West Virginia prohibits the use of Drones for hunting in H. B. 2420 that was introduced on January 27, 2015. I included text from the bill that would apply to prohibition of using thermal cameras and drones for hunting in West Virginia. For further research please visit West Virginia Legislature and search for drone and unmanned aerial vehicle.
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 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
§20-2-5. Unlawful methods of hunting and fishing and other unlawful acts.
(1) Shoot at or to shoot any wild bird or animal unless it is plainly visible to him or her;
(3) Make use of, or take advantage of, any artificial light or any night vision technology, including, but not limited to, image intensification, thermal imaging and active illumination, in hunting, locating, attracting, taking, trapping or killing any wild bird or wild animal, or to attempt to do so, while having in his or her possession or subject to his or her control, or for any person accompanying him or her to have in his or her possession or subject to his or her control, any firearm, whether cased or uncased, bow, arrow, or both, or other implement or device suitable for taking, killing or trapping a wild bird or animal: Provided, That it is lawful to hunt or take coyote, fox, raccoon, opossum or skunk by the use of artificial light or night vision technology subject to the restrictions set forth in this subdivision.
No person is guilty of a violation of this subdivision merely because he or she looks for, looks at, attracts or makes motionless a wild bird or wild animal with or by the use of an artificial light or night vision technology, unless at the time he or she has in his or her possession a firearm, whether cased or uncased, bow, arrow, or both, or other implement or device suitable for taking, killing or trapping a wild bird or wild animal, or unless the artificial light (other than the head lamps of an automobile or other land conveyance) or night vision technology is attached to, a part of or used from within or upon an automobile or other land conveyance.
(4) Hunt for, take, kill, wound or shoot at wild animals or wild birds from an airplane, or other airborne conveyance, an automobile, or other land conveyance, a drone or other unmanned aerial vehicle, or from a motor-driven water conveyance, except as authorized by rules promulgated by the director;