Wow, wild boar hunting in a chopper sounds really exciting and kind of dangerous all at the same time, wouldn’t you agree? As we all probably know, the average Joe can’t just hop in a any chopper they want and go hunting for wild boars. So what is it that they need to do in order to get clearance for this? Well, I am going to explain that to you right now.
Why Hunt Out Of A Helicopter?
In certain parts of the world, wild hogs have become a nuisance, especially in Texas. They are spawning at an alarming rate and it is up to the landowners and anyone who wants to be part of the effort, to try and eliminate some of the threat. So, this is where the helicopter comes in. When you are up in a helicopter, you have a better view of all of these hogs and can get a better shot from up in the air.
How Does It Work?
Usually, a season goes from mid-January through mid-March for wild boars. As with any service like this, there is an age limit and weight limit for the chopper, specifically for a service called Heli-Hunter:
- Age limit: 16-years and older. Shooters under 18-years old must be accompanied by a member of the staff.
- Weight Limit: 300-pounds per seat or 475-pound combination limit for both shooters. If a person is over the 300-lb weight limit, they may be asked to ride solo.
- Hunting license is required: You must have a valid Texas hunting license. Out of state hunters can get a five day temporary permit.
The flight usually lasts around 2-hours and a kill range is between 15-25 hogs. This depends on what the environment is like, what time it is, the weather, wildlife movement and pure luck. The best part, ammo is provided and it is unlimited.
What About The Guns?
Most of the time, these companies that offer helicopter boar hunting will provide you with a gun to use. If you choose to bring an approved gun of your own instead of using their recommended Tac-12 A1 tactical shotgun by Firebird Precision, it might not be a bad idea to invest in a red dot sight attachment.
A red dot sight will give you a clear shot of the target by highlighting with a red dot, or a different pattern if preferred. Is you are going to be up in a helicopter, it is best to use the traditional red dot. It is smaller and won’t block the view of the target like a cross or bullseye pattern would. If this is something you are interested in, it would be best to do a search for the best affordable red dot sight. If you are doing it just one time, you probably want something on the cheaper side. If you are going to make a bobby out of it, there is no harm in investing in a more expensive one.
Are You Ready?
As I said earlier, hunting out of a helicopter isn’t really a worldwide thing and most places are in Texas that offer this service. It is definitely something that you should put on your bucket list and save up for since each ride costs between $5000-$15,000. There are also other services that you can purchase to make your experience more memorable.