Is it fair chase?
In the six pages dedicated to the use of trail cameras in the
November 2005 Field Gear Column, you glorify their use. You state that,
"Dan Urbas arrowed a huge Pope and Young buck thanks to his remote
surveillance." The problem is that Pope and Young rules state,
"the use of electronic devices for attracting, locating, or
observing game, or guiding the hunter to such game" is not fair
chase. Anyone using remote surveillance to locate deer should not try to
enter their trophies in Pope and Young or Boone and Crockett record
books. Strapping a remote unmanned camera to a tree is not scouting, it
is surveillance, the tools we use to catch convenience store robbers,
not wild animals. What has happened to the woodsmen?
Gary Harris, Homer, AK
Thanks for your letter. At this time, the Pope & Young Club
considers the use of trail cameras as applied to Rule 7 in the Rules of
Fair Chase, a gray area. They have not enforced any ruling that applies
to trail cameras and archery hunters are not questioned as to whether
animals that have been harvested were scouted using trail cameras. Thus
it does not appear that the use of a trail camera violates fair chase in
any formal way. We respect your opinion.
Jay Strangis, Editor