Drone bounty? Colo. town mulls drone hunting licenses

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No drones allowed!

Drones That’s the message residents of Deer Trail, Colo., want to spread after proposing an ordinance that would create drone hunting licenses and offer $100 bounties for hunters who shoot down unmanned aerial vehicles.

"We do not want drones in town," resident Phillip Steel told The Denver Channel. "They fly in town, they get shot down." 

The ordinance focuses primarily on government drones, which have been used across the country as a law enforcement tool, which leave some to wonder if it’s effective law enforcement or an invasion of privacy.

But in Deer Trail, the ordinance means business.

The ordinates states, "The Town of Deer Trail shall issue a reward of $100 to any shooter who presents a valid hunting license and the following identifiable parts of an unmanned aerial vehicle whose markings and configuration are consistent with those used on any similar craft known to be owned or operated by the United States federal government."

Residents admit they’ve never seen a drone flying over their town, but still believe it’s a move in the right direction.

"This is a very symbolic ordinance,” Steele added. “Basically, I do not believe in the idea of a surveillance society, and I believe we are heading that way."

If passed, the $25 drone hunting licenses are expected to sell “like hot cakes,” making it a potential huge moneymaker for the town with a population of 546.

The town board will consider the measure on Aug. 6.

Read, "Town of Deer Trail considering hunting licenses for unmanned aerial vehicles, bounties for drones."


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Craig A. Moore    
Billings, MT  |  July, 19, 2013 at 08:45 AM

enforcement. “The talk is usually about drones being used as killing machines, but PETA drones will be used to save lives,” PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk said in a statement. They are currently considering purchasing the CineStar Octocopter, which is capable of carrying a DSLR camera for up to 5 minutes. With smaller cameras, the drone can fly for about 20 minutes. The group says it also hopes to fly drones over factory farms, fishing spots and “other venues where animals routinely suffer and die.” Actions by groups like the above is why we need to take action against anyone being able to fly drones anywhere for whatever agenda they wish to push forward. Time to start bringing new laws to control all drone flying.

PJ    
Iowa  |  July, 19, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Do I need to be a resident of Deer Trail to buy a drone license? What gauge shotgun and shot size works best? Are non-residents with a license eligible for the bounty?

cf    
ND  |  July, 19, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Residents admit they’ve never seen a drone flying over their town, but still believe it’s a move in the right direction. "This is a very symbolic ordinance,” -- So the drones don't even exist here, but people are drumming up fear in order to profit from sales of hunting licenses anyway. I should make a trip to Deer Trail with some "leprechaun insurance" to sell.

Karenh    
Colo  |  July, 19, 2013 at 06:27 PM

Where's your sense of humor? They're not "drumming up fear" . . . sheesh. They're simply declaring an open season on drones and if somebody wants a drone licence, it's available.

Karenh    
Colo  |  July, 19, 2013 at 06:28 PM

Where's your sense of humor? They're not "drumming up fear" . . . sheesh. They're simply declaring an open season on drones and if somebody wants a drone licence, it's available.

drones unlimited    
S.D.  |  July, 22, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Hey CF, if the anti-farm crowd can clamor to "just label it" why can't we set up shop to "just license it"? When it comes to ginning up fear ain't nobody got nuthin' on the anti-GMO crowd. Go munch some arugula CF. Maybe it will calm you down.


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