Texas is home to a serious feral hog problem; nearly 3.4 million at the last count ranking as the largest feral hog population in the U.S. Their numbers continue to increase due to their high reproductive potential and the lack of natural predators. The most effective means of performing hog depredation has been by use of helicopters.
Our team has been highly successful eradicating feral hogs on private land in Texas Counties utilizing both the Schweizer 300C and the Robinson R-22 helicopters because of their versatility, maneuverability and relatively low running costs.
Our helicopters are flown by a highly experienced pilot and the gunner utilizes a .223 caliber, AR-15 semi-automatic rifle with 30 round magazines, from the passenger side (right or left depending on the aircraft type). This seating position, combined with the low-recoil, low-noise and low-weight of the rifle provide the perfect platform for a successful hunt.
Should a group of hogs numbering between 10-25 be flushed into an open area, we would expect a kill rate for that group of over 95%. The helicopters rotor downwash and engine noise are excellent at flushing the hogs into open areas and its maneuverability is unrivalled in pursuing hogs into kill positions without further damage to crops or pasture.
SEPTEMBER 1st, 2011 CHANGE IN TX LAW
Effective September 1st, 2011, VERTEX Helicopters began performing Helicopter Hog Hunting (Aerial Feral Hog Depredation) as a "Landowner Agent" and as such, we will be selling the Gunner Seat for Helicopter Hog Depredation Hunts.
What does this mean for you, the private hunter?
This means that as a private hunter, you are now allowed by the State of Texas to pay for the right to perform as the gunner and shoot feral hogs from a helicopter as part of a feral hog depredation program. Since we are a full-service helicopter company, we are offering this service to Private Hunters from all over the United States. We currently have over 150,000 acres of land in some of the most feral-hog damaged locations all around Texas where we are under contract as a Primary Agent to perform Aerial Hog Depredation for the Landowners. We are also currently in negotiations as Primary Agent for an additional 550,000 acres from all over the State of Texas.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT SPORT HUNTING FROM A HELICOPTER. GUNNERS ARE PARTICIPATING IN AN AERIAL DEPREDATION PROGRAM.
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In order for you, as a private hunter, to be able to perfrom as a gunner from our helicopters, you must complete the following: