Manitoba bans drones, explosive arrowheads

Technology is always changing in this day and age, and hunting gear manufacturers are getting just as creative with it as any other industry. In an effort to keep up with these changes, Manitoba Conservation recently introduced a new regulation to specifically address a few new products on the market.

In a June 10 amendment to the Wildlife Act’s General Hunting Regulation, the province clarified that it is illegal to use an arrow that “contains an explosive charge or has an explosive charge affixed to it, or contains a drug, scent or poison or has a drug, scent or poison applied to it.” While arrows like this are admittedly obscure, they do exist. Companies like Louisiana-based Rac-Em-Bac manufacture pre-loaded scent arrowheads designed to cover your tracks after you’ve walked in them. The same company also makes explosive-tip arrows that it boasts “combine the stealth delivery of an arrow with the power of a .38 or .357 Magnum bullet.”

The new regulation also bans the use of drones while hunting or guiding. It defines a drone as “an unmanned airborne vehicle that is guided remotely,” and specifically states that you cannot possess or operate one while hunting or accompanying another person who is hunting. This rule applies to using drones to film, search for wildlife or scout the area, chase/direct birds, and any other conceivable uses. Drones could still be used to film or scout so long as you are not hunting at the time (for example, during unarmed pre-season scouting).

The new regulation also contains a clarification regarding hunter orange requirements for hats. The old definition stated that a hat had to be completely hunter orange except for allowing a crest or logo up to 12 square inches. The new law clarifies that the brim of the hat does not need to be hunter orange either.