I know that the word drone on a hunting forum can be a touchy subject. Instead of just saying "a buddy and I were having a hypothetical discussion...." I will simply be explicitly clear that I have not done any hunting this year. When I do make it out, I leave the drone at home. I would never use a drone to hunt. This is purely a case of wondering if anyone knows the answer because it came up in discussion.
Most of us know that you cannot use a drone for hunting.
We were trying to determine if you could use a drone to recover an animal. You are not allowed to use dogs to hunt bears in Alaska, but you may bring out a blood-tracking dog in an attempt to locate a bear you have shot.