P14347: Wildlife Tracker


Project Summary Project Information

Bow and arrow hunting is a popular outdoor activity. Current arrows may fatally injure the wildlife being hunted, though the animal may not drop in place. Animals that are fatally injured can travel a substantial distance before their death.

To help locate the wildlife and avoid wasteful killing, a reusable wildlife tracking device will be deployed with the shot arrow and detach upon impact. This device will track the movements of the injured animal and relay that information to a user pocket monitor allowing a hunter to recover the wildlife as well as the tracking device.

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Tim holding compound bow

Tim holding compound bow

Project Name
Wildlife Tracker
Project Number
Project Family
Autonomous Systems and Controls
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Art North, ajnddm@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Dr. Eli Saber, esseee@rit.edu
Sponsor (financial support)
See Primary Customer

Team Members

From left to right: Frank, Alex, Tim, Joey, and Eric

From left to right: Frank, Alex, Tim, Joey, and Eric

Member Role Contact
Eric Peterson Team Leader/EE emp8453@rit.edu
Alex Pelkey ME atp1025@rit.edu
Joesph Ciccarello EE jxc8299@rit.edu
Frank Meola EE fhm7064@gmail.com
Timothy Nash ME ten5270@rit.edu


Project Information Problem Definition Systems Design Subsystems Design Detailed Design Complete Design

Photo Gallery

Project Readiness Package

Project Plan

Code of Ethics

Planning & Execution

Problem Definition

Problem Statement

Customer Interviews

Customer Requirements

Engineering Requirements


Problem Definition Presentation

Functional Decomposition / Architecture

Morphological Analysis

Concept Selection Process

Risk Assessment

Test Plan

Systems Design Presentation

Bill Of Materials

Baseline Drag Analysis

Bow Efficiency Analysis

Electrical Analysis

Power Consumption

Subsystems Design Presentation

Front of Center Analysis

Form Factors

Arrow Accuracy Testing

GPS Receiver Spec Sheet

RF Transceiver Spec Sheet

Google Maps Integration

Arrow Attachment Schematic

Detailed Design Presentation

User Device Schematic

SolidWorks Models

Antenna Selection

Arrow Flight Testing

Complete Design Presentation


Phase I Phase II Phase III Phase IV Phase V

MSD I Post Mortem

Project Plan

Test Plan

Problem Tracking

Bill Of Materials

Arrow Attachment Designs

Initial Electrical Testing

Mid-Phase Team Update

LCD Screen

Phase II Review Presentation

Arrow Attachment Designs II

User Device Design

Week 7 Update

Week 8 Update

Transceiver / GPS Issue Debugging Notes

Phase III Review Presentation

Week 10 Update

Week 11 Update

Arrow Attachment Mechanical Schematic

Ferrule Schematic

Barbed Hook Schematic

Final Poster

Final Paper

Final Presentation (items for future iteration included)

User Manual

LCD Screen Operation (Video)

LCD Screen Code

Component Size Comparison


Arrow Attachment Concept

Arrow Attachment Concept

Arrow Attachment Concept (open)

Arrow Attachment Concept (open)

User Device Concept

User Device Concept

Arrow Attachment Prototype

Arrow Attachment Prototype

User Device Prototype

User Device Prototype


Dr. Eli Saber

Dr. Eli Saber

Linx Technologies

Linx Technologies