Delaware state bans recreational trail cams in state parks and forests

Jun 2, 2023

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

Delaware state bans recreational trail cams in state parks and forests

Jun 2, 2023

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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Delaware state bans recreational trail cams in state parks and forests

The use of trail cameras for recreational use is no longer allowed on state lands in Delaware. The decision was made by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA).

The ban is effective immediately and includes all state lands, from state parks, state forests and state wildlife areas. Trail cams are not prohibited from use on private property, however.

Trail cameras are used extensively by hunters, particularly during the deer hunting season. The use of the cameras has increased the effectiveness of hunters, according to the report by the DNREC and DDA. Unfortunately, the ban will also impact wildlife photographers and videographers.

The technology has increased in popularity over the last few years. The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife estimates that approximately 11.1% of the hunters in state wildlife areas use trail cameras and deploy, on average, 2.3 cameras per hunter. That’s a lot of cameras when you put it all together.

Other concerns include the removal or damage of vegetation when installing the cameras. The use of the cameras has also raised privacy concerns when placed near popular hiking and biking trails used by the general public.

Delaware is not the only state to impose such a ban. So far, up to five other states have banned the use of trail cameras on public lands, and several others are apparently considering a similar ban. In Arizona and Nevada, trail cameras are banned for hunting year-round, while Alaska, Kansas, Montana, New Hampshire and Utah ban trail cameras during hunting season.

Once again, if setting up any kind of camera trap, it’s always good to double-check permissions and local laws for wherever you are planning to shoot.

[Via Ein News]

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2 responses to “Delaware state bans recreational trail cams in state parks and forests”

  1. Libby Sutherland Avatar
    Libby Sutherland

    It’s not only hunters that like trail cams, it’s some wildlife shooters too. Getting to know the more trafficked game areas can be an advantage when planning your photography strategy. This is just stupid.

  2. Madara Avatar
    Madara

    “The use of the cameras has also raised privacy concerns when placed near popular hiking and biking trails used by the general public.”

    There is no expectation of privacy in public. It’s a shame for photographers. Several parks also banned drones using similar excuses. Most newer consumer drones are very quiet once air born.