S.B.54 and S.B.55 – sponsored by state Sens. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, and Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, respectively – prohibit the use of UAVs for taking game or interfering with hunting or fishing. Using a drone to harass someone who is hunting is also banned under the bills.
The bills are now Public Acts 12 and 13 of 2015.
“Hunting and fishing are some of Michigan’s most revered pastimes and a major driver of our economy, thanks to continued participation from residents and out-of-state visitors,” says Gov. Snyder. “Using electronic devices to manipulate the sport is disruptive and is a misuse of the natural resources we are blessed with.”
When the bills were passed in the state Senate in February, Sen. Pavlov said, “Hunting with drones would allow hunters to use remote-controlled, camera-equipped aircraft to locate wildlife in order to shoot and kill them for sport. Several years ago, to help preserve the purity and the challenge of hunting game in Michigan, we passed legislation banning the practice of computer-assisted hunting. These bills will continue that same protection.”