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Texas House Says Hunting Hogs From Helicopters Okay

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A helicopter blade. (credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

A helicopter blade. (credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

AUSTIN (AP) – Texans could hunt hogs and coyotes from helicopters under legislation that has passed the Texas House.

The bill sailed out of the House on a 137-9 vote Monday. Under current rules, Texans can pay a contractor to hunt hogs from a helicopter over their land. The bill that passed Monday would allow landowners to sell seats on helicopters to hunt the creatures, potentially making a profit. The legislation also lists coyotes as fair game.

A permit would still be required. The bill faces another perfunctory vote in the House before heading to the Senate, where its fate is less certain.

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