Strong majority support banning 'high tech' hunting - 195 participants

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?"

“Should NH Fish and Game ban the use of 'high tech' hunting technologies?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

High Tech Hunting NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 195 participants gave 393 responses

A total of 58% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 42% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 195 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 393 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

Yes: A strong majority, at 88% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of banning high tech hunting technology. 

  • “Using drones isn't fair chase.”
  • “Technology should not enter the realm of hunting.”
  • “It's a sport. Keep the computers and drones out of it.”

No:  The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 12%, were opposed to banning high tech hunting technology.   

  • “If you don't want to use a certain method, don't use it. If you do, then by all means, do.”
  • “Your conservative view on hunting shouldn't block others from using technology to improve their chances.”

Other: As noted above, 42% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Sportsmanship: “I think the use of drones and computerized targeting is unsportsmanlike.”
  • 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.

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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