Rule to ban using drones while hunting passes first hurdle

LAMAR, Colo. - A proposal to make the use of aerial drones while hunting illegal passed its first reading with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission on Thursday.

The rule was heard in an informal meeting during the commission's regularly scheduled meeting this morning. It received general support and moves to a final vote by the commission during its January meeting.

If it passes, it will take effect in the 2014 big game hunting season, which begins in August.

Using airplanes to help spot game is illegal under a federal law called the Airborne Hunting Act. However the use of unmanned aerial drones to reconnoiter prey is not specifically addressed in the law.

The state wildlife commission decided to tackle the subject before it became an issue, wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton said.

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