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AZ – WILDLIFE – Arizona Considers Banning Trail Cameras for Hunting, Cites ‘Fair Chase’ Issues

A new regulation is up for comment in Arizona. It looks to ban the use of trail cameras for the ‘take of wildlife.’ Hunters, take note. It’s not uncommon to stumble across a trail camera on public lands in the West. But if Arizona’s game commission gets its way, people will likely see far less of them in places frequented by Arizona hunters, like the Gila National Forest. The proposed regulation takes aim at a surging number of trail cameras in sensitive game habitat. And some of the regulation is particularly aimed at stopping the potential sale of photographs and data from strategically placed cameras, which could lead to an even greater issue with the technology. As cameras have gained popularity, tensions have risen, and many public land users, law enforcement, ranchers, and hunters bring a multitude of complaints to Arizona Fish and Game. The commission’s report states the public’s concerns as the following: Concerns over the use of trail cameras as it relates to Fair Chase. Commission Policy on Fair Chase includes: “…new or evolving technologies and practices that provide hunters or anglers with an improper or unfair advantage in the pursuit and taking of wildlife, or may create a public perception of an improper or unfair advantage …” This applies to areas where water is primarily point source water and game cannot escape detection. Concerns that the use of trail cameras has become an increasing source of conflict between and amongst hunters, including the sense of ownership over a water source and hunting area.  [full article]

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