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States react to hunters scouting with drones

HUNTING -- My recent post on states reacting to the possibility of hunters using camera-toting drones for scouting caught the attention of Northwest Sportsman editor Andy Walgamott, who checked the regulations of regional wildlife agencies.

Both Washington and Idaho have regulations banning the use of aircraft for scouting, but managers indicated to Walgamott they may have to tighten the wording to specifically deal with drones, a relatively new form of putting the eyes of remote cameras on the landscape.

The YouTube video above shows the artistic potential of using drones while it also clearly indicates the likelihood for wildlife harassment.  Every minute a moose has to spend checking out an annoying aircraft during winter is a minute the animal is not nibbling on browse or resting or whatever else its been naturally programmed to do for survival. 

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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