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…

I imagine this is an NRA-approved piece of legislation.

  1. Michi-GUN-nuts says:

    aaawwwe…I wanted to hunt deer and bear and ducks and squirrels and stuff with a drone….darn it!

  2. Mr Diesel says:

    If you are forced to use a shotgun it will have to be way under a 1,000 feet.

    I like the idea though.

    • spsffan says:

      Agreed. Something more like a .30-06 or a .308 would seem more appropriate.

      I’m not sure a that bird shot would do much to a drone.

      • msbpodcast says:

        A .50 cal shell would have the range, and the accuracy. It would be just like skeet shooting, from half a kilometer away.

        That would take some serious skills.

        But, on first reading, I thought that they would sell licenses to blow Bambi‘s white-tailed ass to hell and gone from the comfort of my armchair, bringing new meaning to arm-a-geddon. (There’s got to be an app for that. ;-)).

        Now that would get me a lot more excited.

  3. Mr Diesel - If I had a President he would look like Ronald Reagan. says:

    How do you mount a drone?

    Vewee vewee carefuwee.

  4. mojo says:

    RC models with an explosive charge aboard. And some nice shrapnel.

  5. Ted says:

    I’m surprised this didn’t start in Texas by some crackpot ex-MTV VJ… 🙂

  6. Ted says:

    I’m surprised this didn’t start in Texas by some crackpot ex-MTV VJ… 🙂

  7. Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

    Never happen, the liability would be through the roof, not only from falling bullets…drones would kill and destroy when they crash.

    I’m afraid we have entered the twilight zone of hyper surveillance and only criminals need worry… until will all do after the coup.

    Obama would look cool in a military uniform…perhaps Commandant of Americorp, thousands of whom will complement the Surveillance Quintus: Drones+Police+Digital Internet+Phone wireless and land line; Americorp Brown shirt community organizer

    • Gwad his own self says:


      Falling bullets never hurt anybody.

      A bullet shot straight up into the air will eventually have ZERO kinetic energy and fall back to earth at its natural terminal velocity, that is the same as if you dropped it out of a stationary hot air balloon. A 20mm shell or 50cal would possibly give you a headache, or a bloody gash, but you’re not going to die or even have to go to the hospital for it.

      Stray bullets that have been fired at more oblique angles leaving them with a horizontal component to their kinetic energy vector are an entirely different thing.

      • Cap'n Kangaroo says:

        they only have ZERO kinetic energy at that instance where they stop traveling straight up. the kinetic energy then increases until it reaches a constant value directly related to the square of the terminal velocity.

      • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

        Clearly you never heard what orbital javelin rail guns can do to a hardened bunker.

  8. ECA says:

    Few things to note, for those that dont get it..

    1. WHOSE drones..there are many types of drones.
    2. the medium to large drones fly around 5000 feet.. shot gun at 1 mile up?? you arnt going to hit much.
    2a..Got a shot gun to shoot that high? I HOPE you dont have it on your shoulder. FLAK SHOTS??(explosive altitude shots?)($10 per shot?)
    3. Drones are have to be able to hit something that will FALL off, or bring down the drone? I suggest a 30mm Anti-aircraft cannon.

    • Tim says:

      Good points, those. The measure is certainly only symbolic but it does note “below 1000 ft” which is going to exclude the ones like in the picture above.

      High-powered rifles are a big “please don’t do that” as well — while their fall will be limited to some terminal velocity below 120 mph their forward momentum will still be hundereds of miles an hour and can penetrate masonery and wood for more than a couple miles off. — The measure specifies 12 ga. or smaller.

      What this would target are the smaller quad-coptor type little spyers that, I believe, are limited to below 400 ft and within the line of site of the operator. Anything above and it’s an aviation hazard to be removed in any case. The bad thing is most of those drones are going to belong to individuals for all kinds of purposes that provide a legitimate service to society — like monitoring the grow for deer damage or interlopers. Antelope. Thats a tinny kind of word…

      A sort of entangling ‘flak’ is exactly what I envision — perhaps a volley of bottle rockets launched from a potato cannon with all of them trailing those little rolls of waxy dental floss.

      One can’t get too fancy with it, the bounty is only one benjamin and that’s if you can bring’em the parts.

  9. Kenny, Kyle and the gang says:

    Typical journalists. Didn’t get ALL the facts – AGAIN! Couldn’t even repeat the LOCAL reporters story correctly.

    FYI: The ordinates states, “The Town of Deer Trail shall issue a reward of $100 to any shooter who presents a valid hunting license and the following identifiable parts of an unmanned aerial vehicle whose markings and configuration are consistent with those used on any similar craft known to be owned or operated by the United States federal government.”

    Want to know more? Here’s the link that probably has everyone’s tongue wagging:

    BTW, yes! Most of the residents in Deer Trail are very “Republican” and very pro gun. And for damn good reason too! Not that the dishonorable Governor “Dick-in-pooper” (Hickenlooper) would know anything about it.

    “Dick-In-Pooper” is too busy being lead by the nose with pardons for mass murderers like Nathan Dunlap, killing western slope economies at every opportunity, and limiting ammo clips which can be purchased in any other surrounding state. He’s probably going to make a run for President too! He even LOOKS like the perfect ass puppet — Howdie Doodie!

    • Tim says:

      “…whose markings and configuration are consistent with those used on any similar craft known to be owned or operated by the United States federal government.”

      Yes. I missed that part. Well then, the measure is total rhetoric as the local police ones aren’t going to say federal government nor those of most private citizens. Still, if someone was being pestered with one, it never hurts to shoot it down first and just not collect the bounty if it doesn’t say ‘ we be feds’ .

  10. Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

    Obama is fomenting race riots, and DU blogs on shooting down drones…tch tch tch.

    Obama again proves the Tea Party Dude’s Theorem, whatever is bad for America, Obama will do….especially if he promised to do the opposite.

    • Tim says:

      They wild the fuck out; They don’t wild the fuck out. So long as one follows the word of The Voice of the Last Day Prophet of God then no worries, mate.

      (1.) Throw away the television
      (2.) Get out of debt
      (3.) stop going to the doctors
      (4.) get out of the cities

      Sounds simple enough, hu? But, then again, we’re already in the belly of the beast and it’s ruminanting out the remnant even as we shoot the shit.

  11. AdmFubar says:

    federal law will trump state law in this … just watch

  12. Dallas says:

    Looks like another hairball idea sponsored by the NRA. What’s odd is it’s originating from Colorado instead of the armpit states of Mississippi or Alabama.

  13. noanem says:

    Everyone knows, only a state drone can kill a federal drone, and joe six pack can take out a state drone.

  14. MikeN says:

    You know, I support hunters and the NRA, but I draw the line here. I just can’t support hunting deer with drones.

    • Greg Allen says:

      Why would you support the NRA?
      They have serious blood on their hands.

  15. MikeN says:

    Thus, after taking each individual by turns in its powerful hands and kneading him as it likes, the sovereign extends it arms over society as a whole; it covers its surface with a network of small, complicated, painstaking, uniform rules through which the most original minds and the most vigorous souls cannot clear a way to surpass the crowd; it does not break wills, but it softens them, bends them, and directs them; it rarely forces one to act, but it constantly opposes itself to one’s acting; it does not destroy, it prevents things from being born; it does not tyrannize, it hinders, compromises, enervates, extinguishes, dazes, and finally reduces each nation to being nothing more than a herd of timid and industrious animals of which the government is the shepherd.

  16. Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

    The town is foolish to enact such a law, the satire is lost on 45% of our nation’s progressively educated populace, the other the balance were either home schooled or from a by gone era when schools taught other things besides marxist religion and theory…or the approximate 10% who believe they are from another planet.

    • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

      These 10% show up in every poll, as “don’t know” regardless the issue being polled. Example:

      Is the earth a spheroid?

      45% that’s a captilist repuke lie.
      45% Yes
      10% Don’t know.

      Then there is Dallas.

      • Dallas says:

        I’m a progressive, extremely well educated and immensely informed and unlike you, don’t pay attention to writings about a talking snake written by some 2,000 year ago desert nomad clearly dying of thirst.

        • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

          Progressive? Evidently you suppose that something new. Authoritarianism, statist tyranny enslaving people to grow government is quite old:

          3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar.
          4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
          (Gen 11:3-4 NKJ)

          Forced uniformity built a government edifice whose top was in the heavens lording it over everyone else.

          Like Obama and crew partying everynight, spending millions to travel the globe, Michele buying $4,000 handbags like Imelda Marcos shoes….while the country they rule continues its downward slide into collapse…

          Taking only a little time off vacation, to stoke the fires of racial unrest…

          • Tim says:

            Don’t be humiliated like a Building 7 with everyone watching — Buy Keep-It-Up(tm) medicated stiffy insurance today!

          • Dallas says:

            I demand that my First Lady dress appropriate and smart as her title demands and travel abundantly.

            You and your ilk (that word is growing on me) want women to live in the shadows, baking cookies and vagina under close supervision.

          • Tim says:

            I demand dirty ol’ ilky queens get off my lawn and make me a sandwich — But, then again, I never did have much pull.

          • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

            The wasteful use of taxpayer money doesn’t upset you, cause you’re not a taxpayer.

            Why not give her your money to blow, being you want her classy.

            And my title is Major Vagina Supervisor, thank you.

      • Tim says:

        That’s a tricky question. Is Earth a spheroid? Because some hack way back when made up a term for it, ‘geoid’, which means ‘earth-shaped’.

        • msbpodcast says:

          The earth currently is an oblate spheroid. (Sort of pear-shaped. [Mind you, the shape is a sphere for most degrees of precision. 🙂 ])

          The position of Antarctica shifts the shape of the earth into that shape and influences the sea level more consistently than the tides.

          When the plate tectonics shifts the position of Antarctica and moves it to some other position, like in the next Gondwanaland, the earth will assume some other shape as it goes around the sun.

          This is known as “Shit happens“…

          • Tim says:

            Yes. ‘shit happens’ and then you absolve everyone else by blaming it on global warming {whilst pocketing a nice chunk of fiat $$ in the geologic-timescale transaction}

          • A hack says:

            Fucking quaternary expansion approximations everywhere you damn go! It’s a fractal!

  17. Uncle Patso says:

    Better keep your Cessnas and such away from Deer Trail, Colorado for a while, and don’t even think about hang gliding anywhere near there!

  18. Rich says:

    I’m no expert on firearms, but were I to take a shot at a drone, I’d use a .22 rifle and aim to hit a sensor, or a thruster, or a control surface in such a way as to take it down, not blow it up as in a video game.

    BTW I’ve found the state to move to when I finally tell Ohio to f&#$ off. Did you know they are going to R&D drones right near where I live?

  19. Greg Allen says:

    I would LOVE to build a drone.

    I’m a ham radio operator but it’s not much fun, anymore, now that all the gear comes pre-built from Asia.

    But a drone would be cool to build and fly.


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