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Sun Jul 7, 2019, 09:07 AM

Sonic Cannons to Frighten Birds

Does anyone have experience with this issue?

I live in a small farming community in the Rio Grande migratory corridor and just returned from an overseas journey.

Yesterday, a cannon exploded EVERY MINUTE until around 2 p.m., when it started to rain. I live at the edge of the valley and birds normally on my property were frightened away.

I am a retired criminal trial lawyer who knows very little about this issue and would appreciate any knowledge or advice you could share. I didnít envision a return to the courtroom, but I will to protect those I love.

Thank you.

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Ponietz Jul 2019 OP
marble falls Jul 2019 #1
Bayard Jul 2019 #2
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douglas9 Jul 2019 #4

Response to Ponietz (Original post)

Sun Jul 7, 2019, 10:06 AM

1. Its been going on for a hundred years, since farms have gotten too big ...

for scare crows.

I hated them as a kid becuase I never knew if it was a shotgun or an automatic carbide cannon when I was er ... borrowing some sweet corn.

There's hardly anyplace in the US where there's no noise any more.

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Response to Ponietz (Original post)

Sun Jul 7, 2019, 10:54 AM

2. Yikes!

I don't see how that's not disturbing the peace and your enjoyment of your property.

I get pissed off when I can hear the interstate a couple miles away.

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Response to Bayard (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 7, 2019, 11:51 AM

3. I tried, yesterday

To, gently, talk to some local produce sellers about it but was met with anger, hostility and denial of responsibility for this particular cannon. I realized this morning that almost everyone in this valley is experiencing PTSD to some degree. If it affects us that deeply, how much more profoundly do the birds feel it?

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Response to Ponietz (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 08:09 AM

4. Texas Right To Farm Act Does Not Protect Farmer Using Propane Cannon (9.2.2013)

The Tyler Court of Appeals issued an opinion last week that dealt with the Texas Right to Farm Act. [Read opinion here.]

John Reeves leased farmland from Nan Miller in Anderson County Texas. When deer and hogs began damaging his crops, Mr. Reeves began using a propane cannon in the field both night and day during the growing season in order to scare away the deer and hogs. Mr. Hooton, who owns the neighboring property, complained that the noise from the cannon interfered with his use and enjoyment of his own property. Upon receiving that complaint, Mr. Reeves moved the cannon to a different area that was farther from Mr. Hootonís home. Mr. Hooton claimed that he was still able to hear the cannon and that it made it impossible for him to sleep.


https://agrilife.org/texasaglaw/2013/09/02/texas-right-to-farm-act-does-not-protect-farmer-using-propane-cannon/

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