Cellphones Banned From Hunting in Idaho?
by Shari Dovale
Idaho’s legal code is written, for the most part, by unelected government bureaucrats within state agencies and is heavily influenced by special interest lobbyists. These codes, once passed, have the full force of law. ~Representative Heather Scott
The Idaho Legislature has sent out the new list of proposed rules and regulations for July 2017. 119 pages in a PDF format outlines an extraordinary amount of rules that will become law if not challenged.
Included in this list of rules (https://adminrules.idaho.gov/bulletin/2017/07.pdf -See page 47) is a very ambiguous statement from Idaho Fish and Game concerning trail cameras and other electronic devices:
With increased use of trail cameras and other technology for hunting, considerations of fair chase, ethics, and sportsmanship have arisen, particularly related to use of electronic communication to aid hunters to locate big game animals. The purpose of this rulemaking is to consider restrictions on the use of trail cameras and similar unmanned devices, and restrictions on use of electronic two-way communication (voice/text/video/ images/data, via phone, radio, or other transmitting device) as an aid to hunting big game animals.
This does not explain the specific rule they intend to implement. This only tells the reader of the general subject matter.
Will hunters be allowed to use trail cameras? Will hunters be banned from carrying their smart phones? What about hand-held GPS devices? How would this affect folks placing game cameras on their own property? How about HAM radios, will they be banned while camping in the woods?
The problem with our government is that they are deliberately hiding the true meaning of what they intend. This is not the only rule they are attempting to slide past the citizens.
The Idaho Fish and Game department has placed a number of new rules into this month’s list, including rules governing licensing, taking of Big Game animals, game birds, and the use of bait and trapping.
If you would like to know more, and request a public hearing on the proposed rules, responses must be received by July 26, 2017.
State Game Manager
Idaho Fish and Game
600 S. Walnut
P. O . B o x 2 5
Boise, ID 83707
Phone: (208) 334-2920
Fax: (208) 334-2114
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