Bill proposes hunting feral hogs from air http://www.kens5.com/latestnews/stories/KENS20090130xpv-feralhogs.34ba5d8.html The state is considering a new law that would allow hunters to shoot feral hogs from helicopters. January 31st, 2009 Legislation would allow hunting feral hogs from helicopters BEXAR COUNTY – There are an estimated 1.5 million feral hogs in the state, with many now living in South Texas. In the past, landowners could hire helicopter companies to kill hogs on their property, but new bill before the state could expand the hunt to the air. Currently, landowners can hire companies to come in and kill feral hogs on their own property, but the landowners must be there at the time of the hunt. Now, State Rep. Sid Miller (R-Stephenville) has authored a bill (House Bill 836) which would allow landowners to lease hunting rights to companies who could then fly hunters in to shoot the hogs from the air, allowing ranchers and farmers to make some money off of the hog problem. Feral hogs have been a problem in the state for more than four centuries. The wild animals eat crops, especially corn and peanuts, tear up fences and can total an automobile if a driver happens to hit a full grown hog. While feral hogs don’t normally attack people, attacks have been reported, some fatal. Advocates of the bill say hunting by helicopter is an effective way to thin out the population. Helicopters can access hard to reach areas quickly and allow hunters to get right on top of the hogs. The bill would also allow farmers to recoup some of the money lost to the hogs eating their crops by allowing them to charge for the hunts. Those opposed to the idea say shooting hogs from the air can be dangerous for a number of reasons. Specifically, opponents cite the need for regulations. Texas Parks and Wildlife would largely be in charge of the implementation and regulation of the plan, leaving it up the agency to set the rules for the hunts. It is estimated that feral hogs do more than $50 million in damage each year to crops and property across the state. Feral hogs can be found in just about every county in the state, including those in South Texas. -- So how does one get a job as a door gunner for one of these companies?