It isn't just drones....and we're talking about hunting here. Just to expand the philosophical arena, lets start with archery. I don't even know what you call a primitive bow. Use it or a recurve? A recurve or a compound? Peep sights? Lighted sights? Primitive firearms used to be primitive firearms. Now, its hard to see the difference between a muzzleloader and a breech loader. Open sights or scopes? Heck a rifled barrel or a smooth barrel? Aren't we always making value judgement? It might be for you but it isn't for me! Why do you hunt? Do assume my reason is yours! It's different in Virginia than it is in Iowa than it is in Montana. Heck, here in Virginia we just defeated a bill to allow baiting.
Drones are cool. I'm still trying to decide if and how they fit into hunting. Before I address that, let me raise up hunting compared to some other sports. Bowling? Do you get to decide what you value and play the game the way you want to play the game? Golf? Is there room for this kind of discussion? The rules are the rules, right?
This is healthy and freeing and exciting! That's my value judgement.
I think a lot of us here drank (drink?) the QDM(A) poison. We all want(ed) to be game mangers and farmers. We want(ed) to grow the biggest and the best....and the way I read a lot of posts here and there, some (of us) would go to any level to grow the biggest bucks and to have the best weed free food plots. We (would) spend massive amounts of money to stroke our (my) ego. And that's acceptable and healthy! We all have to be somewhere and doing something! Positive, I hope.
How is a drone any different? I'd ask where does it stop? And, I'd answer, I hope it never does because each of us has to look inward to decided who we are and what we value! That's the challenge and joy of hunting.
Your worried about privacy and trespassing? I think it's too late! Next move is to figure out how to thwart your (our) loss of anonymity! If you use a computer (you're here, right?) you should check out TOR.
WTF? Thermal imaging on a drone? Tell me how! What a great tool for mastering the ways of the whitetail. Where are they and why are they there? How many? What kind? For me, though, it's not about the kill -- it's about the prospect of becoming more enlightened.
Deer? You can have all the technology and insight available. It's still going to be a challenge! Always and everywhere!
Drones? How cool!
I'm still undecided...
I hope you don't mind my babbling....and even find some entertainment in it.
, you have provide great thoughts, and I thank you for this!