Now this is the way to hog hunt!
Russell Stevens, a wildlife and fisheries consultant for the Noble Foundation in Ardmore, said hogs are nowhere near the problem in Oklahoma that they are in Texas. But with how rapidly they reproduce, they soon could be. Hence, the aerial hog hunting explosion in Oklahoma.
"We can see that their population has been exploding and spreading across the state," he said. "Most people don't realize just how badly that impacts the environment or just how bad feral hogs can be."
This is a win/win for the hunters and for helping take the cost down from the farmer. When it comes to getting rid of these pigs, a helicopter is the way to go.
Aerial hog hunting gaining popularity nationwide in states where feral hogs are estimated to cause more than $800 million in crop damage annually.
Recent studies show the state of Texas has the largest feral hog population in the country, estimated to exceed two million feral hogs, and several surrounding states including Oklahoma are not far behind.
Trapping, ground hunting and night shooting has not kept up with the exponential rise in the feral hog population - or in the devastation they cause for Texas farmers and ranchers.
Where practical, feral hog population control by aerial shooting is the most effective means of control.