Drones banned for hunting and fishing purposes

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder signed a pair of bills that bans the use of drones for hunting and fishing purposes.

Penalties for violators are varied depending on the animal taken, but include up to one year in prison for taking a moose.
Penalties for harassing those who hunt or fish would be imprisonment of up to three months, and fines up to $1,000 for a first offense.

Snyder said 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 and using electronic devices to manipulate the sport is disruptive and a misuse of the natural resources we are blessed with.

State Sen. Tom Casperson was a sponsor of one of the bills to prohibit the use of drones for taking game or interfering with hunting or fishing.

Using a drone to harass someone who is hunting is also banned under the bills.

(Information Compiled by the Keweenaw Report)