In response to new fishing technology, Montana fish and wildlife commissioners want to prohibit the use of unmanned aerial vehicles and remote-controlled boats to target fish and to bait.
Phil Kilbreath performance Department, pan said his division began to receive questions about the legality of using drones and remote controlled boats to fish in Montana.
State regulation to impose fines for the use of drones for tracking animals during the hunt, but do not determine whether the rules apply to fishing.
At the Commission meeting fish and wildlife are held through Thursday zoom, Kilbreath is a video of the sky rigger, new unmanned accessory, developed by an Australian company ulcer the sea.
The sky rigger is investing in a drone that holds the fishing line that allows operators to “safely fly the bait or lure, and silence the target fish from the top”, according to the website the ulcer sea. When a fish strikes, the attachment automatically releases the line and the angler can pull the fish out of the water.
Videos of people fishing with the help of this attachment and such attachment has circulated around the Internet.
Department of law enforcement in the fwp has received reports of anglers using remote-controlled boats for the transportation of lures and Bait in the zone of closure of Libby dam. In other States, mini boats are typically used to access fishing areas, said Kilbreath.
A remote controlled boat is now specially designed to help anglers spot fish and transport of bait or lure in the right places. Operators can attach them to the boats, which often are rigged to shoot fish under water. Some boats can even catch fish without the angler to control the rod or line.
Said Kilbreath Montana law bars individuals with a gun, trap or other devices to entrap, to catch, or to fish. If drones and remote-controlled boats are considered “other devices”, – pans-appear has the legal authority to regulate them, he said.
With drones and remote-controlled boats allow people to move their fishing gear in places where they otherwise could not achieve, many might claim that they are “other devices” and should be regulated, according to Kilbreath.
However, others might argue, drones and remote controlled boats as the downriggers and planer boards, which are legitimate, in that all allow anglers to fish areas that they otherwise could not fish, said Kilbreath. The downriggers and planer boards is used to control the depth of the lure or bait, depending on the preference of the angler, allowing anglers to fish at great depths.
Kilbreath said he thinks it would be difficult to argue that such devices are illegal for fishing, and the operators, ultimately, to control them and decide.
Commissioners at the meeting generally supported the ban on UAVs and remotely-controlled boats used for fish.
“We can compare this with a downrigger or Board a plane, but is, in fact, the technology of ancient people using… for hundreds of years,” said Shane Colton, fish and the Chairman of the Commission of wildlife. “It’s very detached to catch fish.”
“If we do not have enough regulations or rules of the Commission, I think we should take,” said Richard Stuker, Commissioner.
Tim Aldrich, another Commissioner, said he supports the addition of new rules, and he doesn’t want to allow it to become “run of the mill technology for so-called fishing”.
The law prohibits drones from flying near wildfires in national parks. They also can’t work in state parks without a permit.
Commissioners asked Pany to proceed with the development of proposals for new legislation that prohibits the use of drones or remote controlled boats for fish.