ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana — The U.S. District Court has upheld the U.S. Forest Service's ban on hunting deer with dogs in the Kisatchie National Forest in a ruling on Nov. 27.
The ban had been challenged by the Louisiana Sportsmen Alliance, LLC. The Forest Service proposed it in 2009, but the ban was on hold for study and the legal action.
Safety concerns and disputes over land are two of the reasons Kisatchie National Forest — the only public land in Louisiana that allowed dog-deer hunting — sought to ban the sport in the Kisatchie.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will revisit the issue if this decision is appealed, or if the ruling is changed.