Where to Hunt Feral Hogs Year Round
Feral hogs are a destructive species which threaten the native wildlife and crop of the states they invade. Their omnivore diet and ability to adapt to environments give them an advantage over native species, and their high rate of reproduction puts residents and landowners at a disadvantage. The current estimated feral hog population in the United States is in the millions.
In recent years, states have loosened their regulations regarding feral hog hunting in an attempt to get the escalating population under control. However, the feral hog’s classification, along with hunting regulations and license requirements in regards to hog hunting, vary by state.
Looking to hunt hog year-round? Here are the states with open season all year:
On Private Land Only:
- New Hampshire
- South Carolina
On Private and Public Land:
- Colorado (Unregulated)
- Idaho (Unregulated)
- Iowa (Unregulated)
- Kentucky (except on Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area)
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- Pennsylvania (except in some counties where hogs are a protected species; a list of counties where feral swine are currently protected can be found at www.pgc.state.pa.us or by calling a Game Commission region office)
*In certain states, specific regulations come in to play depending on the season that you’re hunting in. License requirements vary by state. For a comprehensive overview of what is required when hog hunting in each individual state, visit our Hog Hunting Regulations page.