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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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Activists drone shot out of the sky for fourth time
First word of title is: ‘Protesters’
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.
LOOKS LIKE A PIGEON TO ME!
I’d say it was an honest mistake. It looks like a pigeon to me...
Right. I think the real purpose of the 'copter is to annoy the hunters and scare off the pigeons.
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.
You know those state police are just giggling inside...
Those drones aren’t cheap. Some really dumb activist is losing some serious money.
If it flies it dies ,hunting club after all
You can hear the damm thing from a mile away so you can lock and load and - ready - aim - Fire!
A very expensive octocopter (UAV) - Drone.wmv
after shooting did the pigeon shooters then stomp any possible usable parts into shards?
I would have.
Good shooting with a rifle!
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’ .
that would be a shotgun not a rifle.
Mmmmm... drones. The other white plastic!
[”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.
"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.
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.
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.
These types of shoots use pigeons that are released from cages.......
“Drones dont bleed ; therefore no blood , no foul
. Don’t you mean “no fowl?” ; )
You're right, I think this Hindi guy is lying thru his teeth......
gov. funded no doubt!
“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.
I know I could hit a 100 straight with that target. I’d bet doubles would even be more fun.
Good shooting, I hope he took it home and mounted for a trophy!!!
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.
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.
Don't F--- with you local hunting club?
Looks like a pigeon to me. BANG!
Of course you needed to add the Flop comment for effect.
This is just to funny. I emailed the story to all my friends. Hahahahahaha.
Hindi. Thats 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.
I bet somebody comes up with a new ‘drone load’ like Hornady came out with its Zombie loads.
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.
And maybe an anti-aircraft reticle for the EOTech Holosight, along with an optics mount for the old goose gun.
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!):
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.
Thanks. I forgot about the all-emcompassing VIP NOTAMS...
Seems to me that a drone flying over my property is a nuisance. You own the airspace over your property.
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.
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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.
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.