I agree with you that negligent owners are the problem and I am not shy about letting my neighbors know if their dogs are roaming the woods behind my house. If nothing else, letting them run loose is an invitation for them to be hit by a car.In my old age, I have become a softy when it comes to animals. I hunt in a heavily populated area. The dogs that run our place help move deer which is usually a good thing. Also dog hunting for deer is legal and we get the benefit of having the dogs run on our place sometimes. You should see us head for openings when we hear them coming. The strays are there because of people. The people deserve to be shot, not the dogs. I suspect our area is also an area where some dog fighting goes on and the by- product of this industry, culled dogs and runaways, could be a factor. I am wary of these rascals but at the same time they are entertaining. 4 came through camp a couple weeks ago while I was on the one-holer. They finally spotted me and made off quickly. The STI 1911 was at my side as usual so they posed no threat.