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High-tech gadgets soon available for Pennsylvania hunters

High-tech gadgets soon available for...

TILDEN TWP., Pa. - The Pennsylvania Game Commission will soon allow electronic hunting gadgets, like a motorized duck decoy and electronic dispensers, which can enhance an animal's scent or mask yours.

"Previous to now, we've been selling them to customers that hunt outside of Pa.," said Ed Bartolotta, the general manager of Cabela's in Tilden Township, near Hamburg.

That, however, will now change, as the electronic devices can now be used for water fowl and big-game like deer and bear in Pennsylvania.

"I think it's going to increase sales on those particular items. More importantly, it's going to give them more tools to go out there and be successful," Bartolotta said.

"I think it's nice they are coming into modern times," said Abel Boyer, a hunter whose family runs AF Boyer Hardware and Guns in Lehigh County. "We were kind of in the stone-age here in Pennsylvania with some of the modern laws."

The Pennsylvania Game Commission said the change stemmed from wanting to keep up with other states and public pressure.

It's the second big score for hunters looking for a modern edge. In March, the commission approved the use of certain semi-automatic rifles for fur bears.

Boyer said he thinks the new laws will make things safe, both in and out of the woods

"Harvest will go up, and not as many deer hit on the road," Boyer said.

The semi-automatic rifle expansion is already in place this season, but the electronic gadget change won't go into affect for another 30-60 days.


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