be set loose to chase deer in the Florida Panhandle.

Dog hunters are at odds with property owners and other sportsmen who contend hunts are being ruined by dogs running through land where they wait for game to be attracted by food they have planted.

Still hunters say their complaints have drawn responses that include arson, nails strewn in their driveways and threats.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is testing the registration policy this year in 16 Panhandle counties because that's where tensions are greatest. If it works it may be implemented across the state.