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Are drones legal to fly during deer season #7651913 11/04/19 08:18 PM
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Curious if you are able to fly a drone during deer season? Is it a form of harassing an animal or illegal or even unethical hunting? Sometimes when my son shares the blind or I have him across the property I was thinking of him staying awake and maybe fly a drone vs. playing videos games on his phone. What is your thoughts?

Re: Are drones legal to fly during deer season [Re: joey1968] #7651938 11/04/19 08:37 PM
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Have to get a permit from TPWD to do anything, at anytime.


https://tpwd.texas.gov/warden/law-enforcement-faq/drones-uavs


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Re: Are drones legal to fly during deer season [Re: CharlieCTx] #7652232 11/05/19 12:41 AM
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Thank you for your prompt and concise reply! cheers

Re: Are drones legal to fly during deer season [Re: joey1968] #7652401 11/05/19 03:03 AM
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Am I reading this right? You can’t photograph game on your own property?


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Re: Are drones legal to fly during deer season [Re: leswad] #7652472 11/05/19 04:58 AM
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Originally Posted by leswad
Am I reading this right? You can’t photograph game on your own property?


https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/apps/

and from there on the bottom left...

https://tpwd.texas.gov/business/permits/land/wildlife_management/aerial_wl_management/

I guess their belief is... it's your land but their deer/wildlife.


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Re: Are drones legal to fly during deer season [Re: joey1968] #7652497 11/05/19 10:36 AM
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Ridiculous! Of course, I would never break the law by viewing wildlife. But, if they were to be in the way while I was flying a drone.... My guess is that they would have to prove intent.


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Originally Posted by Dave Davidson
Ridiculous! Of course, I would never break the law by viewing wildlife. But, if they were to be in the way while I was flying a drone.... My guess is that they would have to prove intent.


I don’t own a drone, but I’ve considered getting one to monitor the rocks and mesquites on my place. I’ll make sure to let TPWD know if any of their deer get in the way of my mission....

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Re: Are drones legal to fly during deer season [Re: joey1968] #7652583 11/05/19 01:29 PM
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I don't know why you would want your kid flying a drone around while your hunting, that makes me a skeptic of your intentions.

Reading that you have to have a permit to photograph deer on your own property with a drone sounds like a crock to me. I would never get a permit to do it, I would just take pictures of the grass trees and brush next to those deer. That is stupid!


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Re: Are drones legal to fly during deer season [Re: joey1968] #7652611 11/05/19 01:43 PM
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Before they came out with that law, my neighbors would fly their drones down our fence line "checking fences" . They didn't have livestock. Never see them any more. My buddy brought a drone out to my place 3 or for years ago and recorded a tannerite explosion. It was way cool.


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Don't think this keeps them from checking fences with one.


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Re: Are drones legal to fly during deer season [Re: joey1968] #7652628 11/05/19 01:51 PM
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If you did do it, I wouldn't be going showing off your findings on social media.

Re: Are drones legal to fly during deer season [Re: redchevy] #7652670 11/05/19 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by redchevy
Don't think this keeps them from checking fences with one.


Nope but the old hermit guy's shotgun did and it landed on his side of the fence.
rofl


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Re: Are drones legal to fly during deer season [Re: joey1968] #7652705 11/05/19 02:53 PM
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Something doesn’t sound right. How is this any different than having game cameras set up that automatically upload pics/video to your smart phone?

I could understand if you were using them to “push” or “guide” deer on to or off of your neighbors place. I saw a video online onetime of a drone flying around deer and they acted like it was just a bird and weren’t freaked out by it at all.

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Originally Posted by Greg
I could understand if you were using them to “push” or “guide” deer on to or off of your neighbors place. I saw a video online onetime of a drone flying around deer and they acted like it was just a bird and weren’t freaked out by it at all.


I guess in their minds it takes away from "fair chase", fly around scouting to locate the deer, drive to that area and boom dead deer.

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Originally Posted by Herbie Hancock
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I could understand if you were using them to “push” or “guide” deer on to or off of your neighbors place. I saw a video online onetime of a drone flying around deer and they acted like it was just a bird and weren’t freaked out by it at all.


I guess in their minds it takes away from "fair chase", fly around scouting to locate the deer, drive to that area and boom dead deer.



But we do that with pigs and cellular cameras already. Wait for the text on my phone and drive over to the feeder and shoot them. I suppose people could do that with deer also.

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Originally Posted by JTS
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I could understand if you were using them to “push” or “guide” deer on to or off of your neighbors place. I saw a video online onetime of a drone flying around deer and they acted like it was just a bird and weren’t freaked out by it at all.


I guess in their minds it takes away from "fair chase", fly around scouting to locate the deer, drive to that area and boom dead deer.



But we do that with pigs and cellular cameras already. Wait for the text on my phone and drive over to the feeder and shoot them. I suppose people could do that with deer also.


Pigs aren't game animals.

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Great info

Re: Are drones legal to fly during deer season [Re: joey1968] #7653403 11/06/19 01:58 AM
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How lazy have we become. Good god

Re: Are drones legal to fly during deer season [Re: joey1968] #7653796 11/06/19 03:26 PM
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I depends on where you are located here in texas? I would think most places its ok to fly a drone unless your near federal land or its posted by signs.
I would check your local area before persuing your actions. Us here out near no towns, we do pretty much as we please within reason! a old hunting partner came over
last summer and brought his Thompson MG and it stired up some interests around, but just one afternoon!

Just remember, Texas hasn't turned into a Communist state yet, unlike the one on the west coast! at least I hope not in my lifetime! My thought are, just
mind your own dam business!....



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Originally Posted by Hogflyer
I would think most places its ok to fly a drone unless your near federal land or its posted by signs.


Last time I checked, TPWD rules applied to all of Texas. We all know how far arguing with a Game Warden about "I didn't know..." gets you.


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Originally Posted by fouzman
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I could understand if you were using them to “push” or “guide” deer on to or off of your neighbors place. I saw a video online onetime of a drone flying around deer and they acted like it was just a bird and weren’t freaked out by it at all.


I guess in their minds it takes away from "fair chase", fly around scouting to locate the deer, drive to that area and boom dead deer.



But we do that with pigs and cellular cameras already. Wait for the text on my phone and drive over to the feeder and shoot them. I suppose people could do that with deer also.


Pigs aren't game animals.

Thanks for pointing that out. Maybe thats why I put "I suppose people could do that with deer also." loco

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I suppose people couldn't do that with deer because they're game animals. loco

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I would assume the concern is specific to using a drone to locate deer while hunting. Cameras tell you where a deer was, a drone will tell you where they are.
I would imagine you'd have a hard time explaining to game warden that you didnt have ill intentions if a drone was flying around while you were hunting.
Now if it wasnt during a season, or you were clearly not hunting (no guns nearby or anything) I would think you'd be able to argue any other point - filming the land, rocks, etc.

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I think it could be trespassing if you were to fly over a neighbors property. I also would think it would be illegal to herd deer in any fashion unless a biologist was involved. To fly over your area just to look around I would think it would be ok.
Just what I would think....don't have any facts to show or any known law. I hope we get an answer.

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Well, let me weigh in here. I've been a drone operator for 5 years and their is very clear unmistakable language in the TPWD "Hunting Means and Methods" pertaining to drones.


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