West Virginia bill would let dogs track wounded deer, bear
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s Senate has unanimously approved legislation that allows leashed dogs to track mortally wounded deer or bear.
The bill, approved 33-0 Friday, now goes to the House. It 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.