This evening I was paddling my canoe on a local city lake when a quadcoptor drone appeared out of nowhere and dropped down to a level of about 30 feet and hovered over me recording me. I so wanted to bring it down.
The way distant remote operator chose not to respond to my gestures to bring it down close enough to swat it with my paddle.
I thought I recorded it on my phone, but apparently didn’t start the video, bummer. The thing hovered as I took my dry bag off my belt to get my phone out to record it and stayed there a couple minutes while I thought I was recording it.
This thing was probably over me for around five minutes all together - it returned about 4 times. In between those times, it would disappear for a few minutes and be out of sight and out of hearing. It could go straight up until it was no longer visible.
I did call the local police while it was hovering and they said that it probably wasn’t illegal and I told them that I didn’t like the harassment and considered shooting it down. They advised me not to do that and asked if I had a means with me to do so and I told them no, that I don’t possess one.
After I was off the water and had the boat and gear stowed away, it was after dark and no sign of a drone.
I drove around the park and talked to a few people to see if they saw who was operating it and nobody did. One guy was watching the entire event while eating dinner and said that it would go out of sight to the south and out of sight to the north and never landed near the park where we were. He was hoping that it would get close enough for me to bring it down with my paddle.
So, some relatively benign approaches that I thought of after I was off the water and talking to that guy are:
- One of those net canons used for capturing birds or other game at close range.
- Paintball gun.
- A hand full of gravel - it was close enough to throw something at it
- Sling shot with some soft modeling clay as ammo.
- 900 lumen flashlight shined in the camera.
- High power super soaker of some king.
Any other suggestions for a legal means to bring down a drone or foil it’s attempts to video record you?