Hog hunt­ing from he­li­copters may be le­gal­ized in Ok­la­homa

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Ok­la­homa could soon join Louisiana and Texas in al­low­ing hunters to shoot feral hogs from he­li­copters.

Aerial gun­ners are al­ready used to help con­trol feral swine in Ok­la­homa, but the work can only be done by trained, li­censed contractors with sup­port from the Ok­la­homa De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture Food and Forestry, the Tulsa World re­ported.

Law­mak­ers are con­sid­er­ing a bill to ex­pand the prac­tice to pri­vate op­er­a­tions.

Dubbed “the fly­ing pig bill,” the pro­posal would al­low pri­vate landown­ers, com­pa­nies and pi­lots to ap­ply for a state li­cense and be re­spon­si­ble for the ac­tiv­ity. Hunters on board the air­craft wouldn’t need a li­cense, nor would they have to pro­vide their names to the state.

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