CO Ordinance Offers Bounty for Shooting Down Drones


It was bound to happen at some point. The recent loosening of FAA restrictions regarding the overflight of drones in U.S. airspace to spy on U.S. citizens combined with Edward Snowden’s disclosure of the NSA domestic spy program has started to galvanize citizens to action. Ironically enough, now comes this story out of Colorado, of all places. Phillip Steele, a resident of Deer Trail Colorado has submitted a proposed ordinance that would reward successful drone hunters with a bounty if they managed to shoot down a drone . . .

“Steele has submitted an ordinance to his town’s board of trustees that would create America’s most unusual hunting license: It would permit hunting drones and confer a bounty for every one brought down. Only 12-gauge shotguns could be used as weapons, so the drones would have a sporting chance.”

Of course, shooting anything out of the sky violates a number of Federal Laws, but Steele doesn’t seem to care. He sees this as an opportunity to stand up to an ever-increasing surveillance society.

The vote is next Tuesday, August 6. After that, it may be time to break out the drone loads…



  1. avatar Gtfoxy says:


    Great idea!

    I don’t think they fly low enough to “drake ’em”.

    1. avatar Chaz says:

      Much mischief potential, however, from the little electric quadra-copter type drones.

    2. avatar APBTFan says:

      Your buddy’s mother happily make less on top of me.

  2. avatar Jay also in Florida says:

    Given the opportunity.
    I might??????????
    Anyone got a spare Browning 50BMG???

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      I think the Preds are strictly a surface-to-air missile job. Smoke ’em if ya got ’em!!!

  3. avatar eric says:

    Can I get some drone loads even if it doesn’t pass?

  4. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    I don’t think the ordinance will accomplish anything much less withstand judicial scrutiny.

    On a totally different train of thought, I was thinking how Canada geese flying at extremely high altitudes have inadvertently caused all sorts of aircraft to crash. It would be a dog gone shame if drones regularly collided with geese or other birds causing the drones to crash. What is the maximum ceiling on those drones?

  5. avatar jirdesteva says:

    Where’s Elmer Fudd when you need him?

    1. avatar William Burke says:


      I killed a DWONE… I killed a DWONE….

  6. avatar ensitue says:

    Good thing Obama Care will be available to tend to the wounded

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      Only if they’re under sixty.

  7. avatar Steve says:

    This is just now being reported by TTAG? And quoting a liberal rag at that?

    1. avatar Pariah76 says:

      Gotta know what the opposition is saying, that way you know what you’re up against.

    2. avatar William Burke says:

      Far better you know nothing, Steve. Don’t ever change, baby.

      1. avatar Steve says:

        My point was this was on national news weeks ago.

        1. avatar Jfern says:

          Actually I think this was in a daily digest quite a while ago.

  8. avatar Ardent says:

    If limited to 12ga shotguns does one use an extra long barrel with tight choke and something like turkey shot or go the other way and use sabot slugs in a rifled barrel for drones?

    I’m thinking a custom drone load might be in order. . . something along the lines of a incendiary light weight sabot slug with a sprinkle of light shot or something similar.

    I managed to find these:
    And it seems Remington also makes a drone load.

    Anyone else got an idea for a drone load?

    1. avatar CA.Ben says:

      That ammo was an april fool’s joke.

    2. avatar jsallison says:

      40mm HE with proximity fuze. Now what gauge would that be?

      1. avatar Rambeast says:

        Just gotta find this guy. =)

  9. avatar Lewie Paine says:

    The feds are flying high but the yuppies have small personals that are peeping into peoples’ backyards.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Yuppies have “small personals?” I think you mean “small privates.”

  10. avatar Paul53 says:

    Is there a specific season? Would love to have one of them mounted on my wall!

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      If you down ’em, I will make the mount for you! HALF PRICE.

  11. avatar sagebrushracer says:

    Dead Coyote would be a good start point for dead drones, heavy, large shot, and people killing pigs and coyotes at 75+ yards with thier shotguns.

  12. avatar ChuckN says:

    Will there be seasons or open year round?
    And would you need a migratory stamp?

  13. avatar DaveL says:

    As an amateur beekeeper, I have to say, please leave my drones alone. They’re just trying to get laid, and they get enough hassle living with their mom and 40,000 spinster sisters.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Where can you buy amateur bees?

  14. avatar HAVE GUN says:

    How much is that license to shoot at something you will never see at Deer Trail?

    A fool and his money, , ,

  15. avatar S.CROCK says:

    please tell me that the “anti drone” 12ga loads pictured in the article are a joke!

  16. avatar JDub says:

    How about neodymium magnets instead of depleted uranium? Sure just as hard to find since the CPSC banned BuckyBalls, but less radiation to deal with…

  17. avatar Ropingdown says:

    Oh, hell. Now no Hollywood actress is going to hire a PI unless he can offer 24/7 drone surveillance on her man. There’ll be drone hulks all over Mulholland drive. Aspiring actresses will be skinny dipping just for the publicity when the drone videos hit YouTube. Well, OK, stop shooting already. Let’s see how this plays out first.

    1. avatar Point To Ponder says:

      Since you brought up Hollywood, whats going to happen when one of those drones take pictures they are trying to keep the Paparazzi? Will they raise he11 with Washington, DC and cry like they normally do?

  18. avatar Lance says:

    America fights back LOL love it.

  19. avatar jwm says:

    When you step up to claim your bounty the feds know who killed their drone. Remember, Shoot, Shovel, Shut up.

    1. avatar C says:

      Just like killin’ a bald eagle!

  20. avatar Kirk says:

    Uh-huh. It’s quaint that they passed this law to shoot down drones that are 1998 technology.

    The new drone: You won’t see it:

  21. avatar Jeh says:

    Dragons Breath slugs. Sounds fun.

  22. avatar Todd S says:

    I love the depleted uranium buckshot. Take that, Sierra Club!

  23. avatar APBTFan says:

    All the more reason for every patriot to enjoy a piece of history in their backyard….something like a 20mm Hispano or Oerlikon.

  24. avatar Bob Damon says:

    They should pass the ordinance, then sell licenses, have a little fun, make a little money. This could be bigger than zombies! Who wouldn’t want a Mossberg Drone Predator or a Benelli Super Raptor.

  25. avatar BDub says:

    “Of course, shooting anything out of the sky violates a number of Federal Laws, but Steele doesn’t seem to care.”

    If violates a few Laws of Physics as well.

  26. avatar sightpicture says:

    It all sounds funny but have any of you even seen a drone? I have seen 2 now. One landing in the middle of BFE Pa. That was a full size rear pusher plane variant. The other was in a small town, quadracopter type. It all becomes very real when you start seeing them in the wild..
    Unnerving actually

  27. avatar Andy says:

    What about all of those .50 Cals from Jersey?They could be put into good use for this.I can’t wait to see the story on the MSM when someone actually shoots one down!Also can’t wait to see the politicians in DC crapping in their pants when it happens.Be prepared and ready.Keep your powder dry.

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