Experts have determined that the best methods are trapping -- especially whole sounder trapping -- and aerial gunning.
Other forms of control are largely ineffective and can actually reduce the effectiveness of trapping.
He estimates that the hogs cause to 90 million in damages to property in the state per year, which includes both rural and urban areas.
State agencies and landowner groups are highly interested in what can be done to control the feral swine problem.
Non-residents under 17 years of age may purchase and hunt with the Youth Hunting License (Type 169). Valid to hunt turkey only during the open spring turkey season.
Youth Hunting License (Type 169): Valid for any person, resident or non-resident, under 17 years of age at the date of license purchase. License and state stamp exemptions remain valid for the entire license year. Holders of this license are exempt from the upland game bird stamp endorsement requirements.
The text of the bill says: “A qualified landowner or landowner’s agent, as determined by commission rule, may contract to participate as a hunter or observer in using a hot air balloon to take depredating feral hogs or coyotes under the authority of a permit issued under this subchapter.” Texas law already allows the hunting of feral hogs from helicopters.
Valid to hunt: Exotic animals, all legal game birds (except turkeys), all nongame animals, squirrel, javelina and alligator (not valid for other game animals, NOT VALID FOR DEER). Every hunter (including out-of-state hunters) born on or after September 2, 1971, must successfully complate a Hunter Education Training Course.
However, it was not until the 1980′s that populations of feral swine literally exploded across the state due to a number of reasons including supplemental wildlife feeding and hog re-location for hunting purposes.
Feral hogs are also smart--inefficient attempts to control their numbers make them wary and less susceptible to control measures and often result in the hogs becoming nocturnal.
Minimum age of certification is 12 years and cost is .
Spring brings new life to the fields and forests and wild turkeys are one of the most interesting spectacles this time of year.
Courthouse News spoke with Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, who supports HB 3535.