Florida Guy's Crime: Shooting Robot Deer

Decoy used to catch poachers

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 16, 2013 6:05 PM CST

(Newser) – Florida officials use a bit of technological trickery to catch potential poachers: They set out real-looking robotic deer in areas they think are attracting illegal hunting, Outside reports. The tactic—also used in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Utah—seems to be effective, the Smithsonian notes. After a Florida man pulled over and shot one of the robots out of season, police popped out and arrested him. "He crossed a ditch and walked up toward the fence carrying a rifle," says the report. "He placed the rifle on the fence to steady himself and shot at the replica."

The man's charges include out-of-season hunting and shooting from a road. The Smithsonian quotes a Utah official who spoke to the Daily Mail: "I’ve seen an individual shoot (a robot) with a 30-06 (rifle) and couldn’t figure out why it didn’t go down after he hit it five or six times. It can be really entertaining."

This undated image provided by Florida Fish and Wildlife shows a robot deer.
This undated image provided by Florida Fish and Wildlife shows a robot deer.   (AP Photo/Florida Fish and Wildlife)
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