Airborne Hunting Law and Legal Definition

Airborne hunting refers to harassing, capturing or killing birds, fish and other animals from aircraft, with certain limited exceptions. The Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 prohibits and regulates airborne hunting in the U.S.

Pursuant to 50 CFR 19.2, the regulations apply to all persons within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S., to all U.S., citizens whether within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S., or on the high seas or on board aircraft in flight over the high seas, and to all persons on board aircraft belonging in whole or in part to any U.S., citizen, firm, or partnership, or corporation created by or under the laws of the United States, or any State, territory or possession thereof.

However, federal employees, authorized agents, or persons acting under a license or permit, who are authorized to administer or protect land, water, wildlife, livestock, domesticated animals, human life or crops are not prohibited from airborne hunting. Each person authorized under a license or permit must report to the issuing authority on the number and type of animals taken.