Senator Ellie Kinnaird (D-23) yesterday (Feb 3) introduced NC SB 35 which proposes to outlaw all deer hunting with dogs within Orange County. At this point, her proposal has not attracted any co-sponsors. You can track the status of this bill at this link.
The text of the bill is short and to the point:
AN ACT to PROHIBIT THE HUNTING OF DEER WITH DOGS IN ORANGE COUNTY.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. It is unlawful to hunt deer or attempt to take deer with the aid of dogs at any time.
SECTION 2. Violation of this act is a Class 3 misdemeanor.
SECTION 3. This act is enforceable by law enforcement officers of the Wildlife Resources Commission, by sheriffs and deputy sheriffs, and by peace officers with general subject matter jurisdiction.
SECTION 4. This act applies only to Orange County.
SECTION 5. This act becomes effective October 1, 2011, and applies to acts committed on or after that date.
Once it is assigned to a committee, I hope you will join me in letting the members know that laws like this are contrary to our hunting heritage and will be opposed by conscientious sportsmen.