Commission Approves Rules For Aerial Hog Hunts

WICHITA FALLS (AP) – Beginning Thursday, qualified hunters will be able to take to the skies to take aim at the state’s burgeoning feral hog population.

The Wichita Falls Times Record News reported that the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved rules for hunting the hogs and coyotes by helicopter, in accordance with House Bill 716 passed by the Legislature.

The new rules permit qualified landowners or their agents to pay helicopter operators for aerial operations. Qualification involves filing a form with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and does not involve a fee.

A Texas Department of Agriculture study shows a single hog is responsible for $50 to $500 in damage to agriculture and wildlife habitat annually. Feral hog populations in Texas are estimated at more than 2 million.

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  1. darrell says:

    can we add illegal foriegn insurgents to that list?

  2. Rowlins says:

    This should give hunters the edge but as for me, I don’t hunt all the time and when I do, the thrill of the “hunt” is the most exciting part. It would be more fun if you could use the copter to track. The tracking (after a shot) sometimes blows but if you gotta good dog or got a good tracker with you who can spot blood, that’s not so bad.

  3. Chuck says:

    This is not hunting it is vermin control.

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