High Tech Hunting Isn't Fair Play - 393 Responses

Jan 28, 2015

Should hunters be allowed to use advanced technologies such as drones, computerized rifles, and cameras streaming real-time feeds to cell phones and computers? That's the question the NH Fish and Game Department is considering with a proposed rules change that would ban the use of these devices by NH hunters. With the public comment period on the changes nearing a close, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members to weigh in on the question, "Should NH Fish and Game ban the use of 'high tech' hunting technologies?"

A strong majority (88%) of those answering the question expressed support for the proposed changes, while 12% disapproved of an outright ban. Forty-two percent of total respondents opted not to give a yes or no response to the question, instead addressing their remarks to broader issues. In sum, the LFDA received 195 specific comments and 198 concurrences for a total of 393 citizen responses. 

Those in favor of a ban argued that drones and related technologies were unsportsmanlike. "Using drones isn't fair chase," one commenter noted. "Technology should not enter the realm of hunting," argued one respondent. "It's a sport. Keep the computers and drones out of it," another poster said. 

Others expressed disapproval of using such technologies, but argued that it should be a hunter's choice what equipment to use. "If you don't want to use a certain method, don't use it. If you do, then by all means, do," one commenter said. "Your conservative view on hunting shouldn't block others from using technology to improve their chances," another argued. 

Many of those opting not to directly answer the question also held that using drones and related technologies wasn't "real hunting", but did not call specifically for a ban. "I think the use of drones and computerized targeting is unsportsmanlike," one poster said. Others argued that drones could ethically be used for scouting new hunting locations, and that game cameras should not be lumped into the same category as drones and computer-enhanced rifles.

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