June 15, 2018 / Modified jun 15, 2018 2:34 p.m.

State Commission Wants to Change State Ban on Trail Cameras

The change aims to allow other cameras that capture images but don't transmit them live.

Deer Trail Camera A deer caught on a trail camera in the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge in California. (PHOTO: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr)

PHOENIX — The state wants to still ban use of trail cameras that provide remote live-action transmissions for the purpose of hunting but shelve a provision that bans the use of other cameras within a quarter-mile 440 yards of a developed water source.

The Game and Fish Commission's June 8 unanimous vote for the change begins a process that includes a 30-day public comment period beginning in July.

According to the Game and Fish Department, a live-action trail camera is defined in state rules as an unmanned device capable of transmitting photos, video or satellite imagery to a remote device such as a computer, cellphone or tablet.

That definition of a live-action trail camera doesn't include trail cameras that capture images for later use without transmitting the information live.

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