People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announced the launch of their long-planned drone program last week, and some already have methods in place to prevent drone surveillance. While it remains to be seen whether the organization can get its members to “enroll” in the project, a start-up company is offering outdoorsmen and women an alternative to keeping an eye on the sky. DroneShield, a crowd-funded technology firm, has created a device to let you know if a drone is near.

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, emit common acoustic signatures that the DroneShield device is capable of picking up, alerting the user to a drone being nearby. The device is also capable of detecting similar remote-controlled vehicles such as hobby helicopters and planes. For now, DroneShield is available in a stationary device priced at around $100, but the designers hope to eventually release a mobile version at the much lower price tag of $20.

“Worried about harassment from environmental and activist groups? Carry DroneShield on your belt clip, attach to a tree stand, leave behind in the parking lot, or mount on your fishing vessel,” DroneShield states on its website.

According to PC Magazine, DroneShield is currently working with several hunting lodges across the country to install these devices. DroneShield’s products will not interfere with or damage consumer-model drones, like the PETA Air Angels, but will detect the vehicles far before human ears hear them.

“Could you sit out there and listen for a drone?” DroneShield founder Brian Hearing asked WNPR news. “Possibly, if you know what you’re listening for. The benefit of using a computer to do this: it’s on 24/7; you can set it around the perimeter of your property to give you enough warning when one’s coming.”

Hearing told PC Magazine that while PETA’s drone program may be legal, using the vehicles to spy on hunters is a “very complicated” gray area.

Image from Dkroetsch on the Wikimedia Commons

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  • HAMMA

    I hope one passes over mi while i am hunting…..Great target practice!

  • bikefreeroadsforeveryone

    I agree on the target practice, and I believe i can re-purpose many of the its components. (IE.. fans for my hunting stand, trail cams, and so on).

  • notsospecial1

    Jamming the control frequency would be an added bonus.

  • Marlin Brown

    Fake torturing a stuffed animal when drone comes by, spill some fake blood, see how long it takes for an idiot to show up.

  • not into silly

    The whole issue is silly and worse is shooting at them, way to much concern for what seems a hyped media issue and some cheap advertisements for “antidrone”. Seems like only those that are up to something illegal need worry much about “the drones”, way to much over kill on this one and last thing needed is some sort of childish and dangerous rifles being shot into air.

    • Jim

      No need to worry. We always hit what we aim at.

    • RJW

      Your statement, “Seems like only those that are up to something illegal need worry………..” is a great cause for concern in itself. If you don’t guard against these things, we lose. This type spying by private citizens is an extreme danger and way over the top. (also deeply concerning when Government use these means without restriction and restraint)

      Do agree that rifles, shot into the air are too dangerous. However, bird shot is a differnt story – minimal risk – great practice – high satisfaction in defending one’s privacy. Will wait with morbid facination to see what the legal sytem does when a sportsman downs one of these pirates, or worse yet mistakes, one of these PETA privateers for a Law enforcement drone. Big mess.

      BTW How would you like one of the drones hovering over your backyard BBQ? Just to make sure you were’nt doing anything illeal?

    • renegade

      The point is that I’m hunting on MY land and if one of those drones come to spy on me while I’m hunting on MY land, it will be shot and destroyed.

    • Hal

      IF YOU HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE OR YOUR DOING ANYTHING ILLEGAL !

      This idiot argument line is as old as tyranny itself. What do you have to worry about if your not doing anything ILLEGAL ?
      Just how in hell do you simplify doing anything ILLEGAL ? You aren’t even aware much of the time what law you’ve broken until you are cited and then it’s whatever they can make stick for the department budget . Are you able to keep up with the thousands of regs flooding us each year ?
      Just what in hell can’t be made illegal tomorrow ? Legal is now what they say it is because they have the military goons with guns in your face paid for by millions of other who have let this monster loose .
      Winston Churchill well said ” When have 10,000 regulations , people will lose respect for the law ” No kidding ? Yes , we need law and order but not at these choking levels . The unbridled nature of man can’t resist abusing authority when that abuse is not dealt with quickly and decisively by principled overseers but brothers in arms manage to aquire get out of jail free cards. People mistrust authority when they see a two tier system on display . I really do not know what else to say to such an irresponsible comment ?

    • renaldo

      Your’e an idiot

  • drone bear

    I hear they taste like chicken.

  • Lunaknives

    These devices are operated off a control that works in a certain frequency range, it should be relatively easy to make a signal jammer (the FCC won’t approve it though), and make these things crash and burn.

  • Old Texian

    The key to protect your land is to purchase the air space above your land. Then legally you will be covered by shooting any unauthorized drone fly-over. The Progressive’s in this country will make sure they grab all of the air space and no one is thinking about that. I say bottle up some wild hawg blood and fire that off. That should cover two issues in this country. Keep huntin’!

    • Old Gunny

      I remember a retired marine gunner telling me a story about being on training maneuvers. They were in a tank and every time they would get “dug in” the were found in a very short time. Until one time they realized they were seeing the same “private” small aircraft. So the next time they went out they loaded the big gun with a blank typing and 55 gallons of grease. When the plane flew over, “boom!” 55 gains of hot grease on a small plane is quit a mess. They were never “found” again that.

  • eh

    In Maryland harassing hunters is against the law !!!

  • Kurt Jacks

    This could get expensive for PETA. Any decent drone, ROV, RC, what ever you want to call them, are expensive. If they get used as target practice PETA could be out $300 plus for every one shot down. Sounds like fun! Screwing up my day of hunting would not be cheap.

  • Russell Dyess

    So you think we could get Duck Commander to make drone calls?

  • itsmefool

    Good luck getting a signal where I hunt…my phone doesn’t work half the time out there!

  • DroneHunter

    I’m thinking #7 Steel shot might be the appropriate load for this… or is something bigger going to be better, like a #4?

    • Hogtied

      Precisely. Bring ’em on, we’ll bring ’em down..

  • Jakob Stagg

    Invasion of privacy. A gray area? Only sick bastards need to have their noses in everybody’s business. Reopen the mental institution and pack it with these sickos. Life for everybody will get better.

  • Shoot at something that’s not yours in a public space (or airspace) and you are committing a crime. Be sensible.