New Hampshire Drone Petition

A PETITION TO THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME DEPARTMENT AND THE NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMISSION


Date: February 1st, 2014


Brandon Corey Ellis


Co-Chair Board of Directors, New England Backcountry Hunters and Anglers


148 Kancamagus Highway, Conway New Hampshire, 03818


Contact Information: (970)551-0019


bc_ellis@yahoo.com


Organization:


Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA):


Request:


We respectfully request that the New Hampshire Game and Fish Department ban the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems (commonly called drones) to aid or assist in


hunting.


We believe that there is a small but growing interest in using these highly


sophisticated remote-controlled aircraft to scout, monitor, and stalk big game. BHA believes that this technology represents a widespread opportunity for abuse and, if not regulated, poses a significant threat to fair chase hunting and fair distribution of hunting opportunity.


We feel strongly that New Hampshire should curtail their use before they become widespread and gain a constituency. Others states including Illinois, Colorado and Montana have already banned their use and we would like to see New Hampshire be included in the list of states that are leading the charge in ethical hunting rules. While government cannot “legislate morality,” we have a responsibility to ensure that hunting remains an accessible pursuit involving woodsmanship and skill, not one dominated by technology that can be afforded only by those of means.

Request:

Additionally we request that the language be clarified as to the condition animals, (specifically deer, moose and bear) must be in when taken to check stations. The present language does not make it clear that animals may be quartered or that head and hide must be presented attached. This is confusing and may serve to discourage hunters from hunting in areas that animals cannot be practically dragged out of. There are a growing number of hunters who wish to hunt and take game further from roads and motorized access than usual. Clarification of these rules would encourage this trend.

For a copy of BHA’s formal position on UAVs, visit:

http://www.backcountryhunters.org/index.php/backcountry/current-news/439-bha-position-statement-unmanned-aerial-vehicle-systems-uavs-and-fair-chase-hunting

Signature:

Brandon Corey Ellis

Co-Chair Board of Directors, New England Chapter Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

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