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Michigan Bans Drones Used for Hunting and Fishing

Drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, are being used more these days for activities like surveillance and deliveries.

In Michigan, drones can’t be used to hunt or fish, or interfere with hunting and fishing, thanks to bills signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in April 14.

“Hunting and fishing are some of Michigan’s most revered pastimes, and a major driver of our economy thanks to continued participation from residents and out-of-state visitors,” said Snyder. “Using electronic devices to manipulate the sport is disruptive and a misuse of the natural resources we are blessed with.”

State Sens. Tom Casperson and Phil Pavlov sponsored the bills, Senate Bills 54 and 55. The bills, now Public Acts 12 and 13 of 2015, prohibit using aerial drones or water-based versions to take game or interfere with hunting or fishing.

The new laws also prohibit the use of drones to harass sportsmen. Using a drone to harass a hunter will be a misdemeanor offense, punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a fine of $500 to $1,000.

Sportsmen using aerial or water-based drones to capture game will face similar penalties.

Michigan Bans Drones Used for Hunting and Fishing