This New Bill Seeks To Hurt Trail Camera Thieves

Trail cameras are very common place in the hunting community.

We do it and we personally know plenty of hunters who deploy trail cameras for the purpose of monitoring deer activity in and around their hunting areas.

One thing we all fear when placing our cameras is someone coming along and stealing it. Chains and cables are precautions you can take but it doesn’t deter everyone. A few years ago we even had one of our trail cameras stolen right off our private hunting property.

I’m sure catching whoever stole a trail camera is like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack. But there’s one Pennsylvania lawmaker who wants to make it sting for those camera thieves who do get caught.

State Rep. Neal Goodman, on Feb. 14 introduced House Bill 484, which seeks to boost the penalties for stealing trail cameras.

Under the bill, the theft of trail cameras used to visually record wildlife would be added as a specific crime within the state Game and Wildlife Code. The crime would be covered under the section of the code that governs the theft of tree stands, blinds and decoys.

Goodman’s bill would make the theft of a trail camera a first-degree summary offense, which carries a fine of up to $1,500 and potential jail time of up to three months.

Also, there would be a mandatory, one-year hunting license revocation for anyone convicted of stealing a trail camera.

“With my legislation, I hope to give hunters an added protection for their investment and property,” Goodman said.

HB 484 has been referred to the House Game and Fisheries Committee, where it awaits legislative action.

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