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In Arizona there is a new regulation for position. It appears to be banning the use of rear view cameras for “wildlife viewing”. Hunter, watch out.
It is not uncommon to stumble upon a rear camera in public spaces in the west. But if Arizona’s gaming committee finds its way, people are likely to see far fewer of them in places haunted by Hunter from Arizona, like the Gila National Forest.
The proposal for a regulation targets a growing number of sensitive reversing cameras game Habitat. Part of the regulation specifically aims to stop the potential sales of photos and data from strategically placed cameras, which could create an even bigger problem with the technology.
Legal response to public questions regarding the use of reversing cameras
As cameras have grown in popularity, tensions have increased and many public land users, law enforcement agencies, ranchers, and hunters bring a variety of complaints to Arizona Fish and Game.
The Commission’s report sets out the public concerns as follows:
- Concerns about the use of rear view cameras in connection with Fair Chase. The Commission’s guidelines on fair prosecution include: “… new or evolving technologies and practices that may give hunters or anglers an improper or unfair advantage in the pursuit and removal of wildlife, or create a public perception of an improper or unfair advantage …” This applies to areas where water consists mainly of point sources and where water and game cannot escape detection.
- Concerns that the use of trail cameras has become an increasing source of conflict between and among hunters, including a sense of ownership over a water source and hunting area.
- Be aware that frequent visits when setting / checking trail cameras are significant disruptions to wildlife during longer dry spells of the year.
- Some pet owners fear that frequent visits when setting / checking rear view cameras will negatively affect the operation of the animals.
- Concerns about the potential biological impact of setting / reviewing rear view cameras on point source waters, particularly during the ongoing drought.
- Concerns about photos taken by trail cameras of other people in the field.
- Complaints about the high number of trail cameras in the countryside and in the water sources, and concerns about the high number of trail cameras in the countryside as the Arizona population continues to grow rapidly, technology continues to improve, and prices go down and down the availability increases.
- Complaints about damage and theft of reversing cameras.
You can find The full document on possible regulations can be found here.
There is a public comment period from January 1, 2021 to February 1, 2021. Comments can be sent by email to [email protected].
By Nicole Qualtieri
Nicole Qualtieri lives in Montana and is GearJunkies Hunt + Fish Editor. When she’s not writing or editing, she’s probably hunting, fishing, or sitting on the back of her little brown horse with a border collie named Butch Cassidy on her heel in the mountains. Find her on Instagram @nkqualtieri.