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Contributors to this thread:
Elite 1 08-May-19
Jaquomo 08-May-19
elkstabber 08-May-19
Dale06 08-May-19
Destroyer350 08-May-19
Franklin 08-May-19
Swampbuck 08-May-19
IdyllwildArcher 08-May-19
Catscratch 08-May-19
midwest 08-May-19
Jaquomo 08-May-19
Catscratch 08-May-19
137buck 08-May-19
JTV 08-May-19
Whip 08-May-19
Jim Moore 08-May-19
AZBUGLER 08-May-19
Stix 08-May-19
Stix 08-May-19
Bowfreak 09-May-19
midwest 09-May-19
SteveD 09-May-19
elkstabber 10-May-19
APauls 10-May-19
dirtclod Az. 10-May-19
From: Elite 1
08-May-19
North Dakota just passed a law effective Aug 1 on trail camera use. Written permission from land owner or register them with state game or name address on them. Do other states have such laws?

From: Jaquomo
08-May-19
Need to register them to keep them out of the hands of criminals and the mentally unstable....

From: elkstabber
08-May-19

elkstabber's Link
Nevada banned them on public land last year. See link.

From: Dale06
08-May-19
Laws on trail cams, amazing. Never heard of such a thing. Legislatures have totally messed up priorities.

From: Destroyer350
08-May-19
"Nevada banned them on public land last year. See link."

A place where you can buy a hooker but cant put a trail cam on public land!?!

From: Franklin
08-May-19
X2 Destroyer.....both are meant to "catch" something.

From: Swampbuck
08-May-19
What’s next? A ban on phone cameras? Cameras are everywhere

08-May-19
EDIT: Correction, AZ never passed the proposed limits on game cameras.

MT has date-specific restrictions.

From: Catscratch
08-May-19
I wonder what the point of these laws are? What behaviors are they designed to punish?

From: midwest
08-May-19
Elkstabber's link explains it pretty well.

From: Jaquomo
08-May-19
An Orwellian answer might be, "Banning trail cameras will stop theft of trail cameras".

I will say from past experience that its disconcerting to be sitting a waterhole that has multiple cameras around it, and some guy comes in to check his cameras while I'm hunting. In my case we had a friendly discussion and he agreed to check them when I wasn't hunting, because his season was later. But that's not always the case.

I would be in favor of disallowing camera use on public land during any open season. Private land is a different deal.

From: Catscratch
08-May-19
That does explain the reasoning better. Completely different circumstances than what I'm used to, so it makes since that those states may need different rules.

From: 137buck
08-May-19
Two years ago, Montana changed the law, where we can keep our cameras out year round. It use to be, when there was a big game season open, you could not have them out.

From: JTV
08-May-19
no state laws per se for Indiana, however, there is questionable usage and times for usage on the Fish and Wildlife areas and properties managed by them ...

From: Whip
08-May-19
In ND if private property is not posted it is not necessary to have permission to hunt. There was a proposal to change that but I haven't seen where that went through. I'm guessing this trail camera thing was maybe a compromise. Some land owners might not have minded people hunting but didn't care for cameras? Just a guess, I really don't know.

From: Jim Moore
08-May-19
Actually inre. Nevada camera laws, they aren’t illegal. There is just a certain time frame when they have to be removed. They needed to do this because outfitters and their associates were taking pictures and selling them to drum up business. We have bighorn sheep, Mtn goats and large elk in Nv. A friend of mine who is a game warden counted 10 cameras in around one water hole for some California bighorns. That’s ridiculous.

From: AZBUGLER
08-May-19
We were lucky to beat a proposal here in AZ. That being said, they did ban the ones that are live action notifications.

Bottom line, it’s dumb. Laws where there don’t need to be laws. Anyone who runs a bunch of cameras knows that it requires a bunch of time and effort and expense as well and does NOT guarantee getting the targeted animal by a large margin.

From: Stix
08-May-19
Colorado prohibited live action game cams several years back. The live action ones that transmit a live feed are against fair chase. Hunting is exactly that, a hunt, not a thing to do when you have the woods "bugged" with live cameras, transmitting to your phone exactly where the animals are right now. Whatever happened to using woodsmanship skills to determine what routes animals are taking, or glassing? It's not...well the animals aren't here so lets check my phone and 50 live cameras, get in my truck and go now. Fair Chase is key.

From: Stix
08-May-19
Colorado prohibited live action game cams several years back. The live action ones that transmit a live feed are against fair chase. Hunting is exactly that, a hunt, not a thing to do when you have the woods "bugged" with live cameras, transmitting to your phone exactly where the animals are right now. Whatever happened to using woodsmanship skills to determine what routes animals are taking, or glassing? It's not...well the animals aren't here so lets check my phone and 50 live cameras, get in my truck and go now. Fair Chase is key.

From: Bowfreak
09-May-19
I have grown to the point that I don't even like hanging trail cameras. I like not knowing what might be around. I also think trail cameras give one the same sense as strip clubs. Both offer up something you are more than likely never going to have an interaction with.

From: midwest
09-May-19
I think the NV law is a good law. I'm not much for sitting water but on an August bowhunt in NV, it might be your best option for success. Sitting water with a bunch of cameras around it or having your hunt disrupted by someone checking cams would definitely put a damper in your, likely, once in a lifetime hunt.

From: SteveD
09-May-19
I agree with Stix. Electronics in the field especially on public should be banned.learn to use a compass and boot leather and take the time and hunt.

From: elkstabber
10-May-19
Bowfreak that is hilarious!!! Trail cams and strip clubs are nothing more than a tease.

10-May-19
before trail cams I had no clue how much wildlife (and other things) there was out there walking around.

From: APauls
10-May-19
Remove electronics on public land. What a great idea. I can't imagine anyone getting lost, or not needing emergency help of some kind.

I'd be fine with no trail cams though. As fun as it is to have them.

From: dirtclod Az.
10-May-19
Az. law on live action game cams is a good thing.Sitting in camp watching a monitor is not hunting and not ethical.

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