Kentucky May Ban Cellular Trail Cameras and Drones on Public Land

kentucky may ban trail cameras and drones public land

Kentucky is reportedly considering a public land ban on the use of cellular trail cameras and drones in the state.

According to, the legalities of drones and trail camera use was a significant topic at a recent commission meeting for the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources.

The state is currently mulling over whether cellular trail cameras and drones should be banned on all Wildlife Management Areas and other public lands as well. reports that the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources says that non-cellular trail cameras would still be allowed on public lands in the state. However, these devices would have to be labeled with its owner’s customer identification number.

But, as for the use of drones, the department’s decision would ban all uses of drones on public land, including the search and recovery of big game.

The proposal will reportedly be up for public comment in the days ahead. The ruling would also not apply to Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources and staff involved in research, communications, enforcement, and other management activities.

The use of trail cameras and drones have become increasingly difficult to use in certain U.S. States. In May, PetaPixel reported on how the state of New Hampshire is considering changing its current laws on mount game trail cameras with the “New Hampshire Senate Bill 14.”

Under current New Hampshire law, hunters can enter private property and mount game cameras — camera traps designed to track prey for the purposes of hunting — without permission from the landowner.

If a New Hampshire property owner doesn’t specifically post their property to forbid hunting, hunters can enter the property to place hunting aids, including blinds and game cameras, so long as the hunter doesn’t damage property or trees.

This law has upsets some property owners in the state, as they feel that game cameras represent an invasion of privacy. Senate Bill 14 would require a person to receive written permission from a landowner before mounting a game camera. The law would also require the camera to have the owner’s name and contact information visible on the device.

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