Rangefinders use in Pennsylvania to be clarified by board.

Posted by Bruce Carroll on February 3, 2016 in Uncategorized, State News ; Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Game Commission long has considered use of rangefinders ethical and in compliance with the law.

The use of rangefinders by Pennsylvania hunters soon could be clarified.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave preliminary approval to a measure that would add electronic rangefinders to the list of electronic devices that can be used in the act of hunting. Both hand-held rangefinders and those contained within a scope or archery sight would be permitted, but those that cast a beam of any sort would continue to be unlawful to use.
The state’s Game and Wildlife Code carries a broad prohibition on the use of electronic devices during hunting and trapping, but over the years, several devices have been reviewed – and in some cases – added to a list of devices that are an exception to the broad rule and can be used lawfully.
The Game Commission long has considered rangefinders to be lawful to use, but they have not been added to the list. Adding rangefinders to the list would formalize that stance.
In reviewing devices and considering whether their use should be considered lawful, the Game Commission considers if and the degree to which the device might negatively impact principles of resource conservation, equal opportunity, fair chase and public safety.
A final vote on the matter is scheduled for April.

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