For $35,000, Texas Company Lets You Gun Down Feral Hogs with an M16 from a Helicopter
With a booming wild hog population in Texas offering plenty of targets, companies are now offering hunting enthusiasts the opportunity to gun them down from the sky.
One such company is HeliBacon, a helicopter hog hunting operation based in Bryan, which offers thrill-seekers their most exclusive package, "The Works", for $35,800.
This "Works" experience, designed for groups of eight, includes a day's worth of helicopter hog hunting, aerial machine guns, ground machine guns and lodging and meals for two nights.
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Described as the "ultimate corporate outing," Chris Britt, managing partner of HeliBacon, told mySA that they provide corporate entertainment and a chance to scratch something off your bucket list.
Britt said that during a helicopter outing, patrons will gun down an average of 12-20 hogs over 300,000 acres of land owned by private farmers and ranchers.
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, there are 920,000 wild hogs in Texas as of March 1, a seven percent increase from last year.
Beyond recreational hunting, other attempts have been made to help control the feral hog population in Texas - one of them being by poison. The bill to set protocols for approval of poisons to be used on the species is currently on hold.
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