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House committee approves aerial hog hunting

by Ed Godfrey Published: February 13, 2013
The shadow of Kyle Lange's helicopter hover over  feral pigs near Mertzon, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. Under a legislation proposed  by a Fort Worth lawmaker, recreational sportsmen would be allowed to join professional hunters like Lange to aerial-hunt feral hogs to help thin out their relentlessly multiplying and destructive ranks from the perch of a helicopter. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) ORG XMIT: TXEG101
The shadow of Kyle Lange's helicopter hover over feral pigs near Mertzon, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. Under a legislation proposed by a Fort Worth lawmaker, recreational sportsmen would be allowed to join professional hunters like Lange to aerial-hunt feral hogs to help thin out their relentlessly multiplying and destructive ranks from the perch of a helicopter. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) ORG XMIT: TXEG101

Legislation that would allow aerial hunting of feral hogs has been approved unanimously by a House committee, a state lawmaker said Wednesday.
HB 1904, as amended 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 southeastern Oklahoma and lawmakers have been working to create opportunities for individuals hunting them,” said Roberts, R-Durant.
“I amended House Bill 1904 to allow aerial hunting of feral hogs, which is a efficient and effective way to manage the feral hog population.”
HB 1094 was approved by a 13-0 vote by the Oklahoma House of Representatives Agriculture and Wildlife Committee.
If approved by the House Calendar Committee, the measure will be available for a hearing on the House floor.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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