Texans may be able to hunt feral hogs from a hot air balloon.
In one of the more interesting pieces of legislation introduced recently, Republican state representative Mark Keough has introduced a bill that would make hunting feral hogs from a hot air balloon legal.
House Bill 3392 would allow for a landowner, or someone with the landowner’s permission, to use a hot air balloon for hog hunting.
And the proposed bill doesn’t wait around. If passed into law, Texans could start hog hunting from a balloon on September 1 of this year. A permit would have to be issued before anyone could hunt using this method, however.
Perhaps it shouldn’t be too surprising. Texas has been waging a war with an out-of-control feral hog population for years. It’s a battle some contend Texas is losing. Seeing as how hogs are regularly shot out of helicopters there already, perhaps a hot air balloon was just the next step.
If made into law, it would be at least the second measure Texas has taken this year in the fight against feral hogs. Last month the Texas Agricultural Commissioner approved the use of certain feral hog poisons in an attempt to turn the tide in the battle against feral swine.