GUN Bill proposes hunting feral hogs from air

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  1. TL1000RSquid

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    Bill proposes hunting feral hogs from air
    http://www.kens5.com/latestnews/stories/KENS20090130xpv-feralhogs.34ba5d8.html
    The state is considering a new law that would allow hunters to shoot feral hogs from helicopters.
    January 31st, 2009
    Legislation would allow hunting feral hogs from helicopters


    BEXAR COUNTY – There are an estimated 1.5 million feral hogs in the state, with many now living in South Texas. In the past, landowners could hire helicopter companies to kill hogs on their property, but new bill before the state could expand the hunt to the air.

    Currently, landowners can hire companies to come in and kill feral hogs on their own property, but the landowners must be there at the time of the hunt.

    Now, State Rep. Sid Miller (R-Stephenville) has authored a bill (House Bill 836) which would allow landowners to lease hunting rights to companies who could then fly hunters in to shoot the hogs from the air, allowing ranchers and farmers to make some money off of the hog problem.

    Feral hogs have been a problem in the state for more than four centuries. The wild animals eat crops, especially corn and peanuts, tear up fences and can total an automobile if a driver happens to hit a full grown hog. While feral hogs don’t normally attack people, attacks have been reported, some fatal.

    Advocates of the bill say hunting by helicopter is an effective way to thin out the population. Helicopters can access hard to reach areas quickly and allow hunters to get right on top of the hogs. The bill would also allow farmers to recoup some of the money lost to the hogs eating their crops by allowing them to charge for the hunts.

    Those opposed to the idea say shooting hogs from the air can be dangerous for a number of reasons. Specifically, opponents cite the need for regulations. Texas Parks and Wildlife would largely be in charge of the implementation and regulation of the plan, leaving it up the agency to set the rules for the hunts.

    It is estimated that feral hogs do more than $50 million in damage each year to crops and property across the state. Feral hogs can be found in just about every county in the state, including those in South Texas.

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    So how does one get a job as a door gunner for one of these companies?
     
  2. idleprocess

    idleprocess Bring a dollar with you baby in the cold cold grou

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    By all accounts, hogs are a major problem. Go into a grocery store or gas station in any farming town in TX and you'll find bulletin boards full of solicitations for hog hunters. They're an invasive introduced species with no predators - so hunting is really the only way to control them.
     
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    ide love to head that way and blast the shit out of some hogs
     
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    That would be sweet to do.
     
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    hog hunting ftw
     
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    That would be a fucking awesome job.
     
  7. I'll hunt them in this.

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    I don't like the idea of people hunting wolves in planes. But feral hogs are (from what I've read) a dangerous nuisance in a lot of the world. These aren't docile farm-raised piglets, we're talking about; these are tusked, wild, boars that would give a 250 lb football player a good fight.
    They are survivors, too. They can live off of anything from wild plants, to human garbage. They can sleep just as comfortably in the mud as they can in hay, or your garage. Meaning they'll invade any habitat they can.

    Also, I totally want to go boar hunting.
     
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    i live in bexar country :cool:
     
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    damn I wish I lived in Texas

    We have some around here near Savannah, but not anywhere near what they seem to have over there.
     
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    we have them here in MI aswell.but i have yet to see one.alot of tracks,just no hogs.the dnr here also has open season on them with any type of valid hunting license
     
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    That would be fun.

    I've been trying to find someone to talk me hog hunting for a couple months now. Seems like it would be fun.
     
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    There is a guy on a department that hunts hogs with only a knife. He is fuckin nuts.


    He is also the one we send in to turn off the valve on a burning propane tank.
     
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    I bet you'd have a lot of fun doing it, too!
     
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    that's in florida?

    a buddy of mine got paid $50 per left ear for hogs in south texas a couple years ago.
     
  20. Benning is in GA.
     
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    i should have known that
     
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    Plenty of hog hunting within an easy drive from Savannah.

    My buddies do it with nightvision, infrared, bulldogs/pitts, and a couple pairs of handcuffs :noes:
     
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    So wait, if I ever want to hunt hogs, there are places that will pay me for killing them? Where do I sign up?
     
  25. MikeEagle12

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    I've been thinking about heading up to Fort Stewart to try my luck for a few months now. Any other places you know of?
     

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