Canadians create laws to stop “Drone” Hunting

August 30, 2014 in News by Russ Niles

Canadians taking steps to ban "Drone Hunting".

Canadians taking steps to ban “Drone Hunting”

A ban on hunting using drone aircraft has now been added to Saskatchewan’s wildlife regulations.

There have been some cases in the United States where hunters have used them to find and track animals.

The Saskatchewan government, along with hunting groups, believe UAVs cross the line of what is considered a “fair chase.”

“The biggest concern is that these devices would give hunters an unfair advantage,” said Travis Williams, a wildlife allocation specialist with the Environment Ministry.

In addition to being used to spot moose and other game, there’s also a concern the suitcase-sized flying devices might be used to flush animals out from concealed areas, he said.

Previously it was illegal to “operate or be a passenger in an aircraft” for the purpose of hunting wildlife.

Adding “or unmanned aircraft” to the ban makes it more clear.

Manitoba also imposed a ban in June.