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Use Of Cell Phones And Two-Way Radios Not Fair Game For Hunters


Tue Oct 29 00:00:00 MST 2002

Montana FWP game wardens remind hunters that it is illegal to use electronic two-way communications to aid in the pursuit of game or to avoid game-check stations.

"We’re seeing more and more hunters in the field abusing cell phones and the Family Radio Service (FRS) two-way radios," said Jim Kropp, FWP chief of law enforcement. "We want to remind hunters that it is unlawful to use these communication tools to pursue, shoot, wound, kill, chase, lure, or capture game animals.  These are issues of fair chase, today’s hunters have the ability to overwhelm wildlife with technology."

Additionally Kropp said cell phones and two-way radios can't be used to avoid game checking station or elude FWP enforcement personnel. 

The law, however, doesn't prohibit the possession or use of two-way radios for safety or other legitimate purposes, nor does it prohibit the use of radio tracking equipment to locate hounds when hunting mountain lions or bobcats.

"Another major area of concern is the use of these two-way communications devices from aircraft," Kropp said. "It is against Montana law to locate or take big game animals, or provide information to help someone else locate or take big game, on the same day a person has been airborne."

Kropp said the penalty for using any two-way communication device to pursue game, or to avoid a game-check station, is from $70 to $520, and may result in the confiscation of any game animals unlawfully taken.