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PETA drones a trophy prize for US hunters

  • PETA plans to monitor U.S. hunters with drones? Be careful what you wish for.

PETA intends to monitor American hunters with drones. Be careful what you wish for.

PETA has announced plans to film U.S. hunters with UAVs, declaring it "will soon have some impressive new weapons at its disposal to combat those who gun down deer and doves." PETA President Ingrid Newkirk, in full rut, said: "Slob hunters may need to rethink the idea that they can get away with murder, alone out there in the woods with no one watching."

Apparently close to buying a CineStar Octocopter, which can fly for approximately 20 minutes with a small camera, PETA plans on sending it "over factory farms, popular fishing spots, and other venues where animals routinely suffer and die."

Bet on it, American hunters will be waiting on incoming PETA drones and there won't be many return flights.

The scene isn't that difficult to picture. A fine September day; a painted sky; and the opening day of dove season. A small 20-acre dove field has been prepared — planted back in May with soybeans and sunflowers — and parallel lanes have been cut up and down the acreage. About 30 "slob" hunters line the perimeter of the field and the shooting has been great all morning — a constant rain of falling shot and birds. But even the best dove day has gaps, and during a lull, the field goes quiet — except for chatter and insults thrown back and forth across the lanes. And then, enter stage left, the CineStar Octocopter. It slips over the field, hovers gracefully, and films the "murder" and carnage.

Within seconds, one of the "slobs" spots the Octocopter, points up in the air and sounds the alarm, "There's that %^*&*#@ PETA drone." The rest of the story is academic, but suffice to say, more shotgun shells are unloaded on the drone than have been fired over the field all morning. The drone, maiden voyage or not, doesn't make a return flight to Ingrid Newkirk's base. And if a 12 gauge doesn't reach high enough, a deer rifle will.

There simply aren't many U.S. hunters that will abide PETA's drone intrusion — shotgun, rifle, stick or rock. Simple advice to PETA: If you are really going down the drone route, then buy a fleet of 'em — you will need plenty of backups.

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Anonymous (not verified)
on Apr 10, 2013

Hopefully PETA's announcement that it intends to trespass private property without permission will turn more people off than on, and their contributions will wane. I hope one of those so-called, "factory farms" sues them.

The Lone Drone (not verified)
on Apr 11, 2013

I'm not a hunter but would stand shoulder to shoulder with hunting brethren. How much time to have before need to purchase a rifle?

Rory Paul (not verified)
on Apr 15, 2013

We sell small unmanned aerial systems to farmers for crop scouting and mapping. I have said this one other ag forums before you open fire on one of these systems please make sure that you are not taking pot shots at a system that has permission to be over the property it is flying over and for myself and my company I promise I will not sell a unit or operate for PETA or similar organization. We work for and with the farming community.

Rory Paul

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jun 15, 2013

Just as a precaution, you might want to growing your drones for the hunting season, or at least stay away from hunting grounds. (read the back yard) Also, you might want to add on some really powerfully LED running lights to the drones.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Apr 16, 2013

I think this is meant for the unethical hunters who kill unnecessarily and in large quantities rather than the hunter who has a permit or license and kills the seasonal dear, moose, etc. Those who don't abide by the laws should indeed be punished. If all hunters were ethical, we wouldn't have to endure these ridiculous attempts to scare those who aren't.

M Covault (not verified)
on Jun 3, 2013

Well, that's a real crock, and you're naive or misled! It's intended for ALL hunters. The "animal rights" *true believers* do not think anyone should hunt at all. I don't hunt nor do I target shoot, and I support animal welfare and NOT animal rights, a sociopathic extremist movement that would shatter the human/animal bond and ban all use of animals (pets, food, clothes). If you haven't seen quotes of Ingrid Newkirk or Wayne Pacelle, look 'em up. NO hunting, NO use of animals. And these two AR *true believers* lead two influential ANIMAL RIGHTS organizations in the U.S. Question ANYTHING they want you to believe, as it's more than likely "propaganda mill" BIG LIES (favorite tactic of the Third Reich, BTW).

Anonymous (not verified)
on Aug 8, 2013

I have a license but if i see that thing its going down they arent spying on me while i hunt

Mr D (not verified)
on Apr 16, 2013

This is ridiculous. I fly UAV's for a living. Been doing Ag stuff in a big way for years and more recently with the military. This is a bogus claim by PETA. a 20 minute flight time? Heck they could have a 10 hour flight time and they would be lucky to catch most hunters I know on camera let alone if they actually shot something and hit it or for that matter what they hit. It's not feasible or cost effective for them to use a UAV in ANY capacity unless there was a hunting club on 10 acres out in the middle of Kansas. Come on people. This is pie in the sky claims... take it from someone who knows. Someone's just rattling the troops for a non-existant plan. Paranoia and big brother. By the way, it's still illegal to fly an antonymous aircraft in the US without full blown certification and process. Again, take it from someone who knows.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jun 15, 2013

One scoped deer rifle, one PETA drone, equals some scrap money. Screw deer hunting, this is way more fun!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jun 15, 2013

One scoped deer rifle, one PETA drone, equals some scrap money. Screw deer hunting, this is way more fun!

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