States Look to Ban PETA's Spy Drones

According to USSA, Illinois has already passed a drone prohibition, while Alabama, Tennessee, New Jersey and Hawaii are considering similar laws.

As reported here, anti-hunters are attempting to use spy-drone technology to videotape—or perhaps the more appropriate word would be "harass"—hunters. My favorite such incident involves an anti whose drones were shot down four straight times. In a prior incident the same buffoon was arrested for paragliding over goose pits in an effort to frighten away birds and intimidate hunters.

One loon was really nothing to worry about. However, last fall the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance (USSA) reported that PETA had acquired drones for the purpose of stalking hunters. With a potentially more organized effort looming, several states are now mulling legislation to expressly ban the use of drones to harass sportsmen. According to USSA, Illinois has already passed a drone prohibition, while Alabama, Tennessee, New Jersey and Hawaii are considering similar laws.

Given that the USSA, NRA and others have already successfully gotten hunter harassment laws passed in all 50 states, I suspect that PETA's plans were already illegal. But it never hurts to give such laws added teeth.

My other question is this: If a private entity—without a warrant, of course—flies a drone over private property, do you not have legal authority to destroy it? I'd consult an attorney before taking such action, of course, but I doubt a $325 PETA drone would be any match for a well-placed load of No. 2 shot.

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6 Responses to States Look to Ban PETA's Spy Drones

Brian wrote:
March 16, 2014

It would make interesting footage, watching some drone get itself blasted by a 12 gauge! Heh- Heh!

shootbrownelk wrote:
March 15, 2014

While the states are at it, they can also ban lazy hunters from using drones for scouting, should be the same regs. as using aircraft for locating game and communicating with hunters on the ground as to game location. Just my 2 cents.

rocky wrote:
March 11, 2014

You can lead a drone to water but you can't make it drink

Kyle Wintersteen wrote:
March 11, 2014

Dear Rabbitt, As with any type of wingshooting, proper lead is dependent upon the drones's distance and velocity.

jeff s wrote:
March 10, 2014

far more fun would be to have your own controller and take control of the device. Might make scouting deep in the swamp a whole lot easier. :-)

eddie rabbitt wrote:
March 10, 2014

Dear Wintersteen, Do you have any idea about how much to lead a drone?