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Thread: No more Drone assisted hunting in Alaska

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    No more Drone assisted hunting in Alaska

    Please read this correctly - no hunting WITH drones (the flying type - not your brother-in-law from the city).
    I think hunting OF drones is still okay. Daily drone limit probably varies from state-to-state.
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    Bogus ruling .... why not use drones? What? They think its unfair or something?

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    Question... how do they define 'drone' for the purposes of this ruling? To me a drone is autonomous to a certain extent, to others a drone is simply unmanned but is still controlled by remote...

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    Regular Member mobiushky's Avatar
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    Did you read the article?

    "Hunting big game in Alaska with the help of remote-controlled, camera-equipped aircraft will be illegal later this year when new regulations take effect."

    So I'm guessing, it's a remote-controlled, camera-equipped aircraft. But I'm not an expert... just messing.

    Thing is, hunting in AK is different from hunting everywhere else. It's a livelihood that both natives and people rely on. I'm all for hunting, but as the article mentions, if you make it too easy to hunt with $1000 toys, then the subsistence and native hunters will be shut out of the game. There's a lot of tradition up here and much of it relies on making the hunt even. That and a lot of hunters up here are already pretty pissed when outsiders come up and try to "lazy-boy" hunt. IE, "tell me where to go, where's the easiest place to hunt, I don't know what I'm doing and I don't want to track anything..." That kind of thing. Lot of the hunters up here believe that you put in the effort or you get out. So it's probably a popular regulation up here.

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    So if it's a manned aircraft we can fire from it for hunting in Alaska!? That's probably illegal too. :-(
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    Reviving this thread as I am new to the forum

    First looking at the state fish and game regs A LOT of the "NORMAL " equipment for the lower 48 is not allowed up here:
    this is a pdf of the current game laws(Through 06/30/2016)TABLE OF CONTENTS IS ON PAGE 6:
    for those of us that have folks coming up it would be a kind thing to do if we directed them to this site for their enlightenment. That gives every one a chance to READ IT FOR THEMSELVES rather than BEING TOLD WHAT TO DO.
    PAGES 18, 19, and 20 are the RESTRICTIONS IN GENERAL
    This is a small part of page 18 that addresses some of what started this thread.
    General hunting restrictions
    for all game

    You MAY NOT take game by:
    • Using a pit, fire, laser sight, electronically-enhanced
    night vision scope, any device that has been airborne,
    controlled remotely and used to spot or locate game with
    the use of a camera or video device,
    radio communication,
    cellular or satellite telephone, artificial salt lick, explosive,
    expanding gas arrow, bomb, smoke, deer urine, elk urine,
    or chemicals, EXCEPT:
    -- Scent lures without deer or elk urine may be used for
    ungulates, and for bears ONLY under a black bear baiting
    -- Rangefinders may be used.
    -- Electronic calls may be used for all game animals except
    -- Communications equipment may be used for safety; they
    may not be used to aid in taking of game.
    -- In the Unit 20D bison hunt, the use of ground-based radio
    communications, including cellular or satellite phones, to
    locate bison is allowed.
    • Using artificial light, EXCEPT:
    -- Artificial light may be used while tracking and
    dispatching a wounded game animal, however a hunter may
    not be on or in a motorized vehicle while using artificial
    -- Artificial light may be used by resident hunters taking
    black bear under customary and traditional use activities at
    a den site Oct. 15-Apr. 30 in Unit 19A, Unit 19D upstream
    from the Selatna and Black River drainages, and Units 21B,
    21C, 21D, 24, and 25D.
    Communication equipment may not be used in the
    taking of game, or to aid in the taking of game,
    except for ground-to-ground communication for
    locating bison in Unit 20D.
    Last edited by ArtBrownSr; 11-07-2015 at 03:39 PM.
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    Attachment 12847

    Now what I am I supposed to do with my Apache helicopter modified to operate remotely?

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidmcbeth View Post
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    Now what I am I supposed to do with my Apache helicopter modified to operate remotely?
    Well, you were out of luck before the drone ruling anyway. Alaska hunting regulations state:

    "You MAY NOT take game by:
    • Using a helicopter for hunting or for transporting hunters,
    hunting gear, game meat, trophies, or any equipment
    used to pursue or retrieve game, EXCEPT: helicopter use
    may be authorized to rescue hunters, gear, or game in a lifethreatening
    Always know your regulations before you start planning.

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