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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 15, 2022 12:25 PM
From: Representative Joe Emrick
To: All House members
Subject: Legislation To Make The Stealing of Trail Cameras & Devices Used To Visually Record Wildlife A Specific Crime Within the Game Code
In the near future, I will be reintroducing legislation (former HB 608) that adds a specific crime within the Game Code for the stealing of trail cameras and devices used to visually record wildlife.

More and more hunters are now using trail cameras to view, identify and pattern wildlife. Unfortunately, there has also been an increase in the number of cameras stolen from hunters. We need to do more to give hunters protection of their investment and property.

This bill will add these cameras to the section of Title 34 that covers hunter harassment and the theft or destruction of other hunting related personal property, such as tree stands, blinds, and decoys. It also increases the penalty for such acts to a summary of the first degree and mandates the loss of a hunting license for one year.

I hope you will join me in providing hunters this important property protection.

Introduced as HB59