Guest Post by Christian Lowe, Editor, Grand View Outdoors
Hunting regulators in New Hampshire are set to consider new rules that would ban the use of increasingly popular game cameras that can transmit footage in real-time to cell phones or computers, and could also bar the use of so-called “smart rifles” that use computers to shoot game on the move.
According to documents filed January 8 to the New Hampshire Fish and Game department, hunters would be banned from using so-called “Live-Action Game Cameras” to “locate, surveil [sic] or aid or assist in any attempt to locate or surveil any wild animals for the purpose of taking or attempting to take the wildlife.”
The rule appears to propose the ban of increasingly popular game cameras that use cellular technology to transmit photos or video footage to a hunter’s smartphone or computer when the animal triggers the device. More companies like Bushnell and Wildgame Innovations offer cellular trail cameras that help hunters who are sometimes hours away from their hunting grounds keep an eye on their favorite spot.
The proposed rule changes also include banning the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to scout game—a restriction seen in many other states—and surprisingly would ban rifles that use computerized sighting systems, or so-called “smart rifles.”
“We need to establish rules regarding these fast-changing technologies to make sure that people understand that their use for hunting is not appropriate or ethical,” said Fish and Game Law Enforcement Chief Martin Garabedian, according to New England Cable News. “Use of this equipment violates the principle of fair chase because it gives hunters an unfair advantage over wildlife.”
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