"My group of four was picked up in San Angelo by Brandon Ezell, our guide and Travis's right-hand man. He conducts a variety of varmint hunts for Weir. Only 23 years old, Brandon was in charge of our hunt and handled everything perfectly. I would recommend him without reservation and plan to go back next year for some predator hunting with him.
"We stayed at Texas Specialty Hunts' lodge just outside San Angelo. Travis has several thousand acres and offers lots of game for exotic hunting on the ranch or an evening game drive. The lodge, cabins, gazebo-style outdoor kitchen etc., were all clean and comfortable. Cook Eric Downum turned out great gourmet meals and packed plenty of food and drinks for a day in the field.
"Now for the action: On day two we drove about 2½ hours to a 70,000-acre ranch just north of Snyder, Texas that was in need of some hog control. The R44 helicopter was trailered by Kyle, the owner/pilot. After a safety briefing and a few practice shots, we were in the air by noon. I stayed on the ground and our first two guys went up. In less than 60 seconds, the shooting started. Six hours later, after multiple trips and refuelings, we had taken 90-plus hogs and 20 or so coyotes. They said it was one of their best days ever, and I believe it. The pilot provided the rifles: .223 ARs outfitted with suppressors, holographic sights, and Gopro cameras. These functioned flawlessly with over 600 rounds fired under hectic' circumstances. The actual shooting is much more difficult than I thought it would be; it took time to get into the rhythm.