Pork Choppers to Hit Texas Skies
Starting this Thursday hunters will be able to shoot as many feral hogs as they can, from helicopters. Previously only landowners with hog problems could hire helicopter companies to deal with the hogs, but State Rep. Sid Miller, R-Stephenville sponsored the pork chopper legislation. Hogs do millions of dollars of damage, and the state has also spent millions trying to control the hogs. It is uncertain how effective the pork choppers will be, as usually hunting from the air is about 15% accurate with hitting the target.
Already the companies that will be flying the hunters are making some money. One of the companies, Vertex Helicopters, requires that hunters take a safety class before going up in the copter. This class costs $350, is four hours long, followed with 30 minutes of airborne target practice.
They have already had sixty graduates, with two more classes of 15 each already filled. Some of the graduates have come from New York, Missouri and Kansas. Mike Morgan, the president of Vertex Helicopters is a retired army helicopter pilot. He has gotten permission from private landowners to hunt on over 150,000 acres, and has another 550,000 acres in the works. Morgan has already set up over 30 hunts, only requiring a 3 hour minimum flight time, other companies require up to 5 or 6 hours. From The Star-Telegram.