Helo hunt for feral hogs.

"A pistol is what you use to fight your way back to the rifle you never should have left behind!" Clint Smith, Thunder Ranch

Moderators: Keith B, carlson1


Topic author
saltydog452
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 1
Posts: 279
Joined: Sun May 23, 2010 3:52 pm

Helo hunt for feral hogs.

#1

Post by saltydog452 » Fri Feb 20, 2015 6:20 pm

I 'thought' shooting from a moving vehicle was a big no-no.

Does that apply to helo hunting as well? I may have an opportunity to have a hand in this venture if I can get all of priorities nailed down.

Thanks,

salty

User avatar

baldeagle
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 4
Posts: 5240
Joined: Tue May 25, 2010 8:26 pm
Location: Richardson, TX

Re: Helo hunt for feral hogs.

#2

Post by baldeagle » Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:19 pm

You could hunt hogs with a howitzer if you wanted to. Helo hunts are definitely allowed, as are automatic weapons.
The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. James Madison
NRA Life Member Texas Firearms Coalition member

User avatar

couzin
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 2
Posts: 964
Joined: Wed May 04, 2005 7:12 pm
Location: Terrell, Texas

Re: Helo hunt for feral hogs.

#3

Post by couzin » Sun Feb 22, 2015 4:53 pm

I'm waiting for one of these companies to put a huey in the air, doors off, and shooters hanging out the door on bungees cutting loose the "pig" while flying at treetop. Yeeeehaaaa!
“Only at the end do you realize the power of the Dark Side.”

User avatar

WildBill
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 2
Posts: 17076
Joined: Tue Jul 03, 2007 12:53 pm
Location: Houston

Re: Helo hunt for feral hogs.

#4

Post by WildBill » Sun Feb 22, 2015 5:09 pm

couzin wrote:I'm waiting for one of these companies to put a huey in the air, doors off, and shooters hanging out the door on bungees cutting loose the "pig" while flying at treetop. Yeeeehaaaa!
Do you want a hunt or a massacre? ;-)
NRA Endowment Member

User avatar

baldeagle
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 4
Posts: 5240
Joined: Tue May 25, 2010 8:26 pm
Location: Richardson, TX

Re: Helo hunt for feral hogs.

#5

Post by baldeagle » Sun Feb 22, 2015 6:03 pm

WildBill wrote:
couzin wrote:I'm waiting for one of these companies to put a huey in the air, doors off, and shooters hanging out the door on bungees cutting loose the "pig" while flying at treetop. Yeeeehaaaa!
Do you want a hunt or a massacre? ;-)
The purpose of a helo hunt is eradication, not meat supply.
The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. James Madison
NRA Life Member Texas Firearms Coalition member


rotor
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 4
Posts: 3326
Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:26 pm

Re: Helo hunt for feral hogs.

#6

Post by rotor » Sun Feb 22, 2015 6:06 pm

couzin wrote:I'm waiting for one of these companies to put a huey in the air, doors off, and shooters hanging out the door on bungees cutting loose the "pig" while flying at treetop. Yeeeehaaaa!
You must be very wealthy (or a dreamer). I would love to watch but can't afford to participate in a Huey. The State actually does hire helicopter pilots to fly in controlled feral pig hunts in some areas. I don't know who the lucky shooters are and I guess for them it is just a job. For some of us we would pay to do it. Just couldn't afford it in a Huey. I believe in Jacksboro they do it in an R44 which is more affordable.

User avatar

baldeagle
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 4
Posts: 5240
Joined: Tue May 25, 2010 8:26 pm
Location: Richardson, TX

Re: Helo hunt for feral hogs.

#7

Post by baldeagle » Sun Feb 22, 2015 6:08 pm

If you're really serious (and you need to have cash to be serious), Google helo hog hunt. Here's a few I found right away:

http://www.helihunter.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; $2500 per HOUR, but they're booked for 2015. They're taking reservations for 2018 now.
http://www.cedarridgeaviation.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; $2150 for the first 2 hours, $1000 for each additional hour
The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. James Madison
NRA Life Member Texas Firearms Coalition member


brhalltx
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 1
Posts: 350
Joined: Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:46 pm
Location: Texas

Re: Helo hunt for feral hogs.

#8

Post by brhalltx » Sun Feb 22, 2015 6:53 pm

Hmmm. Where did I put my pilot's license? :txflag:
TSRA Life Member
NRA Patron Member
Houston IT and Database Development

User avatar

WildBill
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 2
Posts: 17076
Joined: Tue Jul 03, 2007 12:53 pm
Location: Houston

Re: Helo hunt for feral hogs.

#9

Post by WildBill » Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:10 pm

baldeagle wrote:
WildBill wrote:
couzin wrote:I'm waiting for one of these companies to put a huey in the air, doors off, and shooters hanging out the door on bungees cutting loose the "pig" while flying at treetop. Yeeeehaaaa!
Do you want a hunt or a massacre? ;-)
The purpose of a helo hunt is eradication, not meat supply.
Why would you paid a couple of grand to eradicate hogs on somebody else's land?
NRA Endowment Member


cyphertext
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 1
Posts: 633
Joined: Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:31 am

Re: Helo hunt for feral hogs.

#10

Post by cyphertext » Mon Feb 23, 2015 2:59 pm

WildBill wrote:
baldeagle wrote:
WildBill wrote:
couzin wrote:I'm waiting for one of these companies to put a huey in the air, doors off, and shooters hanging out the door on bungees cutting loose the "pig" while flying at treetop. Yeeeehaaaa!
Do you want a hunt or a massacre? ;-)
The purpose of a helo hunt is eradication, not meat supply.
Why would you paid a couple of grand to eradicate hogs on somebody else's land?
Because I don't have my own land to eradicate them on? I wouldn't pay $2000, but I could see $400 - $500 for a couple hour helo hunt, with the ability to go gather a couple up for meat.


cb1000rider
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 2
Posts: 2505
Joined: Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:27 pm

Re: Helo hunt for feral hogs.

#11

Post by cb1000rider » Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:03 pm

cyphertext wrote: I wouldn't pay $2000, but I could see $400 - $500 for a couple hour helo hunt, with the ability to go gather a couple up for meat.
I'd pay $500 for a few hours in a helicopter time.... That's probably not shy of what it costs to operate a piston (low end) helicopter for about 3 hours....

User avatar

jmra
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 3
Posts: 10351
Joined: Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:51 am
Location: Ellis County

Re: Helo hunt for feral hogs.

#12

Post by jmra » Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:07 pm

cyphertext wrote:
WildBill wrote:
baldeagle wrote:
WildBill wrote:
couzin wrote:I'm waiting for one of these companies to put a huey in the air, doors off, and shooters hanging out the door on bungees cutting loose the "pig" while flying at treetop. Yeeeehaaaa!
Do you want a hunt or a massacre? ;-)
The purpose of a helo hunt is eradication, not meat supply.
Why would you paid a couple of grand to eradicate hogs on somebody else's land?
Because I don't have my own land to eradicate them on? I wouldn't pay $2000, but I could see $400 - $500 for a couple hour helo hunt, with the ability to go gather a couple up for meat.
Operating costs per hour for the helicopter alone would exceed what you stated you would be willing to pay. That doesn't include paying the pilot or the land owner. $2000 for that kind of hunt is not out of line at all.
Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid.
John Wayne
NRA Lifetime member

User avatar

jmra
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 3
Posts: 10351
Joined: Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:51 am
Location: Ellis County

Re: Helo hunt for feral hogs.

#13

Post by jmra » Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:10 pm

cb1000rider wrote:
cyphertext wrote: I wouldn't pay $2000, but I could see $400 - $500 for a couple hour helo hunt, with the ability to go gather a couple up for meat.
I'd pay $500 for a few hours in a helicopter time.... That's probably not shy of what it costs to operate a piston (low end) helicopter for about 3 hours....
:iagree: When I was flying in small helicopters for offshore work back in the 90s operating cost per hour was about $300 just for the craft.
Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid.
John Wayne
NRA Lifetime member


Abraham
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 1
Posts: 8399
Joined: Tue Aug 14, 2007 8:43 am

Re: Helo hunt for feral hogs.

#14

Post by Abraham » Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:32 pm

As I've aged, my interest in shooting critters has vastly slackened. Heck, I feed doves that once I shot by the thousands.

Would I shoot a hog to eat, not only yes, but I've done so in my own back yard, but the idea of simply slaughtering animals just to slaughter them really doesn't appeal to me where once it might have.

Yes, if they cause the kind of damage they can be known to cause, that is plowing up acres of land that cause grief for the land owner, then yes, an eradication program is necessary. But, flying around to shoot and not eat though makes me sad, even though necessary.

As a younger guy, I shot all sorts of critters (especially as a teenager with a .22 cal rifle) that I now regret shooting.

I know a lot of us older guys look back with some regret with our shooting histories...


CoffeeNut
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 1
Posts: 799
Joined: Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:52 am
Location: San Antonio

Re: Helo hunt for feral hogs.

#15

Post by CoffeeNut » Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:10 pm

couzin wrote:I'm waiting for one of these companies to put a huey in the air, doors off, and shooters hanging out the door on bungees cutting loose the "pig" while flying at treetop. Yeeeehaaaa!
Can we blast Ride of the Valkyries as we open up on them?
EDC: Sig Sauer P320SC / P238

Post Reply

Return to “Rifles & Shotguns”