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David Sparks Ph.d Drone Hunting
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Sportsman's Spotlight
Date: December 22, 2017

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Up in the Sky, it’s a Bird, it’s a plane, it’s a Violation! Not to go on a rant but do we really have to remind people who are trying to harvest an animal in the wild that it is not just unfair and disgusting, but flat out illegal to use air surveillance in order to target and communicate with people on the ground as to exact location. Let me be more specific and read you a press release from Greg Losinski of Fish and Game.

 Man and his technology have come a long way since Idaho became a  state.  Hunting today isn’t about survival, it’s about pursuing a form of recreation, a sport.  Like all sports, hunting has its rules. Conservation officers came across three individuals who were attemping to use a combination of modern technologies to gain an unfair advantage in their pursuit of wild game.  Their actions not only violated the concept of fair chase, but a number of actual hunting regulations.


Senior Conservation Officers responded to reports of a powered parachute flying low over the Mud Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA). On the way to the WMA, officers could hear someone giving location instructions about some deer over the radio. The officers were able to make contact with Jake Tanner and Neil Wood who were carrying shotguns and who admitted that they had been communicating with the person in the powered parachute about locating deer. It also turned out that Tanner lacked a tag to hunt deer at all.


Upon further investigation, officers were able to determine that the individual in the powered parachute, Braxton Tomlinson was trying to locate deer hiding in the reeds of the WMA marsh and then communicate their location by radio to Tanner and Woods, on the ground. Use of aircraft to locate wildlife and communicating this information to someone on the ground is against legal Code.

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