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#6416659 - 08/20/16 01:08 AM Using a drone to scout for hogs....
jtprocaddie Offline
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Just bought a drone with a 2 mile radius and reqistered it online with the FAA to make it legal.

Now the question is are drones allowed to be used to scout for hogs?

I k ow some people hate the idea, but I think it's great to cover large distances quickly looking for those trouble makers!

Anyone know?
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#6416663 - 08/20/16 01:11 AM Re: Using a drone to scout for hogs.... [Re: jtprocaddie]
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I would think hogs would be ok but game animals prob not. Id give my local GW a call to make sure.
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#6416679 - 08/20/16 01:47 AM Re: Using a drone to scout for hogs.... [Re: jtprocaddie]
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Videos coming soon. OVERLORD is great for finding hogs
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#6416699 - 08/20/16 05:30 AM Re: Using a drone to scout for hogs.... [Re: jtprocaddie]
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You can SCOUT anything with a drone...hogs, turkey deer.etc. You cannot arm the drone for the actual harvesting of any animal. There are some ethical or legal practices to be considered like not herding deer, interfering with migratory bird patterns and trespassing on other land.
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#6416727 - 08/20/16 07:06 AM Re: Using a drone to scout for hogs.... [Re: billybob]
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Originally Posted By: billybob
You can SCOUT anything with a drone...hogs, turkey deer.etc. You cannot arm the drone for the actual harvesting of any animal. There are some ethical or legal practices to be considered like not herding deer, interfering with migratory bird patterns and trespassing on other land.
I would check with gw before using to check deer...
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#6416771 - 08/20/16 08:14 AM Re: Using a drone to scout for hogs.... [Re: jtprocaddie]
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If you can wrangle deer with a helicopter; shouldn't be illegal to video hogs with a drone. IMHO

I plan on getting one and using it for that purpose almost exclusively.

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#6417556 - 08/20/16 08:05 PM Re: Using a drone to scout for hogs.... [Re: colt45]
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Originally Posted By: colt45
Originally Posted By: billybob
You can SCOUT anything with a drone...hogs, turkey deer.etc. You cannot arm the drone for the actual harvesting of any animal. There are some ethical or legal practices to be considered like not herding deer, interfering with migratory bird patterns and trespassing on other land.
I would check with gw before using to check deer...

Being proactive with the GW (and neighbors) goes a long way.....give them a quick heads up then get after it.... up

Post up some video once you do it..... cheers
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#6417866 - 08/21/16 05:39 AM Re: Using a drone to scout for hogs.... [Re: jtprocaddie]
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Probably not a bad idea to let your GW know that you are flying a drone on a one time basis. I don't like to bother mine...I know they are busy. The only thing my GW wanted to know is if I am hog hunting at night during deer season...and he said just leave a message on his cell phone. I have a wildlife 1-d-1 and am required to maintain counts of deer. When I had the TPWD biologist out to provide some answers they said a drone is an excellent way to do it. She did say to be careful not to overfly my property lines unless I have permission from the owner. She also said that I can scout with the drone at any time during daylight hours including deer season.
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#6418027 - 08/21/16 09:44 AM Re: Using a drone to scout for hogs.... [Re: jtprocaddie]
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I use mine all the time to check fence lines, erosion, cows, etc. It's good to find hogs and check feeders but honestly its hard to see what you're looking at sometimes and if you get close they're gone. I'm eventually going to rig up a drone with onboard thermal and possibly NV. That would be the deal right there.
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#6418029 - 08/21/16 09:44 AM Re: Using a drone to scout for hogs.... [Re: jtprocaddie]
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What drone did you get? I have a 3DR Robotics Solo
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#6419142 - 08/22/16 12:29 AM Re: Using a drone to scout for hogs.... [Re: MDMORROW]
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Originally Posted By: MDMORROW
What drone did you get? I have a 3DR Robotics Solo


The Phantom 3 4k... Best Buy was having a 50 hour sale that ends on Monday.. 799 and the sale got it for 598.00 - Online only sale but if you mention it in the store they will match it!

Uploading a video now. Will have it shortly.. Took some great video at the lease!

[img]http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/pics/..._44720540890504[/img]


Edited by jtprocaddie (08/22/16 12:29 AM)
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#6419150 - 08/22/16 01:02 AM Re: Using a drone to scout for hogs.... [Re: jtprocaddie]
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#6419905 - 08/22/16 01:54 PM Re: Using a drone to scout for hogs.... [Re: jtprocaddie]
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Pretty neat. I have been wanting a drone. But with my luck it would lose signal and end up in a pine tree or in the middle of a slough. I definitely like the thermal that Hog Rush has.

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#6420314 - 08/22/16 06:57 PM Re: Using a drone to scout for hogs.... [Re: bornforit]
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Originally Posted By: bornforit
Pretty neat. I have been wanting a drone. But with my luck it would lose signal and end up in a pine tree or in the middle of a slough. I definitely like the thermal that Hog Rush has.


This drone goes on GPS signal and is a 3 mile radius. You view it through your phone as you are flying it. It also giv eyou a signal update on how strong it is, gps map of where the drone it, how far it is away from you, how high it is ect. If you lose your place at anytime. press return home and it will fly up to 200 feet then go back to the gps location where it took off, and then return back down and land on its own.
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#6420570 - 08/22/16 09:49 PM Re: Using a drone to scout for hogs.... [Re: jtprocaddie]
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Check out the Bepop2 with sky controller at Fry's for 599 right now. Add any tablet and your good to go. BH Photo also has it at the same price.

You can program it to fly your property at specific heights and viewing angles or fly it manually/fpv for scouting.

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