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How to Get a Drone Out of a Tree – 5 Simple Steps

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Flying a drone can be a difficult task, even if you are an experienced flier. Because of obstacles and demanding terrains, you are guaranteed to get your drone stuck in a tree from time to time. Instead of panicking when this happens, it’s important to know how to get a drone out of a tree quickly and safely.

In this article, learn how to get a drone out of a tree in 5 easy steps. This article tells you everything you need to know about removing the drone from the tree, including additional tips, tricks, and things to avoid in the process. Let’s get started.

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Can You Fly a Drone Out of a Tree?

Before you go to great lengths to try to get your drone out of a tree, simply try to fly it out first. In many cases, you will be able to maneuver the drone out of the tree using your handheld remote. This won’t work in all situations, but it works enough that you should always do this before panicking or opting for something more difficult.

Whenever you are trying to fly your drone out of a tree, be patient. Put the drone in sports mode and try to maneuver the drone out. Do the best you can to avoid other obstacles so you do not damage your drone. In the vast majority of situations, this method will work.

What You Will Need

If you have tried flying your drone out of a tree without success, you will need to do something a bit more drastic to remove it. Here is everything you will need to remove the drone:

  • Proper clothing
  • Ladder
  • Long stick
  • Fishing line
  • Heavy object, like a baseball

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How to Get a Drone Out of a Tree in 5 Steps

Once you have gathered your things, here is how to get a drone out of a tree in 5 easy steps.

1. Shake the Tree

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First, simply try shaking the tree. Shaking the tree will possibly dislodge the drone if it is a smaller-sized tree. It’s a good idea to start with shaking the tree so you don’t have to go to extra lengths if shaking the tree gets the job done.


2. Make a Dislodging Device

After you have confirmed that you cannot shake the drone free, make a dislodging device by wrapping fishing line around the heavy object. For example, wrap fishing line around a baseball several times so that you can toss the baseball while still having the line.


3. Climb the Tree

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Make sure you are properly clothed before scaling any tree. Wear long sleeves and pants, as well as good climbing shoes. Then, get a ladder and climb up the tree with the dislodging device in hand.

While you are in the tree, see if you can reach the drone. Don’t stretch yourself too far, or else you are putting yourself in a dangerous situation. If you cannot reach the drone, simply try to shake the branches around the drone to dislodge it.


4. Dislodge the Drone

Dislodge it by tossing the fishing-wire-wrapped baseball around the branches. You are not trying to hit the drone with the baseball. Instead, you are trying to use the baseball as leverage so you can wrap fishing wire around the branches. Pull on the fishing line so that the branches are parted and the drone falls.

Depending on your positioning, you may need to adjust where you are standing whenever you throw the wrapped baseball. In some cases, it may be best to climb down the ladder and dislodge the drone from the bottom. If you do this, make sure to watch your head so you do not get hit by falling debris.


5. Remove the Drone

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The only thing left to do is to dislodge your drone. Watch where it falls and go to pick it up. Inspect the drone to make sure no serious damage is done. More than likely, the drone is fine given that these devices are heavy duty.

shutter camera divider3 Things to Avoid When Getting a Drone Out of a Tree

In addition to following the steps above, here are three extra tips about what not to do when getting a drone out of a tree.

1. Ignore the Property Owner

If your drone has flown onto and is stuck on someone else’s property, it’s important to contact the property owner before trying to remove the drone. This just helps to cover your own end. Most property owners will be more than obliging.

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2. Risk Your Life

There is a price tag on your drone, but not on your life. Always be safe and do not put your life at risk when trying to remove the drone. For example, don’t try to scale the tree or stretch too far in order to remove the drone. It’s better to use a tool than to put yourself at risk.


3. Push Your Limits

Never push your own limits. If you cannot safely remove the drone from the tree, contact a professional, such as a fire department. Professionals will have the appropriate tools to safely remove the drone from the tree.

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Final Thoughts

By following the eight tips and tricks above, you will be able to remove your drone from just about any tree. However, always put your safety first. If you feel like you are risking your safety by removing the drone, just contact a professional instead. Your drone is not worth risking your life, and professionals will be able to get the job done quickly and safely.


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About the Author Robert Sparks

Robert’s obsession with all things optical started early in life, when his optician father would bring home prototypes for Robert to play with. Nowadays, Robert is dedicated to helping others find the right optics for their needs. His hobbies include astronomy, astrophysics, and model building. Originally from Newark, NJ, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the nighttime skies are filled with glittering stars.

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