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Ok who's gonna be guiding helocopter Hog hunts? #2307238 05/12/11 11:00 PM
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Just saw on the news it passed, unless I'm too late and it was already posted...


Re: Ok who's gonna be guiding helocopter Hog hunts? [Re: kdub] #2307255 05/12/11 11:08 PM
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It's allot of fun and allot of rifle


Re: Ok who's gonna be guiding helocopter Hog hunts? [Re: Kimber1911] #2307386 05/13/11 12:38 AM
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what was passed? its been sanctioned and legal for several years now. H@11, I got a certificate from TPWD for 19 kills



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Re: Ok who's gonna be guiding helocopter Hog hunts? [Re: TreeBass] #2307492 05/13/11 01:17 AM
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I am. Got my helicopter on order




Re: Ok who's gonna be guiding helocopter Hog hunts? [Re: TreeBass] #2307529 05/13/11 01:28 AM
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Originally Posted By: TreeBass
what was passed? its been sanctioned and legal for several years now. H@11, I got a certificate from TPWD for 19 kills


The news said legislation was passed to allow the sale of helocopter hunts on private land.

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2011/05/pork-chopper-bill-flies-throug.html


Re: Ok who's gonna be guiding helocopter Hog hunts? [Re: kdub] #2307833 05/13/11 03:27 AM
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Re: Ok who's gonna be guiding helocopter Hog hunts? [Re: pokerj2] #2307989 05/13/11 05:05 AM
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Hunts couldnt be sold before.

This allows someone to charge for hunting out of the chopper.


Re: Ok who's gonna be guiding helocopter Hog hunts? [Re: longhorn_cop] #2308622 05/13/11 04:17 PM
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corp of engineers would never allow it but it would be cool to get in the air over some of that land. man the things ive seen in some of those areas seldom accessed by the public.


Re: Ok who's gonna be guiding helocopter Hog hunts? [Re: army_chad] #2308699 05/13/11 04:53 PM
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Is Dillon taking any private flights???



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Re: Ok who's gonna be guiding helocopter Hog hunts? [Re: kdub] #2308981 05/13/11 07:30 PM
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Eeee haa! Doors open, tree top level, opening up with "the pig" on some... well, hogs on the ground! I'd pay big dollars to do that...



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Re: Ok who's gonna be guiding helocopter Hog hunts? [Re: Couzin] #2308998 05/13/11 07:47 PM
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If you havent done it, DO IT!

From personal experiance it's AWESOME!

Couple short vids from my last one, action starts about 1:20 in on both vids

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Re: Ok who's gonna be guiding helocopter Hog hunts? [Re: Black02z28] #2309030 05/13/11 08:14 PM
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A friend owns a Huey but fuel a lone would make it a expensive hunt.




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Re: Ok who's gonna be guiding helocopter Hog hunts? [Re: kindall] #2309046 05/13/11 08:30 PM
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I don't think that would work well in east texas



Re: Ok who's gonna be guiding helocopter Hog hunts? [Re: Charlito] #2309122 05/13/11 09:26 PM
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Originally Posted By: Charlie the Duck Dog
Is Dillon taking any private flights???


I'll call him and see grin He's talking about my duddy who flies Apaches in the Army. I would love to rain some hellfires down on a herd of swine.


Re: Ok who's gonna be guiding helocopter Hog hunts? [Re: kdub] #2309183 05/13/11 09:55 PM
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This is awesome. I was concerned it wouldn't make it through the Senate. I think that is where a similar bill died last time?


Re: Ok who's gonna be guiding helocopter Hog hunts? [Re: TSullivan] #2309319 05/13/11 11:27 PM
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I have hunted hogs out of a helicopter one time and was one of the most exciting hunts I have ever been on. I am looking forward to going again, the guy that took me keeps his helicopter in a big barn at my deer lease so he will take me just about anytime. I have also done a few deer surveys with him, those are pretty neat as well. I would say if you get the chance jump on it.


Re: Ok who's gonna be guiding helocopter Hog hunts? [Re: TSullivan] #2309335 05/13/11 11:32 PM
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heres some fuel numbers for you:

a bell 204, civilian version of the veitnam huey burns 70 gallons an hour, and can hold 10 people including the pilots.

for this example the choppa will be loaded down w/ 10 people 2 pilots 8 shooters (4 shoot at a time two each side).

the current price for JET-A (chopper fuel) is $127 a barrel for a two hour long flight we need atleast 140 gallons of fuel. thats 3.3333 barrels of oil or $423.33 dollars worth of fuel for a two hour flight, which comes out to $52.91 per shooter for fuel alone.

a quick google search shows 1000 rnds of PMC bronze .223 sold for 329.99 and wolf steel for $208.12

so if all you had to pay for was fuel and 1000 rnds of ammo the cost would be $261.03 (wolf ammo) or $382.90 (PMC ammo). however this america, people love money so you mine aswell double the price to resemble the actual cost.



she said ,why does that ammo have pretty green tips on it? the guy said its the eco-friendy ammo.
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300 dollars sounds cheap, but you also have to remember that the helicopter is not free someone has to pay the up keep and pay to have it fixed. I have no clue what a helicopter mechanic would charge but I bet it is not free. Then you have to add in the mileage it cost to get the helicopter to where ever you are wanting to hunt, if it only cost 250 I would do it every weekend but I bet 250 won't even get you an hour of air time.


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Re: Ok who's gonna be guiding helocopter Hog hunts? [Re: ffread] #2310568 05/14/11 10:57 PM
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Originally Posted By: ffread
300 dollars sounds cheap, but you also have to remember that the helicopter is not free someone has to pay the up keep and pay to have it fixed. I have no clue what a helicopter mechanic would charge but I bet it is not free. Then you have to add in the mileage it cost to get the helicopter to where ever you are wanting to hunt, if it only cost 250 I would do it every weekend but I bet 250 won't even get you an hour of air time.
notice in the last sentence i mentioned double the price to come near to what it might cost.



she said ,why does that ammo have pretty green tips on it? the guy said its the eco-friendy ammo.
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A smaller robinson r44 usually cost $750-$1000 per hour to operate.


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Any day hunt would close in on $5,000 easy.... did one w/ Ted Nugent last month just north of Abilene..... 156 hogs started at first light and ended around 4pm with a 2 hour lunch..... that was Ted and the pilot......

The prices will be out of the range for the average hunter if the business hopes to make a profit.

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Re: Ok who's gonna be guiding helocopter Hog hunts? [Re: Believer] #2323805 05/21/11 09:55 AM
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I looked into this fairly seriously. The killer that really put things out of reach financially was the cost of insurance. I could not even find a company that would insure for liability on a commercial operation. The only tentative quote that I got was $40,000-$50,000 a month... But they said that even at that it may not go through underwriting. This was a while back before it became legal as I was trying to have everything in place if the bill passed.

You have to be running a lot of hunts and turning a serious profit to pay just your insurance bill.... let alone fuel, pilot, chopper maintenance etc etc etc.

Believer is on track for what I figured I would have to charge with a 2 person minimum.



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