Hunting: The Buck Starts Here

The Buck Starts Here

Its tail twitches and its head turns. It has antlers, a soft coat, innocent eyes -- and a heart of steel. Meet RoboDeer, the radio-controlled decoy buck. West Virginia's department of natural resources has sent the dummy deer into the bush just twice -- but that was enough to ensnare 11 illegal highway hunters. "We try to place it where an individual would be looking for a deer," says DNR Sergeant Kaven Ransom.

RoboDeer is the pet creation of Pete McCuskey, owner of Mountain Security Specialties, who watched hours of deer videos to learn and duplicate genuine buck motions. "We strove...

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