"We all need to stick together," said Roy Stiles, a NCBHA member who runs his bear dogs in Tennessee during the training season.Stiles is also president of the American Plott Hound Association.
At this point, Stiles
isn't taking a stance for Senate Bill 793 but sees pros and cons for it.
"I hate to see any legislation that would cause confrontation between hunters from different states," said Stiles
, a highly respected bear dog man.Personally, he
doesn't see the issue itself as a big problem.
believes this would clear up the conflict, limit the congregation of hunters in certain areas, and stop overcrowding. Stiles
said the negative effects of the current legislation as more detrimental than the pros he
added anytime you create animosity between hunters it's fuel for animal rights activists.His
other main concern is retaliation from other states.He's
had a number of calls from hunters from South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.Stiles
tries not to support anything that would infringe upon another hunter's rights.