Unfortunately, the lust
for the buck has driven some obsessive hunters to break the law,
hunting the animals out of season. That caused some techie
conservationists to do what any normal well-adjusted person would do
-- make a mechanical,
taxidermied deer to turn the tables on the hunters.
Brian Wolslegel, a member of a gang call Custom
Robotic Wildlife, has done exactly that. He has collected
deer corpses, dried the pelts, and stretched the skins over
polyurethane bodies, creating a host of deer decoys. The frame
has servomotors attached that actuate the head, tail, and limbs.
The electronics are hidden inside the beast's neck and legs -- not
typical hunter targets -- and receive signals via remote
Mr. Wolslegel and his pals spend their free time
hiding in the forest. When they come across a hapless
lawbreaking hunter, the hunter becomes the hunted. On the hunt
for the most dangerous game, one party controls the decoy and waits
for the hunter to strike. Another video tapes the hunter
shooting the decoy. And two others leap out from the woods and
tackle the hunter(s) attempting to detain them until authorities can
Mr. Wolslegel and pals have nabbed multiple
lawbreakers with their mix of creepy stuffed animals and high-tech.
And across the country many park officials are using decoys supplied
by the team to conduct similar stings. The punishments handed
out by authorities include steep fines and jail time.
group also uses coyotes, elk, antelope, and bears to catch hunters
engaging in other types of poaching. However, their main
passion remains deer. Next year Mr. Wolslegel plans to unleash
a new model which has a CO2 cartridge to let loose little
puffs of steamy "breath".
Aside from poaching the
poachers, the Wisconsin based club/business also sells a variety of
stuffed automated decoys to law-abiding hunters, homeowners (looking
to scare away animals), and anyone else who might have a long
silenced latent urge to own a large taxidermied beast.
quote: In the summer, deer hunting is typically banned for a variety of reasons. First, it allows the population to stay plentiful and ready for the hunt. Second it minimizes the months in which fearful deer are likely to dart out across the road. And third, it prevents joggers from becoming the victim of beer-driven hunting accidents.
quote: I wouldn't say hunting ISN'T a form of controlling the number of animals that pose a danger to pedestrians, it just isn't a good one. Relying on hunters doesn't yield predictable results.
quote: It's like the difference between your girlfriend and a prostitute- one does it legally, and the other does not.
quote: Personally, I don't think I'd want to jump out and surprise someone with a high powered rifle.
quote: If that were the case, there would be no carcasses left behind for these self-appointed rangers to find, would there.
quote: This may shock you, but deer can die without the intervention of hunters.
quote: What a potty mouth!
quote: If this is baiting then banks "bait" bank robbers everyday by having branches.
quote: There used to be millions of buffalo in North America, but were hunted to near extinction since there was no regulation. Same thing could happen to deer if all the regulations were taken away.
quote: Most hunters I know care more about their environment than any robot controlling, camera toting conservationist. I don't care how barbaric or redneck people try to make it sound.