New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - Shoot a real rifle from your computer
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login

Check GunBroker.com for SWFA's No Reserve and No Minimum bid firearm auctions.

Shoot a real rifle from your computer

 Post Reply Post Reply   Topic Search Topic Search  Topic Options Topic Options
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: December/30/2004 at 13:28
Chris Farris View Drop Down
TEAM SWFA - Admin
TEAM SWFA - Admin
Avatar
swfa.com

Joined: October/01/2003
Location: Texas
Status: Offline
Points: 7765

 

Texas officials wary of plan to hunt by Internet

Reuters November 17, 2004, 5:23 AM PT

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.

 

A controversial Web site, www.live-shot.com, 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 Tuesday.

 

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

 

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

 

Underwood, an estimator for a San Antonio 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 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 lightbulb went off in my head," Underwood said.

 

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

 

Berger said that state law only covers "regulated animals" such as native deer and birds and that it cannot prevent Underwood from offering Internet hunts of "unregulated" animals such as non-native deer, which 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.

Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: December/30/2004 at 13:28
Chris Farris View Drop Down
TEAM SWFA - Admin
TEAM SWFA - Admin
Avatar
swfa.com

Joined: October/01/2003
Location: Texas
Status: Offline
Points: 7765
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: January/06/2005 at 13:20
Brady View Drop Down
TEAM SWFA - Admin
TEAM SWFA - Admin
Avatar
Casino Cruiser

Joined: May/20/2004
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 1834

I just wonder why they would need see through rings on that rifle?

Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: January/28/2005 at 23:50
lurch(jec) View Drop Down
Optics GrassHopper
Optics GrassHopper
Avatar

Joined: January/24/2005
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 13

LOL!!! Why do they need a scope at all? the camera is mounted about 8 inches to the left!

 

Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: April/08/2005 at 20:44
STWSniper View Drop Down
Optics Apprentice
Optics Apprentice
Avatar

Joined: April/05/2005
Location: Canada
Status: Offline
Points: 262
Sounds like this is a little over the top. I wonder what kind of people would get enjoyment from this type of "hunting"?  
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: April/09/2005 at 11:55
dilligaf View Drop Down
Optics Apprentice
Optics Apprentice
Avatar

Joined: January/17/2005
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 231
Half the fun of hunting is the stalk.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: April/09/2005 at 13:31
STWSniper View Drop Down
Optics Apprentice
Optics Apprentice
Avatar

Joined: April/05/2005
Location: Canada
Status: Offline
Points: 262
I agree. I believe hunting requires active participation to be fulfilling. The way this guy has it set up looks more like a spectating sport.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: June/04/2005 at 03:15
ClutterMonkey View Drop Down
Optics GrassHopper
Optics GrassHopper
Avatar

Joined: August/28/2004
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 16
Who harvests the meat? I cant agree with killing an animal just because i can. Who tracks the blood trail to end the animals life as quickly and cleanly as possible? How do you adjust for distance and wind? How would you prosecute some guy in a non-extradition country breaking the law? Too many questions. -CM
 Post Reply Post Reply
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down

Similar Threads: "Shoot a real rifle from your computer"
Subject Author Forum Replies Last Post
The rifle of Good shooting at 200 and 300m 8shots The Range Report 11
Multiple Rifle Scope tests from Europe..REAL TESTS SAKO75 Rifle Scopes 6
rifle shooting at a target countryboy Shooting 3
Rifle shooting newbie with questions mochiles Tactical Scopes 12 4/15/2006 8:26:49 AM
oatmeal on my computer screen... zingpow Tactical Scopes 6
Rifle scope for Custom rifle Narrow Gap Rifle Scopes 10
Remington to Offer Real M24's? Chris Farris Firearms 8
New member, First "real" spotter TXdefender Spotting Scopes 6
V6 FOV for real? RAG Rifle Scopes 5
My First Real Scope Dannyboy Tactical Scopes 12


This page was generated in 0.422 seconds.