Posted 03/24/2014 at 4:02 PM
Posted 3 years ago
Spotting and hunting animals with drones will now be illegal in the state of Alaska, according to the Alaska Board of Game.
Up until now, there have been no laws in Alaska to ban the practice. A moose was killed in 2012 — drones were used to help with the kill.
Alaska’s Department of Law could enact the banning of drones for hunting as early as July 1st of this year.
Capt. Bernard Chastain, operations commander for the Wildlife Troopers said “A drone system allowing a hunter or helper to locate game now costs only about $1,000…Under hunting regulations, unless it specifically says that it’s illegal, you’re allowed to do it…What happens a lot of times is technology gets way ahead of regulations, and the hunting regulations don’t get a chance to catch up for quite a while…I think more than anything, the change in the law represents thoughts that we’ve heard for several years, and based upon how the regulations are written, we had to take an affirmative step to make those illegal.”