March 13, 2015
New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission Bans Hunting with Drones
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission unanimously banned unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) and smart rifles for hunting wildlife, and the use of live-action game cameras to locate wildlife for hunting purposes. The Humane Society of the United States New Hampshire State Director Lindsay Hamrick issued the following statement in response:
“The Fish and Game Commission took a huge step in the right direction by prohibiting the use of drones, smart rifles and live-action game cameras for hunting. These advanced technologies completely erode the essential principle of fair chase, and stack the deck against wildlife at an unacceptable level. State wildlife managers and lawmakers are increasingly looking to close their borders to the use of this unsporting technology, and The HSUS is grateful to the Fish and Game Commission for taking this commonsense approach.”
The rule must now go through the New Hampshire Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules for final approval before it can officially take effect. New Hampshire joins a growing list of states – including Vermont, Colorado and Alabama – on banning the use of drones for hunting.
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