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Helicopters, Hogs, and Hotdogs

Texans dislike feral hogs. Some even pay cash for a chance to shoot them. Although, the draw may be less about shooting the pests and more about doing so from a helicopter.

While it sounds like overkill, helicopters are an effective tool for culling hog populations. Plus, people are happy to fork over cash for the experience.

“We get quite a bit of clientele from places like New York, California (and) Chicago, where the firearm laws are extremely restrictive,” said Chris Britt, co-founder of Helibacon in Bryan. “They come to Texas and the idea that you can shoot a machine gun in a helicopter is just mind-blowing to them. They think of it as the Wild West.”

Flight packages will run shooters between $2,000 and $8,000, depending on the number of participants. These prices generally include firearms and ammunition. Some even include meals and lodging.

Flights are in high demand; most companies have long waitlists.

While some people champion these helicopter hunts as the best means of managing hog populations, Texas Wildlife Services indicates they have only killed 2% of the state’s population.

“Helicopter hog hunting in and of itself does not reduce the total feral hog population by a very large amount,” Britt said, “but it can manage a regional area.”

“Texas is just a big place. If you talk to the local farms and ranchers that we do hunt for on a regular basis, they love us because they can definitely tell that it keeps the feral hog population in check in that area.”

RA Staff
RA Staff
Written by RA News staff.


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