Monday, July 28, 2014

Thermal Scopes Available to ALL

SPI Corp is making military grade thermal scopes available to us regular folks!  Due to the feral hog population explosion in the southern states, there are several options for thermal and night vision scopes for hog hunting at affordable prices.

According to the press release, SPI Corp is launching as a separate shingle to cater specifically to address the wild hog epidemic.

You can read the entire SPI Corp press release from PR Web here.

If you're having a hard time keeping feral swine out of your crops, check out for possible solutions to hunt them at night and defend your land!

Here is an actual video from a T14X Thermal Scope for Hog Hunting a recent SPI customer shared.  As you can see, hunting hogs at night has never been easier!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Hunting Hogs from a Helo

Make no bones about it, the feral hog population in Texas ranges between 2.5-5 million, according to to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.  And we all know Texans can be pretty innovative when it comes to hunting.

Enter the helicopter.
feral hog shot with a thermal scope from
This bacon was taken with a thermal scope from

Take companies like Heli-Hunter, who have made it big business to bag bacon.  But their bank accounts aren't the only recipients of the benefits.  Heli-Hunter.  They currently participate in the "Hogs for the Cause" program, which gathers the slain hogs and distributes the meat to local families in need.

Read more about Heli-Hunter hog hunting in the news here.

There is a charge to hunt on helicopters, but it's an experience.  One of my military heroes, Christopher Mark Heben, recently went on a daytime excursion with Heli Gunner and was kind enough to give me permission to share his video.  As you can see, it adds a completely new and exhilarating dimension to hunting, and there is that whole helping the community thing going on there, too :)  Click the link below to go see it on Facebook, I've also embedded the video at the bottom of this post.

Facebook link to video here.

Here's a small list of Helicopter Hog Hunting organizations for those of you wanting to give it a try (there's tons, here's some of the top results on Google):

Cedar Ridge Aviation
G&T Outfitters
Heli Gunner
Hunt Texas

 I've not personally gone on one of these excursions, but I'm pretty sure it's on my to do list in the future.

Happy hog hunting!

Post by Christopher Mark Heben.

(You can read more about one of my personal American Heroes, retired Navy Seal, health professional, Veteran's Advocate, talented actor and singer, Christopher Mark Heben, at his site, Seal Team Consulting. Please note, this guy is serious about anti-poaching as well. He's an all around PATRIOT).

USDA Testing Sodium Nitrite as Pig Poison

Ever since the white man made his first footprints on North America he's been bringing little pieces of Europe with him. Some good, others... not so much. Take the case of the feral hog population in the south. It was a pain to keep bringing pigs on their long journeys across the Atlantic when they originally settled here, so they turned them loose to do their best and prosper across the new land so there would be fresh pork for all. But little did they know that by that one particular oversight, they'd be costing America over 1.5 billion dollars a year (800 million of that is direct damage to farms & crops) in losses. (And that's a conservative estimate).  

Some fa(s)t facts about feral pigs:
she shot this feral hog with a thermal scope for hog hunting from
She shot this hog with a thermal scope from

- a hog will eat 5 times as much as a deer of the same size (an average deer of 150-200lbs)
- a feral pig can weigh up to 250lbs or more
- a female can breed twice a year & have up to 15 piglets per litter
- a sounder (group of 20 or more pigs) can destroy 10 acres of crops in less than a week

That being said, most states don't have any limits on how many baconators you can bag a day, but it varies from state to state, and being that bacon is in high demand now, hog hunting is a no brainer to help control the population. But while hunting and trapping are the best old fashioned way of dealing with the problem, others look towards science. And, oddly enough, a bacon related preservative may make for the demise of the feral hog population. Ironic, no? As I write this, the USDA is testing sodium nitrite as a poison to eradicate the species. It's already being used in Australia and New Zealand, so this looks promising as a solution. Beings they're spending 1.5 million on the study at Ft. Collins, I however feel that bullets are still a cheaper solution.

Plus, you get to stay up past your bedtime, play with thermal scopes and eat bacon for breakfast.. so there's that.

Happy hog hunting!