The Pro-Tracker system is the new revolutionary way to find and track big game after you have made your prize winning shot. The Pro-Tracker Transmitter connects to your favorite arrow, and you can use any tip. When you fire your arrow, the specialized Pro-Tracker equipment stays in your game. Using your handheld device, you can then find your trophy. The last thing you want to do is lose that deer or elk for which you have been searching for the past few days. Wounding a deer and never being able to find it is every hunter’s nightmare. With Pro-Tracker, your worries are over.
The best answer is… it depends. Most states do not mention the use of tracking equipment in hunting. Kentucky, Maine, New Jersey, California, and Wyoming list general hunting practices and equipment, but there is no mention of electronic tracking equipment. There are a few states that do not allow Pro-tracker. Take Colorado for instance, their laws state that, “electronic or battery-powered devices cannot be incorporated into or attached to the bow or arrow.” In this case, you would not be able to use the Pro-tracker system while hunting in Colorado. The language in Pennsylvania hunting regulations mirrors that of Colorado. In Utah the rules for hunting do not say anything about using an electronic devise on an arrow, but when you look into crossbow bolts it state that “It is unlawful for any person to: hunt any protected wildlife with a crossbow: bolt that has any chemical, explosive or electronic device attached.”
The best place to look for the rules that are specific to your state is going to your Wildlife Department’s website. There you will be able to research the rules that deal with hunting. Sometimes the regulations regarding hunting equipment can be found in the general hunting sections. Other times you will need to dip a bit deeper and look at the rules that are specific to bow and crossbow hunting. Every once in a while, your state might bury the information in a section about prohibited equipment. If reading rules is not your idea of a good use of time, you might want to visit your local department of wildlife and ask an employee. They are employed by your tax dollars and should be able to give you an answer.
The Pro-Tracker® Transmitter is a rechargeable, lightweight, water resistant transmitter that disengages from the arrow upon impact; allowing for pass-throughs. The transmitter hooks into the animal’s hide and begins sending Radio Frequency (RF) signals every three seconds for the duration of the battery life (10-12 hours). You will need the Pro-Tracker® Receiver to read and track the signal.
The Carrier is what screws into your arrow and holds the transmitter. It is aerodynamically designed to compensate for the weight and shape of the transmitter. Meaning minimal adjustments to your equipment for the same precision. This item comes in a pack of four.
The Pro-Tracker® Radio Frequency (RF) Receiver is a compact system with an easy to attach antenna. This state of the art receiver can track up to 6 different transmitter signals at the same time. Displaying signal strength, transmitter number, current time, time spent tracking, and current battery life, all on a easy to read LED screen. Available only in the Pro-Tracker© System
The Pro-Tracker® custom metal carrying case helps you keep track of your Pro-Tracker system and ensures everything stays together. Its lightweight and durable design ensures your equipment is protected while being as easy as possible to carry during your hunting trip and recovering your trophy.
This dual-charging station allows you to charge up to two transmitters at a time. It includes both a USB and outlet adapter. The outlet adapter allows you to charge your transmitters at home while the USB adapters allow you to charge your transmiters in your truck for extended hunting trips.
The patented Pro-Tracker® Recovery System will help you locate your kill with durable, state of the art technology. The compact system can track 6 different transmitters while using the same RF receiver with an easy to read LED screen. Best of all, our transmitters don’t require the purchase of batteries and can be recharged both at home and out in the field.
The Pro-Tracker® System has been field tested by top experts in the archery industry. With the Pro-Tracker® Archery System you’ll see virtually no difference in the trajectory of your arrow because of the aerodynamic carrier. Tests have shown the Pro-Tracker® Recovery System will give you many hours of use and the precision to recovery your trophy.
In the reports, we found that while many of the deer either die (Ditchkoff) or are recovered within 24 hours (Pedersen), that some can survive 5-7 days with wounds before they perish. When looking at these numbers and percentages for any individual state, the number of animals that are not recovered seems miniscule. However once you look at the entire population of bow hunters within the United States alone, the amount becomes much more significant (Ditchkoff). This more significant number of unrecovered animals has been causing animal rights and anti-hunting activists to state that bow hunting is both cruel and inhumane. It is because of this that the Pro-Tracker was invented. Our goal is to eliminate the possibility of losing even one animal while maintaining the integrity of the hunt. Pro-Tracker has been in use since 2010 and thus far we have a 100% accuracy rate in animal recovery. The Pro-Tracker system, while not ideal for every hunter, is thus far supporting the goal of striving to ensure bow hunting is appreciated for the skill it requires and given the support it deserves, rather than seen in a negative light. With technology and advancement in the archery industry, we can help in recovering the animals wounded and work to improve the loss rate. We all have a responsibility to the natural resources we are given; no one is perfect every time. Accidents do happen, and we need to be prepared for those occasions.
1. Ditchkoff, Stephen S., Edgar R. Welch Jr., Robert L. Lochmiller, Ronald E. Masters, William R. Starry, William C. Dinkines. 1998. Wounding of White-tailed Deer with Traditional Archery Equipment. Proc. Annu. Conf. Southeast. Assoc. Fish and Wildl. Agencies 52:244-248. Website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ronald_Masters/publication/237609363_Wounding_Rates_of_Whitetailed_Deer_
2. Pedersen, Andy M., Seth Berry, Jeffrey C. Bossart. 2008. Wounding Rates of White –tailed Deer with Modern Archery Equipment. Proc. Annu. Conf. Southeast. Assoc. Fish and Wildl. Agencies 62:31–34