How To Build A Robo-Deer To Catch Poachers

It's a trap!

Robo Deer
Robo DeerCourtesy Jim Smentowski

The Robot MarketPlace, an electronics shop based in Florida, gets a lot of strange requests, but this was their wackiest to date:

"Can we create a realistic deer robot to nab off-season poachers?"—Florida law enforcement

Jim Smentowski, owner of The Robot MarketPlace, told us how they made it happen.

"If you want to fool experienced hunters, your robot needs to move its head, tail, and ears independently. Start with a taxidermied deer. Cut off its movable parts, install a four-channel radio-control system, and reassemble the animal. One channel can turn the head back and forth, another can flip the tail up and down, and a third can rotate the ears. Then set up your robo-deer near a forest and get ready to catch anyone who takes a shot."

The bionic Bambi was so convincing it took multiple bullets, eventually requiring replacement parts.

This article was originally published in the January 2015 issue of Popular Science.