Using drones to get an advantage when hunting and fishing would be illegal under a new law proposed by state Sen. Julie Morrison, D-Ill.
While small animals that fear birds of prey run when they see unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the senator explains, big game animals such as deer are unfazed by the small aircraft, making them easy pickings for high-tech hunters.
“Using drones to hunt makes the process too easy,” she says. “That’s not fair for hunters and fishers who are seriously into the sport, and it’s not fair for the animals that deserve a chance to escape.”
Sen. Morrison says she came up with idea for the law while talking to officials from Illinois’ Department of Natural Resources (DNR) late last year. She also notes that she may consider an amendment to allow the use of drones to hunt or fish for invasive species such as Asian carp.
If Morrison’s legislation, Senate Bill 44, becomes law, conservation police and other DNR employees will be allowed to confiscate UAVs that are used for hunting. The hunter could also be charged with a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of up to $2,500, up to one year in prison or two years on probation.