AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers have approved the hunting of feral hogs and coyotes from hot air balloons.
Texas’ growing hog population causes millions of dollars’ worth of damage to crops every year. Texas has an estimated two million feral hogs. Their high breeding rate and lack of natural predators has seen their population explode
The state already allows the shooting of feral hogs from helicopters, but that is expensive and has not been very successful because the aircraft often scare the animals away. Hot air balloons are quieter and offer a more stable shooting platform.
The bill requires the state to license hot air balloon hunting.
The bill passed the Senate Wednesday night and now goes to Gov. Greg Abbott for his consideration.
Ummm WHAT??? Did I just read that right? Texans can now mow down wild game from the comfort of their own hot air balloons. Maybe it’s my own propensity for being inside or the fact that I’m a “Yankee” but that seems insane.
The craziest part is that this is an evolution from the law passed a few years ago that allowed helicopter hunting. Turns out wild hogs and wolves feel threatened when an extremely loud helicopter makes its way overhead. Can’t believe we didn’t see that becoming an issue…
While bizarre, this is actually a major win for the hunting industry. More specifically, all of those TV shows that my dad watches on the Outdoors Channel. Hunting is some of the most boring television. Much like the videos you would sneak off to watch on your iPod Touch in 7th grade, you just want to hurry up and get to the money shot. The whole show is leading up to the moment of jubilation when you make the kill. There is only so much you can do with it. The result is always the same. But hunting out of a hot air balloon? That is must watch television. I can’t wait.