Using Drones For Hunting And Fishing
The use of technology has always been utilized in hunting and fishing, from game trail cameras to electronic fish finders. The newest buzz is using drones for hunting and fishing and it has created quite the debate.
Using a drone has plenty of promising applications to aid the outdoorsman from scouting to helping recover an animal harvested. However, others fear using the drones will change the way we hunt and bring some great questions to the table.
While an Unmanned Aerial System could be of great value to wildlife ranch managers to help in keeping track of wildlife herds and populations some fear the technology can be abused by locating animals by providing an eye in the sky that didn’t require hiking through rough terrain.
Another example where drones have helped is throughout the South where hogs are destroying croplands, Drones are being used to locate hogs and break up herds while hunters are picking them off much more successfully because of the eye in the sky.
Most states are now covered under current regulations that prohibit the use of aircraft to hunt game during a season, to harass hunters or to disturb wildlife. Be sure to check your local laws if you’re going to use drones for scouting your property.
Using a drone for fishing has also caused some debate. There are many possibilities that drones might offer for fishing in the future. For example, beach anglers are catching fish unheard of from the shore by using drones to cast out bait further than ever before.
With technology comes the debate yet again as fisherman are using drones to locate bait fish in short time during championship tournaments giving them an edge locating the fish. Some of the big saltwater fishing tournaments have banned the use of drones for helping aid in spotting predators near the surface.
Sometimes the use of technology in the outdoors bumps up against the threshold of what constitutes as fair chase but with proper laws in place using drones to hunt and fish can be another great tool used by sportsman.
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