Feral hog hunting, perhaps eradication is the better term, is just about a necessity nowadays, especially in places like Texas.
These creatures serve nearly zero purpose on this Earth besides destroying property and ecosystems… and there is a TON of them.
There’s somewhere between 2 million and 4 million wild hogs in the state of Texas (6 million estimated in the entire country). And because they have no breeding season, they reproduce at an astronomical rate. They can begin to breed around 5-6 months old, the gestation period is less than 4 months, and they can have anywhere from 2-12 piglets per litter.
Not to mention, feral hogs have begun to migrate into residential areas, particularly in Texas. They’ve been traveling in packs and ruining front yards, flower beds mailboxes, trashcans, gardens… just about everything.
So, people have been trying to get rid of these SOBs for quite some time now, and this just may be the most efficient way to do it.
Gun them down from a helicopter.
You can see in this video, a hog hunter from Texas takes his shot at a massive group of feral hogs that are roaming a property, and he’s mowin’ ’em down.
And to make it even more impressive, he took out a whopping 40 feral hogs in only about two minutes and half minutes.
According to Texas Parks And Wildlife,feral hogs are responsible for a whopping $52 million in agriculture damage in the state of Texas, so you can see why people want them gone.
And if you’re worried about the meat, nothing goes to waste:
“We work with local charity groups like ‘Hogs for a Cause’ who recover the meat on the ground and process for local food pantries and needy folks.
We’ve also worked closely with Sportsman Channel’s Hunt.Fish.Feed. Program in an effort to donate meat to soup kitchens in Houston – the 4th largest city in the United States.
Additional hogs are collected and processed to feed local workers and families on the farms we hunt on.”
Ted Nugent Explains Helicopter Hog Hunting On Joe Rogan’s Podcast
You can always count on Uncle Teddy to tell it like it is.
Rock icon Ted Nugent stopped by the Joe Rogan Experience podcast earlier last fall, and amid a number of different topics, including Ted’s legendary rock and roll career, to marijuana use, and more, they got to talking about hunting… one thing both Ted and Joe are very passionate about.
And now that Joe lives in Austin, Texas, they got on the topic of hog hunting, but more specifically, hog hunting from a helicopter.
Seriously, it feels like something a billionaire would do for fun, simply because he’s so rich he doesn’t know what to do with himself.
But the reality is that wild hogs cause a MASSIVE problem in states like Texas, destroying farmland, rooting up the soil, polluting water systems, damage to wooded areas, preying on other animals… they’re an invasive pain in the ass and there is A LOT of them.
However, a lot of people seem to have opinion about helicopter hunting, calling it inhumane, cruel, lacking in “sport,” etc…
But after Rogan expressed his thoughts on killing hogs, saying that it’s actually good for the environment because honestly, these hogs don’t do anything except for being a pain in the ass, Nugent hilariously breaks it all down:
“If you have a problem with killing pigs from a helicopter, you’re an idiot.
And let me help fix you, because we’re all idiots at some point in life because we don’t know nothin’, or it’s ignorance, I’ve been ignorant. I’m currently ignorant on how to weld, I need to learn that, but I admit my ignorance so I don’t fuck up a weld.
When we kill pigs from a helicopter, it benefits the environment, because they destroy the environment. They erode everything and it causes devastation to waterways, and just every habitat… so we’re saving the environment, so shut up.
We’re saving agriculture because they destroy tens of millions of dollars in agriculture every year… just in Texas.”
He then talks about how he’s the one who helped legalize killing pigs from a helicopter in the state of Texas, calling up Governor Perry at the time, and Attorney General (current Governor) Greg Abbott, to get the law changed.
Not to mention, Ted picks up the meat from all the hogs, processes it, and they donate it to homeless shelters and soup kitchens. And on top of all of that, the legalization of hog hunting from a helicopter also brings in tourism dollars from people who want to try it.
We’re talking money for hotels, restaurants, outfitters, ammo, sporting goods, beer and more.
As Ted put it, it’s a “win-win-win-win-win-win for everybody.”