Florida Guy's Crime: Shooting Robot Deer
Decoy used to catch poachers
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 16, 2013 6:05 PM CST
This undated image provided by Florida Fish and Wildlife shows a robot deer.   (AP Photo/Florida Fish and Wildlife)

(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."

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Red Roses
Nov 18, 2013 12:31 PM CST
LMAO...purely on the fact the deer didn't fall down, from the 2nd shot should have been a clue. We might have to rethink some hunters gun right laws. lol
The Spirit Bear
Nov 18, 2013 9:38 AM CST
Poaching is not hunting. Sitting in a vehicle, hiding in a blind, shooting prey over bait, taking captive prey, trophy collecting... None of these qualify as hunting in my book. In the old days, our ancestors hunted in order to survive. They did not wantonly kill for sport. The Europeans came here, ravaged the land, took whatever they wanted with no thought of or regard for future generations, and no respect for Mother Earth or Her children. They decimated the Bison herds. They killed Wolves, Bears, and Pumas. They destroyed everything in their path, like a marauding, drunk Godzilla. There is no reason to kill a predator unless your life or someone else's life is in immediate jeopardy. There is no reason to kill that which you have no intention of eating. I could rant on and on, ad infinitum, but to what avail? Folks in general don't care. Ignorance and apathy reign. Society is shallow and self-absorbed. Humanity is on a downward spiral toward the inevitable "Big Event", whatever it may be.
Nov 18, 2013 8:25 AM CST
Next, we need to build a Robot Deer--- that shoots back! After that, of course, the sky's the limit.