UTAH BILL INTRODUCED TO BAN BIG GAME BAITING AND REGULATE TRAIL CAMERA USE

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  1. JDK

    JDK Moderator Moderator

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    There are two areas that big game hunters will be most interested in.

    HB 295 SUMMARY
    • Prohibits the use of trail cameras at certain times and with certain exceptions
    • Prohibits big game baiting
    23-13-20. Trail cameras.
    According to the bill,

    (2) Except as provided in Subsection (3), it is unlawful for a person to place, maintain, or use a trail camera or similar device: (a) at any time during the period beginning August 1 and ending December 31 of each year; (b) at any time during the period beginning July 1 and ending December 31 of each year if the trail camera or similar device wirelessly transmits or is capable of wirelessly transmitting images, videos, or location data of wildlife; or (c) at any time, if the placement, maintenance, or use of the trail camera or similar device prevents wildlife from accessing, or alters the manner in which wildlife accesses, a spring, water source, or artificial basin that collects water or is designed and constructed to collect water.
    (3) Subsection (2) does not apply to:
    (a) a person who is acting within the scope of the person's official duties if:
    (i) the person is an employee or authorized agent of the state, a political subdivision of the state, or the federal government; and
    (ii) the person clearly marks each trail camera or similar device to indicate ownership;
    (b) a person who places, maintains, or uses a trail camera or similar device with the division's approval; or
    (c) a person who places, maintains, or uses a trail camera on private property with the landowner's permission.

    23-16-11. Big game baiting prohibited.
    (1) As used in this section:
    (a) (i) "Bait" means intentionally placing food or nutrient substances to manipulate the behavior of wildlife for the purpose of taking or attempting to take big game.
    (ii) "Bait" does not include:
    (A) the use of a chemical as an attractant or mask; or
    (B) the use of salt, mineral blocks, or other commonly used types of livestock substances for normal agricultural purposes.
    (b) "Baited area" means all land within a 50-yard radius of the site where bait is placed, including the site where bait is placed.
    (2) Unless authorized by a certificate of registration, it is unlawful to:
    (a) bait big game between August 1 and January 31 of each year;
    (b) take big game in a baited area; or
    (c) take big game that has been lured to or is traveling from a baited area.
    (3) The division may issue a certificate of registration to allow for the baiting of big game if the division determines that baiting is necessary to alleviate substantial big game depredation on cultivated crops.

    WHAT CAN YOU DO?
    Submit your thoughts on this Utah bill to Casey Snider who introduced the bill at [email protected].

    Contact Information For HB 295
    Name
    Phone Email
    Casey Snider
    (Bill Sponsor) 435-890-3383 [email protected]
    But it might not be a bad idea to also email members of Utah's Wildlife Board.

    Names and contact information can be found in the table below, or an easy copy and paste list of emails is as follows:

    [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected],
    [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected],
    [email protected], [email protected]

    Utah Wildlife Board Contact Information
    Name
    Region Email
    Byron Bateman - Chair Northern Region [email protected]
    Kevin Albrecht - Vice Chair Southeastern Region [email protected]
    Rory Reynolds - Executive Secretary Interim DWR Director [email protected]
    Staci Coons Board Liaison [email protected]
    Karl Hirst Central Region [email protected]
    Donnie Hunter Southern Region [email protected]
    Wade Heaton Southern Region [email protected]
    Randy Dearth Northeastern Region [email protected]
    Bret Selman Northern Region [email protected]
     
  2. salthunter

    salthunter Moderator Moderator

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    What is the reason for the bill?
    Nevada used the reason camera users were selling the location of game animals on trail cams on public land. Seemed some people think its unfair to the game. but seems those same people are jealous of those using cameras
     
  3. widgeon05

    widgeon05 Senior Refuge Member

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    This really worries me that this is possible just a door for the state to start regulating a lot of other things. I am not in favor of any of these new regulations.
     

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