- October 26, 2017
- Fur and Fangs STAFF
With nearly 3 million wild hogs rooting up land in the Lone Star state, the opportunities to hunt are almost endless. But, opportunities to earn a living and make money pursuing the feral swine are also aplenty.
In a lengthy, insightful report, Texas Public Radio (we highly encourage you to check it out) took a look at who is making money from wild hogs and how they are doing it.
First up, is a profit center formed to fulfill the desires of hunters that prefer an element of extreme or not-so ordinary on their hunts.
HeliBacon is just that. For $3500 you get a chance to hunt hogs from a helicopter that covers a 300,000 acre spread of land. Many of the clients are out state and simply seeking a different sporting adventure.
“It’s an intense two hours, a very memorable two hours,” says one client from Chicago named Tim. Tim represents a typical HeliBacon client. He has hunted but isn’t an avid hunter. He is from out of state and heard about it over the Internet. From TPR.
On the other end of the spectrum is Ortiz Game Management. Bubba Ortiz sees nuisance hogs as an ample supply of meat.
The catch, in order for Ortiz to be paid (.10 – .20 per pound) for his work, the animals must arrive alive at the processor. The other catch, there are only two USDA approved processing facilities in Texas. For Ortiz, the catches are worth it.
“This is good meat,” Ortiz says. “It’s free range, self-sustaining food source, and it’s a problem. We got a million hungry Texans. Why aren’t the two connecting?” From TPR.
Wild hogs are an undeniable problem. It’s good to see people coming up ways to help themselves and help the ecosystem.