Wild pigs are a major problem in America, and they pose a significant threat to our native game species. Hogs were brought to this country by farmers and hunters over a century ago, but since that time the pigs have managed to escape captivity and have taken up residence in 45 of the 50 states.
Wild pigs damage agricultural crops, pastures, residential areas, and levees, and they pose a significant threat to native wild game populations. A variety of different methods have been employed to control hog populations, but very few have proven effective at significantly reducing the number of pigs in an area.
One method that has proven effective in many areas, however, is shooting hogs from helicopters. Unlike other methods that take only a select few hogs from a much larger population, helicopter eradication has proven to be an effective means for controlling hog populations. Each year more and more people are catching on to helicopter hogging, and once you’ve tried it you’ll understand why.
Here are eight reasons you need to scribble “helicopter hog hunting” on to your bucket list today.
- Hogs aren’t native to this continent, so they provide competition for limited resources and place native species at risk. Deer, wild sheep, elk, and wild turkey are but a few of the species that compete with pigs for resources, and in areas where pig populations are high and where resources are highly limited, these native species can face die-offs. Reducing hog numbers preserves wild game.