Beaufort County considers proposal to ban hunting with dogs

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WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – The Beaufort County Board of Commissioners heard from one concerned resident about hunting dogs in the county during Monday’s meeting.

Greg Richard, a hunter himself, told commissioners that hunting dogs were a nuisance in the county, and should be banned. He said hunting dogs have created issues for several years, and it’s time to put a law in place to fix it.

Richard said the dogs destroy a peaceful environment, as well as people’s properties. More than 100 people had signed a petition in support of the ban. It outlined numerous complaints related to hunting bear and deer with dogs in the county.

Supporters said loose dog hunting causes lots of problems for residents, like safety issues, trespassing, and destruction of property.

“I purchased 60 acres back here so that I could have some peace and privacy and hunt my own land and you know, so that I can control it. When somebody turns their dogs loose on my property, then I have no control, I have no say, there’s no laws in place to protect me for that,” Richard said.

WNCT reached out to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and they confirmed this is a problem in the area. They said they responded to numerous complaints about hunting dogs every year.

Richard’s request to have this issue voted on as a referendum was received well by commissioners. However, they said it was too late to add this issue to the upcoming election’s ballots.

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