Internet Hunting Law and Legal Definition

Internet Hunting also called Remote-Controlled or Computer-Assisted Hunting combines video shooting games with the power of Internet technology to allow a remote computer user to kill real animals. At the game ranch that the “hunters” see on their monitors, a gun is mounted on a robotic tripod controlled by their computer mouse. Animals are lured within close range with food, at which time the armchair hunter can line up a shot and “fire” at will. Legislation has been passed to ban Internet hunting in many states.

The following is an example of a state statute defining the term:

“computer-assisted remote hunting" means the use of a computer or any other device, equipment, or software to remotely control the aiming and discharge of a firearm, bow and arrow, or any other weapon used to hunt any game bird, game animal, or fur-bearing animal while not in the physical presence of the animal.”[Alaska Stat. § 16.05.797]