If P&Y adopts these rules it will create a whole new class of liars.
I do use my cell phone on stand to see any pending wind direction changes, would this not be considered fair chase?
Private groups influencing this is better than government IMO.
"If P&Y adopts these rules it will create a whole new class of liars."
^....Yup X2. I always wondered how many P&Y entries in the past had lighted sites on their bows?
Reading is hard for Some I guess
How about the GPS enabled binos from Swaro? You can click on an object you're glassing, which puts a GPS pin on your phone that you can text to your buddy who is stalking the animal. Cool, eh?!
#1 I don't think B&C has ever allowed range finding scopes. If they did, it was long ago.
Each and every one of us need to decide what we are willing to do to be successful. We, most of us anyway, hunt with a bow because we want it to be more challenging. Then we turn right around cut every corner and take every advantage to fill a tag. There will always be a line in the sand, always. Where is that line for you, for your state and for B&C and P&Y. Fortunately, both organizations are very closely aligned when it comes to fair chase and tech. When I state "not fair chase" below, I'm referring to P&Y and B&C's fair chase policy.
Range finding sights are generally legal but not fair chase.
Baiting for deer is often illegal but is considered fair chase as long as it is done legally. I would personally like to see this changed but I never proposed it as a fair chase policy change.
Cellular cameras are fair chase unless you use them to put you directly in front of a deer on a given day.
Using phones or radios to direct the hunter into a trophy is sometimes legal but not fair chase.
At this point, P&Y has a really easy to understand policy as it relates to most technology. No electronics on the bow or arrow, with the exception of lighted nocks and bow mounted cameras.
You can not use electronics to guide you into the animal. This is a real gray area. Use OnX or gps to mark the spot that you think the sheep is bedding, walk 2 miles to get around it and then walk right to the spot by using this tech, that violates the rule of not using electronics to guide you into your trophy. Does it happen and still end up in the books. Almost certainly. Is it legal, most likely but not fair chase.
We have to police ourselves. We are bowhunters, it's supposed to be harder. There are plenty of things that are allowed, that I support being allowed by P&Y that I personally don't consider fair chase. I will not bait deer. I will not use cellular trail cameras, even though I encouraged B&C to soften their policy on them. I will not use electronics to guide me into an animal. Bowhunters personal ethics should be more stringent than most state laws.
FYI, you can kill a big buck with your truck and if you legally possess the rack, it can be entered in B&C. They are all about the statistics and less about the method. They do insist that it be legally possessed.
I respect B&C and P&Y, and the original intentions were noble, but along time ago, it became about the hunter, and not the honor of the animal,,,,,,,,,
And as always, we are our own worst enemies with the nonstop bashing against each other.