Wildlife Damage Management, Internet Center for


Date of this Version

December 1985


Aerial hunting was first used in a professional predator control program in 1942. The most popular aircraft used by animal damage control agencies is the Piper PA-18. Proper training of flight crews is of utmost importance for a successful aerial operation. Fixed wing hunting is restricted to relatively open areas and flat terrain. Aerial hunting is an excellent control method where livestock losses are severe and immediate control is needed.