State Rep. James K. Armes, III, D-Leesville,  earlier this month withdrew House Bill 613, which would ensure the continued ability of hunting with dogs on the Kisatchie National Forest, only after receiving assurances from Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham that the Department and the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will work with him to implement the necessary rules to continue the practice.
Armes said that if the department and the commission do not live up to this agreement and take steps to make the amendment a reality in the coming months, he is prepared to reintroduce his legislation during next year’s regular session.
Arguments against deer dog hunting stem mainly from concerns given by land owners living adjacent to the publicly hunted areas in the region that hunting dogs trespass onto private property during the hunting season.
“I do not want to fight with the department or the commission, but I am prepared to go to the wall on this issue if necessary,” said Armes. “The hunters who use dogs to hunt deer feel they have been singled out as targets to be eliminated in order to allow other activities to continue on these public lands. The hunting of deer with dogs is a decades-old tradition in Louisiana and must be continued."
In May the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission unanimously adopted an amendment allowing eight days of hunting with or without dogs in the Catahoula Ranger District, Winn Ranger District, Kisatchie Ranger District and the Evangeline Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District within the Kisatchie National Forest. 
The amendment requires deer dogs to wear permanently attached identification markings as well as a legible collar tag and electronic tracking collar. The Forest Service would issue permits to hunters prior to the dog deer hunting season which is Dec. 19-24 and Dec. 26-27, 2009.
Representatives from Kisatchie National Forest did not immediately return phone calls on the matter.