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."