New Mexico passed SM91 entitled Study Wildlife Protection from Drones (text is below) to protect wildlife from drones used for hunting and fishing. Below is the text from the bill.
For further research visit New Mexico Legislature and search for unmanned aerial and drone in the search bar.
Do not forget to always abide by the FAA regulations no matter where you fly.
- Fly your Drone below 400 FT
- Fly with local clubs
- Inspect your aircraft before you fly
- Take a lesson before you fly
- 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 carless 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
WHEREAS, prohibiting the use of drones for hunting and fishing protects the “fair chase” principle of hunting and helps keep alive the tradition of ethical hunting in New Mexico; and
WHEREAS, the state game commission recently passed a rule protecting game mammals, game birds, game fish, fur-bearing animals and endangered species from drones used for hunting, fishing and other activities; and
WHEREAS, protecting wildlife from drones helps keep New Mexico’s wildlife populations safe, stable and healthy; and
WHEREAS, other state agencies with wildlife responsibilities include the state parks division of the energy, minerals and natural resources department and the state land office;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that all state entities with wildlife responsibilities be encouraged to stay aware of changing technologies, including drones, that may affect wildlife; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the state parks division of the energy, minerals and natural resources department be requested to recommend methods for the protection of wildlife from drones;