Have you ever considered using a 'drone' the next time you go out hunting or fishing? It may be time to check it out.
If you are a hunter or fisherman, Summerton, Santee and Lake Marion are the place to be. Lake Marion is one of the foremost recreational fishing spots in the nation. Species of fish in the lake include a variety of bass, bream, crappie, and catfish. Deer, racoon, feral hogs, coyote, opossum, squirrel, turkey, dove, and waterfowl are just some of the game available for hunting. For more detail, check out the Summerton SC: Nature & Outdoor Recreation web site.
There have recently been a number of new methods and techniques that are beginning to be used when hunting or fishing triggered by a range of new technologies which I have written about previously such as 'smart' fishing rods, 'smart' guns, and 'smart' kayaks. This time around, we're going to take a quick look at the use of 'drone' technology now beginning to be used when hunting and fishing.
A quick search of the Internet for recent news articles and information about 'drone' technology and its potential for use when hunting and fishing. What we found was sportsmen experimenting with drones to film, scout, and flush game – not to mention actually fishing and hunting using appropriately equipped drones.
The following are a few selected articles we found about drones used for hunting and fishing that you might find interesting:
Fishing With Drones
The AguaDrone is designed to use interchangeable bottom-mounted pods. Users start by first attaching the sonar-enabled Fish Scout Pod, then flying the drone out to different spots where they suspect there might be fish. It uses Wi-Fi to transmit its findings back to the fisherman's smartphone or other mobile device. Once fish have been located, the GPS-equipped drone automatically flies back to the user so the Line Flier Pod can be installed and the lure can be attached and flown out to the selected fishing spot. From there, it's just a matter of waiting and reeling in your catch when it bites.
A range of new drones are under development to help fishermen. They include drones that can carry the bait out much further than anyone could possibly cast with a rod. Drones are also now being used by commercial fishing operations to increase their efficiency when looking for shoals and schools of fish close to the surface. Over the next few years we will see an increased selection of drones purposely designed for fishing with a longer battery life, more capabilities, and offered at several price levels to the growing market.
AeroKontiki is the world's first and most advanced fishing drone used to haul and deliver a 24 hook baited long line up to 1000 meters out to sea. After delivering the bait, it uses a sophisticated autopilot system that returns it to the takeoff location. The AeroKontiki fishing drone is equipped with GPS, telemetry, stabilization systems, high load carrying capacity, hauling capability and high wind tolerance.
Hunting With Drones
Just imagine if you had control of a drone that could hover above the trees and show you with a special thermal-imaging camera view exactly where the most deer are located. You would know where to start your hunt and where to head to next. Drones can also be used to track the hunters rather than the animals, to ensure they are hunting ethically and to catch poachers in the act. In some states, the use of drones when hunting has become a controversial issue and several states have already taken action to prevent their use.
In the world of hunting, drones used by hunters now include cameras with video capability to scout and track game. There is a growing debate in the world of hunting around the use of these unmanned aerial systems. Hunting purists, who stress the importance of “fair chase”, are opposed to using drones. Drone supporters point out that hunting is no stranger to technology, with hunters using trail cameras, cell phone apps, and GPS devices to assist them. Keeping this in mind, drones can be seen as “just another piece of gear.”
Drones have become part of a battle between state game officials who want to outlaw the technology during hunting season and drone pilots who disagree. In January the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission unanimously approved measures banning the use of drones for scouting or hunting wild game. Montana followed suit and a growing number of other states are considering similar restrictions.
High tech scouting equipment advances have dramatically changed hunting techniques over the years, yet the questions around fair chase ethics remain. From animal rights activists to established hunting organizations, everyone has something to say about drones and hunting. The National Park Service recently banned drones from 84 million acres of public lands, including Zion and Yosemite, after reports of drones buzzing animals and visitors alike.
Beyond scouting and flushing out game, some hunters are now also looking into the use of armed drones to shoot their prey.
Some people say “Real hunters don’t drone”. They probably say the same about fishermen. What do you think?