Barnett Crossbows, one of the several brands owned by Synergy Outdoors, is pleased to release the unofficial, first ever video of feral hogs being eradicated using a Barnett Ghost 350 Crossbow out of a helicopter.
The video and hunt were arranged with the help of Heli-Hunter, located south of Dallas, TX. The owner of the company, Craig Meier, is hired to eradicate the growing and destructive population of feral hogs in Texas.
Craig explains, “Feral hogs are doing unbelievable damage to the land and the crops. If we don’t help eradicate these nuisances, farmers and land owners will lose a significant portion of their income and livelihood.”
Craig approached Matt Busbice, President of Synergy Outdoors and well-known TV personality from Wildgame Nation and asked him if he would like to help with the eradication.
Matt agreed and took it one step further and said, “Let’s try to do it with a crossbow”. Matt explains, “People thought it was ridiculous to even try to take hogs with a crossbow. There were so many elements working against me – moving targets, prop wash which can affect arrow flight, distance, downward angle adjustment, and cocking a crossbow by hand.
The speed to reset the weapon is lengthened significantly compared to a firearm.”
Nonetheless, Matt and his film crew comprised of Christopher Williston, Major Person, and Matt with his Vantage cam mounted on his Ghost 350 Crossbow, took to the skies.
“I was apprehensive at first. Hanging out of a helicopter with a Ghost 350 and all the things I needed to adjust for was crazy, but like all hunters, the fever kicks in and it’s all business and we knew we had a job to do. My job was to hit the pigs clean.”
The video footage captures all the action and excitement of this eradication hunt.