DEER TRAIL, Colo. — After months of back-and-forth in the judiciary system, Deer Trail will finally get a chance to vote on drone hunting — in just over three months time.
According to mayor Frank Fields, a judge ruled on Wednesday that the town’s controversial measure can proceed to a vote. Fields said the general elections ballots on the proposal are scheduled to be cast on April 1, 2014, April Fool’s Day. The polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The vote had been tentatively scheduled for three other dates in August, October and December before Wednesday’s ruling.
Fields has been candid about the drone hunting proposal, saying he knows the idea seems crazy to some of his constituents. But he hopes by charging $25 for a permit, he’ll be able to bring his town some of the money it desperately needs.
“Let this town make a little money, otherwise it’s going to sit here and die,” he said.
The proposal is not centered on a conspiracy theory that the government is spying on Deer Trail residents. Fields says he doesn’t believe drones are flying above his town at the moment. Instead he envisions a festival where people would pay for the right to partake in this 21st-century hunting.
Not everyone in town is on board. Many Deer Trail residents have said the idea is making the farming community with less than 350 registered voters look like a national joke.
“If this was such a great idea, why haven’t you heard of any other little town across the United States saying this is a great idea, let’s do it?” one resident asked.