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Mar 2, 2012 8:19 AM by AP

Feds ban dog-deer hunting in Kisatchie Forest

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Hunters who use dogs to hunt deer in Kisatchie National Forest again are on the defensive.

The Town Talk reports U.S. Forest Service officials say dog-deer hunting will be prohibited in Kisatchie starting with the 2012-13 season.

Thursday's announcement by the Forest Service and previous attempts to ban dog-deer hunting cited safety concerns and confrontations between hunters and their dogs and local landowners.

Trent Hollingsworth, secretary/treasurer of the Louisiana Sportsmen Alliance, which has fought to keep dog-deer hunting in Kisatchie, said the decision did not come as a surprise.

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