Texas finally got serious about feral pig control. There's only one way to make something effective. Let the free market take control. Up until now, the farmers/ranchers had to pay companies to do serious pig eradication like this. Now, I know there are nigh thousands of hunters that say they would gladly hunt pigs for FREE on someone's property, but that just isn't efficient. These things are rampantly out of control and you need to be killing dozens a day (if not hundreds) on one property to make a dent. Problem is, not many ranchers/farmers have the money to pay someone to do this. Now, with the ability to let others pay that will enjoy themselves, the financial burden can be lifted from the property owner and we can do some serious pig killing. $475/hour is pretty steep for the average Joe, but I'm hoping the price will drop as more companies come on-line to take advantage of this. Just for fun, imagine this:
It is a little cheesy, but it's a promo video and they tend to be that way.
All this being said, here is the downside of this. I'm sure the meat is not all harvested. I know from some of the vids I've seen using shotgun, you wouldn't want it anyway. I'm first and foremost a meat hunter. I understand taking every possible scrap you can because it's how I was raised. However, at some point it becomes a matter of management. Maybe some of the hunters will find a way to get the carcasses, but you can only eat so much pig at a time. I would imagine FDA rules and regs when it comes to harvesting game for public consumption are impossible to navigate when you're dealing with this kind of operation. Ultimately, control the population and use what you can.