Boone and Crockett Club Says Drone Hunts Ineligible for Records

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA — The Boone and Crockett Club says any game scouted or taken with the help of drones or other unmanned aerial vehicles is ineligible for entry into its records program.

“Boone and Crockett likes to, as much as possible, set the standard for fair chase,” said

Richard Hale is the chairman of the Missoula-based club’s big game records committee.

Hale tells the Missoulian that Boone and Crockett likes to set the standard for fair chase as much as possible.

The club defines fair chase as the ethical, sportsmanlike and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild, native North American big game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper advantage over such animals.

Hale noted several states have banned the use of drone-aided hunting.

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