Man Charged For Using Drone to Help Find Game While Hunting

by Emily Morgan

As the integration of technology and hunting evolves, some hunters may try and “fly under the radar” while hunting.

Canada recently charged a man for allegedly using a drone to assist him while hunting.

While the appeal of utilizing a drone to spot wildlife exists, the tactic gives the hunter an unfair advantage.

Canada also banned the unethical strategy under the Wildlife Act in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Despite this, one hunter now has to face the consequences after using a drone for hunting.

On Feb. 1, Canada’s Conservation Officer Services released a statement about the incident via Twitter.

“A #LowerMainland man has been charged for allegedly using a drone while hunting. In October 2019, the man was returning from a hunting trip near #PrinceGeorge when he was checked by CO’s during a routine hunting check stop.”

The Laws About Drones & Hunting

However, the event isn’t that recent. The incident in question happened back in October of 2019.

At the time, a Canadian man returned from a hunting trip near Prince George, British Columbia. As part of a routine checkpoint, Conservation Officers pulled him over for questioning.

Officers discovered the hunter allegedly used a drone to get a better view of the area, following the interview.

“He has been charged under the Wildlife Act in relation to the possession and operation of a drone during a hunting expedition,” according to their Facebook page.

“There are strict rules banning the use and operation of drones during hunting, in part to keep intact the element of ‘fair chase’ and ensure ethical hunting.

The Province amended the Wildlife Act hunting regulation in 2016, making it illegal for people to operate or possess a drone, or use data obtained by a drone, while on a hunting or trapping expedition.”

The office has also not released the identity of the man.

The Canadian conservation service also reminds hunters and backcountry users to abide by the Wildlife Act’s rules and regulations.

In the U.S., there are few federal regulations on the use of drones for hunting. However, it’s fairly simple to understand.

According to law, “anyone owning and operating an uncrewed aircraft weighing .55-55 pounds, must register it with the Federal Aviation Administration.”

Additionally, you must be at least 13-years-old and a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to register a UAS.

Failure to register can come with a high price tag. The government can also penalize someone up to $27,000 and could face up to three years in prison.