Re: Swarm retrieval assistance using a drone (aircraft, NOT the male bee)
I have a drone, dang thing's a lot harder to fly in tight spots than the promo videos make it look.
In theory yes, it could be used to get a line to the swarm, a slingshot could be easier. Had some professionals in to cut down a couple of very large trees next to the house which had to be cut down in stages to ensure no property damage. They used a slingshot to get a light line over the branch they needed & used that to pull up heavier lines till they could winch themselves up the tree. Admittedly the guy with the slingshot was obviously well practised but it worked well & efficiently.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).