View Full Version : NFT: Hunting on the web

Bob Dole
11-17-2004, 05:37 AM
HOUSTON, Texas (Reuters) -- Hunters soon may be able to sit at their computers and blast away at animals on a Texas ranch via the Internet, a prospect that has state wildlife officials up in arms.

The Web site already offers target practice with a .22 caliber rifle and could soon let hunters shoot at deer, antelope and wild pigs, site creator John Underwood said on Tuesday.

Texas officials are not quite sure what to make of Underwood's Web site, but may tweak existing laws to make sure Internet hunting does not get out of hand.

"This is the first one I've seen," said Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wildlife director Mike Berger. "The current state statutes don't cover this sort of thing."

Underwood, an estimator for a San Antonio, Texas auto body shop, has invested $10,000 to build a platform for a rifle and camera that can be remotely aimed on his 330-acre (133-hectare) southwest Texas ranch by anyone on the Internet anywhere in the world.

The idea came last year while viewing another Web site on which cameras posted in the wild are used to snap photos of animals.

"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," he said.

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, Underwood said.

Berger said state law only covers "regulated animals" such as native deer and birds and cannot prevent Underwood from offering Internet hunts of "unregulated" animals such as non-native deer that many ranchers have imported and wild pigs.

He has proposed a rule that will come up for public discussion in January that anyone hunting animals covered by state law must be physically on site when they shoot.

Berger expressed reservations about remote control hunting, but noted that humans have always adopted new technologies to hunt.

"First it was rocks and clubs, then we sharpened it and put it on a stick. Then there was the bow and arrow, black powder, smokeless power and optics," Berger said. "Maybe this is the next technological step out there."

Underwood, 39, said he will offer animal hunting as soon as he gets a fast Internet connection to his remote ranch that will enable hunters to aim the rifle quickly at passing animals.

He said an attendant would retrieve shot animals for the shooters, who could have the heads preserved by a taxidermist. They could also have the meat processed and shipped home, or donated to animal orphanages.

Source (http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/11/16/life.hunting.reut/index.html)

Interestingly, the CNN version omits the website address which apparently appears in the original Reuters story.


Rain Man
11-17-2004, 09:11 AM
That's very odd. I wonder if the same technology will eventually be applied to slaughterhouses.

11-17-2004, 09:15 AM
what an innovative way to get us involved with the war in Iraq!

11-17-2004, 09:17 AM
That's very odd. I wonder if the same technology will eventually be applied to slaughterhouses.

Or death row inmates.

I can see it now, for just $19.99, you can push the button on a serial killer.

Rain Man
11-17-2004, 09:19 AM
what an innovative way to get us involved with the war in Iraq!

Oh, wow. What a concept.

1. Army develops mobile, remote-control gun platforms.

2. Army sells subscriptions to 14 year-old boys.

3. Army drops off platforms on a remote coastline.

4. Army becomes self-funding.

5. Massive tax savings fuel enormous U.S. economic growth.

6. Economic growth creates new tax dollars even at low rates.

7. Money goes into space program.

8. We discover the secret for eternal life on some distant world.

11-17-2004, 09:24 AM
I would be a bit worried that some kid took control of it and thinking it was just a game and started taking shots at me as I went out to make sure it had enough ammo left.

11-17-2004, 09:30 AM
My only concern would be that the PC wouldn't work after masking its scent with deer piss.

11-17-2004, 09:35 AM
Ooops. I just shot Jethro as he was retrieving a deer somebody else shot.

Rain Man
11-17-2004, 09:39 AM
Looking at that photo, I wonder if a despondent Internet surfer could commit virtual suicide by shooting the computer.

11-17-2004, 12:45 PM
What about lag?
People are stupid.

11-18-2004, 07:05 AM
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