West Virginia bill would allow dogs tracking wounded deer
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Senate is advancing legislation to allow using leashed dogs to track mortally wounded deer or bear.
The bill, headed to a floor vote Friday, would revise the current law that prohibits using dogs to hunt or chase deer.
It says that only the hunter may kill the wounded animal, which would count toward the hunter’s bag limit.
The tracking would remain subject to all applicable laws, including having written permission to hunt on private property, doing it during legal hunting hours and having a valid West Virginia hunting license and any requisite stamps or permits.