I just bought a new elk rifle and am looking for a scope. I hear lighted reticle scopes are not legal in Idaho, is that true?


For big game hunting, that is true. Big game hunting rules do not allow electronic devices on the scope or on the rifle. Some new models of scopes offered to the public incorporate lasers as well as lighted reticles and those are also not legal for hunting big game in Idaho. So, save your money. Hunters would do well to check the rules pamphlet before hunting (and before buying gear that cannot be legally used in the field). The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will review the technology issue once again in November. Given the history of the issue, the Commission seems unlikely to approve the deer hair-seeking missile when it too comes on the market.

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Sunday, July 16, 2006 - 6:00 PM MDT