Hunters, beware. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is using decoys to keep you accountable. “They have been readily accepted by the courts as a legitimate tool for use by wildlife law enforcement officers to deter illegal behavior,” says Idaho Fish and Game. “All across Idaho they are used throughout the year, in a wide variety of situations.”
I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical at first, but after reading the article from Idaho Fish and Game, I actually think the department is providing an admirable and proactive solution to illegal hunting.
Idaho Fish and Game says that it ultimately hopes to reduce the number of animal lives lost to illegal hunting. Additionally, farmers and ranchers often become victims of illegal hunting, including injured livestock and property damage. As such, it is imperative for hunters to know who owns the land they intend to hunt on.
According to Fish and Game, wild animals are more vulnerable to humans at night when they expose themselves to graze open fields and hillsides. In Idaho, hunting hours each day begin one-half hour before sunrise and end one-half hour after sundown. Furthermore, it is illegal to use artificial light, such as shining headlights on an elk and killing it.
Before venturing out this hunting season, make sure you’re well-acquainted with rules and regulations for hunters. Additionally, be sure to be well-equipped with all the essential hunting gear you’ll need this season. Hunt legally; hunt safely.