Rule to Ban Fishing with Drones, Remote-Controlled Boats Advances

Rule to Ban Fishing with Drones, Remote-Controlled Boats Advances

News Type: State Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle
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A rule proposed to prohibit the use of remote-controlled fishing devices on state waters advanced this week at a virtual Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting.

Commissioners during an initial vote Thursday approved collecting public comments on a rule that would ban operating drones or other remote control devices while fishing in Montana.

The rule would specifically target drone attachments and small remote-controlled boats designed to scout out, hook and land fish in places anglers couldn’t otherwise reach. Such devices have become increasingly common in other states, and videos have circulated the internet.