Since drones made the switch from elite military technology to household gadget, they’re being used by nearly everyone for practically anything.
In the 2016 holiday season alone, it’s estimated that one million consumer drones were sold in the U.S:
And interestingly, not all of these drones are being used by aspiring film-makers or tech-savvy kids.
In reality, many people are purchasing drones for hunting. These flying cameras enable hunters to hunt bigger game more efficiently.
It gives them a bird’s eye view for tracking their game and, even better, can be used to drive the animals towards them:
But Lt. Col. Greg Salo, from the Department of Natural Resources Enforcement Division, stated that technologies like drones may hinder the concept of a fair chase in the sport.
Lt. Salo said:
“Everything related to hunting and fishing that makes it easier, faster, doesn’t require as much time in the field yourself.”
“In the last five, six years it’s really been popping up in our radar and drones are just another addition to it.”
Because drones are seen as making hunting too easy, a new bill is being proposed in Minnesota that would ban the use of drones for hunting.
Minnesota State Sen. Dan Schoen of Cottage Grove sat down with reporters at CBS and elaborated on the concerns about unmanned aircraft and hunting.
Senator Schoen, who is the author of SF 124 bill that would prohibit drone for hunting, said:
“It’s about fair hunting.”
“I think you could see bear hunting, I think you could see turkey hunting, where they might be at and how you might be able to get to them.”
For those who question why drones are different from any other type of electrical hunting apparatuses, such as fish locators and underwater cameras, Schoen explained:
“The [underwater] camera can’t make the fish bite on the lure or the bait, but a drone, you can swoop that thing down and push it in a different direction, if that deer were to start walking away from you and you wanted it to go back the other direction.”
Another concern is that hunters would be able to mount guns on drones, therefore being able to perform their hunt without ever having to go into the field.
As of now, the bill is still in progress and will be referred to the Senate’s Environment and Natural Resources committee.
The public hearing for the bill has yet to be scheduled.
But it raises the question for hunters everywhere: Should hunters be prohibited from using drones?
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