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 Post subject: A first
PostPosted: June 17th, 2017, 10:49 am 
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I had heard about Anglers being bothered by drones, but the experience had never happened to me. Last week on a popular Maine river I was fishing when I head this sound.....I guess you'd call it a buzzing sound. There were enough mosquitos around that at first I didn't realize what it was. I then looked up and thought WTF? A drone was flying over our heads! I couldn't believe it. That had never happened before......but I strongly suspect it will become a frequent occurrence in years to come.

I must tell you it was a bizarre experience. The fact that these things have become so cheap....and they're now even sold at Walgreens (!!) will make them ubiquitous in the next few years.

Dave M

PS. BTW, I've heard that these things have become such a problem in certain areas that Eagles and Hawks are being trained to catch these things in mid-air to trash them. I love that idea. Anybody got a trained Hawk I can borrow?

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 Post subject: Re: A first
PostPosted: June 17th, 2017, 12:35 pm 
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Dave, I know someone with a falcon. Great idea.


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 Post subject: Re: A first
PostPosted: June 17th, 2017, 8:12 pm 
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Maybe use a drone to drop the fly on that fish rising just out of reach?


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 Post subject: Re: A first
PostPosted: June 17th, 2017, 9:03 pm 
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Is it possible the wardens are using them to monitor FFO waters? just a thought. I have yet to have one buzz me on the rivers


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 Post subject: Re: A first
PostPosted: June 19th, 2017, 7:12 am 
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skeet load of number 7 1/2s might cure he problem.


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 Post subject: Re: A first
PostPosted: June 19th, 2017, 10:23 am 
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granger wrote:
skeet load of number 7 1/2s might cure he problem.


We'd need a whole new thread simply to discuss which choke to use! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: A first
PostPosted: June 19th, 2017, 10:30 am 
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InTheTrees wrote:
granger wrote:
skeet load of number 7 1/2s might cure he problem.


We'd need a whole new thread simply to discuss which choke to use! :lol:


Seems like a good enough reason to think about purchase of another fine shotgun too. 28 or 12 ga?

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 Post subject: Re: A first
PostPosted: June 19th, 2017, 10:51 am 
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Yeah....I thought about that.

However, in all seriousness, as someone that has actually been hit by a shotgun pellet while Atlantic Salmon fishing in Veazie during the heyday of that fishing, I will tell you it was a harrowing experience.

Some ###hole was shooting Shags, and one of the pellets hit me squarely in the chest. Luckily it didn't hit me in the face......or, God forbid the eye, but it still smarted like hell.....and left a helluva bruise.

Nope......trained Falcons are definitely the way to address this issue.

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 Post subject: Re: A first
PostPosted: June 19th, 2017, 11:04 am 
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Dave M wrote:
Yeah....I thought about that.

However, in all seriousness, as someone that has actually been hit by a shotgun pellet while Atlantic Salmon fishing in Veazie during the heyday of that fishing, I will tell you it was a harrowing experience.

Some ###hole was shooting Shags, and one of the pellets hit me squarely in the chest. Luckily it didn't hit me in the face......or, God forbid the eye, but it still smarted like hell.....and left a helluva bruise.

Nope......trained Falcons are definitely the way to address this issue.

Dave M


That's what you get when you partake in combat fishing.

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 Post subject: Re: A first
PostPosted: June 19th, 2017, 11:51 am 
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Hey Dave, where were you? Just drop a clue if you don't feel like naming the river.

I know folks are joking here, but of course as long as these things are being operated legally, messing with them is probably not a good idea. Both legally and just that they are someone's property - and expensive.

You are likely right that they are going to be encountered more frequently as time goes by. Like a lot of things that are beyond our direct control, for better and worse we will have to get used to them. Perhaps there will be proposed changes to law and policy where voices can be heard.


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 Post subject: Re: A first
PostPosted: June 19th, 2017, 12:21 pm 
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TB.....

Check your pm's

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 Post subject: Re: A first
PostPosted: June 19th, 2017, 4:33 pm 
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Perhaps we need this--Michigan has a law banning drones from interfering with hunting or fishing.

http://upnorthlive.com/news/local/drones-banned-for-hunting-and-fishing

A bunch of other states, including New Hampshire, have banned hunting and/or scouting with drones, but this is the only law I know of that mentions fishing.

I seem to remember a law in the Maine Fishing Rules when I was a kid that it was illegal to land a helicopter on a remote pond for fishing. Does anyone else remember that? My dad was an Army helicopter pilot and always felt that was unfair discrimination in favor of fixed-wing aircraft, but it made sense to me to protect those ponds too small for a plane to land. Unlike drones, helicopters stayed expensive enough that the law was probably never necessary, although I do seem to remember reading about helicopter fishing trips for Russian salmon in one of the fly fishing magazines.


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