Robot Turkey News

Posted 27 Nov 2003 at 17:17 UTC by steve Share This

The Thanksgiving holiday is here and with it comes our annual news update on turkey robots. MIT's Spring Turkey biped is still the most advanced turkey robot around, even if it is getting a bit old. But for the most realistic appearance and behavior, we'd have to go with Custom Robotic Wildlife's robot Turkey. The Turkey is autonomous and has interchangable skins; just the thing to assist hunters in killing biological turkeys (and game wardens trying to stop hunters from killing the live turkeys)

Yeah but..., posted 28 Nov 2003 at 03:33 UTC by earlwb » (Master)

The hunters shoot the 1,000+ turkey robot. Those turkeys are expensive and I don't think they'll be able to recoup much of the cost and effort from nuyingand maintaining them. Most park budgets have little or no money already.

I remember someone had made up some simple silouette deer targets, placed them near roads. Idiot hunters would stop and shoot the deer target and then the rangers and or police would swoop in and arrest them. The hunters seem to have become a lot less intelligent nowadays. That "buck fever" is a lot worse now than it was 20-30 years ago.

Re: Less intelligent than 20 to 30 years, posted 28 Nov 2003 at 05:28 UTC by Frank McNeill » (Apprentice)

This is how intelligent some hunters were back then:

A farmer, in Pennsylvania I think, painted the word "COW" on both sides of a milk cow to keep deer hunters from shooting at it. The cow was shot in spite of this precaution, possibly because a hunter thought a deer was trying to pass as a cow.

Another hunter wearing a dayglo orange jumpsuit climbed a tree to wait for a deer to pass by and was shot by someone that thought he was a turkey.

Another hunter was apparently killed while he was relieving himself near a barb wire fence during a thunderstorm. Nobody saw this happen, but he was found dead with his pants unzipped and an exposed body part that had been "cooked."

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