Shooting Feral Hogs from a helicopter is a risky business. Don't think for a moment that it's just a walk in the park, and that just because you've been hunting most of your life that you can jump in and start dropping hogs left and right. Shooting from a helicopter involves a number of risks. We work to mitigate those risks through Safety Programs and Hunter Education. Others companies have made attempts to duplicate our courseware in an effort to sell our program under their name. You can be assured that as our program continues to evolve, we will recognize different concerns that arise during the safety course and during our depredation hunts, we will continue to bring our clients the latest techniques, safety improvements, and practical measures in order to offer the safest hunt program available.
Our Aerial Hunting Safety Course was developed from years of Army Aviation, Law Enforcement and Military Special Operations tactics, techniques, procedures and hands-on experience utilizing the latest state-of-the-art weapons and optics combined with precision shooting techniques which result in a shooter who not only knows and understand the principles of firing a weapon from a moving aircraft, but the communication and safety requirements that accompany the operations.
In short, we have developed and currently employ some of the most advanced, professional and SAFE tacticians in the industry in order to perform our Aerial Hog Depredation Services.
Many hunters have approached our company and scoffed at the idea that they would have to pay for someone to teach them something they can "just figure out themselves by doing it". We don't recommend that perspective. YouTube is full of videos showing people who were trying to "figure it out" by pointing loaded weapons at the rotor system with fingers on the trigger, etc. We train our attendees to recognize those mistakes and to prevent them.
Our course has proven itself not only in our eyes, but in the eyes of our course graduates, as well as hunting industry leaders.
The Fee for the Aerial Hunting Safety Course is $350 USD
The course is MANDATORY for anyone who intends to shoot or act as a gunner for our Feral Hog Depredation Hunts. The non-refundable fee for the course must be paid at the time of Reservation. Courses that are postponed due to weather, maintenance, illness or other reasons will be rescheduled at the earliest available date.
VERTEX Tactical Aviation normally holds the Aerial Hunting Safety Course every other Saturday at our Flight Operations Facility at Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas.
The course is an all-day program with 4 hours of classroom instruction in the morning and hands-on training in the helicopter on an active range during the afternoon. Each class is limited to 10 people to keep the instruction more concentrated, resulting in more interaction and additional time for hands-on training. Depending on the location, we will travel with one of the aircraft to perform the classes for larger groups at remote locations when scheduling allows.
Classes begin at 9am SHARP, so we ask all course attendees to arrive at least 30 minutes early to complete any required paperwork.
- Feral Hog Background
- Helicopter Hunting Safety
- Helicopter Systems Description
- Helicopter Crew Coordination
- Weapons Selection
- Weapon Emergency Procedures
- Aerial Ballistics
- Hunt Planning & Obstacle Recon
- Hands-on Helicopter Safety Briefing
- Hands-On Helicopter Entry/Egress/Weapons Procedures
- LIVE FIRE (Remainder of day spent cycling each attendee through helicopter to fire at stationary targets at live-fire range)
VERTEX Tactical Aviation provides coffee, snacks, refreshments and lunch for all of the course attendees, as well as limited transportation to and from the Live-Fire areas*. We also provide the AR-15 (Courtesy of BATTLE RIFLE COMPANY and ROCK RIVER ARMS) and the ammunition (Courtesy of ) for the course included with the course fee.
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- Apr 5th, 2013
- Apr 27th, 2013
Call for custom courses for groups of 6-8 or more.
All hunters MUST have completed the VERTEX Aerial Hunting Safety Course PRIOR to performing duties as a gunner. All hunters/gunners MUST have a valid Texas hunting license on file with VERTEX Tactical Aviation at least 3 days prior to the hunt date.
Payment of $350 per course attendee must be made upon reservation of the class date. NO EXCEPTIONS.