7/17/2013 @ 7:30PM |3,612 views
“Whereas, many Western communities in rural America provide monetary incentives (bounties) for the killing of predators that are injurious to Man and his interests, the Town of Deer Trail likewise establishes hunting licenses and bounties for the killing of unmanned aerial vehicles, in keeping with the Western traditions of sovereignty and freedom,” reads the ordinance proposed by Deer Train resident Phillip Steel (you can see the text here). Bagging a part of a U.S. government drone, such as a wing or fuselage, will garner the hunter $25. Shooting down a whole drone earns $100. However, there are restrictions. The license costs $25 per year, and the applicants must read and understand English (perhaps because of fears that the drone-hunting bounty will draw illegal workers who will displace U.S. citizens?).
The proposed ordinance concedes that the average American might not be able to properly identify drones, so it establishes several guidelines, such as the drone must be flying below 1,000 feet, only shotguns of 12-gauge or smaller and with a barrel length greater than 18 inches can be used, and hunters are reminded not shoot down manned law enforcement aircraft (though police drones are fair game). At least owners of remote-controlled hobby aircraft will be safe, as long as the operators are in “plain site” [sic] of the would-be drone killer.