Are Trail Cameras Legal for Hunting in the USA?

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In most US states using trail cameras for hunting is perfectly legal. The exceptions are Arizona and Kansas, which have outright banned their use for hunting. Eight states (Colorado, Delaware, Kentucky, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota and Utah) have institute “limited use” restrictions on the use of game cameras on public land during certain seasons and for various target species. Are trail cameras legal for use in the USA today? Overwhelmingly, yes.

What are the minimum requirements for using a trail camera for hunting?

  • In states that permit the use of game cameras (also called trail or scouting cameras) first check with the county wildlife authorities or the nature reserve managers to ensure that you may go ahead using them.
  • Whether you are hunting on private land or on public land, you should label the camera clearly with your name and contact details.  
  • Never hunt on private land without permission, and inform the owner that you intend using a trail camera or several of them.
  • When attaching the camera to a post or tree, preferable use a strap or cable tie rather than causing damage with a nail or screw. If you must use these then preferably use only one.

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What are hunting regulations in each US State for trail cameras?

Here is a table showing the status in each state with links to the applicable regulations.

NOTE: Please contact me via the contact page on this website if there are omissions, errors or any updates to trail camera regulations in your state. – Stewart McAllan.

AlabamaUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
AlaskaLIMITED USERegulations
ArizonaBANNEDRegulations
ArkansasUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
CaliforniaUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
ColoradoLIMITED USERegulations
ConnecticutUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
DelawareUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
FloridaUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
GeorgiaUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
HawaiiUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
IdahoUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
IllinoisUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
IndianaUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
OhioUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
KansasBANNEDRegulations
KentuckyLIMITED USERegulations
LouisianaUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
MaineUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
MarylandUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
MassachusettsUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
MichiganUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
MinnesotaUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
MississippiUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
MissouriUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
MontanaLIMITED USERegulations
NebraskaUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
NevadaLIMITED USERegulations
New HampshireUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
New JerseyUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
New MexicoLIMITED USERegulations
New YorkUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
North CarolinaUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
North DakotaLIMITED USERegulations
OhioUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
OklahomaUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
OregonUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
PennsylvaniaUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
Rhode IslandUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
South CarolinaUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
South DakotaUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
TennesseeUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
TexasUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
UtahLIMITED USERegulations
VermontUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
VirginiaUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
WashingtonUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
West VirginiaUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
WisconsinUNRESTRICTEDRegulations
WyomingUNRESTRICTEDRegulations

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