Is illegal in some places, tradition in others, and a guaranteed topic to get emotions going. It's Opening morning now, and I wish I was in the woods instead of sitting here. I believe dogs get a bad rep up north during the winter cause they run deer down in the snow and attack them, but i'm just guessing. Hunting here in the South is a little different. Dense swamps and jungle like forests hold the deer and few hunters can venture very far into these tangles. The deer know it too. Instead of being trained on coons or rabbits, The hounds are trained to follow deer and put up enough fuss to get the deer going, and let you hear which way there headed. The trick is getting between where the deer is now and where he's going. Simple Strategy, but not as easy as it sounds. Due to the dense cover Most shots are close and taken on the run, and buckshot is generaly the rule. If your standing on the right trail you can even be run over. I've learned more about deer, seeing where there jumped from, where they go, and the routes and tricks they take to evade hunters than I ever did sitting on a treestand.