Judge upholds ban on hunting deer with dogs in Kisatchie
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A judge has upheld a ban on using dogs to hunt deer in the Kisatchie National Forest.
Judge Dee Drell wrote in the Friday ruling that there was "substantial evidence" to support the Forest Service's decision.
The Kisatchie National Forest consists of over 600,000 acres stretching across seven parishes.
In dog-deer hunting, hunters release dogs into a forest to find the deer and drive them into a clearing.
When the Forest Service proposed the ban, they cited public safety concerns and conflicts between hunters and landowners who complained of gunshots near their homes and trespassing dogs. The ban went into effect in 2013.
Hunters sued to overturn the ban.
Hunter Robert Trent Hollingsworth says they are "disappointed" in the judge's decision and weighing their next steps.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Big rig trouble: Over a dozen semi trucks robbed of parts in...
Planning Commission denies proposal to designate Beauregard Town as historic district
Major drainage project underway in Central
Woman says secret camera was hidden in bathroom for years, disguised as...
Governor calls recent tragedies at DCFS 'real failure'
WATCH: LSU QB Garrett Nussmeier talks to media about fall camp
WATCH: LSU QB Jayden Daniels talks fall camp
LSU QB Myles Brennan quitting football, not at practice Monday morning
Sports2's 1-on-1 with 5 star LSU commit Shelton Sampson
WATCH: 1-on-1 with recent LSU commit QB Rickie Collins