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Monday, March 07, 2005

You don't even have to go Texas... kill stuff there. Live Shot let's you use a mouse to aim a gun in real time, and of course, once you've aimed you get to blow stuff away. The Economist alerted me to this wonderful use of technology. They charge for their content, so I took the liberty of pasting in the article below. I really do love this idea; I'm not so gun-hating weanus like my roommate.

Hunting in Texas

Virtual adrenalin
Mar 3rd 2005 | SAN ANTONIO
From The Economist print edition

Setting a mouse to catch a hog

WHEN Howard Giles saw the wild hog step into the crosshairs of the high-powered rifle, he felt that familiar rush of adrenalin he so often craved as a young hunter in the Texas Hill Country. But this time only the hog was in the Hill Country. Mr Giles was sitting behind a computer screen in San Antonio, 45 miles away, preparing to bag his prey with the click of a mouse. allows anybody with an internet connection to log on and shoot real guns in real time. And even in Texas, where gun control means holding your rifle steady, the concept of hunting over the internet has generated controversy. Wildlife authorities want to stop any killing of native species—including feral hogs, brought to Texas by the Spaniards centuries ago—by remote control. Now Todd Smith, a Republican state representative, has introduced a bill that would ban it altogether.

John Lockwood, the owner of, objects to this. He says his fledgling business differs little from ranches that offer traditional guided hunts. For one thing, there is always somebody on-site monitoring equipment and standing by with a backup rifle if things get messy. He also says the animals are just as free-ranging as on any Texas hunting ranch. Anybody who wants to pay $300 for a virtual hunt (meat processing, shipping or taxidermy costs not included) also has to get a Texas hunting licence—obtainable over, yes, the internet.

People think, says Mr Lockwood, that he has a gun trained on animals in a pen night and day and “you can log on anytime you want and shoot it.” Not so. Hunters will pay for two hours of time and get two rounds fired from a 30.06 rifle mounted on a pan-tilt motor. While hunting seems to thrill the most, Mr Lockwood says the real money at the moment is in target shooting, for which nearly 400 people—some as far away as Germany and Australia—are paying $14.95 a month and $5.95 a time to fire ten rounds at balloons or toy sheep.

Mr Giles says he is honoured that Mr Lockwood, a friend and co-worker, chose him for the first internet hunt—even if Mr Lockwood had to grab his rifle and finish off that wild hog after Mr Giles's first shot didn't quite do the job. “It's a real hunting feeling,” Mr Giles said. “I held my breath right before I clicked the mouse. I felt like I was there.”

-Daddy Brooklyn  21:14 EST | |

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