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NM considering ban on drone-assisted hunting

Created: 05/06/2014 12:46 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

New Mexico may soon ban the use of drones to hunt animals.

The State Game Commission is planning to consider the ban on May 15.

Right now, there isn't a federal law prohibiting hunters from using drones to find animals in the wild.

Three states, Colorado, Montana and Alaska, have banned the practice.

The head of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation says he wants the same thing to happen in our state.

"Hunting in New Mexico is a core traditional value; it's not just a sport. If we're going to stick to tradition it should be a primitive atavistic tradition. It shouldn't be modernized," Gareth Veneklausen said.

The president of the New Mexico Outfitters Association told KOB that she isn't aware of any hunting groups that use drones, but says she encourages the game commission to ban the practice.


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