What a great way for the poachers to keep from getting caught. Just another way for bad hunters to even up the odds. For God sake guys we are carrying guns and shooting tree rats, how much more of an advantage do we really need? As far as predators go seems people don't even bother calling them in close anymore. I was talking to guy and he was bragging about taking a coyote at 250yds. When I used to hunt coyotes we used shotguns and 22lr pistols so we could turn the pelts in. Shot enough coyotes and bobcats that it does not even interest me anymore.
What a crock.
How many poachers are going to spend 500-1000 for a can, pay the feds 200 and then wait 6 months for the paperwork so that they can poach? And what makes you think those that poach and have suppressors are not already doing it? Hell they are poaching, you know, breaking the law...
Even if it got used by poachers how is that any reason to stop LAW abiding citizens from using their suppressors for hunting? Maybe we want to be able to hunt without alerting game with gun shots. 4 of us from this board went hunting this year in Nebraska for deer. A state that allows the use of suppressors while hunting. We didn't poach anything. We were however able to continue to hunt the same ranch without alerting the whole area when we took a deer. It also didn't startle or frighten any cattle in the area, something the people who own the ranch appreciate.
As for hunting predators, if suppressors get allowed I'll still use a call, why not. And if someone chooses not to, that is none of my business, as long as the animal is taken in a manner that confirms to the law and people follow up on any game they shoot.