Down here, there isn't much discussion about using them to scout or spy on deer numbers across property lines. The biggest objection as been to the groups like PETA using them to film and disrupt hunts. Many of you probably read about the PETA drone (that was actually a Radio Shack RC helicopter with a camera attached) that was shot down by guides at Broxton Bridge Plantation a few years ago during a pigeon shoot. The courts ruled that the guides were perfectly within their rights to shoot it down because of SC's law that makes it illegal to harass hunters legal pursuit of game. On top of that the PETA group had parked their vehicle and were operating the "drone" from the plantation's property across the highway from the field where the hunt was being conducted. That case actually ended up with the PETA people being charged with trespassing and hunter harassment. Needless to say, here in Hampton and Colleton counties, we haven't had a lot of "drone" activity since then! On the other hand, my place is very close to the county airport and the National Guard compound. This past season I was sitting in one of my deer stands when a fully armed Army attack chopper kept buzzing and targeting me. It had the full arsenal of rockets mounted under the wings, and it was close enough I could see the Gatling gun barrels as it swiveled side to side and up and down while it hovered over me. I could easily see the pilot and the gunner as they watched me. I'm guessing they were just fooling around and having a good time; but I'll admit I did pull the hammer back on the T/C with it resting on the gun rail on the front of the stand. I know that a 150 grain .308 bullet against an armored chopper would have only been like a mosquito bite on Kevlar, but they hovered for so long I wasn't sure what to expect!
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