A Northwest Florida Program for Deer Hunters With Dogs Has Been Adopted Statewide

Hunters in all of Florida will now be required to register their dogs before setting the animals loose to chase deer.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission unanimously approved that policy during a meeting in Daytona Beach.

Officials say complaints about the dogs dropped in 16 Panhandle counties where the registration policy was tested last year.

That program required hunters to have a copy of their registration with them during open deer season, along with written permission from property owners to hunt on their land.

Property owners have complained that hunters and their dogs trespass on their land. Other sportsman say dogs running through land where they wait for game ruins their “still” hunts.

But some dog hunters say they're being unfairly singled out. The president of the Miami Tract Hunt Club says current requirements for responsible hunting should be sufficient.