“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,'” grandviewoutdoors.com reports. “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.” The new reg would also ban TrackingPoint’s Precision-Guided Firearms. Fish and Game Law Enforcement Chief Martin Garabedian says that’s because . . .
“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. Use of this equipment violates the principle of fair chase because it gives hunters an unfair advantage over wildlife.”
I know! Why don’t we give the Live Free or Die State’s wildlife human-monitoring cameras and Precision-Guided Firearms? Oh right, opposable thumbs. But seriously, doesn’t NH F&G control hunting via licensing? If hunting becomes so efficient that animal numbers decline, F&G can deal. As for the “ethical” considerations of TrackingPoint’s PGFs . . .
“Banning the use of technology such as TrackingPoint’s Precision-Guided Firearm would be a mistake not only for hunters but for all New Hampshire residents,” said TrackingPoint marketing VP Danielle Hamblin. “This technology is also more ethical, resulting in cleaner kills, responsible harvesting and far less wounding of animals.”
The reg would also ban hunting drones. I mean, hunting with drones. So no hunting with members of the New Hampshire Fish and Game department, then.