§4715. Remote-control hunting

Link to law: http://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/10/113/04715
Published: 2015

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4715. Remote-control hunting

(a) As used in

this section:


"Captive animal" includes an animal which has been brought into and

kept in captivity for the purpose of taking it, and any increase of such



"Remote-control hunting" means the use of a computer, any device

which uses the Internet, or any other technology to control remotely the aiming

and discharge of any device such as a firearm, bow, or spear to take a wild

animal or captive animal.

(b) Except as

provided in subsection (e) of this section, no person shall take a wild animal

or captive animal using a remote-control hunting device. This subsection shall

apply to any person who is in Vermont while using a remote-control hunting

device regardless of the location of the animal taken.

(c) No person

shall establish or operate a remote-control hunting site in Vermont.

(d) No person

shall import, export, or possess a wild animal or captive animal, or part

thereof, taken by a remote-control hunting device, except that a person

operating under a permit pursuant to subsection (e) of this section may possess

an animal carcass, or part thereof, taken by that person using a remote-control

hunting device.

(e) A person who

is physically disabled to the degree that he or she cannot operate a device

allowed for taking of game under Vermont law may obtain a permit to take game

in Vermont with a device which is in the immediate vicinity of the permittee

and which the permittee operates using remote-control technology other than the

Internet. A person applying for this permit shall personally appear before the

Commissioner or the Commissioner's designee and submit certification from a

licensed physician describing the person's limitations. The Commissioner may

obtain a second medical opinion to verify the disability. Upon satisfactory

proof of the disability, the Commissioner may issue a permit describing the

device and method the person may use to take game. The Commissioner shall

require that the permittee be accompanied while hunting by a person who is

licensed to hunt in Vermont unless the permittee can demonstrate that he or she

is able to track injured game and to retrieve and care for a carcass. If the

permit is not intended to be a permanent permit, it shall state the date on

which the permit expires. The permit shall be attached to the hunting license,

and the holder shall carry it at all times while hunting and produce it on

demand for inspection by any fish and wildlife warden or other law enforcement

officer. (Added 2005, No. 47, § 1, eff. June 7, 2005; amended 2013, No. 96

(Adj. Sess.), § 39.)