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Texas Helicopter Hog Hunting FAQ

FAQ's about hunting feral swine

Answers to the most common questions we get about our helihunting business.

Everything you need to know about Helicopter Pig Hunting 

How long has Helicopter Pig Hunting been in business?

We have been in the hunting business 28 years and have been operating a full time Helicopter Hunting business for eight years.

Where is Helicopter Pig Hunting located?

The location of the Helicopter Hunt is very important. We operate in West Texas, which allows us to hunt year round as our canopy cover is minimal.

Does the company operate full time?

Yes, we operate full time, 12 moths out of the year, 7 days a week.

How many helicopters does the company operate?

We are mandated by the FAA and all of our helicopters are required to be inspected and serviced every 100 hours by an approved FAA mechanic. We operate eight helicopters.

Does the company own the lodge they operate out of?

We own and operate our lodge, shooting range, and ranch where our guests stay.

How many employees does the company have?

We have a full-time staff consisting of chefs, ground safety crew, helicopter pilots, gun cleaning crew, maintenance crew, lodge cleaning crew and drivers.

Do you have professional helicopter pilots?

​Experience of pilots? All of our Helicopter Pilots are full-time and they fly most everyday. Our pilots have thousands of hours of experience.

How many acres are available to use for the hunts?

We are currently flying over 2 million acres of private land within two hours of the San Angelo, Texas area.

Does HPH mix groups or bookings?

We do not mix groups when you book with us. You will be the only guests at our faculties during your hunt.

How does the company ferry the helicopter?

We trailer our helicopters to the ranch we will be hunting each day to reduce the cost of airtime.

Does the company offer a motor coach?

We own and operate a 40 foot motor coach equipped with WiFi and satellite TV. We pick you up and drop you off at the airport, and drive you to the hunting location each day.

How close is the Helicopter Pig Hunting to an airport?

We are a 20 minute drive from the (KSJT) San Angelo , TX. Airport American Airlines services the San Angelo area.

What kind of helicopters can we use to hunt feral hogs?

We have 8 helicopters.  We offer the choice of an R-44 or an R-66 Turbine.  You can read more about our helicopters on the “Our Helicopters” page

Can I use my own gun?

For safety reasons, we provide access to our own personal arsenal of rifles and weapons for the helicopter hunts.  You can use your own weapons on the rifle range though.

Is Helicopter Pig Hunting insured?

Oh yeah.  We pay a massive premium to insure our business.  

Can we eat the feral hogs?

While hog meat is delicious, any feral pig shot from a helicopter must be left where they lay.  This is an eradication hunt and not a game hunt. We have ground hunting options for trophies, mounting and meat. 

When is the best season to hunt wild pigs?

Unlike most game animals, feral hogs DO NOT have a set mating season.  This means that they are constantly reproducing all year round. With 2.5 million acres of land to choose from, there are always new groups of feral hogs to eradicate. 

Do I need a hunting license to shoot feral hogs?

Yes. 

A valid Texas hunting license is required to participate in the Helicopter Hog Hunting program. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department lists the various hunting licenses available online. Texas residents require at least the Type 101 Resident Hunting License, and out-of-state or international clients require at least the Type 157 Non-resident 5-Day Special Hunting license.

If you intend to do additional fishing, bird hunting, deer hunting or exotic hunting while you are in Texas, that may require a different type of license.

To save time, purchase your Texas Hunting License  before you arrive. YOU MUST BRING YOUR LICENSE WITH YOU. IT MUST BE IN YOUR POSSESSION, ON YOUR PERSON, WHILE YOU ARE IN THE HELICOPTER. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Is shooting feral pigs from a helicopter legal?

Oh yeah.  “The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)announced today it is offering $75 million in funding for the eradication and control of feral swine through the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program (FSCP) in a joint effort between USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The 2018 Farm Bill included this new pilot program to help address the threat that feral swine pose to agriculture, ecosystems and human and animal health.”  Read more about it here…

Do you offer training or classes to first time hog hunters?

Yes.  We offer range time on the ground to get familiar with your weapons, as well as aerial range time to get more comfortable firing a rifle from a helicopter.  Shooting from the ground is a lot different than shooting from the air.  Our staff has been doing this for years and can offer expert guidance on the best way to use your weapons and have the best experience while on our ranch.

Where can I book a helicopter hunting trip?

Booking a helicopter hog hunting trip was never been easier. We offer year round heli-hunting options for large and small groups.  Click here to see our pricing and dates.