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Animal rights group says drone shot down
TandD ^ | Tuesday, February 14, 2012 8:15 am

Posted on 02/17/2012 4:04:32 PM PST by BenLurkin

remote-controlled aircraft owned by an animal rights group was reportedly shot down near Broxton Bridge Plantation Sunday.

Steve Hindi, president of SHARK (SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness), said his group was preparing to launch its Mikrokopter drone to video what he called a live pigeon shoot on Sunday when law enforcement officers and an attorney claiming to represent the privately-owned plantation near Ehrhardt tried to stop the aircraft from flying.

"It didn't work; what SHARK was doing was perfectly legal," Hindi said in a news release. "Once they knew nothing was going to stop us, the shooting stopped and the cars lined up to leave."

He said the animal rights group decided to send the drone up anyway.

"Seconds after it hit the air, numerous shots rang out," Hindi said in the release. "As an act of revenge for us shutting down the pigeon slaughter, they had shot down our copter."

He claimed the shooters were "in tree cover" and "fled the scene on small motorized vehicles."

"It is important to note how dangerous this was, as they were shooting toward and into a well-travelled highway," Hindi stated in the release. He said someone from SHARK called the Colleton County Sheriff's Department, which took a report of the incident.

The Colleton County Sheriff's Department filed a malicious damage to property incident report.

According to the report, Hindi told the responding deputy the group's remote-controlled aircraft "was hovering over U.S. 601 when he heard a shot come from the wood line. The shot sounded to him that it was of small caliber."

The incident report went on to state that "once shot, the helicopter lost lift and crash landed on the roadway of U.S. 601."

The deputy noted in the report that he was unable to speak to anyone at Broxton Bridge Plantation following the incident.

Hindi estimated damage to the drone at around $200 to $300.

Hindi said he will seek charges against those who shot down the drone.

"This was SHARK's first encounter with the Broxton Bridge Plantation, but it will certainly not be the last," Hindi said in the release. "We are already making plans for a considerably upscaled action in 2013."


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Reads like something out of the late, lamented Weekly World News.
1 posted on 02/17/2012 4:04:37 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

2 posted on 02/17/2012 4:09:09 PM PST by ILS21R (Never give up.)
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To: BenLurkin
"Seconds after it hit the air, numerous shots rang out," Hindi said in the release. "As an act of revenge for us shutting down the pigeon slaughter, they had shot down our copter."

I love feel good stories like this.

3 posted on 02/17/2012 4:11:06 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: BenLurkin

good shooting


4 posted on 02/17/2012 4:12:09 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: BenLurkin

Trapper ready? Pull! Bang! Nice shot


5 posted on 02/17/2012 4:14:59 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: BenLurkin
You fly yer plane into an area with live active aerial target shooting going on and you're shocked when shot down?
6 posted on 02/17/2012 4:15:32 PM PST by rawcatslyentist (BO Stinks! So does Mitts magic underwear!)
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To: BenLurkin
"Seconds after it hit the air, numerous shots rang out,"

LOL
7 posted on 02/17/2012 4:15:51 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: BenLurkin

Can you shoot it if it is over your property?! Pshaw! That would pizz me right off!


8 posted on 02/17/2012 4:16:27 PM PST by Irenic
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To: BenLurkin
to video what he called a live pigeon shoot on Sunday

As opposed to a Dead pigeon shoot?

9 posted on 02/17/2012 4:17:10 PM PST by Michael.SF. (When you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras.)
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To: BenLurkin

“Gnat” shooting, this is an absolute hoot!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLLAKnVej9o


10 posted on 02/17/2012 4:19:51 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: BenLurkin
I love reading the comments following articles such as this, they're so revealing of the true facts.

Evidently the leader of SHARK was lying thru his teeth........

11 posted on 02/17/2012 4:29:23 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: BenLurkin
Of theoretical interest: under the common law the owner of the underlying land also owns the air space above the land. Thus, we may have the owner shooting down a trespasser! Just thought I'd have some fun.
12 posted on 02/17/2012 4:31:31 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

I would hope so but if you can’t shoot a spy-drone over your property with a gun— I would purchase the most uber billy bad-a** power washer available... OOPS!


13 posted on 02/17/2012 4:44:15 PM PST by Irenic
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To: BenLurkin
"It is important to note how dangerous this was, as they were shooting toward and into a well-travelled highway," Hindi stated in the release.

It is important to note that the velocity of bird-shot dissipates to raindrop speeds within one hundred yards.

14 posted on 02/17/2012 4:52:06 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the fascists.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

.....”PULL”.....


15 posted on 02/17/2012 4:59:13 PM PST by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: BenLurkin

You mean that wasn’t a pigeon?


16 posted on 02/17/2012 5:07:30 PM PST by HangThemHigh (Entropy's not what it used to be.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
It's not really theoretical. Way back when USSC ruled that the federal government could regulate the otherwise unused airspace above your property to allow military and commercial aircraft.

That way you couldn't run out and sue them for trespassing in your space (which you still own ~ like if you stuck a mountain there you'd get it all back eh).

At the same time the federales only get to regulate that airspace if they do, in fact, regulate it.

There have to be some rules around about these little unmanned aircraft ~ and the crowd flying it probably didn't bother finding them.

I'd say that it was just another UFO shot down out in the woods.

17 posted on 02/17/2012 5:28:48 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: upchuck; SC Swamp Fox

SC Ping!

Related story at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2848108/posts


18 posted on 02/17/2012 9:15:54 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: BenLurkin; Slings and Arrows; l8pilot; 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; ...
From the article:

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19 posted on 02/18/2012 5:19:29 AM PST by upchuck (Let's have the Revolution NOW before we get dumbed down to the point that we can't.)
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To: upchuck
I've been to Broxton Bridge Plantation, many years ago. They had a great sporting clays course there, probably still do.

At that time, the owner took a number of us on a short hike down to the Little Salkehatchie river, where many years ago the road from Savannah crossed, and where the Confederates built earthwork fortifications to oppose Sherman's army. The earthworks are still there, but all overgrown with trees now.

What a place — history all around, along with the sights and sounds of the Low Country. Well worth a visit, even if you don't get to plink at a trespassing UAV....

20 posted on 02/18/2012 10:19:48 AM PST by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: BenLurkin
I know these folks, was one of the organizers of a Civil War reenactment there. “The Battle Of Broxton Bridge” actually took place on the Plantation.
These are salt of the earth kinda folks, made our group feel at home.
But that said they “don't cotton to “ trespassers, especially if the are strangers. I will wager that there was more than a couple of beers held high to the shooter (or shooters)
21 posted on 02/18/2012 10:25:41 AM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: muawiyah

Haven’t been there in a few years but they had their own runway and had a fly-in scheduled at the time I was there.


22 posted on 02/24/2012 8:45:53 PM PST by A Strict Constructionist (We're an Oligrachy...Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: BenLurkin

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s not it’s a clay pidgeon BANG BANG!!!!


23 posted on 02/24/2012 8:57:04 PM PST by dalereed
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