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Drone Hunting Licenses, Bounties Proposed In Colorado Town

Colorado Town Considers Allowing Drone Hunting

Drone hunting licenses are on the table in a small Colorado town. Concerned about unmanned aerial drones posing a threat to their privacy, the Deer Trail town board will bring it to a vote.

If the ordinance is approved, not only would such licenses make shooting and destroying drone aircraft legal, but it would actually pay out bounties. Those who successfully shoot down a drone and bring it to authorities will get paid a $100 reward, reports ABC 7 News Denver.

Philip Steel, the Deer Tree resident who proposed the ordinance, says locals simply “do not want drones in town.” Steel says that he wants the laws to pass so that if “they fly in town, they get shot down.”

The ordinance lays out very specific guidelines for drone hunting. It says what weapons and ammunition are permitted, specific rules for engaging a craft, and more. It was modeled after traditional hunting laws.

The proposed law also specifies that only federal drones may be “hunted,” even though destruction of government property is illegal. Opposing Views adds in their report that US airspace is regulated by the federal government as well.

Though Steel says he has never seen a drone in the small Colorado town, he believes the ordinance will be a symbolic act. “I do not believe in the idea of a surveillance society,” Steel says.

At $25 each, Steel thinks the drone hunting licenses will be popular and bring in good revenue. Several members on the town board who will be voting have had similar things to say.

Some, like Deer Tail’s Town clerk, Kim Oldfield, say that some might see the bill as “super vigilante and frightening.” But really, Oldfield says, it could be a novelty that generates money for the little town.

Oldfield, along with Mayor Frank Fields, see the potential for a “skeet, fun-filled festival. We’re the home of the world’s first rodeo, so we could be home to the world’s first drone hunt.”

Steel, however, maintains that while his proposal for drone hunting licenses in Deer Tail, Colorado may be a novelty to some, he says, “To me, I’m serious.”

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9 Responses to “Drone Hunting Licenses, Bounties Proposed In Colorado Town”

  1. Gale Mason

    Who is an idiot? You need to stop and think about how you like to do things without everyone watching you. Try to find that place with a drone flying around. Fight for your freedom fool!

  2. Gale Mason

    We better nip this in the bud! We better fight for our freedom! SHOOT THEM DOWN!

  3. MaryAnne Bowman Mathes

    I agree to shoot 'em down, but the stray bullets and debris could be an issue…

  4. Tom Pecher

    now all the residents of this small town have to do is get rid of their computers, cell phones and in some cases their televisions along with anything that has any kind of computer chip in it.

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