Discussion in 'Legislative Forum' started by Fishbonker, Jan 17, 2020.
You’re faster than the lobbyists... thanks for the update.
Passed the house with the amendment to remove tracking hours restrictions!!
Fingers crossed for smooth sailing from here!!
We will have a booth at the deer classic if anyone wants to meet a trained tracking dog or speak with anyone about tracking.
The bill made the senate agenda for the return to session. Fingers crossed.
Through special subcommittee and committee. Hopefully up for floor vote in the next couple days.
Amendment filed this AM. It would take out the requirement for the dog and handler to be trained in deer blood tracking.
Amendment was withdrawn, passed 48-1.
I'm hoping this gets passed but would like to hear your thoughts on the requirement to pass training in "deer blood tracking". Is this a hindrance, as some of the videos I've seen the dog isn't actually tracking by blood, but just scent.
We are very excited to see this bill passed, but none of us like the trained language. It sets a bad precedent for all hunting dogs who are not required to be trained prior to hunting ducks, rabbit or pheasant. There’s really not much training required, as 8 week old puppies will follow a track out of pure natural ability. Good obedience training is always a good idea however, and we don’t want anyone to think it’s not necessary to have a good canine citizen either.
Unfortunately there are folks who are very concerned about dogs running deer and requiring a leash wasn’t enough insurance for them, particularly a single powerful legislator who added the language. We were able to get the language changed from certified to trained because neither our group nor the DNR want to be responsible for testing and certification of dogs, but we couldn’t manage to remove it completely.
Preliminary discussion with DNR indicates they have no intention of enforcing the language. At least not unless there’s a problem.
Our group hopes to set a foundation of ethical behavior, and if it’s a problem, we will return in a couple years to change it after proving our dogs value and demand.
The blood tracking bill has officially been signed into law.
To locate a tracker should you need one, find Iowa Blood Trackers on Facebook, or use the tracker finder through United Blood Trackers.
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