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Drone Hunters Hit By Crushing Defeat In Colorado Town Vote

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The Denver Post reported that 73 percent of those who voted rejected a proposal that would have allowed the town to issue drone-hunting permits and pay a bounty to anyone who could produce "either the nose or tail" of a drone. The town has 348 registered voters, of which 181 cast a ballot, according to the Post.

The measure was originally proposed last summer. In reaction to the Deer Trail proposal, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a warning that anyone who fired at a drone could be prosecuted or fined.

Phillip Steel, the Deer Trail resident who drew up the drone-hunting measure, has said the proposal was largely symbolic and intended to make a statement against the use of drones for surveillance.

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