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Old 31st Mar 2013, 05:01
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Cattlemen to Shoot Down Drones

More things for the heli mustering chaps to avoid.

More targets for the heli shooters to practise on..


Farming bodies have criticised an animal welfare group's plan to use a drone to film farming practices on properties around Australia, with one saying the drone would be shot down.

Animal Liberation has purchased a surveillance drone equipped with a powerful camera.

The group says the drone can film from as low as 10 metres above the ground to gather potential evidence of animal abuse.

Spokesman Mark Pearson says the practice will not contravene trespass or privacy laws...



Animal welfare group to monitor farms with drone - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)






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A little bit of poetic licence with the 10 metre figure!
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Old 31st Mar 2013, 06:45
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the practice will not contravene trespass or privacy laws...
Not yet. Will the libbos allow video recordings of their meetings?
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If a farmer shot a drone that was flying low over his farm I wonder whether the cops could charge him for destruction of property.
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Old 31st Mar 2013, 07:10
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What property ? didn't see anything...
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I find this very odd, as beef cattle in Australia generally run wild until they are mustered, yarded up and then trucked / put into different paddocks,

Working on a station myself, I'm not sure how a drone would really go unnoticed and, more importantly, how it would actually be of any use.

The only time I could see it being useful is during large-scale sales, but realistically you could just walk around and observe on the ground!

Btw, this drone thing has PETA written all over it!
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...thought it was a crow.
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I wonder how their going with the AOC application?
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Shooting it down would be criminal damage and counterproductive. Better to errect some lightweight fishing nets vertically across the cattle yards to get the PETAcopter all strung up. Then the do-gooders can come ask for it back again...
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Would Peta pay compo for any livestock that were spooked and injured?

Now that would be interested. Peta video of cattle, horses or sheep spooked by a drone getting shown 4 corners.

I think not. Would not suit 4c agenda.
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Even if they did shoot it down, unless there is proof, they can't do a thing. Especially if the drone disappears

I doubt they would receive permission to go on the property and retrieve it

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Take care - the drone will be streaming live video back to a computer for recording.

Of course, that means there would be someone within (short) radio range with a computer. Now maybe they would be trespassing ?
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Old 31st Mar 2013, 08:53
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I'd call it pest control.
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Better to errect some lightweight fishing nets vertically across the cattle yards to keep the blowflies out.
Fixed it for you.
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Local gliding club have a fly neighbourly attitude in that they avoid spooking the local Orstrich/ Emu farm who panic when they see a giant Hawk and run to a corner where they smother each other. Dead birds mean lots of insurance claims.

Many indiginees claim not only the oceans where they fish, but the airspace above them. See the fly neighbourly requirements at, dare I say it, Ayres rock.

Reminds me of a black hang glider who used to fly abouts here. Bloke shot it thinking it was a giant Crow and it released the bloke it had flown off with.

Poor bugga never made it unfortunately, but the Crow speared in.

The God's must be crazy!
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And here I was thinking that there is nothing more satisfying than taking out a Crow from 200 yards, but a Drone, now that sounds like a superb challenge!

Could one assume that CASA will be purchasing an arsenal of drones to be used for surveilling naughty outback farmers not placing their logbooks in their R22's prior to aerial mustering? Perhaps CASA drones will surveil the farmers fuel drum storage area to ensure it is free from containments and correct signage is in place?

Personally I reckon it is time to load up the 223 or 22/250 and blow a few drones away. Besides if you get caught the jail sentence will be less for a drone than for a crow!
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Drone hunting - a new sport for the 21st century!
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Crows seem smart , never can see one when you got the gun handy .

How about mounting a gun on the drone .... works for the US ;-) Then the arms race begins . Would be great if we could cull feral camels , goats , buffalo etc with drones . Sure we could charge the general public to drive them as some sort of live gaming experience

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNPJMk2fgJU

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There's more than one way to skin a drone. These flying contraptions like all remote devices are controlled thru a particular channel of the radio wave spectrum. Someone will find out what freq they are controlled on & make something to jam it then it will be open drone hunting season with a specific broad band freq swamp TX:-)
Foxes are about $10 bucks a head what's a drone worth?

I'm into radio controlled toy planes/heli's & I would love the chance to chase one of these things around the sky

Bring it on am sure the farmers would love to shoot something like an 'aerial inspector'!:-)

'hash' love the YouTube link, thnxs


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I dare them to fly one over Bob Katters property!
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