Hunters Concerned About Some Tech, But Approve Banning Drones And Smart Rifles

Jan 29, 2015

About fifty people attended the hearing, including some students from UNH.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  New Hampshire Fish and Game held a public hearing today on rules to keep hunters from using new, potentially unfair technologies.

The rules would prohibit the use of surveillance drones, so-called smart rifles and live-action game cameras—which send images to hunters’ smart phones—to aid in hunting.

Most who turned out opposed drones and smart rifles.

But several people like Jack Baltz of Freedom thought banning the use of live-action game cameras might be going too far.

“Instantly, they’ll have a video of a turkey or a deer or a moose or whatever and that they would then be totally ready to go hunting… it sounds like you’re trying to stop a one-in-a-million chance.”

Others asked for exceptions to be made in certain cases.

Fish and Game is receiving comments from the public until February fifth.