State legislators appear more eager than ever to get rid of feral hogs — the Texas House voted 137-9 to expand helicopter hunts.
Good for them. Sometimes sentiment and intense resistance from PETA-types stand in the way of doing a dirty but necessary job.
For years, Texas has made it easy to kill the hogs. They aren’t considered game animals. Hunters on the ground can shoot as many as they want and leave them for dead.
Still, the wild hog population keeps soaring, and the damage to ranches and farms is approaching a half-billion dollars a year.
The hogs gotta go. Killing them is a necessary evil.
I’ll not sugarcoat it — shooting hogs from a helicopter isn’t pretty. Here’s a video clip of a hunter sitting in a copter and killing dozens and dozens of pigs on the run. If you like pigs, I wouldn’t watch it. It’s brutal. But that’s life. Well, not for the hogs.
I’ve shot and eaten a few hogs over the years. They taste great if they’re young and under about 80 pounds. But hogs can easily grow to 400 or 500 pounds, and the big ones are nasty and inedible. Can you imagine how much a 500-pound hog can eat in a day? Ask a farmer who has seen his crops destroyed by what amounts to a swarm of four-legged locusts.