Hunting Game & Feral Hogs
30 years in the hunting business! A full-time staff and we hunt 7 days a week 365! We are the only full-time business that offers helicopter pig hunting in Texas and the whole United States.
Why Hunt Feral Hogs>
Wild hogs are among the most destructive invasive species in the United States today. Two million to six million of the animals are wreaking havoc in at least 39 states and four Canadian provinces; half are in Texas, where they do some $400 million in damages annually.
There are now around 2.6 million hogs in Texas, more than anywhere else in the United States. Their foraging causes about $52 million in annual agricultural damage.
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Have you ever shot wild pigs from a helicopter?
Helicopters + Machine Guns = FUN
Can I 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.
Can I bring my own guns?
We supply our own guns and ammo. While we are sure that your personal arsenal is great, we have to keep safety in mind. Our rifles are cleaned and maintained for best hunting results and the safety of everyone involved.
When is the best season to hunt feral hogs?
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?
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 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…
Meet The Team
FULL TIME HELICOPTER HOG HUNTING
President & CEO
Texas Specialty Hunts | Texas Specialty Helicopters
Travis started his career early in life as a Wildlife Biologist on a large ranch in West Texas. After meeting and working with landowners and hunters the hunters began requesting him to guide hunts on the ranches. He decided to make a business out of this and started Texas Specialty Hunts.
They began hunting some of the largest, game rich private lands in West Texas. A few years down the road he decided to purchase a ranch and develop this into our main location. The DFR Ranch and Lodge was born they began stocking, land improvements and hunting lodges in response to our clients needs. After the stocking and improvements were complete we opened the ranch and lodge to the public for hunting.
The company continued to grow and expanded to an international hunting operation. They began hunting South Africa adding Spain, Argentina, Turkey, Mongolia, Tanzania, and New Zealand. As the company grew Travis saw a need to add aviation to the business model and started Helicopter Pig Hunting and Texas Specialty Helicopters.
Over the last ten years Travis has expanded the Heli Hunting Business acquiring over 2.5 million acres, eleven helicopters, a full time staff, private chef and professional pilots.
29 Years in the Hunting Business 1990 – 2020
Texas Specialty Hunts
Texas Specialty Helicopters
Texas Varmint Hunting
Texas Exotic Hunting
Texas Quail Hunting
Permian High School 1990
Angelo State University / BS Animal Science | Biology | Chemistry |1994
Pilot | FFL | SOT Holder | Biologist
Garrett Robertson was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Cross Roads TX. Growing up he was very involved in agriculture and hunting. He played basketball all through grade school and also rodeoed as a team roper. Once he graduated high school he moved off to Prescott Arizona to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautics as well as flight training.
He majored in Aeronautics with two minors; Helicopter Operations Flight Safety and Aviation Safety. In his flying program he received his Private Pilot Rotorcraft, instrument rating, commercial, Certified Flight Instructor, & certified flight instructor-instrument.
After graduating college he moved off to Olathe KS for a year and half and worked as the Lead flight Instructor and also flew the news helicopter for a local news station in Kansas/Missouri KMBC. With TSH he has flew guided helicopter pigs hunts all across Texas helping out with the eradication of pigs for local ranchers and farmers. He also does cattle work, game surveys/captures, & flight instruction. In the last year he has enjoyed flying for TSH.
Ground Crew Operations
Rob Linhoff is a Pro Staff fishing and hunting guide and has a wealth of knowledge of all products in the fishing and hunting industry along with 9 years of working in the marine industry.
Rob is very good at working with both adults and children in fishing tournaments. He enjoys promoting the sport of fishing and hunting to further enhance future generations of outdoors men.
Chief Guide | Heli Hunting
Ground Crew Operations
Mercy grew up in The Last Frontier in Anchorage, Alaska. From early childhood, she was exposed to wilderness adventures in the great outdoors. Whether she was running in the mountains, canoeing from the foot of Portage Glacier, skiing on the vast trail systems, orienteering through wilderness territory, shooting at the Cook Inlet range, moose hunting with friends, hiking remotely with bear bells or fishing for Alaskan salmon and halibut, she never strayed far from her love for adventure and the outdoors. Her sense of adventure has continued to develop as she has lived in Oregon, Minnesota, California and Colorado. Mercy currently resides with her family in Las Vegas, NV.
Mercy’s business career has been as eclectic as her outdoor experiences. Including a wide array of specialties such as sales, marketing, hospitality, luxury travel, branding and hunting and fishing sales and partnerships. All of these contribute to her success here at Gage Outdoors.
We have 8 different helicopters to choose from for heli-hunting, tours and land surveying. Click the pic below to get the specs on our R-44’s and R-66 Turbines.