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#5985070 - 10/20/15 12:52 AM Aerial Wildlife Management - Helicopter Hunting
ndhunter Offline
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Are there any restrictions regarding proximity to property lines. I'm reading through the TPWD regulations and trying to determine how close they can get and if any advance notice is required.

https://tpwd.texas.gov/business/permits/land/wildlife_management/aerial_wl_management/

If the practice that I saw last couple of weekends happens during deer gun season, it is going to be a problem. I understand the need for eradication, it is written into my lease agreement, but I have seen a different aircraft each weekend.

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#5985272 - 10/20/15 07:49 AM Re: Aerial Wildlife Management - Helicopter Hunting [Re: ndhunter]
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They are doing what needs to be done for the long term.

Helicopters will not permanently run off any deer. They will get back to their normal patterns within hours.

Sometimes they can get a big buck up moving to you that otherwise you would of never known existed.
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#5985321 - 10/20/15 08:19 AM Re: Aerial Wildlife Management - Helicopter Hunting [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
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Thanks for the feedback

My concern is about timing. If what I saw last couple of weekends continues to happen in close proximity to our lease property, it can't be good. They were flying directly over me while making the rounds.

I have no problem with the concept and the need for eradication but the approach I have seen is pretty invasive IF it happens during season.

I just wish I could determine who it was so we could contact them and find out more about their plans for the season. It would at least give me a chance to adjust accordingly.

Guess I will just wait and see how the season goes

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#5985362 - 10/20/15 08:34 AM Re: Aerial Wildlife Management - Helicopter Hunting [Re: ndhunter]
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They have to have an LOA to fly.
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#5985408 - 10/20/15 09:06 AM Re: Aerial Wildlife Management - Helicopter Hunting [Re: ndhunter]
westtexaswatkins Offline
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Had a small lease in Haskell County years ago. They were doing a lot of hog helicopter hunting in that area. I saw zero hogs and zero deer that year. Needless to say I let that place go.
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#5985657 - 10/20/15 11:47 AM Re: Aerial Wildlife Management - Helicopter Hunting [Re: ndhunter]
TexasATC Offline
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Grab your binoculars, write down the Aircraft tail number. It'll start with the letter N...you can then look up the tail number via the FAA's website. It'll have the name of the person or company the aircraft is registered to. Should help you contact the owners, or get in touch with the pilots or operators.

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#5985660 - 10/20/15 11:48 AM Re: Aerial Wildlife Management - Helicopter Hunting [Re: ndhunter]
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Here's the link to look up N-numbers...

http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Inquiry.aspx

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#5985687 - 10/20/15 12:16 PM Re: Aerial Wildlife Management - Helicopter Hunting [Re: ndhunter]
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Helicopter hunts are on my bucket list!

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#5985699 - 10/20/15 12:26 PM Re: Aerial Wildlife Management - Helicopter Hunting [Re: ndhunter]
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scratch yagh, things been tough here... Makes ya kinda wonder... Been several fly-by-moonings here... Why just last week twas sitten out in the pasture on me bucket, minding my own busness, before could finish the paper work, had ta jump up & pulls up me britches, note ta self , whin standing up quickly on a hill whilst reachen for de britches around de ankle, will put ya in a roll... rofl Yesterday got a pic of a red ring around uranus .... flag


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#5985928 - 10/20/15 03:05 PM Re: Aerial Wildlife Management - Helicopter Hunting [Re: stxranchman]
ndhunter Offline
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
They have to have an LOA to fly.


Yes, I read through most of the info that I provided link for and saw that. I think it also says they have to dispose of the carcass, may have to perform a little reverse logistics. If they are hitting half of the animals they are shooting at that might be the ticket.

Landowner might be able to ask neighbors, they are new.

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#5985931 - 10/20/15 03:07 PM Re: Aerial Wildlife Management - Helicopter Hunting [Re: TexasATC]
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Thanks for that. I don't have any good binoculars anymore, kids lost them but I can borrow some. Seen two different helicopters. Probably not a good idea to scope them.

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#5985935 - 10/20/15 03:10 PM Re: Aerial Wildlife Management - Helicopter Hunting [Re: ndhunter]
TexasATC Offline
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Registered: 05/24/14
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Loc: Abilene, Texas
I wouldn't advise using your rifle scope up

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#5986177 - 10/20/15 05:59 PM Re: Aerial Wildlife Management - Helicopter Hunting [Re: TexasATC]
ndhunter Offline
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Originally Posted By: TexasATC
I wouldn't advise using your rifle scope up


Agreed. It was sarcasm but could be misconstrued.

Just talked to landowner. He said he knew some of the folks in the area had signed up for eradication but was not sure which ones. Said he would ask around.

Thanks for everyone's help.

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#5986179 - 10/20/15 06:00 PM Re: Aerial Wildlife Management - Helicopter Hunting [Re: westtexaswatkins]
ndhunter Offline
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Originally Posted By: westtexaswatkins
Had a small lease in Haskell County years ago. They were doing a lot of hog helicopter hunting in that area. I saw zero hogs and zero deer that year. Needless to say I let that place go.


Same county

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#5987406 - 10/21/15 11:52 AM Re: Aerial Wildlife Management - Helicopter Hunting [Re: ndhunter]
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How do I get a TPWD job helicopter hunting?

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