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Aerial hog hunting bill advances

Carrie Coppernoll Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:40 pm •  Published: March 6, 2013

Thank goodness we are getting THIS issue taken care of. Whew! Now we can get to all the other nonsense that has to be dealt with, like the budget, educational and health care. Here’s a news release out of the state House of Representatives:

Legislation that would allow aerial hunting of feral hogs has been approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

House Bill 1920, by state Rep. Dustin Roberts, would allow a permit for any landowner or any person who has contracted with a landowner to engage in the management of depredating animals by use of aircraft on the land of the landowner.

“Feral hogs are a huge problem in Oklahoma,” said Roberts, R-Durant. “Aerial hunting of feral hogs is an efficient and effective way to manage the feral hog population and my legislation creates a process to allow it.”

Numerous rural residents have asked for help in addressing feral hogs, Roberts said.

House Bill 1920 was approved by a 88-4 vote and now advances to the state Senate.

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