Can South Dakota Hunters Use Drones While out in the Field?
The use of technology has crept into just about every corner of our society.
Techno-savvy wizards have developed all sorts of different ways to make our lives easier and in theory more efficient.
And yes, that even includes the sport of hunting in South Dakota.
I'm not much of a hunter myself, however, I am a huge gun enthusiast. I prefer to collect firearms and use them for personal defense purposes, but not to bag small and big game.
I do know a number of people who love to hunt, and this time of year as expected, they are on cloud nine getting a chance to bag a few birds or go on their annual deer hunting excursions.
If you're a hunter yourself, you might be wondering if it's okay to use drones in South Dakota to help you locate and track the game you have in your sights.
The answer to that question is a big NO!
According to the folks at Advexure, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in South Dakota is not permitted at this time. It boils down to the ethics of a fair chase.
Being able to track all forms of game using drones equipped with things like heat sensors and a variety of other gadgets doesn't fly in a state like South Dakota.
Hunters make the argument that using drone technology can help prevent the needless suffering of animals who were just wounded during a hunt. It allows the hunter to find the prey much faster, therefore putting them out of their misery.
The use of drones is permitted in many states when it comes to fishing, however, in terms of hunting, drone usage does not fly in the great majority of states in the country.
You should know that only three states in the nation allow hunters to use drones in the actual pursuit of game, those three states are Kentucky, Maryland, and Delaware.
Many states also have a specific set of rules for state wildlife areas as well.
According to an article in BowHunting.com, there is a handful of states, four to be exact that will allow hunters to use drone technology to aid them in the recovery of deer after it's been shot. Those states include Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Missouri.
Bottom line, it's best to familiarize yourself with your state's particular hunting laws before you attempt to employ all the different forms of techno gadgets that are available these days.
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