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sters' remote control helicopter shot down at Wing Pointe Gun Club pigeon shoot
WFMZ.com ^ | Nov 20. 2012 | Pam Cunningham

Posted on 11/24/2012 7:57:31 AM PST by KeyLargo

sters' remote control helicopter shot down at Wing Pointe Gun Club pigeon shoot

Author: Pam Cunningham, Reporter, Pam.Cunningham@wfmz.com Published On:Nov 20 2012 02:18:01 PM EST

PERRY TWP., Pa. -

An animal rights group is crying foul after its video drone was apparently shot down during a pigeon shoot in Berks County on Sunday.

State police said they are trying to figure out who shot down the drone and whether the animal rights group had the right to fly it.

This is not the first time the animal rights group has had one of its cameras in the sky shot down, but state police said this is the first time they have been brought in to investigate it.

SHARK, or SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness, puts its video camera in the air using an octocopter, also known as a drone. The group was trying to record video of the Wing Pointe Gun Club's pigeon shoot.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Local News; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: animalrights; aviation; banglist; drones
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Activists’ drone shot out of the sky for fourth time


1 posted on 11/24/2012 7:57:43 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

First word of title is: ‘Protesters’


2 posted on 11/24/2012 7:59:47 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Why do we assume that people can do anything in the name of “protest”? Why can’t we counter-protest by shooting their stupid drone down? If I saw a drone hovering over me, I’d shoot it down too.


4 posted on 11/24/2012 8:02:19 AM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: KeyLargo

LOOKS LIKE A PIGEON TO ME!


5 posted on 11/24/2012 8:03:07 AM PST by Samurai_Jack (ride out and confront the evil!)
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To: KeyLargo

I’d say it was an honest mistake. It looks like a pigeon to me...


6 posted on 11/24/2012 8:03:42 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: KeyLargo
The group was trying to record video of the Wing Pointe Gun Club's pigeon shoot.

Right. I think the real purpose of the 'copter is to annoy the hunters and scare off the pigeons.

7 posted on 11/24/2012 8:04:09 AM PST by John123 (US$ - I owe you nothing. Euro - Who owes you nothing.)
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To: KeyLargo

Oops. Maybe they shouldn’t fly their little RC video contraption into the line of fire during a pigeon shoot on private property. That would make sense to most minimally sentient beings.


8 posted on 11/24/2012 8:04:24 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: KeyLargo

You know those state police are just giggling inside...


9 posted on 11/24/2012 8:07:29 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: RegulatorCountry
Actually they were shooting drone pigeons.
10 posted on 11/24/2012 8:09:18 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Those drones aren’t cheap. Some really dumb activist is losing some serious money.


11 posted on 11/24/2012 8:10:07 AM PST by lurk
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To: Samurai_Jack

If it flies it dies ,hunting club after all


12 posted on 11/24/2012 8:16:45 AM PST by molson209
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To: lurk

You can hear the damm thing from a mile away so you can lock and load and - ready - aim - Fire!

VIDEO:

A very expensive octocopter (UAV) - Drone.wmv

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nuPjARvUf8


13 posted on 11/24/2012 8:17:13 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: lurk

after shooting did the pigeon shooters then stomp any possible usable parts into shards?

I would have.


14 posted on 11/24/2012 8:18:51 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you)
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To: KeyLargo

Good shooting with a rifle!


15 posted on 11/24/2012 8:19:04 AM PST by babygene
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To: 2banana

2banana~:” You know those state police are just giggling inside...”

Drones don’t bleed ; therefore “no blood , no foul “

Counter claim : we won’t prosecute for ‘invasion of privacy’ , or ‘ criminal trespass’ .


16 posted on 11/24/2012 8:20:05 AM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt ("You can kill a free man,.. you can't enslave him." -Robert Anson Heinlein)
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To: babygene

that would be a shotgun not a rifle.


17 posted on 11/24/2012 8:24:11 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you)
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To: Samurai_Jack

Mmmmm... drones. The other white plastic!


18 posted on 11/24/2012 8:29:29 AM PST by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: KeyLargo

[”It was a single shot. It was after the shoot, and it hit an aircraft that was 400 plus feet in the air,” said Hindi. “That’s not an accident.”]

Considering this drone was moving that’s a pretty good shot. However Hindi has no idea how many shots were fired at the thing before it was hit.

I’m wondering what the FAA rules are for drone operators.


19 posted on 11/24/2012 8:32:05 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Vaquero
that would be a shotgun not a rifle

"The shoot was over with. They were packing up and then came a single rifle shot because when they're shooting the pigeons they shoot two shots at a time," explained Steve Hindi, president of SHARK.

20 posted on 11/24/2012 8:34:01 AM PST by An Old Man
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To: KeyLargo

Seems to me that it would be more effective to jam the radio signal and let the thing crash. Probably not as much fun as shooting it down though.

One question though... The photo of the drone with the cops doesn’t look like a crashed drone. My son and I both have quad copters that fly from our IPads. They get mangled really easy just falling from 15 feet.


21 posted on 11/24/2012 8:35:30 AM PST by babygene
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To: KeyLargo

This is flying in the name of ‘animal rights?

Don’t think there are animals around a shooting range
but keep keep ‘em coming, they can help cut the cost of range targets citizens buy.


22 posted on 11/24/2012 8:50:21 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer. FREEDOM OR FREE STUFF- YOU GET ONE CHOICE, CHOOSE WISELY)
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To: John123
annoy the hunters and scare off the pigeons.

These types of shoots use pigeons that are released from cages.......

23 posted on 11/24/2012 8:52:08 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

“Drones don’t bleed ; therefore “no blood , no foul “
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. Don’t you mean “no fowl?” ; )


24 posted on 11/24/2012 8:54:11 AM PST by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: babygene
The photo of the drone with the cops doesn’t look like a crashed drone

You're right, I think this Hindi guy is lying thru his teeth......

25 posted on 11/24/2012 8:58:39 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: lurk

gov. funded no doubt!


26 posted on 11/24/2012 9:13:02 AM PST by classified
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To: Hot Tabasco

“These types of shoots use pigeons that are released from cages......”

They ain’t hunters either.

Just dumbass trailer trash with guns killing caged animals for bloodsport.

The old “birds of a feather” adage.

Eh.


27 posted on 11/24/2012 9:19:21 AM PST by wolficatZ (Sat on their butts election day? Traitors, every one of 'em.)
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To: KeyLargo

I know I could hit a 100 straight with that target. I’d bet doubles would even be more fun.


28 posted on 11/24/2012 9:19:56 AM PST by GreatMan
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To: KeyLargo

Good shooting, I hope he took it home and mounted for a trophy!!!


29 posted on 11/24/2012 9:22:42 AM PST by dalereed
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To: Brad from Tennessee
I’m wondering what the FAA rules are for drone operators.


At under a certain weight (55 lbs?) I think the FAA just considers it a radio controlled model and IIRC the only restrictions are no flying in the vicinity of an airport.

30 posted on 11/24/2012 9:29:18 AM PST by az_gila
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To: wolficatZ

You would be absolutely correct. This ‘hunting club’ uses caged birds as targets. They release them and then blast them with a shotgun. This isn’t hunting or legitimate target practice. A lot of the birds are wounded and left on the ground to flop around until they are put out of their misery. These people give real hunters and target shooters a bad reputation. As much as I personally despise PETA and some of these other so called animal rights groups. I think in this one case they are right in exposing these kinds of groups. They have no place in our sports.


31 posted on 11/24/2012 9:50:10 AM PST by Shellback Chuck
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To: Brad from Tennessee
I’m wondering what the FAA rules are for drone operators.

Don't F--- with you local hunting club?

32 posted on 11/24/2012 10:02:00 AM PST by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: KeyLargo
The whole point of flying it there "was" to get it shot down so the troublemakers could
add it to the list of their frivolous complaints. They have zero reasons or right to harass the club.
33 posted on 11/24/2012 10:11:14 AM PST by MaxMax
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To: KeyLargo

Looks like a pigeon to me. BANG!


34 posted on 11/24/2012 10:12:48 AM PST by carriage_hill (America - a great idea while it lasted.)
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To: Shellback Chuck
Killing live targets is illegal? I didn't think so. Maybe the Gov should close all fisheries too.
We raise all types of animals for slaughter so big-whoop if a few flying rats get whacked.

Of course you needed to add the Flop comment for effect.

35 posted on 11/24/2012 10:16:06 AM PST by MaxMax
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To: KeyLargo

This is just to funny. I emailed the story to all my friends. Hahahahahaha.


36 posted on 11/24/2012 10:22:43 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Hindi. “That’s not an accident

Gee what brought you to that conclusion Hindi? Your toy didn’t belong over this private club during or after a shoot. What a dork.


38 posted on 11/24/2012 11:15:47 AM PST by JohnD9207 (Isn't freedom worth fighting for?)
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To: KeyLargo

I bet somebody comes up with a new ‘drone load’ like Hornady came out with its Zombie loads.


39 posted on 11/24/2012 11:21:44 AM PST by Eye of Unk (A Civil Cold War in America is here, its already been declared.)
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To: carriage_hill
Rats with wings.
40 posted on 11/24/2012 11:24:13 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

I remember huge flocks of ‘em in NYC when I worked there, in the late-70s and thru the 80s. Pigeon crap was awful, especially in Midtown. People in Central Park either sat in it or got it dropped on them. Nothing like sitting on a park bench, surrounded by 1,500 aggressive pigeons, while eating lunch. I don’t know how they did it, but they were there, day after day.


41 posted on 11/24/2012 11:51:44 AM PST by carriage_hill (America - a great idea while it lasted.)
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To: Eye of Unk
I bet somebody comes up with a new ‘drone load’ like Hornady came out with its Zombie loads.

And maybe an anti-aircraft reticle for the EOTech Holosight, along with an optics mount for the old goose gun.

42 posted on 11/24/2012 11:52:38 AM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: az_gila; Brad from Tennessee
Model RC and autonomous GPS guided drone/UAVs must obey FAA notices of restricted airspace around VIPs called NOTAMS.

Model RC flyers are always grousing about how their club model airfields are totally shut down within something like a 40 mile radius of Obama everytime he comes to their town.

This clampdown occurred in early 2009 just as Obama took office. It might have been triggered by concerns that model drones could be used to attack the POTUS (see my tag line)

See this link for NOTAM airspace restrictions (subscription available on Twitter!):

http://www.modelaircraft.org/membership/clubs/notams.aspx

43 posted on 11/24/2012 12:03:37 PM PST by Seizethecarp (Defend aircraft from "runway kill zone" mini-drone helicopter swarm attacks: www.runwaykillzone.com)
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To: Charles Martel

As a reloader I would think a 10 ga with some weighted mini spools of Spectra fishing line could be used or a timed fuze to actually make a mini flak round.


44 posted on 11/24/2012 12:08:13 PM PST by Eye of Unk (A Civil Cold War in America is here, its already been declared.)
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To: Seizethecarp

Thanks. I forgot about the all-emcompassing VIP NOTAMS...


45 posted on 11/24/2012 12:11:06 PM PST by az_gila
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To: KeyLargo

Seems to me that a drone flying over my property is a nuisance. You own the airspace over your property.


46 posted on 11/24/2012 12:21:18 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: KeyLargo
That appears to be much like the 6-rotor Arducopter only expanded to 8 rotors:

https://store.diydrones.com/3DR_ArduCopter_Hexa_B_Electronics_Kit_p/kt-ach3dr-03.htm

You can fly it by RC to the vantage point you want and then lock it in to hover at that spot using GPS control. You can also pre-program an itinerary for it to navigate to using “unlimited” waypoints (GPS determined specific three-dimensional locations) where wind will be automatically offset by the onboard computer to maintain a stable position for the HD streaming video or camera.

http://code.google.com/p/arducopter/wiki/ArduCopter

Features include:
•High quality autolevel and auto altitude control – fly level and straight. Or fly the awesome “simple flight” mode, which makes ArduCopter one of the easiest multicopter to fly. Don't worry about keeping an eye on your multicopter's orientation—let the computer figure it out! You just push the stick the way you want to go, and the autopilot figures out what that means for whatever orientation the copter is in, using its onboard magnetometer. “Front”, “back”...who cares? Just fly!
•No programming required. Just use an easy-to-use desktop utility to load the software with one click and set up ArduCopter with quick visual displays, a point-and-click mission planner and a full ground station option (see below).
•Unlimited GPS waypoints. Just point and click waypoints in the Mission Planner, and ArduCopter will fly itself to them. No distance limits! You can script entire missions, including camera control!
•”Loiter” anywhere. Just flip the toggle switch and your copter will hold its position using its GPS and altitude sensors.
•Return to launch. Set home to any location and flip a switch to have ArduCopter fly back automatically.
•Do all mission planning via a two-way wireless connection option. Waypoints, mode changing, even changing the gains of every control parameter can be done from your laptop, even while the copter is in the air!
•Automatic takeoff and landing. Just flick a switch and watch ArduCopter execute its mission completely autonomously, returning home to land by itself in front of you when it's done.

47 posted on 11/24/2012 12:26:56 PM PST by Seizethecarp (Defend aircraft from "runway kill zone" mini-drone helicopter swarm attacks: www.runwaykillzone.com)
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To: babygene

It might be more illegal to transmit a jamming signal than it would be to shoot a gun where you are legally allowed to be, and to shoot from.


48 posted on 11/24/2012 12:56:28 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: KeyLargo

One of the provisions of the Brady Bill to get back-stabbing RINOs to vote for it, is a provision that makes it illegal to interfere with a legal hunt.

So the animal rights activists could potentially be charged with a federal crime for interfering with a hunt by scaring off the game.


49 posted on 11/24/2012 12:57:59 PM PST by RatSlayer
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To: KeyLargo

50 posted on 11/24/2012 12:58:27 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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