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BOISE -- You hear about them from hunters coming back from the woods: Road hunters, nefarious scofflaws who shoot from their trucks in hopes of bagging easy game.

As Idaho's hunting season heats up, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is rolling out its anti-road hunting weapons: Big game decoys.

Again this year, these artificial simulated animals -- in the form of elk, deer and other big game species -- will be propped up in areas where there have been complaints about road hunting, spotlighting or other suspicious activities.

Mark Hill, regional conservation officer in Lewiston, says road hunters are a visible minority that gives the rest of the law-abiding hunting community a bad name.

Shooting an artificial animal could bring license revocation, a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.

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