Mountain Pursuit Advocates Maximum Shot Distance Restrictions for Archery (50 yards) and Firearms (400 Yards) To Address the Ethics of Improving Hunting Technology

By Rob Shaul

At its meeting in November, the Wyoming Game & Fish Commission is considering regulation and statute changes to address increasing technology in hunting. The effort began in December, 2017 when the Commission asked the Wyoming Game & Fish Department to complete a report on new technology impacting hunting, and develop a set of regulation changes to address it.

The Wyoming Department of Game & Fish's white paper "Exploring New Hunting Technologies" covered the gamut from trail cameras to smart rifles. Of particular concern was increasing crossbow technology and long distance shooting.

In its final recommendation, the Game & Fish recommended disallowing use of crossbows during archery seasons, but did not recommend a rule change to address the ethics of long range hunting and instead advocated an educational approach, and more data collection.

Mountain Pursuit goes further and advocates regulation changes setting the maximum allowed archery hunting shot at 50 yards (bow and crossbow), and maximum allowed rifle/firearm hunting shot at 400 yards.

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Above: Hunting Backpacks: Mystery Ranch Selway, Exo Mountain Gear 3500, Kuiu Icon Pro 3200

Hunting Pack Gear Test: Exo Mountain Gear 3500 Tops Mystery Ranch and Kuiu

By Rob Shaul

Lightweight, hunting-specific backpacks are a relatively new category of outdoor gear. This category has grown with the growth of backcountry hunting, specifically backpack hunting.

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