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  • Is There a Drone

    Do you use a drone as part of your outdoor activities ?

  • #2
    No and haven't seen any yet but I have heard guys talking about using them. There's definitely an interest in using them but I don't think they have figured out exactly how they would yet. Not talking scouting, I mean while actually hunting.

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    • #3
      I like the idea of using them for photography but I'm not interested enough to pursue it. My wife and I have been kicking the idea around of buying a quality camera set up but we just aren't in the habit of buying things we won't use much, especially if depreciation is a major possibility. A drone would probably be one of those toys that gets played with for a short while then get sold at a garage sale.

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      • #4
        I got one as a 2019 Christmas present and had it out of the box twice. Perhaps one day I'll learn how to use it. But not for hunting.

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        • #5
          They are just another means of technology, they will be allowed in hunting in the near future. Politicians will accept lobbying money from manufacturers and will pass the needed legislation in order to take ‘hunting’ out of hunting ! Anything to make success easier, can’t have anything on a one to one basis, now can we ? Drones could be very interesting and enjoyable........in their own place !

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          • #6
            I'd like to have a drone to map the area I'm hunting.
            i think they're "neato, far out and groovy".
            Just not a purchase I care to make for something I won't use that often.
            You gotta be careful with that "techno" stuff.
            You can walk out the door with the most modern, updated version of a "Whazit" there is. A week later, it's outdated junk.

            I've got a Apple tablet. It has a bunch of pictures I want off of it, but the WalMart picture kiosk doesn't recognize it.
            I can charge it and look at the pictures, but that's it.

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              My father-in-law has a drone that I've flown over my place with a few times.
              IMO drones are much more useful for crop scouting than scouting for hunting.


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              • #8
                Originally posted by Red Angus View Post
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                My father-in-law has a drone that I've flown over my place with a few times.
                IMO drones are much more useful for crop scouting than scouting for hunting.


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                How high were you ? Did you spot any game ? I understand the drone's are very quiet.
                I have heard some farms can monitor soil moisture and chemicals with drones.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jhjimbo View Post

                  How high were you ? Did you spot any game ? I understand the drone's are very quiet.
                  I have heard some farms can monitor soil moisture and chemicals with drones.
                  I don't recall exact height for each shot, but to the best of my recollection the first picture was at about 150', the 2nd at almost 400', and the 3rd at about 100'.

                  I have flown over deer and they don't like the sound of the drone. It is a DJI Phantom 4 and can be heard from a considerable distance if background noise is minimal.

                  There are cameras and computer programs that can be used to determine plant health, nutrient uptake and deficiencies, and plant population.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by fitch270 View Post
                    I like the idea of using them for photography but I'm not interested enough to pursue it. My wife and I have been kicking the idea around of buying a quality camera set up but we just aren't in the habit of buying things we won't use much, especially if depreciation is a major possibility. A drone would probably be one of those toys that gets played with for a short while then get sold at a garage sale.
                    I have opinions about photo equipment, and some experience, if you are interested.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Amflyer View Post

                      I have opinions about photo equipment, and some experience, if you are interested.
                      "opinions"? LOL!

                      Anymore, cell phones have about as good a camera as you can get without all the fancy lens.
                      I had a small Kodak "Z500" camera (about $250 at Wal Mart) that took both video and stills. No long range focus but did an "ok🤔" job for an amateur like me.
                      I'm just so hard on photo equipment I hate to spend the big bucks on "REALLY" good gear.
                      Hauling a nice camera around in a turkey vest ain't good for it. It adds to the equipment load and does me no good sitting in the truck when a bull gobbler is strutting in the sunshine!
                      "Hold that pose buddy! I gotta go get my camera!" LOL!

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                      • #12
                        Good drone flight over Lake Erie. Quality video. I don't think the ice is thick enough yet. Maybe it will be after this cold snap.

                        Day 6 Lake Erie Freeze 2 11 2021 - YouTube

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                        • #13
                          Most of what you wrote, F-Bubba, I don't really have any qualms with. But you can't take pictures like this with a cell phone. 🙂

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Amflyer View Post
                            Most of what you wrote, F-Bubba, I don't really have any qualms with. But you can't take pictures like this with a cell phone. 🙂
                            No sir, you certainly can't amflyer.
                            I've taken some pretty neat photos with a cell phone.
                            100E0884.JPGThis iisn't cell phone photo.
                            100_0837.JPG ...nor this one.

                            I offered these to a wildlife photo provider.
                            They were "too plain" for their taste!

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                            • #15
                              Very nice photos. Especially the one of the Tom in profile. I was so presumptuous as to tweak the photo a bit. Sometimes digital photos need a little adjustment. If you object, I'll un-post forthwith.

                              As to selling photos? Who knows what they want. I do photography for myself and a few friends. More fun that way.

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