Digital Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Licenses Legislation Signed into Law
Just in time for red salmon season! Rep. Saddler’s HB 260 allows Alaskans to show licenses on cellphones or paper
Friday, July 13, 2018, Eagle River, Alaska – Alaska’s recreational fishing, hunting and trapping activities entered the digital age today thanks to legislation sponsored by Rep. Dan Saddler (R-Eagle River). House Bill 260, signed into law this morning, authorizes licenses for all three outdoor activities to be carried in either paper form or on a cell phone.
“When Alaskans head into the backcountry to hunt or fish, they also pack a cellphone with their fishing equipment and firearms,” said Rep. Saddler. “This legislation makes it easier for Alaskans to comply with the law and for Fish and Game officials to verify compliance with the law.”
HB 260 allows anyone who has obtained a hunting, fishing or trapping license to display a digital copy, or an electronic image of a paper copy, of a license when a state trooper or Fish and Game official asks to see proof of licensure. Paper licenses will remain an option. A person cited for failure to display a license will have 30 days under HB 260 to cancel the ticket by delivering a paper or digital license to the citing agency.
HB 260 also begins the modernization process for the mandatory recording of certain species of fish and game. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be allowed by regulation, to eventually incorporate apps and other digital technologies to record harvests.
State law already allows motorists to display required proof of car insurance to a law enforcement official in digital form. That law, and now HB 260, both exempt a law enforcement official from liability for unintentional damage to the digital device while reviewing the license, and bar an officer from examining anything more than the license on such devices.
HB 260 takes effect today, so outdoorsmen can start using their digital hunting, fishing and trapping licenses immediately.