“Heli-Hunter” Debuts Exclusively on Sportsman Channel: June 1st at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT
NEW BERLIN, WI (May XX, 2014) DRAFT – Feral hog populations have been exploding in the battleground state of Texas causing billions of dollars in damage over the last couple of decades. Now, Texans have a new plan– and this plan involves helicopters. Take to the air with this first-of-its-kind new reality series Heli-Hunter on Sportsman Channel Sunday, June 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET. Patrol Texas farms and ranches with owner/operators Craig Meier and Terrell Coleman, on their day-to-day grind of aerial hog eradication. Watch a sneak peek of the series here: (NEED LINK) !
Unfortunately, the hog population has grown tremendously in Texas to a now estimated five million feral hogs. Recent studies show that seven out of 10 feral hogs must be eradicated in order to maintain the current population. Realizing that traditional hunting methods will never be enough to keep up with the growth in population, Craig and Terrell decided to take a more extreme approach. Aerial hog eradication is proven and has become the most effective form of population control. By flushing the feral hogs out of the brush and into nearby fields, Heli-Hunter is able to eradicate thousands of pigs each year.
“Educating the public and proving that drastic eradication efforts are necessary are our primary goals, and we will shock the world when we expose the sheer numbers and damage that these animals are capable of.” says Craig Meier co-owner of Heli- Hunter. Although these animals need to be eradicated, Heli-Hunter does everything possible to collect these animals. Through their partnership with Hogs for a Cause they processed and distributed over 25,000 lbs of sausage to needy families this last winter season.
Each week viewers will get a first-hand look at the damage these hogs cause and the struggles that go along with this ongoing battle of man vs. pig. In 2010 the Texas Agrilife Extension Service estimated overall damage from feral hogs anywhere from $50 to $500 per hog annually, and damage due to disease is unknown. According to these estimates, that puts damages in the State of Texas near $550,000,000 annually. “I would venture to say the majority of people that are against aerial hunting do not own land, and I know they have never walked into a field with a farmer that just lost his crop. These animals are literally eating the livelihood right out from under good people everynight” says Terrell Coleman.
In the first episode, Heli-Hunter fights to protect the Texas roadways from the invasion of feral hogs. A vehicle speeding down the highway at 80 mph and suddenly hitting a 300 lb. animal can cause quite the damage to car and human life. The local sheriff’s department contacts Heli-Hunter to help exterminate the hogs from a particular area where there have been several accidents on the roadway. Craig and Terrell put together a plan of attack and start hunting the area immediately. They are successful in thinning out the herd however one stubborn landowner is not willing to cooperate with their efforts.
“In reality, we are just harvesting a renewable resource and feeding the needy while protecting farmers, ranchers, and highways from a nonindigenious invasive species that multiplies at an exponential rate. All of this is being payed for by people that just want to have the experience of a lifetime. I know in my heart that we are doing the right thing here, and can’t wait to prove it” says Mr. Meier.