It should be frowned on by everyone because IMHO it's not a very ethical thing to do since its an unfair advantage to the game and other hunters, especially if it's done during a hunting season. I don't believe there is any difference in the air space restrictions other than not being able to land in a wilderness area. There also may be other public lands that don't have a bonafide legal airstrip where it would also be illegal.
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Minimum altitude over BLM is 2000 ft, although some landing is permitted.
7-4-6. Flights Over Charted U.S. Wildlife Refuges, Parks, and Forest Service
a. The landing of aircraft is prohibited on lands or waters administered by
the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or U.S. Forest
Service without authorization from the respective agency. Exceptions include:
1. When forced to land due to an emergency beyond the control of the operator;
2. At officially designated landing sites; or
3. An approved official business of the Federal Government.
b. Pilots are requested to maintain a minimum altitude of 2,000 feet above the
surface of the following: National Parks, Monuments, Seashores, Lakeshores,
Recreation Areas and Scenic Riverways administered by the National Park
Service, National Wildlife Refuges, Big Game Refuges, Game Ranges and Wildlife
Ranges administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Wilderness and
Primitive areas administered by the U.S. Forest Service.
FAA Advisory Circular AC 91-36, Visual Flight Rules (VFR) Flight Near
Noise-Sensitive Areas, defines the surface of a national park area (including
parks, forests, primitive areas, wilderness areas, recreational areas,
national seashores, national monuments, national lakeshores, and national
wildlife refuge and range areas) as: the highest terrain within 2,000 feet
laterally of the route of flight, or the upper-most rim of a canyon or valley.
c. Federal statutes prohibit certain types of flight activity and/or provide
altitude restrictions over designated U.S. Wildlife Refuges, Parks, and Forest
Service Areas. These designated areas, for example: Boundary Waters Canoe
Wilderness Areas, Minnesota; Haleakala National Park, Hawaii; Yosemite
National Park, California; and Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, are
charted on Sectional Charts.
d. Federal regulations also prohibit airdrops by parachute or other means of
persons, cargo, or objects from aircraft on lands administered by the three
agencies without authorization from the respective agency. Exceptions include:
1. Emergencies involving the safety of human life; or
2. Threat of serious property loss.
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I flew as a student for about 50 hours and, as I remember the rules, the minimum safe altitude in uncongested areas it is 500' AGL. I do know that there is some languge about national parks, wildlife refuge, etc. that may add 500 more feet to this rule? any pilots out there?
"Use of Aircraft to Spot or Locate Wildlife
No person shall use any aircraft to aid in the taking of any Wyoming wildlife, except predatory animals, whether by spotting or locating the wildlife, communicating with any person attempting to take the wildlife, or by providing other aid to any person taking the wildlife within twenty-four (24) hours of being airborne. This shall not apply to commercial, commuter or other aircraft used for the sole purpose of passenger transport."
...From Game and Fish website
Scouting is obviously legal...A definite number of the "Big" bucks from region G area taken by outfitters are spotted in the air during summer..One outfitter, in particular, has a heck of reputation for monster bucks, but he also spends countless hours airborne in August. . To each their own.
As far as flying for scouting, if I had a plane I would do it as much as I could.
I suppose if it is an unfair advantage, then I guess so is satellite imagery? Game cameras? GPS? headlamps?
I guess what I mean is we all have to draw the line somewhere, and I think a reasonable line is you can't hunt the same day you fly, and you can't use someone flying to birddog game for you. That is how it is in Montana, and it seems reasonable to me. There are landlocked sections of public in MT that can only be accessed by air. I think it is makes sense to access it that way too.