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Drones: Taking vs Retrieving?
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Contributors to this thread:
snapcrackpop 01-Nov-18
JohnMC 01-Nov-18
Pat Lefemine 01-Nov-18
snapcrackpop 01-Nov-18
BTM 01-Nov-18
Trial153 01-Nov-18
smarba 01-Nov-18
Woods Walker 01-Nov-18
grizzly 01-Nov-18
Woods Walker 02-Nov-18
JusPassin 02-Nov-18
Scrappy 02-Nov-18
Feedjake 02-Nov-18
osage 02-Nov-18
JusPassin 02-Nov-18
Pat Lefemine 02-Nov-18
TD 02-Nov-18
Woods Walker 02-Nov-18
grizzly 02-Nov-18
snapcrackpop 02-Nov-18
snapcrackpop 02-Nov-18
oldgoat 02-Nov-18
BIGHORN 02-Nov-18
From: snapcrackpop
01-Nov-18
Do you know if drones are allowed for finding dead deer. I've been reading the regulations and all the language talks about "taking" and what that term is defined as. However, a person can use artificial light (for example) for "retrieving" as long as you do not have a weapon.

Anyone have insight? I have called the DNR, they have not returned my call, yet.

From: JohnMC
01-Nov-18
I emailed the CO CPW and asked if I could use a drone to have a hot meal delivered to me in antelope blind. Would'd it be great if someone could send you a hot meal in a blind or stand?! Come to think of it they never responded.

From: Pat Lefemine
01-Nov-18
The laws have not caught up. I honestly don't think they know what to do about drones.

I bought one last spring and I learned quickly their benefits and limitations. They really can't help you kill anything - but they sure can be useful if you were inclined to disrupt someone else' hunt.

I am working on a feature that will objectively discuss the benefits, rational and irrational fears about using drones during hunting season.

From: snapcrackpop
01-Nov-18
I think the "taking vs recovery" is a good and helpful guideline for ethical use. It sure would be nice to see it spelled out clearly, however.

My son hit a deer on private land last week, and it might have been a backstrap hit, but not sure. A drone would be great for searching grassy areas and sparse woods. We tracked it 150 yards before the blood quit. Then a grid search the next day and yesterday without luck.

From: BTM
01-Nov-18
Some states limit drones in an area (federal/state land, etc.) during (and even some time before) hunting season PERIOD, so it doesn't matter what you'd like to do with one. Check the regs to be safe.

From: Trial153
01-Nov-18
no drones in the field?...how are all the product pushers on tv going to get their epic shots....

From: smarba
01-Nov-18
So you hit a deer and off it goes. You use a drone to locate it and lo and behold it's still alive. Now what?

From: Woods Walker
01-Nov-18
I don't think using your drone to harass other hunters would lead to a long life for that drone!

From: grizzly
01-Nov-18
The problem with people is some of them are no damn good and as innocent as any rule seems, some Richard cranium will find a way to twist it around to his benefit. Whether that be illegally scouting, locating or what have you. Lets keep this sport of ours somewhat wild. If you have to use a drone, do me a favor and just play video games at home. Its ok to have an opinion. There's mine.

From: Woods Walker
02-Nov-18

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Remington Is Already Thinking Ahead! ;-)
Woods Walker's embedded Photo
Remington Is Already Thinking Ahead! ;-)
Well in a way grizz it may be a good thing, When I was a young man we had tons of wild pheasants to hunt and we did. Now the only way to "hunt" pheasants is on a game farm, which cannot compare at all to a wild hunt, and it's EXPENSIVE. So the more drones there are the more shooting opportunities we can have!

From: JusPassin
02-Nov-18
Part of the process of being a "hunter" is understanding a deers habits and being able to track and follow a blood trail. If you can't do that without a drone do us all a favor and just watch video hunts on TV.

From: Scrappy
02-Nov-18
JusPassin your all wrong, all we need is more technology and gadgets so we can stay on the couch. While our drone goes out, kills us a deer, and brings it back home for us.

From: Feedjake
02-Nov-18
How do you feel about using a dog to find it for you then?

From: osage
02-Nov-18
I put a net on my drone to retrieve ducks. I don't have to feed or pet it and it doesn't bark all night.

From: JusPassin
02-Nov-18
Man and dog have teamed up as partners for thousands of years. Hard to argue that as a traditional means of recovery.

From: Pat Lefemine
02-Nov-18
Drones fly 200-500' in the air. You guys must have a hell of a choke on those shotguns.

From: TD
02-Nov-18
Heck of a lot cheaper than a copter...... =D

I've lost deer in the high grass and jungle where when we later found them by nose it was clear we walked within a couple feet of them. I don't own a drone and likely won't, but how nice it would have been to find those deer.

Honestly, if on private land where you wouldn't be messing with anyone else's hunt I don't see anything wrong with it. If you wouldn't that's fine. That you don't think I should...... good luck with that......

Public land probably not, abuse would be rampant, even if unintentional.

I think this question needs to go to the Leatherwall....... not to see what they'd think.... just to see if the rate of aneurysms and strokes briefly spike....

"HEY, YOU KIDS! GIT OFF MY LAWN!!!"

From: Woods Walker
02-Nov-18
Didn't you see Pat? Those loads are heat seeking! ;-)

From: grizzly
02-Nov-18
I understand the want for using drones. On your own land do as you please within the law. I can see their ability to find lost hunters as a valuable tool for emergency rescuers. The temptation to use one to locate wounded game is probably strong. I know not everything goes as planned in heat of the moment but that should give you more incentive to get it right.

From: snapcrackpop
02-Nov-18
The responses are as expected....

This would have been for PRIVATE land and at 3-4 days after the release of the arrow the deer would be dead or gone.

I looked again today at lunch, using my boots. No deer but I found a bunch of rubs! I'm fairly confident he (my boy) hit above the spine at this point.

From: snapcrackpop
02-Nov-18

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I did find this while crawling through the thorns & brush. I left it there.

From: oldgoat
02-Nov-18
What I remember from some conservation/law enforcement training a long time ago, you are taking the game to hand when you retrieve it, so my guess would be no you can't!

From: BIGHORN
02-Nov-18
I'm against drones period. Use them for police and military purposes but that is all.

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