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Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Drone deer recovery: Should it be legal in Pennsylvania, more states?

Mike Yoder owns a drone deer recovery business in Ohio. He uses a thermal drone to locate dead or wounded deer that hunters can’t find, but the practice remains prohibited in numerous states. (Contributed photo)
With a few exceptions, the Pennsylvania Game Commission prohibits the use of electronic devices for hunting. When it comes to drones, however, Mike Yoder believes there’s a difference between hunting and tracking fatally wounded deer.  Yoder founded Drone Deer Recovery in the fall of 2022. Based in Ohio, Yoder and other trained pilots use thermal drones to locate downed deer, essentially doing the searching for the hunter, or picking up where the track was lost.
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