Bill bans sale of public land trail camera images for hunting

The sale of wildlife trail camera images and location trail data for hunting on public lands would be prohibited under a bill that was heard and quickly advanced from committee Thursday.

House Bill 547 brought by Rep. Jill Cohenour, D-East Helena, seeks to curtail the technological creep into hunting by drawing an ethical red line over the sale of images, video and data on public lands. Supporters of the bill cited services that have been offered in other states where a person essentially scouts areas using trail cameras and then offers those images and locations for sale to hunters.

“It’s essentially saying we are not going to monetize the location of our great wildlife resources in the state of Montana,” Cohenour told the House Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee.

Read more from the Helena Independent Record here...

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