Hunting with dogs; retrieval & trespass, discharge of firearm on road, civil & criminal penalties. (SB886)

Introduced By

Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Hunting with dogs; retrieval and trespass; discharge of firearm on road; civil and criminal penalties. Prohibits a dog owner from allowing his dog to run at large on the property of another after the landowner has given notice to the dog owner to keep dogs off the property. The bill provides for a civil penalty of $100 per dog enforced by animal control, conservation police, and other law-enforcement officers and a civil penalty of $250 per occurrence for a second or subsequent occurrence. The bill contains an exception to the penalty if the dog's owner or custodian releases the dog on property measuring 500 acres or more that is owned or leased by him or on which he has written permission to hunt. The bill provides that the release of a hunting dog on a public road or on either side of such road within 100 feet of the centerline is a Class 4 misdemeanor. The bill also requires a hunter of game other than fox or raccoon, when going on prohibited lands to retrieve his dog, to obtain the permission of the owner or occupant of the property before entering such prohibited lands. A violation of such is a Class 4 misdemeanor. Finally, the bill makes it a Class 4 misdemeanor to discharge a firearm or bow within 75 feet of either side of the centerline of a road. Current law prohibits such discharge in or across any road, within the right-of-way thereof, or in a street of any city or town. The bill includes technical changes. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104842D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/29/2020Committee substitute printed to LIS only 20107111D-S1
01/29/2020Passed by indefinitely in Judiciary (12-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)


Philip Carter writes:

Please as an advid dog hunter I'm asking that you do not pass SB886. Thank you for taking your time to read this

James Morgan writes:

This bill does not go far enough to protect motorists and landowners. No guns should be loaded within 75 feet of a centerline of a highway! Deer/dog hunters post lookouts on both ends of their hunt lines, and only shoot when Conservation Officers aren't around. As a Landowner, all I can say is this bill is long time overdue, and any dog hunter who complains, can blame the hound hunters association for protecting the illegal dog hunters.

Melissa Reese writes:

I don't see where this is helping landowners, only hurting taxes payers, and dog hunters. I beg you to reconsider what you're actually trying to achieve along with the out come you're going to get.

John Crockett writes:

I am a land owner and hunter in Halifax County. It absolutely ruins my day when I have dogs go by me when I'm sitting in in a tree stand trying to reduce the deer population. Might as well leave after that because all of the deer have been chased out of the area. The additude of some of the dog hunters here when they go to retrieve the dog is "if the dog can't find it's own way home, it's not worth having".

Robert Miller writes:

Please vote no. This bill is a all out attack on dog hunters. Don't let a few bad apples ruin it for all dog hunters. Wake up deer hunters, a attack on still hunting will probably be next.

Dennis writes:

This bill doesn't go far enough, but it is a start.

Kermit Zalynski writes:

I am an avid still hunter yet I support the use of dogs in a fair chase during deer season. I believe a bill is warranted that protects the rights of land owners. The penalty of $100 PER DOG seems excessive.... consider revision to $100 per occurrence (pack of dogs) only after the dog owner or club has been notified in writing and when land is properly posted either by sign or red painted slash. The biggest issue for me is that no one should be hunting within 75ft of center line and therefore shouldn't fire at game within those borders. I believe that the use of "road" is too vague as hunting clubs should be allowed to fire at game on club "roads" which are not city/state owned. Thoughts?

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