So according your statement above, the PGC seems to be overlooking the law in elk country. Most elk are located from the road, then the occupants get out of their vehicle and pursue on foot with personal property (a camera with flash).John S said:Actually, there is no grey or fuzzy law. It is illegal to use a motorized vehicle to locate or hunt wildlife.
Sec. 2308. Unlawful devices and methods.
(a) General rule.--Except as otherwise provided in this title, it is unlawful for any person to hunt or aid, abet, assist or conspire to hunt any game or wildlife through the use of: (7) A vehicle or conveyance of any kind or its attachment propelled by other than manpower.
Definition of hunt: "Hunt" or "hunting." Any act or furtherance of the taking or killing of any game or wildlife, or any part or product thereof, and includes, but is not limited to, chasing, tracking, calling, pursuing, lying in wait, trapping, shooting at, including shooting at a game or wildlife facsimile, or wounding with any weapon or implement, or using any personal property, including dogs, or the property of others, of any nature, in furtherance of any of these purposes, or aiding, abetting or conspiring with another person in that purpose.
This right here, could have been said first, and saved everyone a lot of aggravation and answered the question.John S said:"furtherance of the taking or killing of any game or wildlife," mean you need to be trying to take game, not photos of game to be in violation. It is not illegal to road a dog for training purposes and it certainly isn't illegal to drive around trying to follow an elk to take photos.