Hunters Applaud Colorado Commission Action on Drones

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Hunters Applaud Colorado Commission Action on Drones
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

LAMAR, COLORADO — -( The Colorado Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers today applauded the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Commission for showing national leadership in protecting hunting rights and fair chase from emerging technology of civilian drones.

“Hunters are America’s first conservationists and we have a century-old tradition of policing our own ranks,” said David Lien, Co-Chair of Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.

“We’re pleased that the CO Parks and Wildlife Commission has stepped up to protect our hunting traditions, by ensuring fair chase and fair distribution of wildlife.”

Today, the Commission took an initial look at draft regulations which would ban the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for hunting or scouting in Colorado. UAVs, or “drones” are increasingly popular in civilian hands and there are videos on the internet of the machines being used to spot, stalk and hunt wildlife..

The Commission reviewed regulations drafted by staff and will make a final vote at the January commission meeting in Westminster. Backcountry Hunters & Anglers was the first national sportsmen’s groups to set a policy opposing the use of drones by civilians to search for wildlife while hunting. Most states have laws limiting the use of manned aircraft for spotting wildlife, however questions remain whether private unmanned drones would be considered “aircraft” under these rules.  The regulations drafted by Colorado Parks & Wildlife staff would lay any question to rest.

“Drones are poised to be very popular among civilians and there are many legitimate uses in science, agriculture and search-and-rescue,” said BHA Director Land Tawney, of Missoula, Mont.  “However, hunting should remain an activity of skill and woodcraft, not just technology. If drones take off in hunting fields, it will split the ranks of hunters between those who can afford and embrace the technology and those who do not.”

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is a conservation group based in Montana, with chapters throughout the West. Tawney said other states are considering drone regulations, but Colorado is the first to take action.

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers seeks to ensure America's outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting, through education and work on behalf of wild public lands and waters.

  • 3 thoughts on “Hunters Applaud Colorado Commission Action on Drones

    1. Great for CO. doing this to protect wildlife and fair chase. Now we need a law that says it is legal to shoot drones that are spying on you out of the sky. If you have a question hunt me down and ask, don’t spy on me.

    2. I could care about who can afford what–hunting is all about hunting. Hunting–means going out and hunting for whatever; if you win you win if you lose you lose.

      I am against these “…we have your big trophy animal cornered for $10,000” private hunts (more starting and popular in Texas and a few other states). Kind of like going to a zoo paying off the zoo keeper and killing a caged animal–big deal!

      It is almost cowardly.

    3. I don’t like drones period…Especially if they are government operated…I do see the day coming when drones may be limited for civilian use…Requiring registration, etc., etc….Same old beaurocratic hassle…Perhaps even become a law of some sort!

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