Update: Last night (April 1, 2014) the small town of Deer Trail, Colorado voted 137-41 against issuing drone hunting permits. It is still not advisable to fly a drone anywhere near the home of Phil Steel, the man leading the drone hunting charge.
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In Alaska, the seven-member Board of Game approved a measure to prohibit hunters from spotting game with drones. The Anchorage Daily News reports that the Department of Fish and Game initiated the ruling after hearing about a drone-assisted moose kill in Interior Alaska in 2012.
“Under hunting regulations, unless it specifically says that it’s illegal, you’re allowed to do it … What happens a lot of times is technology gets way ahead of regulations, and the hunting regulations don’t get a chance to catch up for quite a while.”
Quite the opposite in Deer Trail, Colorado where the town of 561 people (2012) will vote on April 1st (No Joke!) on whether to issue permits to shoot down drones. Phil Steel, a U.S. Army Veteran is the leading the Drone Trail charge with a 3000 word manifesto which states:
– When a drone flies into its airspace, Deer Trail will consider it an act of war.
– You can only shoot at drones flying lower than 1,000 feet.
– Unless your life is in danger, you can only fire up to three shots at a drone.
If the measure is approved, residents will pay $25 for the annual drone hunting permit. Apparently there will be no set season for drone hunting.
Residents of Deer Trail may want to prepare for the drone hunting season (a practice round in golfing lingo) with the Amazon Prime Air Drone Hunt, a parody to the popular Duck Hunting game.