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Old 11-08-2017, 02:08 PM   #1
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Just got a dji spark. Plan on using it for b-roll for short films both hunting and fishing. But also going to use it to scout. Anybody use one on their adventures?


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Old 11-08-2017, 02:11 PM   #2
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I think it'd be cool as still get out.
Get one with live video set it to Hoover above your stand and watch what comes in....
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Old 11-08-2017, 02:17 PM   #3
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I think it'd be cool as still get out.
Get one with live video set it to Hoover above your stand and watch what comes in....


The problem is they sound like a bee swarm. So itís hard to capture kill footage. But I always thought that would be cool too.

The one I have can follow me with out controlling it. I can also wave my hand around to control it.


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Old 11-08-2017, 02:19 PM   #4
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The problem is they sound like a bee swarm. So itís hard to capture kill footage. But I always thought that would be cool too.

The one I have can follow me with out controlling it. I can also wave my hand around to control it.


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Hmm
Sounds like a ton of fun!
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Old 11-08-2017, 02:22 PM   #5
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I’ve looked into it, but haven’t found one with what I think would be a reasonable range and battery life. I would like to hear what folks are using
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Old 11-08-2017, 02:30 PM   #6
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Just got a dji spark. Plan on using it for b-roll for short films both hunting and fishing. But also going to use it to scout. Anybody use one on their adventures?


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Yes. Just be aware of how you use it for "hunting." B-roll is fine, but scouting and using it while hunting a game animal might get some scrutiny. I used my Spark to film this...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnHipfO9MWc

However, using a drone to locate or drive an animal could potentially be illegal, depending on GW interpretation.

It worked for the javis, but it would be extremely challenging to do the same with whitetail.
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Old 11-08-2017, 02:32 PM   #7
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I am flying a mavic pro now.....loving it
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Old 11-08-2017, 02:40 PM   #8
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Yes. Just be aware of how you use it for "hunting." B-roll is fine, but scouting and using it while hunting a game animal might get some scrutiny. I used my Spark to film this...


However, using a drone to locate or drive an animal could potentially be illegal, depending on GW interpretation.

It worked for the javis, but it would be extremely challenging to do the same with whitetail.
What if you were just using it to get some nice landscape shots....oh look there's a duck!
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Old 11-08-2017, 03:12 PM   #9
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Yes. Just be aware of how you use it for "hunting." B-roll is fine, but scouting and using it while hunting a game animal might get some scrutiny. I used my Spark to film this...

Wild Javelina "Hog" Bowhunt - Self Filmed with DJI Spark Drone - YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnHipfO9MWc

However, using a drone to locate or drive an animal could potentially be illegal, depending on GW interpretation.

It worked for the javis, but it would be extremely challenging to do the same with whitetail.


Thatís pretty awesome. Yeah I would have to clarify scouting. Since it will be used mostly for waterfowl I wonít be getting close enough to ducks for it to matter. If I see some I donít want to spook them, and they fly into my drone or something. More or less just looking at the terrain of the landscape to judge if it might be huntable or not. I think as long as I can show the video to the Gw Iím not chasing ducks or hunting them I think I should be ok.


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Old 11-08-2017, 03:17 PM   #10
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Thatís pretty awesome. Yeah I would have to clarify scouting. Since it will be used mostly for waterfowl I wonít be getting close enough to ducks for it to matter. If I see some I donít want to spook them, and they fly into my drone or something. More or less just looking at the terrain of the landscape to judge if it might be huntable or not. I think as long as I can show the video to the Gw Iím not chasing ducks or hunting them I think I should be ok.


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Yeah, that can sometimes create a problem, as well!


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Old 11-08-2017, 03:20 PM   #11
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Old 11-08-2017, 03:29 PM   #12
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Old 11-08-2017, 03:47 PM   #13
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Yes. Just be aware of how you use it for "hunting." B-roll is fine, but scouting and using it while hunting a game animal might get some scrutiny. I used my Spark to film this...

Wild Javelina "Hog" Bowhunt - Self Filmed with DJI Spark Drone - YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnHipfO9MWc

However, using a drone to locate or drive an animal could potentially be illegal, depending on GW interpretation.

It worked for the javis, but it would be extremely challenging to do the same with whitetail.
This is spot on.
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Old 11-08-2017, 03:49 PM   #14
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Old 11-08-2017, 03:59 PM   #15
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Youíre lucky that wasnít over water! Did it break anything? Kind of nervous about flying my spark over the water.


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Old 11-09-2017, 03:22 PM   #16
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I am flying a mavic pro now.....loving it
Same here - Mavic is a blast to fly!
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Old 11-09-2017, 03:41 PM   #17
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Thatís pretty awesome. Yeah I would have to clarify scouting. Since it will be used mostly for waterfowl I wonít be getting close enough to ducks for it to matter. If I see some I donít want to spook them, and they fly into my drone or something. More or less just looking at the terrain of the landscape to judge if it might be huntable or not. I think as long as I can show the video to the Gw Iím not chasing ducks or hunting them I think I should be ok.


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I know you mean in Texas, but I know Alaska, and I think New Mexico, don't allow you to hunt the same day you fly a drone or airplane, and I think Montana too. Doesn't matter if scouting or just for fun.

Also, a detailed log of when and how the drone is flown would be highly suggested, that way if a GW ever says I saw you fly it, and you have to argue that you weren't flying, you have the log to prove you didn't fly that day.
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Old 11-10-2017, 08:39 PM   #18
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That mavic is awesome, I need me one of those
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Old 11-12-2017, 09:54 AM   #19
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I have the Phantom 3 Advanced but it doesn’t have long enough battery life to do much scouting. It’s also noisy even at 400 ft elevation. I’d like to be able to locate feral hogs to do a stalk but haven’t been successful so far.
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Old 01-02-2018, 09:44 AM   #22
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We have used drones when videoing for CARNIVORE for several years. Two years ago we went with the Yuneec Typhoons and have had much better luck with them than the DJI's. We crashed one in Canon de Chelley and it fell 250 feet on the rocks and was totally demolished. The boys crawled down and picked up what pieces that they could find and we sent them to Yuneec along with an explanation of what happened. They replaced it at no charge.
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We have used drones when videoing for CARNIVORE for several years. Two years ago we went with the Yuneec Typhoons and have had much better luck with them than the DJI's. We crashed one in Canon de Chelley and it fell 250 feet on the rocks and was totally demolished. The boys crawled down and picked up what pieces that they could find and we sent them to Yuneec along with an explanation of what happened. They replaced it at no charge.
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What is the differences between the Mavic, yuneec, dji ?


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Old 01-02-2018, 10:35 AM   #24
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DJI makes the Mavic and the Spark, great UAS !
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Old 01-02-2018, 10:58 AM   #25
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DJI and Yuneec are two different manufacturers. DJI makes the Mavic, along with the Spark and Phantom models. I don't know much about Yuneec.

I've been impressed with the DJI software. It is very user friendly, at least for a newbie like myself.
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Just got the Mavic Pro and I've been very impressed with it as a first time user. Very easy to fly.

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I hunted on a high fence ranch and we had a hunter that used one. It was one of the top of the line models and it was really cool to see the view that it gave. How ever he would sit at camp and fly that thing all over the ranch and it the spooked animals. They would be feeding under the feeder and then take off like a shot. A few seconds later I would hear the drone fly by. It got old real fast
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Old 01-03-2018, 01:48 AM   #28
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Use my DJI Mavic all the time at the ranch. We've shot all kinds of footage with it. Aerial shots of our lakes, recovery/tracking footage, etc.... they are an awesome tool.


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I used my Mavic to film some target practice.

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Old 01-03-2018, 09:07 AM   #30
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We haven't used our phantoms for hunting but we have used them to deploy baits while surf fishing. We have run baits out to 500yards. Last August we made a trip to Crystal beach ended the trip with 23 red fish over 37" and roughly 75 sharks all under 35". It's a blast we were using 5oz weights an 6-8oz of bait. Flew them out like a champ. We would get about three drops on one battery.
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:14 PM   #31
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Haven't used by phantom 4 near as much as I thought I would. When at lease, if hunting not using it due to not wanting to spook any deer. Other times always seems like really windy or rainy or both. I do hope to start using more.
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Old 01-11-2018, 11:26 AM   #32
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What software are you guys using to control your drones? I have the DJI phantom 4.
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