Location: OhioJust received an email from the P&Y Club. They are finally catching up with the times and are now allowing lighted nocks and recording devices to be attached to your bow.
Lighted Nocks will be Acceptable; Other By-law Changes Passed
TO: Pope and Young Club Members,
Standard lighted nocks and bow-mounted cameras will be exempted from the “no electronics attached to the bow or arrow” rule, as a result of changes to the Club’s By-laws that had passed a vote of the Board of Directors and passed ratification by the voting membership.
Since the late 1980s, the Club has had bowhunting equipment definitions and a Rule of Fair Chase that addresses electronic devices. Among other things, those stated “no electronics attached to the bow or arrow.” This is part of the Club’s By-laws constitution and governs the acceptability of animals for entry into the Club’s Records Program (“the record book”).
The significant change, the result of much internal discussion/debate over many years, creates exemptions that read as follows:
RULES OF FAIR CHASE #7: [Not] by the use of electronic devices for attracting, locating or pursuing game, or guiding the hunter to such game, or by the use of a bow or arrow to which any electronic device is attached, with the exception of lighted nocks and recording devices that cast no light towards the target and do not aid in rangefinding, sighting or shooting the bow.
DEFINITION OF A HUNTING BOW, EXCLUSIONS #2: Electronic or battery-powered devices shall not be attached to a hunting bow, with the exception of recording devices that cast no light towards the target and do not aid in rangefinding, sighting or shooting the bow.
DEFINITION OF A HUNTING ARROW, EXCLUSIONS #1: No electronic or battery-powered devices shall be attached to the arrow, with the exception of lighted nocks.
This change will officially go into effect on August 1, 2014, as new Fair Chase Affidavits are created and distributed to our corps of volunteer official measurers. The change IS RETROACTIVE — meaning that animals previously taken, as well as those taken from this point forward, will now be eligible to be entered into the Records, provided they meet all other conditions/criteria.
The By-law change language passed voting membership ratification by a vote of Yes-296 (75%), No-101 (25%).All We Do Is SELFILMEDIt’s about time, but I’ll never enter an animal in their books. They are a bunch of “Holier than Thou” old geezers!
Joined: 9/19/2007Just makes sense that the “rules” should change and coincide with the advancements in archery.
Location: OhioI was surprised when I got the email. I knew that eventually they would come around to it, but never thought it would happen this soon. I think its a good move. All it does is help you recover your animal.Always looking for my next Booner!
I was surprised when I got the email. I knew that eventually they would come around to it, but never thought it would happen this soon. I think its a good move. All it does is help you recover your animal.
… lighted nocks were never about ‘fair chase’, only about recovering game, plus the advantage of filming the flight of the arrow.
P&Y gets distracted, loses focus, and endangers their mission to preserve fair chase by becoming irrelevant. Too much influence by TRAD archers who are more anti-change than pro-ethics.
Interestingly, now Colorado Bowhunter Association (CBA), driven by ‘good ol’boy’ TRAD archers, is in a dilemma, and consequently, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, hugely influenced by CBA, is also hang fire on how to handle the latest P&Y change.
Last time a game warden checked me he said if I had a lighted nock, even without a battery in it, I’d get cited because it was still an electronic device. I asked about a bowsight configured to accept a light but without the light installed … he said it was electronic-cabable and he’d give me a warning, but a citation if the light housing was installed, even without a battery.
… Stupid is as Stupid does.
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