The farming and ranching town of Deer Trail, Colorado, which boasts that it held the world’s first rodeo in 1869, is now considering starting a 21st century tradition – paying bounties to anyone who shoots down an unmanned drone.
Next month, trustees of the town of 600 that lies on the high plains 55 miles east of Denver will debate an ordinance that would allow residents to purchase a $25 hunting license to shoot down “unmanned aerial vehicles.”
Similar to the bounties governments once paid to hunters who killed animals that preyed on livestock, but only after they produced the ears, the town would pay $100 to anyone who can produce the fuselage and tail of a downed drone.
“Either the nose or tail may be damaged, but not both,” the proposal notes.
The measure was crafted by resident Phillip Steel, a 48-year-old Army veteran with a master’s degree in business administration, who acknowledges the whimsical nature of his proposal…
“We don’t want to become a surveillance society,” he told Reuters in a telephone interview.
He said he has not seen any drones, but that “some local ranchers” outside the town limits have seen them.
Under the proposal, hunters could legally shoot down a drone flying under 1,000 feet with a 12-gauge or smaller shotgun.
The town also would be required to establish a drone “recognition program” for shooters to properly identify the targeted aircraft…
The Feds haven’t commented, yet. No doubt the NRA, Republicans and the Tea Party will campaign for the proposal.