View Full Version : Hog Hunting in Texas from a Chopper

September 23, 2009, 08:24 PM
Hog hunting, Texas style, from a helicopter.

September 23, 2009, 08:33 PM
Looks wild - not to much of a hunt though - it would be hard as hxxx to hit one from a helicopter I'd think.

September 23, 2009, 09:16 PM
I hope I wasn't the only one thinking, Huey with two door gunners and a lot of M60 belts :)

September 23, 2009, 09:36 PM
Is that legal? I know hogs are out of control in some areas. That looked like prime farmland with a high probablity of crop damage. One way to thin them out. Where can I get a ride?

September 24, 2009, 06:23 AM
In texas, a farmer could likely use dynamite if he wished...
Legal as heck... Now if they would hire a dogger crew he could save a ton!

Art Eatman
September 24, 2009, 07:42 AM
Texas changed the law about explosives. Now, if I want to use up the rest of my dynamite, I'm supposed to be a licensed "Exploder". :)

Wasn't it an old Homer and Jethro song, "Ya gotta have a license..."?

September 25, 2009, 01:10 PM

That looks like a perfect excuse to finally buy an M1 Garand (modified for modern loads) and give it some hard use. Maybe not the best gun for the job, but it would be fun!

Anyone else wondering what's happening to all those dead pigs though...I hope he's got someone following his route with a meat collection truck.

September 25, 2009, 01:17 PM
Yeah we may not be able to use our explosives but I can still use the full-auto M16. :D

Some buddies actually looked into renting a helicopter for a couple hours to take hog hunting around here (just for a change of pace) but it was like $1500/per hour to rent it. :eek:

September 25, 2009, 04:06 PM
When I was in college, I would stay with a friend of my dads during the summer and he had a helicopter round up business. Most of the ranches here in south Texas were getting over run with nilgai. He contracted with a meat packing company and ranches to shoot them. So that's what I would do during the summer. I was usually on the ground crew picking them up. When they would shoot them out of the chopper, they would radio use and we would come by and pick them up. Once we got about 5, we would take them in. They had refrigirated trailers and butchers on sight that would butcher them. I got to get in the chopper a few times and shoot and it's harder than it looks. All the shots had to be head shots or they wouldn't take them. We used a scoped AR-15. Everytime we went out, we would shot between 40 and 50 nilgai. And no, we weren't shooting out all the nilgai, just thinning out the herd. Some of these ranches are over run and 600 - 800 lb animals can really hurt working cattle ranches, especially on dry years.

September 25, 2009, 04:17 PM
In Texas it is legal as long as they are not considered game animals. It could be alot of fun but the real fun was shooting them with net guns. Some of the places wanted the nilgai alive or some of the game managed ranches that moved there deer around, we would net them. You had to be real careful while getting the animals out of the nets though. We had one or two guys get the leg broke by the animals kicking.

September 25, 2009, 04:41 PM
What is nilgai?

September 25, 2009, 07:01 PM

Seems to be a large antelope from India weighs up to 600lbs or so

Art Eatman
September 25, 2009, 07:03 PM

September 25, 2009, 07:58 PM
THis dude is the real deal....

amazing shooting