2014 archery changes

Has there been any changes in archery laws such as, lighted nocks, cameras or expansible broad heads?


Thank you for your question on additions to legal archery equipment.  The short answer is no there have been no changes in the archery regulations regarding the technology you mention.  Each year the Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners have the option to add or restrict the equipment that hunters may legally use to pursue game. The restriction on expandable broadheads as you know dates back decades.
It would be impossible to review, test, and approve individual expandable broadheads, ----the options would then be to allow them all, or leave the rule as it stands. There are hundreds of legal broadheads that have been proven very effective at taking game, giving archers a multitude of choices.
The addition of lighted nocks opens a number of questions, including:
Other electronics on the bow or arrow
Electronic Trackers that would stay in the animal
Ethical concerns?? Would the addition of lighted nocks lead to more or less low light shots? How could it lead to fewer?
Archery hunts by their nature place additional restrictions on hunters and the equipment they may use. Practice, preparation and patience, are a large part of being an ethical bowhunter. Waiting for the right shot means passing on others as I am sure that you know, we have all passed on more shots than we have taken.  Certainly as we move forward in the years to come, the commision may consider and adopt changes to the regulations in reference to allowable archery equipment but for now in order to maintain some assemblance to a "primitive hunt" with extended season length's there are no changes proposed.

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Monday, July 28, 2014 - 5:30 AM MDT