This Is Real

I was skeptical at first, but this does appear to be a real story.

(Reuters) – 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.” [...]

“Yes, it is tongue-in-cheek, but I’m going to vote for it,” said Dorothy Pisel, one of the town’s trustees. “It could benefit the town with all the publicity.”

If by “publicity” you mean make you look like morons, yes.

Under the proposal, residents would be paid $100 if they produce the tail or nose of a drone to local authorities. But unmanned drones used by the government fly tens of thousands of feet in the air. You’re not going to shoot it down with a shotgun. And even if you did, you would probably be charged with the destruction of government property, among other things.

And what if said drone was being flown over your shitkicker town in Colorado to monitor wildfires? Would you shoot that down, too?

Even if this proposal is intended to be symbolic, it’s a symbol of stupidity.

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  • D_C_Wilson

    Sadly, I expect this town will make a mint off that $25 license fee.

    Maybe next they can issue licenses to hunt airborne sharks.

    • Christopher Foxx
      • D_C_Wilson

        Exactly.

      • LeShan Jones

        A perfect response.

  • Ipecac

    And what happens if some doofus shoots down an Ultralight or a Cessna?

    Idiots.

    • Tony Lavely

      Well, they won’t get the bounty then, will they?
      /snark

    • cleos_mom

      If karma was operating at top speed, the pilot would be another gun nut and start shooting back.

  • Nefercat

    Oh, for fun take a look at the entire text of this moronic ordinance: http://www.deertrailcolorado.com/drones.html

    It is chock full of contradictory provisions and pure stupidity such as (emphasis added):

    iv. In no case, shall a vehicle that is clearly marked or otherwise identified as belonging to a law-enforcement agency be engaged. However, if the latter vehicle contains the characteristics of an unmanned aerial vehicle heretofore mentioned, it may be engaged regardless of its markings.

    c. All unmanned aerial vehicles (hereinafter referred to as “trophies” and parts presented to and accepted by the Town of Deer Trail for purposes of receiving the listed bounties, shall become the property of the Town of Deer Trail.

    Really? Confiscate items that belong to every citizen of the United States and declare it to be the property only of the citizens of Deer Trail?

    I wish they realized how little interest anyone has in them or their crappy little town. They even bore themselves. They haven’t updated their web site since 2011 and the most interesting picture they could come up with to put on their hoe page was a water tower.

  • MrDHalen

    How do they feel about the drones shooting back?

    • LeShan Jones

      They never think that far ahead. If the one being hunted had a weapon and could return fire, the ‘sport’ of hunting would disappear almost overnight.

  • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

    Wait, so let me get this straight….a local legal entity is aiding and abetting its citizens to commit a Federal Felony? Well, that makes sense!

    • D_C_Wilson

      Don’t worry. It is virtually impossible to take down a drown with a shotgun. They fly way to high.

      Of course, some yahoo will probably do some serious property damage or maybe even kill someone in the process. But hey, Free-Dumb!