- Don McCullough, CC by 2.0
A measure to outlaw the use of drones to assist hunters passed through the Idaho Senate Monday morning and, after already passing the Idaho House, now heads to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter for his signature.
The bill amends an Idaho law that already bans hunting from motorized vehicles, helicopters or other aircraft.
"A lot of changes have taken place in the hunting world since I was a boy," said 75-year-old Rep. Linden Bateman (R- Idaho Falls). "When I was young, you either walked or rode a horse to get your game. With all of the new special equipment, we've lost the spirit of the chase, the spirit of sportsmanship."
Bateman didn't provide any examples of drones being used to assist hunters in Idaho, but pointed to robust sales of recreational unmanned aircraft.
"All this bill says is that you can't use drones to hunt wildlife," he said.
With that, Senate Bill 1213 passed 68-1 with only Rep. Kathleen Sims (R-Coeur d'Alene) voting against the bill. The measure passed unanimously in the Senate.