Nevada outdoor enthusiasts,
The Nevada Department of Wildlife wants to ensure
that all outdoor enthusiasts are aware of the new seasonal restrictions on the
use of trail cameras.
2010, trail cameras have been a topic of discussion in Nevada. The regulation
was discussed in dozens of open meetings, including County Advisory Boards to
Manage Wildlife, the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commission, and the Legislative
Commission. The use of trail cameras, the technology associated with them, and the
issues surrounding the use of them have all continued to escalate.
Proponents of the regulation raised several
significant issues of concern including the growing commercialization of animal
location data. New internet businesses
have begun buying and selling GPS location data of animals captured on trail
cameras. Also, saturating all or most
available water sources with trail cameras in a hunt unit not only disrupts the
animals ability to obtain water as camera owners come and go from waters that
have as many as 25 or more cameras, but also creates hunter congestion and
hunter competition issues. The
accessibility to our public lands combined with our wildlife’s dependence on
our extremely limited water sources make for some real challenges for both
wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts. Proponents
of the regulation were quick to point out that whether enhanced, protected, or human
created water sources (guzzlers), the waters’ primary purpose is to assist in
herd health and herd growth, not for placement of a technological device at an
animal concentration site that potentially makes it easier to kill trophy
new trail camera regulation states that a person shall not place, maintain, or
use a trail camera or similar device on public land, or private land without
permission from the land owner, from August 1 to December 31 of each year, or if
the camera is capable of transmitting the images or video, it shall not be used
from July 1 to December 31. The
regulation does provide some limited exemptions for livestock monitoring,
research, and other miscellaneous uses.
NDOW recognizes that there are wholesome and
legitimate uses of trail cameras, and unfortunately the use of cameras have
been exploited far beyond most sportsmen’s definition of reasonable. If
you come across a trail camera on public land from August 1 to December 31,
NDOW is asking that you leave the camera alone, and consider calling an NDOW
office to report its location.
You can view the complete adopted regulation here.
Nevada Department of Wildlife