- $700 for a one-hour helicopter tour for up to three passengers ($1,000 value)
This Groupon can be used for a grand wedding entrance or exit, business travel, or an aerial tour of Houston or College Station. Customers and pilots can also collaborate to design their own tour.
Zooming at over 80 knots just 100 feet above the ground, the helicopter creates a gyrating shadow that skims rapidly over the Texas brush. Tethered safely inside the chopper but leaning out the wide-open cabin doors are several HeliBacon clients, each wielding a loaded AR-15 rifle and scanning the ground for signs of movement. Just as the shadow passes over a patch of tall grass, a group of wild hogs emerges and splinters in every direction. Rising in unison, the AR-15s level and lock onto the sprinting animals and fell several, effectively paring down the numbers of this invasive and destructive species.
The sport of hog-hunting has gone airborne not because pigs have learned to fly but because farmers need as much help as possible controlling the wild-hog population, which ruins acres of crops. Rather than air-dropping cease-and-desist letters, HeliBacon hands the duty over to civilians looking for a memorable hunting experience. The hunt begins with a safety course that covers shooting fundamentals and safety precautions. Once the helicopter lifts off, it cruises for two hours or more while hunters nab as many hogs as they can.
HeliBacon also offers a number of other aerial services, from providing tours of local cities to photographing businesses or real estate from the air. The company further assists local farmers in crop pollination, land surveys, and cattle herding.