Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Electronics Approved for Hunting Use

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Electronics Approved for Hunting Use

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Traditionally, Pennsylvania is slow - make that cautious - in permitting new hunting technologies into the field. Last month the state authorized the hunting use of four electronic devices, two of which might help some deer hunters.

Within established seasons, hunters now may use electronically heated scent or lure dispensers, and electronic devices that distribute ozone gas for scent-control purposes. Also approved by the Board of Game Commissioners in the September measure was the use of electronic decoys in hunting waterfowl, and electronic dove decoys solely for hunting doves.

"As part of the review process, the Game Commission evaluates to what degree a given device might negatively impact the principles of resource conservation, equal opportunity, fair chase and public safety," stated a recent media release. "In reviewing the devices that recently were approved for hunting use, the Game Commission identified no negative impacts that would result from their use."

Additional electronics approved for hunting in Pennsylvania:

* Firearms that use an electronic impulse, instead of percussive cap, to initiate the discharge of ammunition. When the trigger is pulled an electric current ignites the propellant, which fires the cartridge.

* Electronic sound-amplification devices built into hearing aids and ear protectors. The device must be completely contained in or on the hunter's ear.

* Electronic radio-telemetry dog tracking systems, beeper collar devices and so-called e-collars used for locating dogs while training or hunting.

* Electronic lighted bolt or arrow nocks used for locating or tracking bolts or arrows after launch.

* Electronic crow decoys used solely for hunting crows.

* Electronic rangefinders, including handheld devices and those contained within a scope or archery sight. The device may not emit a beam.


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