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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-14-2017, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Drone filming camp

Has anyone aerial filmed your camp? We have some good recent google map pics and 1940-50-60-70 government aerial pics of camp when it was a farm. But all those pics were done when the leaves obscured the ground details. I think it would be cool to have a early winter with no snow cover aerial film/pics of camp and surrounding property as well as nearby gamelands. Sitting around camp at night lookin at the maps of 6 ,000 acres of gamelands and trying to figure out where to go hunt. Boots on the ground the last 7 years and we barely made a dent in SGL219. Obviously that's the fun of it . Any body know of someone in Bradford co. area that can do something like this?

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As good as it sounds, and as much as would like pictures like that, I am pretty sure that drone would get shot down in my area.
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If you're talking about filming the area around your camp via drone videos- didn't PGC recently ban drone overflights on SGLs?

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I just bought a drone. Once I learn to keep it out of the trees, I will film my place. My grandson will probably learn before me.
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I have worked with and know a lot of drones. But on another note they are pretty neat for over head pictures.
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Denny....I think I read in the pa outdoor news a few months ago that the pgc couldn't ban drones from flying over the gamelands because they did not own or control the air. I believe though, that the pgc does not allow launching or landing from state game lands.
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Several issues regarding this:

UAS (Drones) are limited to 400' in height in non-regulated airspace and are only allowed to fly VLOS (Visual Line of Sight).

So getting an aerial view of 6,000 acres would present some problems with a drone. I currently take progress photos of a 100 acre construction site and it needs to take several hundred images of the site that I then stitch together for 1 image. Google earth does the same thing with satellite imagery.

Flying over SGL's or any property gets into some legal arguments that have yet to be truly settled in court. Yes the PGC did ban flying UAS over the gamelands. The PGC was informed by the state's legal department that they have no jurisdiction over the airspace above the gamelands, but passed it anyways. They can ban take-off and landing on the SGL's, but the airspace above them is regulated by the FAA at the current time. So you cold take-off and land from adjoining public roadways and properties then fly into the airspace above the gamelands without the PGC being able to stop you.

"Shooting Down of Drones", I hear this all the time. Drones are registered aircraft, just like airplanes and helicopters. So shooting one down could possibly land you in hot water with the FAA, there are already several cases of this happening. I've heard people say, "Well I'll just claim I was shooting a bird", Now you are in violations of game laws where you are responsible to properly identify your target. What is the intent of the drone? Police now use them for surveillance, and you are going to shoot their drone down? There are idiot people out there using them for stupid things, but there are also good legitimate uses for them as well.


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Not trying to get the whole property in one picture so getting above the treetops a bit is enough to get shots of some of the really thick hard to get thru parts of our property. . Gamelands, launching can be done from our property but the more I think about it,would be more fun exploring with boots on the ground. Hard to do when you spend hunting time at camp, non hunting times of year you are doing foodplots, brushog and camp chores. Just not a whole lot of time in schedule to drive 3 1/2 hours any more than we already do.

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