Senate Research Center

C.S.H.B. 716

82R24917 SLB-D

By: Miller, Sid et al. (Fraser)


Natural Resources




Committee Report (Substituted)






According to several sources, feral hogs in Texas are responsible for approximately $400 million in direct damages to Texas every year.  There are an estimated two million feral hogs in Texas and feral hogs are found in nearly every county of the state.  It is also estimated that for every dollar spent on feral hog control, more than $7.50 in agricultural products is saved.  In addition, it is estimated that predation by coyotes causes millions of dollars in economic losses to agricultural producers in the state.


Helicopters are used in certain areas to hunt feral hogs in order to reduce hog populations.  According to the Department of Agriculture, more than 75 percent of the state has suitable terrain and vegetative cover for hunting feral hogs from helicopters, and such hunting is a cost-effective method for controlling the animals in areas in which hogs have become conditioned to traditional trapping efforts or in any area in which over 30 hogs an hour are removed.


C.S.H.B. 716 amends current law relating to the taking of certain feral hogs and coyotes using a helicopter.




Rulemaking authority is expressly granted to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission in SECTION 1 (Section 43.1075, Parks and Wildlife Code) of this bill.




SECTION 1.  Amends Subchapter G, Chapter 43, Parks and Wildlife Code, by adding Section 43.1075, as follows:


Sec. 43.1075.  USING HELICOPTERS TO TAKE CERTAIN ANIMALS.  Authorizes a qualified landowner or landowner's agent, as determined by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission  (commission) rule, to contract to participate as a hunter or observer in using a helicopter to take depredating feral hogs or coyotes under the authority of a permit issued under this subchapter.


 SECTION 2. Requires the commission, as soon as practicable after the effective date of this Act, to adopt rules as necessary to comply with Section 45.1075, Parks and Wildlife Code, as added by this Act.


SECTION 3.  Effective date:  September 1, 2011.