It is different when a rabbit hunter is hunting with dogs. The difference is that when deer hunting, the dogs they are talking about are regular old house pets that are let run all over the place anytime they want. They are not hunting but just letting their pets run lose all the time.I find it odd many on this thread that are ready to fight are the same ones yelling SSS when dogs are running loose on there deer lease. cant have it both ways. by no means do I condone the shooting of the dog but hopefully the hunters learned a lesson on teaching their dogs to come when called. all dogs can learn that basic command and it is your job to keep the dogs on the property you have permission to hunt.
Were the beagle owners at fault? Maybe but who knew they were going to get shot.
Did the shooter kill the dog out of meanness? Probably
The shooter probably tried to justify their actions by "claiming" dogs damaged their livestock in the past. They can make all kinds of stuff up to make their actions look justifiable.