There are 2 Oregon drone flying laws relating to the regulation of drones by the State Fish and Wildlife Commission:
HB 2534 requires the development of rules prohibiting the use of UAS for angling, hunting, trapping, or interfering with a person who is lawfully angling, trapping, or hunting. The purpose of the law is to preserve the sporting ethic of fair chase hunting as it relates to the use of drones in the pursuit of wildlife.
HB 2354 changes the term “drone” to “unmanned aircraft system” in statute.
I have only included the text from HB 2534 below. If you have any questions about current Oregon laws pertaining to flying your drone visit Oregon State Legislature and search for drone and unmanned aircraft system.
Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:
SECTION 1. (1) The State Fish and Wildlife Commission shall adopt rules prohibiting the use of drones for the following purposes related to the pursuit of wildlife:
- Aiding angling, hunting or trapping through the use of drones to harass, track, locate or scout wildlife; and
- Interfering in the acts of a person who is lawfully angling, hunting or trapping.
(2) Rules adopted to carry out the prohibitions provided for in this section may include exemptions for:
(a) Subject to ORS 837.360 and 837.365, the State Department of Fish and Wildlife and the department’s agents and contractors for the use of drones in carrying out the duties of the department; or
(b) The use of drones in a manner otherwise prohibited under this section if the purpose of the use is to benefit wildlife management or habitat or for the protection of property.
(3) Nothing in this section is meant to limit the use of drones by a person who is lawfully engaging in activities authorized under the commercial fishing laws.
(4) As used in this section, “drone” means:
(a) An unmanned flying machine;
(b) An unmanned water-based vehicle; or
(c) Any other vehicle that is able to operate in the air, in or under the water or on land, either remotely or autonomously, and without a human occupant.
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