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 The Dehogaflier, Home made UAV for pig killing.
BushmanLA  [Member]
8/7/2012 5:27:54 PM EDT
I'm not sure if I ever started a proper thread here, but I have a few updated videos to post and if I started a thread before I can't find it. So I'm just going to start from scratch.

First some background info.
I started pig hunting seriously when my brother bought a new farm near Bunkie, Louisiana. We farm mostly rice and it turns out that pigs REALLY like to eat rice. It also turns out the area next to this farm is full of pigs. He was losing thousands of dollars a week and perhaps a night in damages. I quickly became the guy to call to get rid of them and I became a night time security guard for his farm. I started with the usual methods, a spotlight and a rifle. Soon they got a little too smart for that and would hide in the rice fields all night. At some point I learned how to get in there and find them by sound and smell alone, you can be 5 feet from a pig in a rice field and never see him.
I eventually ditched the rifle for a shotgun and at some point ditched the shotgun for a spear (vid1, vid2). Little did I know I was breaking the law because Louisiana was still stuck on stupid when it came to feral hogs. (Did you know that running over a bunch of pigs would get you a ticket for hunting from a moving vehicle?)

Luckily the law changed just as I was getting really good at it, and the happy times continued. Right around this time, I got an Electrical Engineering Degree and a real job and had lots less play time and lots more play money. It also turns out that my boss is a total gun freak who lived some kind of sick suppressed life of only shooting at target paper and doing something called 3 gun which doesn't involve the violent death of pigs. Needless to say, once he tried pig hunting he was hooked.

So why the Dehogaflier? (Yes, Dehoginator totally inspired the name!)
Hunting pigs in rice is HARD.
Pig activity is sporadic.
Night vision is almost worthless when the pigs are in the rice.
Pigs are smart.
I already had lots of experience with RC airplanes and remote video, a hobby called FPV.
Having your own UAV is bound to make the girls think you are sexy.

The idea is that if we get up high enough, and look straight down with a thermal camera, the pigs will be visible. Instead of patrolling all night, we launch, locate and either land and wait, or go kill some pigs. All in all it works pretty well. The video feed is real time and when we have our sh%t together we have radio communications to talk the shooter right in. Watching pigs get blasted from up on high is a glorious thing.


I'm the skinny guy, on the right. James is the short guy on the left. I don't know who that dead pig is.




We only started using it last year. Crashed it the first night out. Fixed it and flew a few times and killed a handful of pigs. We also did some test flights during the winter and were able to observe every deer/pig in the forest since the canopy was gone. Really neat stuff.

This year we've used it a few times but no serious pigs in the rice yet, and the ones in the milo (sorghum) have proven pretty much impossible to get to. You guys in Texas have no idea how good you have it.
We've been doing lots of upgrades to our ground station and recording equipment, so hopefully I'll be able to post better vids. I missed some really good action last year due to recorder failure etc.

Technical Stuff:
The aircraft is a standard hobby class foam body with an electric motor. The wingspan is about 6ft. It carries a 19mm Tau 320 Thermal camera and a video transmitter to beam the picture back to the ground station in real time. The camera is on a tilt mechanism that allows it to look straight down when needed. There is some nifty autopilot stuff built in as well that keeps us from crashing (mostly) and will return to home if the control link is lost.
The ground station is a receiver for the video, a monitor to display it, recording device, and a laptop with google earth showing a real time position of the aircraft and other instruments. We also have radios for voice communication between the flyer and the shooter.
We are currently adding a nice green laser pointer that will be co witnessed with the camera. A joystick replacement for the remote control (so James can fly and I can shoot) and other goodies like a second mini video Rx for the truck/ATV.


Flight time is about 1 hour if I'm careful with the throttle. At that point I can land, change the battery and be back in the air in about 5 mins if I'm in a hurry.
Video link range has been tested past two miles, but we generally keep it well inside that.
The aircraft can go fast if needed, but to save battery and get a good view of the world we float around just above stall speed of about 20mph. When there is a bit of a breeze I can turn it into the wind and pretty much hover over the same spot for good viewing.

The motor is electric but it puts out an audible whine that can be heard from a long way off. We've found that most animals ignore it until you come screaming out of the sky at them just a hundred feet off the ground. Chasing coyotes and deer is a favorite pastime when no pigs are around.


How much does it cost?
For about $10k you could probably replicate what I have including the ground station and all the bare essential tools what not. However, it isn't plug in play yet. You better have a little bit of nerd in you are you will get sick of dealing with all the repairs and what not.


If you are interested in building one, I'd be glad to give advice. If you have lots and lots of money, I'll build you one.

If you want to come hunting with us, we like company, but despite our technical advantage over the pigs, our hunting is hard work. We don't have huge herds of pigs over open ground like you see in other places, we have to fight for every rotten stinking pig we kill. Sometimes we go out, fly every two hours and nothing shows up. We go back to work a day or two later the farmer calls and he's been hit by a herd of pigs. We would like to take people on payed hunts one day, but James and I have day jobs so this is somewhat difficult. If you are really interested, just let me know.

If you want us to come fly for you on your own hunting grounds, we can do this as well. Again, we have day jobs, so we can't just leave for a week to goof off. But we are always looking for new places to go and new pigs to kill.







Here are the video's of our first flights. I'll come back and fix the youtube links later. (Why does this board suck so bad for youtube posting?)

This is a very early video of one of my first aircraft with a daytime camera attached. It shows a good view of the damage. This is when things were really bad and I first started giving them hell.
Also, I chase a buzzard, weeee!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIIx94Usgjg

Some digital still camera shots of the same mess on two different farms taken from another aircraft of mine.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cy_brown/sets/72157622248728446/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cy_brown/sets/72157622309752848/

Here is the dehogaflier's maiden flight. Not much here to see, but boy were we pumped.
I was also a little scared of launching $5000 worth of camera on $100 of foam.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSpj4H-pAMs

Another daytime survey of the damage with the daylight camera for those of you interested in the evil things that pigs do to rice farms.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQLScHXtJ_0

Our first thermal flight over the rice farm that didn't end in disaster. Not much to see here either, but we learned that pigs and deer are hard to tell apart with this thing. A problem that persists today, though we are getting better at it. We also learned that if you sneak up on a sleeping deer from two sides, one guy is likely to get run over by a startled deer. (Sorry James)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CldWU1K6u6I

Another set of flights, finally some pigs. But nothing dies.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peVeKto-00E


This flight was our first air assist kill. I totally missed recording it because the recorder fouled up and ran out of space. It was so epic too :(
James blasted one of the pigs and it started flipping out and running in circles and eventually comes right at him. The audio was great, "James he's coming right for you!" Watching all of this unfold from the air is unbelievably awesome.
We also learned this night that riding a bicycle down a farm road with no lights is hard (Sorry James).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JGqYT0EuZ0


Another decent video. Pigs were around but the shooter missed. Notice in the video that James is so close to the pigs that I can't tell who is who, but he still missed. James is a good shooter, pigs hiding in rice can be really hard to get. This one finally has some audio in it which makes things a little clearer and gives a better idea of how exciting it is. James wears an earpiece so that our voice comms don't scare off the piggies.
Also in this video we mistake a pig for a deer and buzz it for fun. Weeeee.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32v4KBHMb7k
Also from the same flight, a funny little video showing my excited toes.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWZyQQiuQW8


More video exists from that season but I haven't bothered to edit it down and post it yet.


Here is where the Dehogaflier falls down and goes boom while testing some new stuff.
This is also the day I promised myself never to skip any parts of the pre flight test again. Luckily the thermal camera was not installed at the time, though it probably would have survived.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb_w994iPu4

Here is a good view of what's going on at the ground station for those of you who care. No pig killing going on here. James is doing the flying with his flashy new joystick (he can't do the thumbstick thing)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0aUPDQX_hk


More videos to come. Our recording setup is pretty rock solid now and it also records audio at the ground station. I should be posting more shortly.
Also, recording quality should get better, but I think youtube is going to knock it right back down again. It is way easier to see things when you are sitting at the ground station, youtube doesn't do it justice.


Edit: Just for added coolness. Fireworks!
http://vimeo.com/18068378
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BushmanLA  [Member]
8/7/2012 5:53:36 PM EDT
This is a video from last year, but I just now got around to editing it and posting it. Part 1 of two.
Basically we went out for some test flights without thinking we would see many pigs. This farm has never had a single pig until just few months before this video was taken. We were totally taken by suprise when there was a herd of them in the forest and one dorking around on the road a few hundred yards in front of us.
We didn't have radios and only had a shotgun with a light plus some of us might have been drinking....

So it was a total disaster, but we had a good time. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wx85xRAKjQw

Second part should be posted later.
doc_Zox  [Team Member]
8/7/2012 6:00:09 PM EDT
That is totally wicked, I await the anguished cries of the anti hunting ninnies


Have you seen this app?
http://hrtapps.com/theodolite/



SkyPup  [Team Member]
8/7/2012 6:22:56 PM EDT
I absolutely love it, I would have been an EE if I wasn't a molecular geneticist.

Nice freakin' innovative work!

I am fortunate enough to have a real good friend who is a Coastal Engineering PhD professor, he maps the undersea shelf around the Gulf Coast for the FDOT to do 3-D mapping of underwater topography movement during storms for bridge construction, he did Lake Pontchartrain I-10 bridge after Katrina, and the Tampa Bay Bridge during Charlie, as well as the I-10 Pensacola bridges after Ivan.

He has a two seater Gyrocopter with a Subaru 110hp horizontal four outfitted with tens of thousands of your tax dollars worth of FLIR Aerial Surveillance Cameras and some super powerful lasers for going underwater to the sea bottom that collect terabytes of data.

We just signed a 2-year contract with the State for hog and coyote removal on a 28,000 acre State Park five miles down the road from my farm.

Our friend with the FLIR Thermals is going to do some fly overs for us to find out the concentration of hogs on a portion of the property later on this fall when we really get more organized.

I'll be sure to post some videos of the flyover thermals in super high resolution, like you see from an A-10 Wart Hog from the air in Afganny, with us on the ground blasting hogs!
Gamma762  [Team Member]
8/7/2012 9:59:24 PM EDT
Exceptionally cool project.

Considering the value of the onboard equipment I would seriously suggest putting a small tracking transmitter on there. Easiest to get an amateur radio license and use some of the amateur APRS hardware.
BigeasySnow  [Team Member]
8/7/2012 10:06:59 PM EDT
You are sexy.
theworkingman  [Team Member]
8/7/2012 11:20:15 PM EDT
So, this is awesome. End of story.

Next: design/build a featherlight stripped down AR (pistol) with a SB carbon fiber barrel, no handguard, no stock, no grip, and lw bcg, and actuated folding sights. Mount that fucker upside down on the bottom of the plane and come up with a two-sided (feeds from each wing) gravity fed mag. Cowitness the camera and the sight picture and then report back.

ETA: I have no idea what the legal implications of putting a rifle on a plane are. THIS IS JUST A CRAZY IDEA.
keeyote  [Member]
8/8/2012 3:28:30 AM EDT
Really cool. Amazing work guys.
BushmanLA  [Member]
8/8/2012 3:49:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SkyPup:

We just signed a 2-year contract with the State for hog and coyote removal on a 28,000 acre State Park five miles down the road from my farm.



Can we be friends? :D
BigeasySnow  [Team Member]
8/8/2012 4:42:03 AM EDT
Originally Posted By BushmanLA:

Originally Posted By SkyPup:

We just signed a 2-year contract with the State for hog and coyote removal on a 28,000 acre State Park five miles down the road from my farm.



Can we be friends? :D


Can you get the contract for Bogue Chitto State Park? The hogs are tearing it up bad and I get nervous hiking with such big groups of big pigs around.
SkyPup  [Team Member]
8/8/2012 5:00:14 AM EDT
Originally Posted By BushmanLA:

Originally Posted By SkyPup:

We just signed a 2-year contract with the State for hog and coyote removal on a 28,000 acre State Park five miles down the road from my farm.



Can we be friends? :D



It took a year of work with the State, Attorney General signed the contract last week and we finalized it all last night at the park HDQ with Park Manager and Fish & Game.

Had to set up an LLC corporation and get a State Hog Live Trapping and Transportation Permit as well as our NRA Liability Policy, which just became effective @ 8 AM this morning!

Last helicopter fly over six weeks ago counted 350 hogs in just one 400 acre area.....the gators in that area are also extremely well fed, there are a couple of 10-12 footers that we have to keep an eye out for both day and night when walking in that area.
BushmanLA  [Member]
8/8/2012 5:31:17 AM EDT
Sounds like you need help. :)
SkyPup  [Team Member]
8/8/2012 6:21:06 AM EDT
Originally Posted By BushmanLA:
Sounds like you need help. :)


Two Dillon mini-guns would be nice....
jpIII  [Team Member]
8/8/2012 6:56:47 AM EDT
Originally Posted By BigeasySnow:
Originally Posted By BushmanLA:

Originally Posted By SkyPup:

We just signed a 2-year contract with the State for hog and coyote removal on a 28,000 acre State Park five miles down the road from my farm.



Can we be friends? :D


Can you get the contract for Bogue Chitto State Park? The hogs are tearing it up bad and I get nervous hiking with such big groups of big pigs around.



Does LA have a contract out for that? Any idea on whom to contact?

How big of a group of pigs are we talking about here?

BTW, I'm the short guy with the rifle ;-)
BigeasySnow  [Team Member]
8/8/2012 7:03:57 AM EDT
Originally Posted By jpIII:
Originally Posted By BigeasySnow:
Originally Posted By BushmanLA:

Originally Posted By SkyPup:

We just signed a 2-year contract with the State for hog and coyote removal on a 28,000 acre State Park five miles down the road from my farm.



Can we be friends? :D


Can you get the contract for Bogue Chitto State Park? The hogs are tearing it up bad and I get nervous hiking with such big groups of big pigs around.



Does LA have a contract out for that? Any idea on whom to contact?

How big of a group of pigs are we talking about here?

BTW, I'm the short guy with the rifle ;-)


I really have no idea. I guess I'd call the office, maybe get a contact number from the ranger for some decision maker higher up? I imagine the rangers there are upset at getting their park trashed and delicate, unique wetlands destroyed. Bet they'd be on board to work on the decision maker to take action.

I just saw the rooted up creeks and springs and watched pigs run around, I don't know any more than that, sorry.
BushmanLA  [Member]
8/8/2012 7:26:05 AM EDT

Originally Posted By BigeasySnow:

You are sexy.


Can we go out for coffee sometime?
louisianarebel  [Team Member]
8/8/2012 7:42:59 AM EDT
Can we be friends?
BigeasySnow  [Team Member]
8/8/2012 8:22:30 AM EDT
Originally Posted By BushmanLA:

Originally Posted By BigeasySnow:

You are sexy.


Can we go out for coffee sometime?


I was just referencing this from your post

Having your own UAV is bound to make the girls think you are sexy.


I dated a barefoot, spartan-spear pig-hunter and it didn't work out. Y'all are super sexy though.

Eta: I admire your directness and decisiveness. If I were at all available, I'd be driving up there to meet you.
SkyPup  [Team Member]
8/8/2012 9:37:06 AM EDT
Originally Posted By BigeasySnow:
Originally Posted By jpIII:
Originally Posted By BigeasySnow:
Originally Posted By BushmanLA:

Originally Posted By SkyPup:

We just signed a 2-year contract with the State for hog and coyote removal on a 28,000 acre State Park five miles down the road from my farm.



Can we be friends? :D


Can you get the contract for Bogue Chitto State Park? The hogs are tearing it up bad and I get nervous hiking with such big groups of big pigs around.



Does LA have a contract out for that? Any idea on whom to contact?

How big of a group of pigs are we talking about here?

BTW, I'm the short guy with the rifle ;-)


I really have no idea. I guess I'd call the office, maybe get a contact number from the ranger for some decision maker higher up? I imagine the rangers there are upset at getting their park trashed and delicate, unique wetlands destroyed. Bet they'd be on board to work on the decision maker to take action.

I just saw the rooted up creeks and springs and watched pigs run around, I don't know any more than that, sorry.


Call up your local Audubon Chapter and arrange to have a bird count done in the park, once they go in there and see the senseless destruction of the habitat there will be no end to the phone calls, letters, emails, etc. demanding action to rid the place of hogs....don't ask me how I know this....

thedehoganator  [Team Member]
8/8/2012 11:04:56 AM EDT
I see how hard it is with the rice, The only thing I can figure is leave a clearing between the rice and the bedding area. Thats if the bedding area isn't everywhere.
Man what a challange on top of a challange. It looks like just walking thru that rice is tough.
I have several thousand acers that would be a nice to get a over head look of , It would be best in Jan. when the leaves are off the water oaks in the bottoms, some are 70 to 90 feet tall.
We are shreading the spot at the Sabine river now, some of them weeds are 6 to 7 feet tall. Could of used a fly over on them areas.
I have a spot with a mountain thats over 640 feet, covered in pines though...The possabilitys are endless with the dehogaflier, for sure better than a dog, lol.
We need to set up a hunt sometime.
BushmanLA  [Member]
8/8/2012 11:25:48 AM EDT
https://maps.google.com/maps?q=lone+pine+LA&hl=en&ll=30.930096,-92.266831&spn=0.026026,0.034804&safe=off&hnear=Lone+Pine,+5,+Evangeline,+Louisiana&gl=us&t=h&z=15

There isn't much but a dirt road between thousands of acres of forest and the rice. We do catch them on the road every so often, or at least we used to. The tended to stay on the edge of the rice so we could just patrol around and hear them and then go get them. Now they tend to head straight in to the middle of the field which is about 300 to 400 yards across as best.

To make things worse, you can forget about wearing shoes or boots. The mud sucks them right off, or balls up till your foot weighs ten pounds. We've finally settled on wearing dress socks after trying different things like aqua socks and ducktape etc.

However dress socks doesn't do much against water moccasin fangs. I've killed up to 5 or 6 of those dirty bastards a night.


SkyPup  [Team Member]
8/8/2012 1:05:15 PM EDT
Man, there is almost nothing I hate worse than a moccasin, they are nasty.
thedehoganator  [Team Member]
8/8/2012 3:30:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By BushmanLA:
https://maps.google.com/maps?q=lone+pine+LA&hl=en&ll=30.930096,-92.266831&spn=0.026026,0.034804&safe=off&hnear=Lone+Pine,+5,+Evangeline,+Louisiana&gl=us&t=h&z=15

There isn't much but a dirt road between thousands of acres of forest and the rice. We do catch them on the road every so often, or at least we used to. The tended to stay on the edge of the rice so we could just patrol around and hear them and then go get them. Now they tend to head straight in to the middle of the field which is about 300 to 400 yards across as best.

To make things worse, you can forget about wearing shoes or boots. The mud sucks them right off, or balls up till your foot weighs ten pounds. We've finally settled on wearing dress socks after trying different things like aqua socks and ducktape etc.

However dress socks doesn't do much against water moccasin fangs. I've killed up to 5 or 6 of those dirty bastards a night.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3552650/DSCF1666.JPG


Well that is just more justification for tracks on my honda side by side, Don't know when I'll get'em. I want to get another in 3.5 years and track the old one. If we hunt there...I'll pick ya up on the other side.
I drove right up on them, trick is to not let any survive to run from it the next time.
Y'all are welcome to hunt over here, but at my age being a barefoot snake walker is not in the book. you need to change your board name.
Toughest place I ever heard of to hunt right there.
What is it like when they harvest the rice, long gun country right.

Ghost271911  [Team Member]
8/8/2012 3:45:31 PM EDT
You sir are a GOD!!!!! I have gone hog hunting once 7 years ago and I loved it now add in a UAV for locating your preys AO is the shit dreams are made of
jpIII  [Team Member]
8/8/2012 4:27:28 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Ghost271911:
You sir are a GOD!!!!! I have gone hog hunting once 7 years ago and I loved it now add in a UAV for locating your preys AO is the shit dreams are made of


I can tell you there is nothing quite like being in several hundred acres of rice armed to the teeth at 2am with a voice in your ear saying... "Go west 50 yards".

Its like God mode in a first person shooter game.
BushmanLA  [Member]
8/8/2012 5:43:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By thedehoganator:
Originally Posted By BushmanLA:
https://maps.google.com/maps?q=lone+pine+LA&hl=en&ll=30.930096,-92.266831&spn=0.026026,0.034804&safe=off&hnear=Lone+Pine,+5,+Evangeline,+Louisiana&gl=us&t=h&z=15

There isn't much but a dirt road between thousands of acres of forest and the rice. We do catch them on the road every so often, or at least we used to. The tended to stay on the edge of the rice so we could just patrol around and hear them and then go get them. Now they tend to head straight in to the middle of the field which is about 300 to 400 yards across as best.

To make things worse, you can forget about wearing shoes or boots. The mud sucks them right off, or balls up till your foot weighs ten pounds. We've finally settled on wearing dress socks after trying different things like aqua socks and ducktape etc.

However dress socks doesn't do much against water moccasin fangs. I've killed up to 5 or 6 of those dirty bastards a night.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3552650/DSCF1666.JPG


Well that is just more justification for tracks on my honda side by side, Don't know when I'll get'em. I want to get another in 3.5 years and track the old one. If we hunt there...I'll pick ya up on the other side.
I drove right up on them, trick is to not let any survive to run from it the next time.
Y'all are welcome to hunt over here, but at my age being a barefoot snake walker is not in the book. you need to change your board name.
Toughest place I ever heard of to hunt right there.
What is it like when they harvest the rice, long gun country right.


Not really. These days they use what are called stripper headers, which take the grains of rice off the stalk without ever cutting it short. Even when they do cut it, it can still be almost the hight of the average piggy. The tractor tracks in the rice make the spotting much easier though.

I killed two great big fat ones last year like that. One was preggers, bonus points!

Brandi  [Member]
8/8/2012 9:01:53 PM EDT
You guys are my hero...there's nothing better than rednecks who can afford to actually bring their crazy Bubba ideas to fruition lol. The RC plane is awesome!

I've never been hog hunting, or even had the opportunity to but I've built up a hog whacking arsenal including a Colt 6920, a Loki 6.5 Grendel and even a .50 Beowulf. I guess if the hogs ever invade OKC I'll be ready for them. Keep posting this stuff it's frickin' awesome! LOL

Maybe I'll try to mount a tiny camera on my tiny RC helicopter and hunt grasshoppers with my BB gun lol.
BushmanLA  [Member]
8/9/2012 4:35:32 AM EDT
Whoa there.

We aren't rednecks. We are coonasses.
follybeacher  [Member]
8/9/2012 12:59:00 PM EDT
this... is... incredible... words cannot explain
raulr151  [Member]
8/9/2012 4:22:26 PM EDT
Wow! That is some serious hunting right there! I commend you gentleman!
Brandi  [Member]
8/9/2012 5:49:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By BushmanLA:
Whoa there.

We aren't rednecks. We are coonasses.


My bad, I forgot to translate that into Cajun or creole or whatever it is you guys speak lol. On the plus side I do love your hot sauce (Louisiana brand lol). What are the legalities of mounting an AR on a plane and hunting the pigs from the air? Probably illegal but it's the obvious next progression lol.
jpIII  [Team Member]
8/9/2012 6:03:25 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Brandi:
Originally Posted By BushmanLA:
Whoa there.

We aren't rednecks. We are coonasses.


My bad, I forgot to translate that into Cajun or creole or whatever it is you guys speak lol. On the plus side I do love your hot sauce (Louisiana brand lol). What are the legalities of mounting an AR on a plane and hunting the pigs from the air? Probably illegal but it's the obvious next progression lol.


Yeah... its pretty much really illegal.

Electronically firing a semi-auto = = full automatic
Can't hunt with a full auto in Louisiana.
Pretty sure you can't even aerial hunt in Louisiana.

Not too mention the physics of absorbing AR15 recoil into a foam airplane ;-)

Could be nice to drop fireworks though... scare them out. hmmmm... this needs more thought put into it.
35Remington  [Member]
8/9/2012 7:25:39 PM EDT
Just wiped the drool off my keyboard. Hole. Lee. Cow. You guys are awesome. Subbed for more.
Brandi  [Member]
8/9/2012 10:18:41 PM EDT
Hmmm..dropping a sticky bomb high power "firecracker" onto the pigs could just work.
jpIII  [Team Member]
8/10/2012 4:40:58 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Brandi:
Hmmm..dropping a sticky bomb high power "firecracker" onto the pigs could just work.


We'd never get the precision needed to actually hit a pig with it, besides the likely illegality of it.

I was more thinking of an air burst to scare them out of the REALLY thick crops like milo and corn.
We'd set up a perimeter of riflemen around the field for when they run out.

Something like a M80 firecracker.
BushmanLA  [Member]
8/10/2012 5:44:59 AM EDT
I can do the fireworks thing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBn1h0x-37E

hrt4me  [Team Member]
8/10/2012 8:35:55 PM EDT
Originally Posted By SkyPup:
Originally Posted By BushmanLA:
Sounds like you need help. :)


Two Dillon mini-guns would be nice....


maybe could be arranged...
Tri-C  [Team Member]
8/11/2012 6:06:28 AM EDT
Originally Posted By BushmanLA:
I can do the fireworks thing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBn1h0x-37E



Great video. That would be fun to chase and shoot at buzzards.
thedehoganator  [Team Member]
8/11/2012 7:13:33 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Tri-C:
Originally Posted By BushmanLA:
I can do the fireworks thing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBn1h0x-37E



Great video. That would be fun to chase and shoot at buzzards.


Buzzards are protected in texas.

Tri-C  [Team Member]
8/11/2012 9:04:24 AM EDT
Originally Posted By thedehoganator:
Originally Posted By Tri-C:
Originally Posted By BushmanLA:
I can do the fireworks thing.




Great video. That would be fun to chase and shoot at buzzards.


Buzzards are protected in texas.



Not if they are eating the face off of a half born calf.

But seriously, the chances of killing a buzzard with a 2" long rocket fired from a RC plane are very small.
I do like my buzzards, they clean up all my dead hogs.
thedehoganator  [Team Member]
8/11/2012 11:05:31 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Tri-C:
Originally Posted By thedehoganator:
Originally Posted By Tri-C:
Originally Posted By BushmanLA:
I can do the fireworks thing.

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Great video. That would be fun to chase and shoot at buzzards.


Buzzards are protected in texas.



Not if they are eating the face off of a half born calf.

No kidding, I hear they start with the eyes but I never seen it. Had just a few new borns disapear in 7 years at one spot.
They are one ugly bird,right.

Brandi  [Member]
8/11/2012 11:20:49 PM EDT
I'd be more worried about flying chupacabra's....they eat animals AND steal your tacos.
motoguy  [Team Member]
8/12/2012 12:18:33 AM EDT
Looks like a SkyWalker? Are you a member over at FPVlabs?

Edit: Nevermind...I see you're at FPVlabs and RCG. :)
motoguy  [Team Member]
8/12/2012 12:20:49 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SkyPup:
It took a year of work with the State, Attorney General signed the contract last week and we finalized it all last night at the park HDQ with Park Manager and Fish & Game.

Had to set up an LLC corporation and get a State Hog Live Trapping and Transportation Permit as well as our NRA Liability Policy, which just became effective @ 8 AM this morning!

Last helicopter fly over six weeks ago counted 350 hogs in just one 400 acre area.....the gators in that area are also extremely well fed, there are a couple of 10-12 footers that we have to keep an eye out for both day and night when walking in that area.

What kind of permitting was involved in getting the commercial UAV licensure? I know lots of the aerial video guys are being squeezed, with the recent changes regarding the FAA, laws, and UAV's.
Ponyboy  [Team Member]
8/12/2012 3:04:01 AM EDT
Originally Posted By jpIII:

Yeah... its pretty much really illegal.

Electronically firing a semi-auto = = full automatic

Can't hunt with a full auto in Louisiana.


Only if you're firing more than one shot per trigger pull. If you put a button on a remote that fires the gun then the button becomes the "trigger". If you press the button and the gun only fires once and you must release the button and press it again before the gun will shoot again then you're fine. If you can hold the button down and the gun shoots repeatedly then you're fucked.



Pretty sure you can't even aerial hunt in Louisiana.

Not too mention the physics of absorbing AR15 recoil into a foam airplane ;-)


I would guess that there are probably some FAA issues that would be tough to wade through but if you had enough land, some suppressors, a big enough plane and you didn't video it and put it up on YouTube for the world to see, I doubt you'd ever have a problem.


Could be nice to drop fireworks though... scare them out. hmmmm... this needs more thought put into it.



Big fireworks wrapped in ball bearings would be nice

BushmanLA  [Member]
8/12/2012 5:20:27 PM EDT
So I just pulled a dead minnow out of my airplane.
When James ditches the aircraft on landing it really means landing it in the ditch.
I played the part of the shooter instead of the pilot for the first time last night and when I got back to the ground station the $6000 Tau Camera was just a big ball of slimy mud.

However, we had a chance to play around with the new upgrade. "The God Finger" a 90mW green laser to point out pigs from the aircraft. So totally awesome. As soon as I'm back up in the air we will have to take pictures through the PVS-14 so you can see it in action. It is visible to the naked eye but I doubt I could capture it with my camera without some kind of NV.
Brandi  [Member]
8/12/2012 6:14:21 PM EDT
Laser marking?? You guys just keep getting more awesome lol.
RDS_FSU  [Team Member]
8/12/2012 6:33:15 PM EDT
Next it'll be a minigun...

LOL

This stuff is AWESOME OP!! Great work!
BushmanLA  [Member]
8/24/2012 10:06:21 AM EDT
I smashed the hell out of some pigs last night.

Here is a daytime view of some of the damage they are doing in the rice. This isn't one of the worst spots, but it is right near where I killed them.



Another daytime view from the Dehogaflier. When the action went down, I was just under that big green tree at the bottom corner of the pond. The pigs were traveling down the ditch going towards the section of woods on the left. The muck in the ditch was up to my waste. One of the poor piggies couldn't get through it and I blasted him as he was trying to get up the levee.




Here are two view from when I spotted them. The screengrab is crap quality, sorry. All this looks much better on my viewscreen as I'm flying. The pigs are the little group of yellow dots above my center pipper. The big sow who's lungs got sucked out by a 308 bullet later is to the lower left of the rest of the group.











So after spotting them from the air, I drove to within 800 yards or so and did the rest on foot. I just gotta say again, you guys in Texas and Georgia have it easy. :(
I had to cross that stupid ditch three time and the water was about a foot deep and the mud was about 3 feet, no joke. You couldn't even walk through it, you kinda just had to slide on your knees. All the little wiggily slimy things touchy my bare feets down there was disturbing.

Once I got on em, I watched them for about almost 10 mins before shooting, I wanted to let them work their way down so I had a safer field of fire. I had to let a few shots go though, there was a little fishing shack by the pond that I didn't want to put holes in.

The big sow got it first. She dropped hard, then a second or two later decided she wasn't dead yet and made 5 yard run spraying blood all over. This shot makes a thermal scope sooooooooo worth it. I actually stopped watching for running pigs for a second while I was transfixed on the glow in the dark blood shooting out this pig.





The pigs were very confused at this point, the only light I let off was muzzle blast and I don't think any of them saw it. I was between them and the woods so the shooting continued. I got down on the bipod to take a shot at a big pig stuck in the mud across the ditch and just before I shot I heard one about to run over me. I turned to my left so see a very suprised pig putting on the breaks and skidding in the grass trying to get away from me. I think I missed the first shot but the second went right up his pooper as he turned and ran. :)






In the end, I killed 4 for sure, maybe 5. The bamboo was so thick and I was so tired and scratched up that I just two of em lay.
I about got bit my a stupid cotton mouth as I was crossing the ditch to get back to my truck. It is hard to run from a snake when you are waste deep in mud. I wish I had a camera to take a picture of .308 crater in the mud with a bloody snake in the bottom of it. He was close enough to strike my muzzle.

Also, there was a bullfrog, but I didn't know if they were in season so I let him go.
What a night :)

AJ_Dual  [Team Member]
8/24/2012 10:24:27 AM EDT
Are you the guy who has the YouTube vid of spear hunting those hogs at night in a rice paddy, grunting to call out to them, and then holding them under water so they can't scream?

someassemblyrequired  [Member]
8/24/2012 10:49:15 AM EDT
I guess you have an easier time than me telling where the shooter, but have you thought of using an IR glow stick or strobe to mark him to help you walk him in? Will a glowstick even show up very well on the cam? Too bad you can't convince the hogs to wear them
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