New Mexico taking aim at drone use in hunting

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Columbus CEO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is in line to become the next state to take aim at the use of drones for hunting big game animals.

Alaska, Colorado and Montana already have outlawed the use of drones in hunting, but some sportsmen groups and animal advocates are pushing to see that regulations are passed in every state to protect the concept of fair chase.

They say the art of hunting should be based on physical senses and traditions that have been honed over generations, not technological advancements such as drones.

New Mexico's Game Commission is set to vote this month on a proposal that would make it illegal to use drones to signal an animal's location, harass a game animal or hunt a protected species observed from a drone within 48 hours.