When it comes to hunting regulations that have nothing to do with safety or wildlife management, Montana’s ban on trail cameras certainly ranks at or near the top of the list. But prohibiting the use of trail cameras during hunting season isn’t the only Montana regulation that’s drawn the ire of some hunters. The Big Sky State also has these “dubious” regulations on the books:
- Archers are prohibited from using lighted arrow nocks, such as the Lumenok.
- A hunting bow can be no shorter than 28 inches, measured axle to axle.
- Archers may not use any electronic or battery-powered device attached to a hunting bow, including bow sites that provide artificial light.
- No baiting or supplemental feeding is allowed. Except for putting out bird feeders, it’s illegal to bait or feed wildlife—even out-of-season.
- Crossbows are prohibited during archery season and can only be used during rifle season.
These rules are enough to make one wonder how Montana officials ever allowed hunters to use bolt-action rifles, compound bows or cover scents, considering their apparent aversion to hunting technology.