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Why is it legal to have a lit reticle on a rifle and not a bow?

I feel that it would be better to be sure of your sights on your target @ dusk or dawn.....

Answer

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has reviewed and considered changes to existing equipment restrictions, including the prohibition against using a lighted retical while archery hunting.  Maintaining the current lighted retical rule is in part due to division among bowhunters of whether to change the rule, and in part due to Commission policy to maintain the original intent of primitive weapons hunting.  Commission rules do allow the use of lighted reticles while archery hunting for bowhunters with a disability permit.