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Old 06-19-2012, 11:21 AM   #1
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So for the past 2 years I have had Tri-County drug choppers that typically sweep the vast corn fields in my part of Michigan searching for pot plants, circling my house, and essentially parking over my hops trellis in the back yard. My trellis is 20' high, and the chopper was hovering about 10' above that... looked to be taking pictures or something. 2 years in a row. I know that hops and marijuana are very much related, do they give off a similar heat signature that would attract these guys searching for pot plants with an IR system???

Kind of a Good Fellas feeling... haha. Waiting for SWAT to come break my door down. Hahaha.

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Old 06-19-2012, 12:36 PM   #2
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Keep us posted on what happens with your hops and the cops!

By the way, my wife's side of the family lives in Mason!

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Old 06-19-2012, 12:45 PM   #3
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lol that is insane!

You should put a sign facing the sky that says the hop species/genus/variety.

Id be pissed if the rotor wind ripped up my precious crop, I'd tell you that much
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:49 PM   #4
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It might be a good idea to call the police station and let them know what's going on. Tell them you don't appreciate their choppers damaging your hop plants and ask if they'd mind coming out so they can see for themselves what you're growing and put a stop to the nonsense. You have to think, when they come raiding your Weed crop, they're sure as shit going to confiscate that meth lab you say you brew beer with.
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:57 PM   #5
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I agree with IP, just call them and ask why they are flying so low to your hops, in a nice way.
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...or you could go the other route and get some poles and camo netting and blacken out all of the windows in the house. Change all of the downstairs lighting to plant grow bulbs.
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Or, you could do nothing, feel safe that the eyes in the sky are doing their job, and calm yourself considering that they have taken notice of your hops for the past two years and have yet to raid you likely because even from 10 feet in the air they are smart enough to realise that Marijuana doesn't climb up a trellis.

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Old 06-19-2012, 02:25 PM   #8
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Or, you could do nothing, feel safe that the eyes in the sky are doing their job, and calm yourself considering that they have taken notice of your hops for the past two years and have yet to raid you likely because even from 10 feet in the air they are smart enough to realise that Marijuana doesn't climb up a trellis.

Haha, I'm not worried at all. I was just curious if anybody knew about whether or not Hops and Marijuana had similar heat signatures, to trigger their interest in the first place. I think it's funny, and gives me very cool stories to tell at the beer parties we host every so often. Though, it would be funny, if my wife and I and the dogs took off running, out of the house, under the chopper, across the corn field, and into the woods! Haha. ARE WE ON COPS???

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The pilot was pointing something outside of his door window also... some sort of IR gun or a camera I would expect. When they came last year, they sat parked above my trellis for several minutes, while at the same time, I had 300,000 BTU worth of burners roaring in the garage, mashing in on back to back all grain recipes. Haha.
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:42 PM   #10
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I'd wonder about the cost of chopper fuel used to ogle your hops plants. Complain about government waste.


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