Citing the growth of the feral hog population and the corresponding damage they create, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a notice of intent last week that would establish permit regulations for aerial hog control.

According to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, an aviation company could apply for a permit from LDWF to use an aircraft to aid in the taking of wild hogs.

Landowners, or groups of landowners, would have to contact LDWF and provide authorization to the permit holder to take hogs on their property. And the landowners could provide permission to the aviation companies to use ‘subagents’ like gunners or observers to directly participate in hog control activity.

The proposed regulations also outline safety training that gunners would have to complete before hunting from the air, the release states.

To view the full notice of intent, click here. 

Interested persons may submit written comments relative to the proposed rule to Camille Warbington, LDWF Wildlife Division, Post Office Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or email cwarbington@wlf.la.gov prior to Aug. 30, 2014.