I have an accupin bow sight. it has fiber optics and tritium illumination. There is nothing powered about the bowsight. Would it be legal to use it during archery season since it is not a powered unit?


The rule regarding using power-lighted equipment on bows for big game hunting is:  "It is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals with any electronic or tritium-powered device attached to an arrow, bolt or bow.  Except disabled archery permit holders may use a nonmagnifying sight with battery powered or titium lighted reticles."
Tritium is considered self-powered because of the emission of electrons created by radioactive decay causing phosphors to glow.  Light produced by tritium can be indistinguishable from light produced by a battery.
Because the rule precludes the use of tritium sights, it would be unlawful to hunt big game with them in Idaho.

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Friday, May 10, 2013 - 1:02 PM MDT