Feeds

Trigger-happy surfers pop a cap in Bambi's ass

Virtual white hunter, black heart

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Texas wildlife officials are up in arms over a plan to offer live hunting of real animals via the internet, Reuters reports. John Underwood's live-shot.com already gives virtual sharpshooters the chance to pop .22 rounds at paper targets, but he reckons that having a crack at the real thing could prove a real blast for trigger-happy surfers.

Underwood has already forked out $10k to construct a platform-mounted gun and camera on his southwest Texas ranch. The gun can be remotely aimed and fired and the results posted to the shooter as a DVD recording or in the form of the original target. Fair enough. This being Texas, however, it's natural that the entrepreneur's ambitions for the system extend to the possibility of live quarry. Underwood explains how the moment of inspiration came to him while perusing a website featuring snaps of animals in the wild: "We were looking at a beautiful white-tail buck and my friend said 'If you just had a gun for that.' A little light bulb went off in my head," he said.

We think he means "A little light bulb went on", but we get the general idea.

While Underwood is enthusiastic that the scheme would appeal to "disabled hunters unable to get out in the woods or distant hunters who cannot afford a trip to Texas", the authorities are not so keen. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wildlife director Mike Berger wants a change in state law to require hunters to be physically present at a kill. He notes that under current legislation Berger is prevented from allowing punters to pop a cap in native species such as deer and birds, but this does not extend to non-native deer and wild pigs. He's worried that internet hunting could quickly get out of hand.

Underwood dismisses these concerns. He reckons that online hunting is the next logical step in the sport's technological evolution: "First it was rocks and clubs, then we sharpened it and put it on a stick. Then there was the bow and arrow, black powder, smokeless power and optics. Maybe this is the next technological step out there."

Agreed. And might we suggest that there is another, even more lucrative, extension of the concept: Fallujah Live!, whereby rich wannabe John Waynes control Apache helicopter gunships from the comfort of their own homes, or use VoIP connections to guide platoons of Marine grunts into bombed-out mosques in search of wounded insurgents before dispatching them to paradise with a well-aimed burst of automatic fire.

Of course, you'd need a pretty fast connection for that kind of real-time play - something which is currently impeding Underwood's grand plan. He says he'll have to wait for a broadband connection to his ranch before hunters will be able to "aim the rifle quickly at passing animals". We believe this is the first time that Bambi's fate has hinged on the deployment of ADSL. ®

Related stories

37 arrested in net gun swoop
400mph cyclists kill opponents with handlebar-mounted guns
Yugoslavs develop mobile phone gun

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it
Go ahead, you're all clear, kid... Sorry, wrong film
Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then
It CANNA do it, captain.They DON'T have the POWER!
Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix
Everyone else in Europe compensates us - why can't you?
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!
Now my lawyers have bailed 'cos I'm 'OFFICIALLY' BROKE
Forget Hillary, HP's ex CARLY FIORINA 'wants to be next US Prez'
Former CEO has political ambitions again, according to Washington DC sources
prev story

Whitepapers

Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Internet Security Threat Report 2014
An overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity: identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.