Photo Gallery: Feral Hog Hunting by Helicopter

How to Hunt Pigs from the Air

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1 | Pilot Luke Boedecker

Helicopter pilot Luke Boedecker readies a shotgun as his Robinson R-22 helicopter sits on the trailer. 

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2 | 00 Buckshot

 While AR-style rifles are the rage for shooting pigs, 00 buckshot is effective and deadly. 

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3 | View from Above

From the air, feral pigs are easy to spot. They'll quickly dash out of the thick brush when alarmed. 

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4 | Feral Hog Rooting

The need for hog control is apparent. Feral pigs do tremendous damage to rangelands and grasslands with their rooting. 

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5 | Skilled Pilot

A skilled pilot is important for navigating the wide-open rangelands of West Texas. 

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6 | Flying Low

To find pigs, helicopters fly low over the rangelands to spook them from the brush.

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7 | Big Pig

Pigs are bulky and can’t run too fast, but they are quick, and capable of turning on a dime. It takes a good marksman to bring them down on the run. 

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8 | Pig Down!

A couple of shots from the shotgun, and a big pig is down. 

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9 | Looking Him Over

Once the helicopter is on the ground, Luke Boedecker walks up on the pig.

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10 | Smile for the Camera

Luke Boedecker and the author/photographer posing with a downed pig.

Editor's note: This Realtree.com photo gallery was first published March 23, 2012.

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Hired shooters take to the skies in an effort to control the burgeoning population of Texas feral hogs. Here’s an over-the-shoulder look at how it’s done.

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