Michigan's interpretation of the "Drone Statute," which categorically prohibits the use of drones in any hunting activities, is being interpreted to include the recovery a already downed game. We firmly believe this interpretation not only stifles technological innovation and economic growth, but also infringes on our First Amendment rights. The law, originally intended to prevent technology-assisted hunting, does not clearly address activities like ours, which do not involve the actual "taking" or "hunting" of game. We argue that drone-assisted recovery of game already taken is a vastly different operation and that Michigan's sweeping interpretation is constitutionally flawed. Instead of fostering a fair and reasonable approach to drone usage, the current interpretation unfairly burdens businesses like ours and, importantly, our customers.
We're not standing alone in this. The Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), a third party with a solid reputation for defending liberty and justice, is teaming up with us. The Pacific Legal Foundation is a non-profit legal organization with a primary mission to protect and uphold constitutional liberties. Their work includes providing pro-bono legal support to individuals and businesses, like ours, who are fighting against unwarranted government overreach and standing up for principles of freedom and individual rights.
The PLF believes, as we do, that Michigan’s law is an outdated impediment to progress, and infringes on constitutional rights. They're stepping up to champion our cause, giving us free legal help and backing our mission with strong outside support.
Let's talk specifics. Michigan's law currently prohibits drones in the aid of hunting, pursuing, or taking a deer. At the same time, they require hunters to make every reasonable effort to recover a carcass. Treating the usage of a drone in the recovery of a carcass the same as using of a drone in the huntingis totally illogical in our opinion. It's time to bring laws up to date with the 21st century.
It makes sense right? There's a ton of value that the ethical and responsible use of drones can bring to hunters, land owners, and the state. The DNR, oddly enough, allows drones to be used in other wildlife areas, which makes their stance on the deer recovery industry puzzling, to say the least.
The Bottom Line is we want to run our business without government overreach that interferes with our constitutional rights. Yes - the government may have a role in regulating this, and in ensuring that drones are not using to aid in scouting and hunting for deer, but we believe their current interpretation is both unreasonable unconstitutional.
Our aim isn't merely to win a lawsuit. We're looking to set a precedent. Lots of other states have similar outdated unclear and vague laws. We have got to move the conversation about how to ethically use drones in the aid of recovering a carcass forward. This is about enabling innovation, creating opportunities, and helping both the hunters and the state be successful.
This season was full of big bucks and dozens of successful recoveries. One of our favorite was this beautiful buck that was found in an urban environment while it was snowing. Our team got the call on the way back from North Carolina and stopped in to locate this monster.
By employing the help of trained professionals, such as our operators, drones can prove to be a game-changer in emergency situations, potentially saving the lives of animals. Our drones are equipped with imaging cutting-edge thermal cameras, allowing for heat signatures to be seen easily. Furthermore, they’re equipped with 200x zoom cameras. Such technology is essential in locating animals lost in dense foliage or forestry
Our herd analysis allows hunters and private landowners to gain incredible insight into, and information on, the deer population within their land. We’re able to determine the doe-buck ratio of your deer population and the overall health of your deer population. This has helped hunters and landowners to remain informed on the condition of their herds and allow for informed decisions on future hunting practices. This game-changing service could also enable the monitoring of deer populations to detect and measure disease levels among deer populations, such as tracking the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, something that has recently become increasingly widespread among deer populations.
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In a first for Drone Deer Recovery - we got a call that three show cattle had escaped. The owners had done everything they could to locate them with no success, including hiring another drone operator to locate the cattle. However, our operators, Mike and Jay, located the show cattle within no time.
Our team has found many large, or even monstrous, bucks throughout their time as Drone Deer Recovery operators. However, recently they have managed to beat all previous records by finding the biggest buck Drone Deer Recovery has ever seen! Watch as our operators locate this record-breaking buck!
Thermal imaging drones have proved, countless times, to be essential tools for emergency recovery situations. It is during moments like these that we are thankful for our team of skilled drone operators, who have access to advanced drone technology. Using this technology our operators managed to rescue puppies that were lost and completely alone in the wilderness. With the help of our state-of-the-art thermal imaging drone, we quickly located the puppies, carefully navigating the terrain to rescue the puppies and bring them to safety.
In this episode, we follow a hunter on his quest to recover a deer he had shot, but that had ultimately escaped him. With the help of a drone equipped with thermal imaging technology, the hunter and our team were able to successfully recover the deer and provide closure to both the hunter and the animal. Drone technology continues to reduce the likelihood that wounded animals will be left behind.
Check this video out as we search for a monster buck that was being hunted by coyotes. Using thermal imaging, we manage to beat the coyotes, and located the buck in time.
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Our thermal drones nonstop impress our clients with the efficiency and speed with which we can locate injured and dead game. This technology is sure to be an iconic piece of equipment within the hunting industry. Watch as we use thermal imaging, once again, to locate a large buck.
Watch as we use thermal drone technology to locate and analyze a wounded buck in broad daylight. We demonstrate the power of thermal imaging and how it helped us search a wider area and get a bird's eye view of the terrain, increasing our chances of finding the injured buck. Time and time again drone technology proves to be a revolutionizing force in the hunting industry.
Watch as we demonstrate the incredible speed and efficiency of using a thermal drone for carcass recovery. Within just 1 minute and 20 seconds of launching our thermal imaging drone, we were able to locate the carcass of a buck in the timber. This is a new record for us and we were able to achieve this with the help of thermal drone technology. Watch as we fly our drone over the forest and quickly spot the dead animal. This is a prime example of how thermal drones are revolutionizing the hunting industry, making it easier and more efficient to locate and retrieve dead game. Don't miss out on this amazing footage of thermal drone technology in action!
Once again our industry-grade thermal cameras have proved to be an invaluable tool in locating deer. Watch as we deploy this technology, and successfully locate a shoulder-hit buck.
Watch as we help a client locate a buck that had wandered all the way into a cornfield!
Watch as Drone Deer Recovery conduct a doe-buck ratio herd analysis for a happy customer!
In Episode 3 we found an absolute monster buck, and we've only gone and done it again. Watch as Drone Deer Recovery locates a giant Ohio buck after the hunter lost the blood trail.
Follow us on a journey as we spend the night locating two deer, with the help of high-tech thermal imaging and night vision cameras.
If it wasn't already obvious how efficient and useful drone recoveries are, watch as we locate two bucks for two different hunters in the same morning.
Has heavy rain ever washed away the blood trail you've been using to track a buck? Watch as we locate a buck after heavy rain caused the hunter to lose the trail.
Need convincing on why you should use Drone Deer Recovery? Watch as we locate a buck within a mere 11 minutes after our drone was deployed!
Naturally, with the rise in drone usage comes concerns over privacy and legal restrictions. One question that has often been batted around is whether it is legal to fly a drone over private land. This is a concern not only for hobbyist flyers but also those wishing to use professional services such as our own Drone Deer Recovery. In this article, we will explore this topic in-depth, with a focus on the hunting industry, so that you can rest easy knowing you’re well-versed in drone regulations.
In this article, you will find everything there is to know about the laws and regulations governing private property, and what to do if a deer has wandered onto private property.
Drones, also commonly known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have revolutionized every industry in that they have been utilized. One area where drones have proven themselves to be extremely effective is in the battle against the spread of infectious diseases. In this article, we'll be exploring the benefits of using drones to prevent the spread of disease.
The utility of drones has allowed for great advancements to be made in any professional industry that has employed them, optimizing tasks that have traditionally proved costly. However, some have raised concerns regarding the potential impact that drones could have on wildlife, arguing that wildlife could be harmed, or disturbed, or that natural behaviors in animals could be altered.
Hunting deer takes patience and is often full of challenges. Therefore, every hunter knows the frustration involved when losing an injured deer in the wilderness. When this old age problem occurs, hunters have traditionally been left with only one solution: tracking dogs. However, with great advancements in drone technology, and the increased availability of high-quality commercial drones, hunters now have a choice. Both methods of deer recovery have their advantages and disadvantages, and which you choose will depend on any number of factors. In this article, we will guide you through the pros and cons of each method, and help you decide which will be best for you when deer hunting.
Mike with Drone Deer Recovery is on his way to Tennessee to try and help a guy find his lost blood tracking dog.
What do you do when your drone just falls out of the sky for no apparent reason? Mike and the team investigate.
Things to get a little exciting as we search for a large buck and start having Drone issues because of the terrain.
What a giant buck takin in Ohio. Fair chase on private land is the way this stub was taken. Drone Deer Recovery was able to locate this buck fast with our Matrice 30t.
In this episode we search and locate a 200" wounded buck using our drone.
Don't miss out on another deer. Let's do this.