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Drones for hunting #5940276 09/22/15 06:49 AM
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I've recently been watching some shows where people have been using small drones to look for old foundations of buildings that had disappeared years ago. I'm wondering if people will start using them to hunt with, such as taking a look over a ridge, into canyons, or in brushy areas. Just kind of wondering if its even feasible. Thoughts?

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I'm sure it's feasible, and I'm sure some folks have done it. I also know they've been outlawed in some places too.

But why? How much more advantage do we need? How satisfying will it be to shoot a buck that you tracked down with a drone?

That's not directed at you copperhead, but in general.

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I see it happening if it hasn't already.


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I remember seeing a video of a guy that was using his drone to spot pigs and then talk his hunters into the location. I also seem to remember that the FAA told him not to do that for some reason.

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Originally Posted By: kry226


But why? How much more advantage do we need? How satisfying will it be to shoot a buck that you tracked down with a drone?


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We bought the Lily drone but I plan on primarily using it for action shots not scouting. I plan on putting the 'tracker' on my dog for some aerial video of her upland hunting and duck retrieves.

https://www.lily.camera/

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I used to hunt in west texas and I would use a sling to throw rocks into the canyons and see if I could scare anything out. I always thought it would be cool to have a helicopter or drone to be more effective. Not sure it would work but would be fun.


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I, personally, would not use one. I like the thought of edging up to a canyon and looking over the edge and seeing deer. We've got so many gadgets that gives us the advantage that we don't need anymore.

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Originally Posted By: brianl
I used to hunt in west texas and I would use a sling to throw rocks into the canyons and see if I could scare anything out. I always thought it would be cool to have a helicopter or drone to be more effective. Not sure it would work but would be fun.


Used to do the same thing.


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They are pretty noisy even when high up

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Originally Posted By: TAFFMASTER
They are pretty noisy even when high up


I believe this would be the limitation. Difficult to make a quiet one with the ends of those prop blades making noise.


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if you go look at YouTube, there are several videos where a drone was flown down close, some very close, to deer, they were kinda mesmerized and didn't seem to spooked or scared of the drone.


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Whole new world of topics, opinions, trolls, new vs old, fenceline monitoring, etc is going to open up. Plus reasons, ie, I'm too old to walk and scout, I'm too rich and important to waste a minute in the field and need to kill and get home/office quickly, do I have the right to shoot down a drone over my feeder or own my lease, etc.... popcorn


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I'm sure it's safer and less expensive than a helicopter survey.

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We use a drone for checking pig traps. We can get to a trap and back that is 1 mile away in about 5 minutes. To drive around fields, through 4 gates, through the brush and back takes about 20 minutes, if the roads are not soggy. To check several traps is even more efficient.


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interesting about checking the pig traps. What kind of drone and camera are you using.


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Here is my maiden voyage. It is short with a bit of adjusting the camera and a rookie near crash into a T-post at the end. The drone is my brother's so I do not know a lot about it.
The controller has an iPad mounted on it for a screen, excellent picture. I can find out more about it. At the 38 second mark you can see a reflection of the drone in the puddle under the feeder.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om3JO5MVJnI&feature=youtu.be


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Originally Posted By: blackcoal
Whole new world of topics, opinions, trolls, new vs old, fenceline monitoring, etc is going to open up. Plus reasons, ie, I'm too old to walk and scout, I'm too rich and important to waste a minute in the field and need to kill and get home/office quickly, do I have the right to shoot down a drone over my feeder or own my lease, etc.... popcorn


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I'm sure it's safer and less expensive than a helicopter survey.


Yes


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We were playing with thermal scopes in west texas and it was amazing what you could see. several times we found Aoudad that had been past by just minutes before. Technology is pretty cool at times. it is only up to us to decide if we should turn use it or not.

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I believe elk hunters came up with this idea very quickly after drones became readily available

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Originally Posted By: mattyg06
We bought the Lily drone but I plan on primarily using it for action shots not scouting. I plan on putting the 'tracker' on my dog for some aerial video of her upland hunting and duck retrieves.

https://www.lily.camera/


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All for it for surveys/pop counts. But for actual hunting I guess I am old school. The most I feel good about is game cams on trails between beds and feeding area. I guess I just want to see if Ican outsmart the deer using traditional scouting methods. Some of the best hunts I have been on have been scout hunts, finding the trails between the beds and feed/water and just sitting underneath a tree.


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Got a buddy in San Angelo whose dad uses one to check cows. Drink coffee on the front porch and watch on his ipad.


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