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.
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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