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Old 11-08-2017, 03:27 PM   #1
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I watched an awesome old buck, drinking water at my trough. He was obviously on his last leg and I suspect he has died of natural causes by now. I put a camera at that trough and he has not been back. I wonder if anybody has used a drone to do an aerial grid type search for a dead animal. I plan to do a lot of walking but the terrain is rough and it will be hard to cover it all. The rack is too big to let the varmints have it.
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Old 11-08-2017, 03:29 PM   #2
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Well. I'm sorry for the upside down pic. If he was in that position, I wouldn't need help finding him.
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Old 11-08-2017, 03:33 PM   #3
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we were talking about the legalities of drone use in Texas on Michael's thread. just be careful on what you decide to do. TPWD so far has not made definitive statements on drone use other than to say they are covered under the Airborne Hunting act.

other states have been much more decisive and are outright banning their use in almost every aspect related to hunting.

with all that to say, it is a legal gray area.

edit: that is an old brute right there.
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Old 11-08-2017, 05:58 PM   #4
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Old 11-08-2017, 06:42 PM   #5
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Fly it in winter when ground cover and leaves on trees have dropped.
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Old 11-08-2017, 06:51 PM   #6
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we were talking about the legalities of drone use in Texas on Michael's thread. just be careful on what you decide to do. TPWD so far has not made definitive statements on drone use other than to say they are covered under the Airborne Hunting act.

other states have been much more decisive and are outright banning their use in almost every aspect related to hunting.

with all that to say, it is a legal gray area.

edit: that is an old brute right there.
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:00 PM   #7
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Curious as to why you didn't shoot him ?
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:19 PM   #8
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Man what a hoss bodey, too bad you didn't catch up to him.
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Old 11-08-2017, 08:28 PM   #9
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I would not think using a drone to look for a deer that is dead would not be an issue

Now if you were trying to locate a deer so you could make it dead then that would be a problem

But I am no lawyer or even have a great understanding of game laws past the hunting stuff in the outdoor annual
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Old 11-09-2017, 10:35 AM   #10
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Deer stood at water trough for 25 minutes, drinking and looking around. Trough is 65 yards, feeder at 20. I think he was too poor to come to feeder and eat. Took lots of video but couldnt take that shot.

I was wondering if somebody on green screen had or knew of someone that flys and videos with a drone as a service. West Texas area.

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Old 11-09-2017, 10:41 AM   #11
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Fixed the picture, hope you find him.
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Old 11-09-2017, 11:47 AM   #12
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Thanks Dustin
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Old 11-09-2017, 11:49 AM   #13
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looks like a friggin mule deer
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Old 11-09-2017, 11:59 AM   #14
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Hope you find that deer to get the rack. That's a heck of an old buck.
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Old 11-09-2017, 12:07 PM   #15
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Man what a deer! Old or sick that's a bad deal. If he feels like he looked you might have been able to get out walked closer and shot before he ran off.
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Old 11-09-2017, 12:29 PM   #16
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Wow that's a hoss, I wonder what happened to him? If he was that old you wouldn't think his rack would be so awesome this year. Did he have any visible wounds?
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Old 11-09-2017, 01:40 PM   #17
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Seems logical and like others have said, you are searching for a dead deer, not t searching to make him dead. I would call the local GW and discuss. My guess is he will have logical approach like you and appreciate your call.
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Old 11-09-2017, 02:21 PM   #18
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you can roll your eyes all you want. but, i'd rather alert the OP to potential issues ahead of time.

we've already seen a guy get his Kansas trip ruined by posting a photo of a predator he killed. turns out Kansas had different laws.

as lance mentioned, chatting with a game warden prior is a smart plan.
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Old 11-09-2017, 06:48 PM   #19
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Kurdawg, I wonder the same thing. He had to be healthy through mid October to complete that rack. I do see some velvet remnants still on horns, so whatever is wrong started before he got polished off. With that in mind, he had to go from excellent horn growing condition to skin and bones in about 60-70 days. Some have suggested an abcessed tooth, stomach worms, something hung in his throat or gut. He walked away from a going feeder on the day I saw him, so I suspect he has no appetite or cant eat. I was really hoping to harvest him before he rotted away, so I could do a little biological autopsy and figure out what's wrong.
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Old 11-09-2017, 06:59 PM   #20
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Hope you find him. He must have been running a high fever. Please keep us posted.
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Old 11-09-2017, 07:14 PM   #21
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That’s a monster! I agree that he must have gotten sick after he put that rack on, and that he’s probably dead by now. Hopefully you can find him.
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Old 11-09-2017, 07:35 PM   #22
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What a deer!!! Good luck in the search.
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Old 11-09-2017, 07:45 PM   #23
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Hope you find him Bodey
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Old 11-09-2017, 07:53 PM   #24
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Forgive me stating the obvious, but have you searched the thickest brush in a 100 yd radius around every water hole? May be hard to spot from drone as sickies tend to hole up in thick cover near water.
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Old 11-09-2017, 08:10 PM   #25
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Drone... or just look for buzzards and crows, and use your nose too!

That said, I do know a guy in Illinois that uses his cesna to locate deer for hunters all the time that have been shot and they can't find in the cornfields.
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Old 11-10-2017, 07:04 AM   #26
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Our buzzards migrate south with the first frost,so they are out of picture. I will hunt for 3 days like he might be alive, with hopes of harvesting him. If he doesn't show, we will do a complete ground search, maybe on horseback, starting around waterings and working out. I did put a camera on each of 2 waterings that he could be near. I don't really think he would travel far in his condition and sure dont think he would jump a fence.
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Old 11-10-2017, 07:07 AM   #27
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Hope he’s still alive and you catch up to him but I hope you find him either way.

Good luck Bodey. Send me pics when you find him.
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Old 11-10-2017, 07:58 AM   #28
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Bodey we had several deer die from EHD or blue tongue we are guessing around first of sept and saw a couple others that looked really bad thru first of OCT.There were lots of gnats this summer especially in sept due to all the rain. As far as we know we didn't loose any mature deer as most we saw were prob 3.5 and under. We arent far from you so its a possibility.

Good luck with the search!
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Old 11-10-2017, 08:19 AM   #29
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If you find him dead would you have to put your tag on him to transport him home? Just curious.
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Old 11-10-2017, 08:36 AM   #30
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If you find him dead would you have to put your tag on him to transport him home? Just curious.
I wouldn't think so, but with a buck like that after I found him I'd probably contact the local GW just to let him verify he died of natural causes. Of course, if he wanted me to burn a tag, I'd oblige!
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Old 11-10-2017, 08:36 AM   #31
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If you find him dead would you have to put your tag on him to transport him home? Just curious.
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Old 11-10-2017, 08:47 AM   #32
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I have always thought using a drone to locate a dead deer would just make a lot of sense. I'd do it in a heartbeat. That being said, even a deer in that poor of condition can travel quite a ways before dying. I hope you can find him though. It'd be a pity to let those antlers go to the varmints.
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Old 11-10-2017, 09:21 AM   #33
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Deer die from many different reasons. I've seen a huge buck die because of infection from injury from fighting during the rut.
I'm sure that deer is not far from where that picture was taken. That kind of shape he will not have gone far.
Search around the immediate area, you don't need a drone.
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Old 11-10-2017, 09:23 AM   #34
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beautiful buck, good luck
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Old 11-10-2017, 09:34 AM   #35
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Good luck on finding him, he is one sickly looking feller for sure
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