I try not to get political on this site because it’s about entertainment and the outdoors. But I gotta tell you, it’s going to take something special to drone out the laughter on this one. Forget dove, duck and deer season….
Here’s the story: Hunters out west are lining up for a hot new license: $25 to shoot down a government drone over the village of Deer Trail, Colorado. Supporters do acknowledge the licenses would be only symbolic, and a town election authorizing them is more than a month away. Still, about 1,000 people have already applied for one.
The scheme is part protest against government domestic surveillance and part promotion to get Deer Trail some attention. It’s working, at least on the second point. As you would expect, the federal government doesn’t think it’s too funny – really? — and the FAA has warned it is illegal to destroy government property and that a wounded, unmanned drone that gets shot might crash out of the sky and land on people – really, again? The novelty license promises a $100 reward to “hunters” who bag an unmanned aircraft ‘known to be owned or operated by the United States federal government.’
One Mr. Phil Steel, who proposed the licenses, is selling novelty versions. Officials say he gives part of the income to the town. “We do not want drones in town,” said Steel. “They fly in town, they get shot down.”
I would write some more, but I have to go outside and see what that constant buzz is outside my house. Something keeps flying back and forth over the neighborhood. Curious thing, too. I lost my internet connection TWICE trying to enter this post…??? Oh, by the way. I’ve looked on the internet, and so far have not found any recipes for drone, but I’m thinking they would be tough and taste a little bitter. So I’m holding off on ordering a license. That should make my uncle, Big Sam, happy.