Oregon joins Colorado, Montana, and Alaska in making hunting drones illegal.
State lawmakers voted unanimously on Wednesday to outlaw hunting drones in Oregon.
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Although there has been little to no hunting drone use in the Beaver State, the bill’s supporters have seen it elsewhere. Rep. Brad Witt told reporters, “Drones have no place in sport hunting, fishing or trapping. They are simply antithetical to the principle of fair chase and fair catch.”
The new rule mandates the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to enforce that no unmanned vehicles can be used to track wildlife anywhere in the state. The proposed regulation passed in a 59-0 vote, and now goes to the senate.
According to the Humane Society of the United States similar efforts are being made in Vermont, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Illinois, and New York. Scott Beckstead, the Humane Society’s Oregon director, said hunting drones give an unfair advantage over wildlife and can be detrimental to their populations.
Beckstead added, “You’re using technology to locate game rather than engaging in sort of the fair chase and the traditional stalking methods that most responsible hunters adhere to.”