Town Wants to Let Hunters Shoot Down Drones
Deer Trail, Colo., considers drone hunting licenses
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2013 11:12 AM CDT
A man fires a shotgun.   (AP Photo/Nigel Duara)

(Newser) – Forget deer, elk, moose, and bears. Hunters in Deer Trail, Colo., have a new target in the sights: government drones. The town board is considering issuing hunting licenses and bounties for unmanned aerial vehicles, reports ABC Denver. "We do not want drones in town," says resident Phillip Steel, who drafted the ordinance. "They fly in town, they get shot down." The licenses and proposed $100 bounty would be largely symbolic, concedes Steel—drone sightings aren't common in Deer Trail, and destroying federal property is against the law. But he believes the $25 licenses could be a big moneymaker for the little town.

"Even if a tiny percentage of people get online [for a] drone license, that's cool. That's a lot of money to a small town like us," says a town board member, who says he's leaning toward voting 'yes' on the drone hunting ordinance on Aug. 6. Other town members have proposed holding a festival with drone-themed skeet shooting. "It's all novelty. Do a little drone fest, get people to come out, have fun," says Deer Trail's mayor. But it's not about fun for Steel. "To him it's a novelty, yes," he says. "To me, I'm serious."

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SilverAlpha
Jul 18, 2013 4:04 AM CDT
Wouldn't you have to prove you knew it was Federal at the time you shot it down, in order to get prosecuted? It waasn't long ago that permission to use drones against Americans in the USA was defeated...it'll be back. We ought to have recourse to defend ourselves. And....who is to say a terrorist group would not have a drone too? The things don't knock on the door and present valid ID before blasting their target. Bleeping Big-brother police-state control tactics...why put up with it?
Kookey90
Jul 17, 2013 11:18 PM CDT
Bad idea, I can now see hunters shooting down gliders, kites, helicoptors and small aircraft because they thought they might have been drones.
793tango
Jul 17, 2013 8:11 PM CDT
Why would there be any drones flying over Deer Trail Colorado anyway? Is there really anything so important in a town 1.1 miles in area and a population of @546 people that would require the government to fly drones over it? Come on!