Drone bounty? Colo. town mulls drone hunting licenses
No drones allowed!
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.
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