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May 21, 2015 12:53 PM

NH enforces ban on drones for hunting

The Associated Press

CONCORD — New Hampshire has decided to ban the use of drones, "smart rifles," and live-action game cameras for hunting.

The state Fish and Game Department made the decision earlier this month after holding a public hearing on rules involving hunting with the use of emerging technologies.

The rules, which took effect May 4, ban the taking of wildlife using an unmanned aerial vehicle, bringing New Hampshire in line with several states that have outlawed the use of drones in hunting. The rules also ban the use of rifles that contain computers that lock in a target, adjust for wind and animal movement and automatically fire.

Hunters also are not allowed to locate wildlife using cameras that transmit real-time images to cellphones or computers.


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