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State may allow hog hunting by helicopter

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Helicopter hunting of wild hogs is being considered by state wildlife officials to help landowners rid themselves of this rooting pest that tears up fields and pastures.

Louisiana’s Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has been looking to Texas as a possible model which allows landowners to issue aerial rights to commercial hunting operations. The commission Thursday adopted a notice of intent to establish regulations.

The move is in response to Act 592 from the spring legislative session that “allows the taking of nuisance quadrupeds by use of aircraft,” according to a press statement from the commission.

Under the framework proposed, an aviation company could apply for a permit from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to use an aircraft to aid in the taking of feral hogs. A landowner, or a group of landowners, would have to contact LDWF and provide authorization to a permit holder to take hogs on their property. The landowner could provide permission to the aviation company to use “subagents, such as gunners or observers,” to directly participate in hog control activity. The proposed regulations also outline safety training the hunter must complete prior to commencement of aerial hog control activity.

For the landowner, the helicopter hunting would come at no cost. Helicopter operators can pursue the hunts as commercial moneymakers.

Interested persons may submit written comments relative to the proposed rule to Camille Warbington, LDWF Wildlife Division, Post Office Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or cwarbington@wlf.la.gov prior to Aug. 30, 2014.

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