Ag. Commissioner to Demonstrate Hunting by Air

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011  |  Updated 10:02 AM CDT
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Ag. Commissioner to Demonstrate Hunting by Air

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State Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples will take to the air in Southeast Texas to show how helicopters can be used to hunt feral hogs.

The demonstration in Beaumont is part of the kickoff Wednesday of a statewide competition to reduce the state's feral hog population.

According to a statement from Staples' office Tuesday, the Hog Out Challenge is aimed at cutting into the hot population and highlight the nearly $500 million in damage feral hogs cause each year to the Texas landscape.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department estimates the state's feral hog population to be as large as 2.6 million.

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