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Town Could Issue Drone-Hunting Permits

Obviously illegal, probably impossible

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Adam Roy

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Ever dreamed of having a Predator mounted over your fireplace? If you live in Colorado, you may be in luck. Officials in the small town of Deer Trail are considering issuing permits that would allow residents to shoot down federally-operated drones with a shotgun, offering a $100 bounty to anyone who does so.
Despite the fact that bringing down an unmanned aerial vehicle with a shotgun is probably impossible, and definitely illegal, the author of the ordinance, Phillip Steel, says that the $25 permits could bring very real financial benefits to Deer Trail. “They’ll sell like hot cakes, and it would be a real drone hunting license, he told Denver’s ABC affiliate 7 News. “It could be a real moneymaker for the town.” Deer Trail, which bills itself as the site of the world’s first rodeo, is even considering starting a drone-hunting festival to bring in tourism.

 

Ever dreamed of having a stuffed Predator mounted over your fireplace? If you live in Colorado, you may be in luck. Officials in the small town of Deer Trail are considering issuing permits that would allow residents to shoot down federally-operated drones with a shotgun, offering a $100 bounty to anyone who does so.

Despite the fact that bringing down an unmanned aerial vehicle with a shotgun is probably impossible, and definitely illegal, the author of the ordinance, Phillip Steel, says that the $25 permits could bring very real financial benefits to Deer Trail.

“They’ll sell like hot cakes, and it would be a real drone hunting license, he told Denver’s ABC affiliate 7 News. “It could be a real moneymaker for the town.”

Deer Trail, which bills itself as the site of the world’s first rodeo, is even considering starting a drone-hunting festival to bring in tourism. Whether the federal government is actually interested in surveiling their 500-person town remains to be seen.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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