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Drones vs. Shotguns: Drone Hunting in Deer Tail

Sorry guys... ( via Wikimedia Commons)

Sorry guys… ( via Wikimedia Commons)

In one of the odder efforts to “protect” Fourth Amendment rights, a small town in Colorado has taken to the practice of “drone hunting.” Led by Phil Steel, the Deer Tail drone hunters have proposed an ordinance that seeks “to defend the sovereign airspace of the Town of Deer Trail, Colorado, and that of its citizens, their homes, businesses, related properties and interests, from unwanted incursions by small unmanned aerial vehicles (popularly referred to as ‘drones’).”

Of course, there aren’t any drones in Deer Tail’s air space — and I wouldn’t recommend flying your favorite quadcopter there. However, Steel et al. can expect some cash flow from their $25 drone hunting licenses, which provide English speakers over the age of 18 with the “right” to fire at drones cruising at less than 1,000 feet.

Read more at Al Jazeera America here.



Hannah Gais

Hannah is assistant editor at the Foreign Policy Association, a nonresident fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and the managing editor of Her work has appeared in a number of national and international publications, including Al Jazeera America, U.S. News and World Report, First Things, The Moscow Times, The Diplomat, Truthout, Business Insider and Foreign Policy in Focus.

Gais is a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. and the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, where she focused on Eastern Christian Theology and European Studies. You can follow her on Twitter @hannahgais