"Now two flags fly above my land that really sum up how I fee. One is the colors that fly high and proud The red, the white, the blue. The other one's got a rattlesnake With a simple statement made "Don't tread on me" is what it says and I'll take that to my grave. Because this is me. I'm proud to be American and strong in my beliefs. And I've said it before but I'll say it again 'Cause my family's always fought and died to save this land. And a country boy is all I'll ever be."
I think a new regulation prohibiting the use of unmanned drones for the actual hunt is a good idea. There will be someone that rigs up a drone with a rifle or shotgun and hunts with it. Another potential misuse of a drone is to drive/herd game to a particular hunter - something that could be an issue as well and both have been outlawed in many states when utilized while "in the air".
On the flip side, these new drones show a lot of promise for use in game management - particularly, doing deer counts and assessing all sorts of aspects of a property. They have the potential to offer these abilities to landowners and they may make it more affordable to do regular counts and assessments. So, there are definitely some "good" uses for drones that should be delineated and permitted.
I don't like the government imposing additional new rules on what we can and can't do- but there is some concern about the select few that will abuse it.
I'm doing a story for the Gillette News Record on drone assisted hunting. Not surprisingly, everyone I've talked to is against it. Despite being the media, we do want a fair and balanced article. Is there anyone here who knows of anyone that was or is for it? If so, please contact me a email@example.com