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AZGF propose rule changes tackling drones, smart guns, trail cameras


Tara Alatorre
PHOENIX —The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is proposing amendments to the rules that manage the taking and handling of wildlife within public state lands and parks after the Five-Year Review Report was recently released and prepared for the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council.

According to the report, the commission is proposing to replace the term “individual” with “person,” for all rules where applicable, with person being defined as a corporation, company, partnership, firm association or society as well as a natural person.

The Commission also recognized the need to evaluate the use of trail cameras as it relates to fair chase hunting ethics and directed the department to evaluate and make recommendations to prohibit use of trails cameras that send a wireless remote signal to another electronic device.

In addition, game and fish is proposing to amend the definition of “aircraft” to tackle the use of drones and amend the rules to address the use of hybrid devices such as "smart guns" due to the significant increase of their use.

The review report addresses 20 rules in total under the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Article 3, “Taking and Handling Wildlife,” that include hunting, fishing, tagging and trapping wildlife within state lands.

The final rule will be presented to the five-member commission at its May 4 meeting at the Mohave County Board of Supervisors Auditorium, 700 W. Beale St., Kingman.

To track the progress of this rule, view the regulatory agenda and all previous Five-year Review Reports, and to learn about any other agency rulemaking matters, visit