New-Hampshire-state-flagNew Hampshire drone flying law includes SB 222 which extends the prohibition on harassment of any individual in the lawful activity of hunting, fishing or trapping and adds the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to the activities prohibited. The bill was a request from the fish and game department.

For more information about drone flying laws in New Hampshire visit the New Hampshire General Court and search for drone and unmanned aerial.

Do not forget to always abide by the FAA regulations  no matter where you fly.

Do:

  • Fly your Drone below 400 FT
  • Fly with local clubs
  • Inspect your aircraft before you fly
  • Take a lesson before you fly

Don’t

  • Don’t fly your drone beyond line of sight
  • Don’t fly near airports or any manned aircraft
  • Don’t fly near people or stadiums
  • Don’t be careless or reckless, you could be fined if you endanger people or other aircraft
  • Don’t fly anything that weighs more than 55lbs.
  • Don’t fly for payment or commercial purposes unless specifically authorized by the FAA

 

The text of New Hampshire SB 222 is below.

Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.] Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

I. No person shall purposely obstruct or impede the participation of any individual in the lawful activity of hunting, fishing or trapping [while that individual is in a designated hunting area on public lands]. No person shall [enter or remain in a designated hunting area on any state lands with the intent to] purposely obstruct or impede the participation of any individual in the lawful activity of hunting, fishing or trapping. No person shall purposely obstruct or impede the participation of any individual in the lawful activity of hunting, fishing or trapping. No person shall purposely engage in an activity that will tend to disturb wild animals, with intent to prevent their lawful taking. No person shall use a drone or UAV with the intent to conduct video surveillance of private citizens who are lawfully hunting, fishing, or trapping without obtaining the written consent of the persons being surveilled prior to conducting the surveillance.

I-a. For purposes of this section, “unmanned aerial vehicle” or “UAV” means any device capable of flying in the air which is remotely, automatically, or otherwise piloted without an occupant, including but not limited to, drones.

II. The provisions of paragraph I shall not apply to the actions of law enforcement officers and personnel of the department of fish and game in the performance of their official duties. The provisions of paragraph I shall not apply to any incidental interference arising from the lawful and normal activities of public land users.

III. The executive director shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, to administer this section [and to establish designated hunting areas on public lands, if he finds that a significant interference with or disruption of a hunt is likely to occur on those lands].

IV. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a violation.

38:2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect January 1, 2016.

Approved: May 7, 2015

Effective Date: January 1, 2016