If the farmer was hiring to do this job to protect his cattle, I’d be sending in a resume.
Different states have different rules but most allow night vision hunting, mainly for predators and pests throughout each year.
Night vision gives the hunter a massive advantage. Some of these predators are way more active at night and feel protected by the darkness.
Night vision eliminates that advantages and gives hunters a one-up on these animals. Whether is feral hogs ripping up your crops, bears eating your harvest or coyotes coming for your cattle and sheep, night vision gives farmers the advantage they need to control these pests to their livelihoods.
“According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, coyotes were responsible for 60.5% of the 224,000 sheep deaths attributed to predation in 2004.
The total number of sheep deaths in 2004 comprised 2.22% of the total sheep and lamb population in the United States, which, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service USDA report, totaled 4.66 million and 7.80 million heads respectively as of July 1, 2005.
Because coyote populations are typically many times greater and more widely distributed than those of wolves, coyotes cause more overall predation losses. The United States government agents routinely shoot, poison, trap, and kill about 90,000 coyotes each year to protect livestock.”
This video shows one farmer bagging 65 coyotes… shot after shot… the dogs drop.
The video is very unique as the night vision video is extremely good. The dogs stick out so much with this filter. It almost makes them look cartoon like as the farmer drops them down.
The dogs run around the cattle and every time a shot provides itself the farmer pulls down and smokes one after one coyote.
And every shot was made with precision… good clean shots as to cause the least amount of suffering for these pesky coyotes.
42 Wild Hogs Captured At Once In Texas
Feral hogs are a huge problem around the country, but especially in Texas.
So much so, that in Texas you can literally book a helicopter seat to go hunt these things from the air… just mowing them down from the skies with a fully-automatic machine gun.
“Feral hogs cause more than $1.5 billion in damages to property, agricultural interests (crops and livestock), native wildlife and ecosystems as well as cultural and historic resources.”
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.
Just do some quick math and you realize that it’s possible for a pig to have a few dozen piglets each year, who can begin to breed themselves before the year is over. It’s nuts.
And it’s not just your garden, your field, and the environment, these things will mess you up too.
A wild hog can harm you, harm your dog, your young kids, your livestock… they just damage whatever they come across.
So what do you do when you don’t have the time or money to hunt them the old fashioned way, or even the new fashioned way via helicopter? You set up a trap like the one you’re about to see below.
I mean, capturing 42 hogs all at once… pretty damn efficient.
Just wait until those gates drop…
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Ted Nugent Says You’re An Idiot If You Have A Problem With Helicopter Hog Hunting
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 this week, 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.”