Remote control rifle range debuts




 
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Boots
 
November 22nd, 2004  
dougal
 
 

Topic: Remote control rifle range debuts


Remote control rifle range debuts

The site will let people shoot barbary sheep and other species
Soon you could go hunting via the net.
A Texas company is considering letting web users use a remote-controlled rifle to shoot down deer, antelope and wild pigs.

For a small fee users will take control of a camera and rifle that they can use to spot and shoot the game animals as they roam around a 133-hectare Texas ranch.

The Live-Shot website behind the scheme already lets people practise shooting at targets via the internet.

Gun sights

John Underwood, the man behind the Live-Shot website, said the idea for the remote-control hunting came to him a year ago when he was watching deer via a webcam on another net site.

"We were looking at a beautiful white-tail buck and my friend said 'If you just had a gun for that'. A little light bulb went off in my head," Mr Underwood told the Reuters news agency.

A year's work and $10,000 has resulted in a remote-controlled rig on which sits a camera and .22 calibre rifle.

Mr Underwood is planning to put one of these rigs in a concealed location in a small reserve on his Texas ranch and let people shoot at a variety of game animals.

Also needed is a fast net connection so remote hunters can quickly track and aim at passing game animals with the camera and rifle rig.

Each remote hunting session will cost $150 with additional fees for meat processing and taxidermy work.

Species that can be shot will include barbary, Corsican and mouflon sheep, blackbuck antelope and wild pigs.

Already the Live-Shot site lets people shoot 10 rounds at paper and silhouette targets for $5.95 for each 20-minute shooting session. For further fees, users can get the target they shot and a DVD recording of their session.

Handlers oversee each shooting session and can stop the gun being fired if it is being aimed off-range or at something it should not be.

Mr Underwood said that internet hunting could be popular with disabled hunters unable to get out in the woods or distant hunters who cannot afford a trip to Texas.

Mike Berger, wildlife director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said current hunting statutes did not cover net or remote hunting.

He said state laws on hunting only covered "regulated animals" such as native deer and bird species. As such there was nothing to stop Mr Underwood letting people hunt "unregulated" imported animals and wild pigs.

Mr Underwood also lets people come in person to the ranch to hunt and shoot game animals.
November 22nd, 2004  
Marksman
 
 
this is sick,really sick
November 22nd, 2004  
AussieNick
 
Oh my god people are getting so bloody lazy. Can't people get back out in nature once in a while.
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Boots
November 22nd, 2004  
Locke
 
 
nah, geeks are alllergic to fresh air,its a fact
November 22nd, 2004  
A Can of Man
 
 
This is stupid. This will not improve your marksmanship. The only way to do that is to get your butt out there and shoot with your own hands. Or else you're better off just playing a computer game.
November 22nd, 2004  
Darkmb101
 
Whats teh point of goin hunting, if ur gonna sit in front of ur computer teh whole time?
November 22nd, 2004  
dougal
 
 
You tell me. There must be a market for it
November 22nd, 2004  
A Can of Man
 
 
Sadistic bastards.
November 22nd, 2004  
dougal
 
 
Is there a good side to this? If not can this be moved to the 'WHY' post?
November 22nd, 2004  
Darcia
 
The USA has become a very lazy nation......maybe soon we will be able to go shopping for food in our homes.....O wait we can already do that....