Thursday, September 28, 2017

Electronic Devices Approved for Use for Hunting

Earlier this week, he Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners gave final approval to a measure that makes four additional electronic devices lawful to use while hunting.

Hunting while using the newly approved devices will not be legal until the changes are published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, in approximately six to eight weeks. Once that happens, hunters will be able to use electronic decoys in hunting waterfowl; electronic dove decoys used solely for hunting doves; electronically heated scent or lure dispensers; and electronic devices that distribute ozone gas for scent-control purposes.

Electronic devices generally are prohibited for hunting use in Pennsylvania, but the Game Commission over the years has received requests to review several specific electronic devices, and has approved some of them for hunting use. As part of the review process, the Game Commission evaluates to what degree a given device might negatively impact the principles of resource conservation, equal opportunity, fair chase and public safety.

In reviewing the devices that were approved for hunting use, the Game Commission identified no negative impacts that would result from their use.

Other electronic devices that are permitted for use while hunting or trapping in Pennsylvania are:
  • Firearms that use an electronic impulse to initiate discharge of their ammunition
  • Electronic sound-amplification devices incorporated into hearing protection devices and completely contained within a hunter’s ear
  • Electronic devices used for locating dogs while training and hunting
  • Electronic illuminating devices affixed to the aft end of a bolt or arrow and used solely for locating or tracking a bolt or arrow after it is launched
  • Electronic crow decoys used solely for hunting crows
  • Electronic rangefinders, including handheld devices and those contained within a scope or archery sight, so long that it does not emit a beam