"Rocket-eating trees" are a hazard encountered by all model rocketeers. Some clubs bring a long pole with a hook on the end for tree recovery. This device, while it may be tricky to operate, might be another option for getting a rocket down from thin, high branches.
|The 3D Rocketry Nautilus II - my first loss to a tree|
While it's usually considered acceptable to use a tool (like a long pole) to recover a rocket from a tree, if there are power lines running near or through the tree in question, you certainly shouldn't attempt to shoot a fishing line at the rocket. Contact between a power line and the ground - with you in the middle - is a sure way to get electrocuted!
This recovery device might be a bit clunky to operate, but it might be worth the trouble in order to not leave a rocket behind on the field. That can be pretty heartbreaking.
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