New Hampshire Proposes Ban on Cellular Game Cameras, ‘Smart Rifles,’ Drone Scouting

By CTD Blogger published on in News

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.”

Shooting prone with WVZ Optic on Rifle

New Hampshire’s proposed rules could affect high-end optics that use sophisticated computer algorithms to help aim the rifle. Photo courtesy of Shooting Sports Retailer.

The smart rifle measure aims squarely at the new TrackingPoint firearm that uses sophisticated computer algorithms and sights to fire the rifle when the game is in the right spot.

“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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Comments (12)

  • Secundius

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    I do own a Inteiscope Pro with IPod Touch, but only for Long-Range Target Practice. Eye sight is getting bad. Can’t see through scope anymore. Don’t Hunt anymore, either. Wheelchair little difficult to get through brush. And GW’s won’t let me use 4×4, as AT (sorry, Alternate means of Transportation)…

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  • Secundius

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    I thought there already was a ban on Smart/Intelligent Rifles and Hand Guns/Pistols…

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  • larry

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    Good points are made for both sides of this coin
    Personally, I have no desire to broadcast my kill shots across the web, cell phone or computer. The taking of any game is in my opinion, is very intimate and personal…not to be taken lightly. End one life to sustain another. I agree to a point that “Smart Rifle” technology would facilitate fewer wounded animals….but….If an individual is going to hunt they should “At Least” know HOW TO SHOUT WITH ACCURACY.
    I am certainly not saying this technology should be outlawed…I personally, have no use for any of it…to each, his or her own.

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    • larry

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      That’s “Shoot” with accuracy. Dang auto correct…lol

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  • GDean

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    Luddites, pin heads and fools.

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    • Don Haines

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      GDean, what are you inferring? The object is to HUNT the game. The killing is in my mind incidental to the hunt. Just like fishing (unless you are a commercial fisherman). Using hi-tech equipment makes it a Killing game no a hunting have. I don’t consider myself a Luddite by any means, but I find just a gun gives you an advantage over the animal. I don’t suggest we go back to using only bow & arrows or spears, but in my humble opinion, it’s the hunt that matters. Just like sitting in a rowboat waiting for a fish to bite, part of the appeal is just being out in nature. Otherwise, you might as well go the meat department of the grocery store and pick out a steak.

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    • Don Haines

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      Should be “not a hunting game” Sorry I don’t always type all that well.

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  • abelhorn

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    next scopes – then modern rifles – then flint locks –
    then bows – then knives –
    where do we draw the line
    HAND TO CLAW ?

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  • zmortis

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    So are they going to ban slide rules and shooting dope charts next?

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  • Brian T Glenn

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    An unfair advantage over wildlife? I would suggest that any firearm or bow is already an unfair advantage over wildlife. What a ridiculous claim.

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    • R.J. Waffle

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      My thoughts exactly. I’d like to see them at least carry that logic through to its conclusion: a law requiring hunters to take down all game by hand, foot, and tooth alone while completely unclothed.

      If the hunt is for survival, i.e. kill or starve, what’s the point of handicapping ourselves? And if it’s for sport, by my way of thinking, the handicap should be self-imposed, to allow each individual hunter to maximize his/her challenge vs. reward ratio.

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  • jjDoodah

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    Many states have laws against the use of planes, radios, and other “cheater” tactics in the “Hunt”…..next they’ll want to shoot from Drones & even skin ’em by remote control…..

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