Texas Lawmakers Legalize Hunting Hogs From Hot Air Balloons

Exposing the Big Game

http://www.sacurrent.com/the-daily/archives/2017/05/26/texas-lawmakers-legalize-hunting-hogs-from-hot-air-balloons

By Alex Zielinski on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 7:15 am

The future of Texas hog hunting is oddly adorable. - SARAH FLOOD-BAUMANN, SHUTTERSTOCK
  • Sarah Flood-Baumann, Shutterstock
  • The future of Texas hog hunting is oddly adorable.

As state lawmakers gut major bills in the last days of the 85th legislative session, it’s become clear where many of their priorities lie. Child welfare. Religious freedom. Women’s health.

Oh, and hunting feral hogs from hot air balloons.

That last one, oddly enough, is one of the few issues that have managed to float through both chambers unscathed. Thanks to a Wednesday vote by the Texas Senate, a bill allowing landowners to shoot wild hogs and coyotes from the safety of a hot air balloon basket has now landed on Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.

The state’s estimated 2 million feral hogs have long-tormented Texas farmers, leaving destroyed crops and pastures in their wake. This bill is only the latest strategy in a growing list of…

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