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Feral Hog Hunting Regulations by State

Below are the current laws and regulations regarding feral hog hunting by state. Please note that regulations are subject to change. Visit the state’s respective website for the most up-to-date regulations.

Alabama

  • State: Alabama
  • Website: http://www.outdooralabama.com/
  • Feral Hunting: Yes – Feral Hogs occur in all 67 counties in Alabama.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: To hunt feral hog in Alabama you’ll need a small game hunting license. Licenses are $17.15 and can be bought online.
    • Non Resident: As a non-resident of Alabama you will need a small game hunting license, which costs $96.85 for the year, $59.10 for a 10-day trip, and $42.95 for a 3-day trip.
  • Hog Hunting Season: Feral Hog hunting season is open all year on private land.
  • Night Hunting: Yes
  • Baiting: Yes
  • Limit: No bag limit

Alaska

  • State: Alaska
  • Website: http://www.wildlife.alaska.gov/
  • Feral Hunting: No – There is no viable feral hog population in Alaska.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: N/A
    • Non Resident: N/A
  • Hog Hunting Season: N/A
  • Night Hunting: N/A
  • Baiting: N/A
  • Limit: N/A

Arizona

  • State: Arizona
  • Website: http://www.azgfd.gov/
  • Feral Hunting: No – There is no viable feral hog population in Arizona.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: Resident Hunting License:N/A
    • Non Resident: N/A
  • Hog Hunting Season: N/A
  • Night Hunting: N/A
  • Baiting: N/A
  • Limit: N/A

Arkansas

  • State: Arkansas
  • Website: http://www.agfc.com/
  • Feral Hunting: Yes – Arkansas allows feral hog hunting on both private and public land.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: $25 for a one-year resident sportsman’s license.
    • Non Resident: $55 for a 1-day non-resident all day game hunting license, $125 for a 3-day license, $180 for a 5-day license and $350 for a one-year license.
  • Hog Hunting Season: Year-round on private land; on public land feral hogs may be killed in specific locations during the dates in October, November and December which coincide with open firearms deer, bear and elk seasons.
  • Night Hunting: On private land only. On public land hogs must be hunted during from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.
  • Baiting: On private land only
  • Limit: No bag limit

California

  • State: California
  • Website: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Hunting/Wild-Pig
  • Feral Hunting: Yes – see California’s guide to hunting wild pig for a comprehensive overview.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: Residents must have a valid hunting license, which can be purchased annually for $47.01, as well as a wild pig license tag, which can be purchased for $22.42.
    • Non Resident: Non-residents must have a valid hunting license, which can be purchased for $163.65 annually, for $47.01 for 2-day license, or for $22.42 for a 1-day license, as well as a non-resident wild pig license tag, which can be purchased for $77.34
  • Hog Hunting Season: All residents and non-residents hunting feral hogs must have a wild pig license tag. Upon the killing of any pig, the tag holder shall immediately fill out all portions of the tag including the report card completely, legibly, and permanently, and cut out or punch out and completely remove notches or punch holes for the month and date of the kill. The pig license tag shall be attached to the carcass of the wild pig. The report card portion shall be immediately returned to the department.
  • Night Hunting: General Season
  • Baiting: Feral hog hunting must take place one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
  • Limit: No

Colorado

  • State: Colorado
  • Website: http://cpw.state.co.us/
  • Feral Hunting: Yes; feral hogs are considered detrimental to Colorado’s wildlife and habitat and the government does not regulate them.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: No resident license is required for the hunting of feral hogs.
    • Non Resident: No non-resident license is required for the hunting of feral hogs.
  • Hog Hunting Season: Unregulated
  • Night Hunting: Yes
  • Baiting: No
  • Limit: No bag limit

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

  • State: Florida
  • Website: http://myfwc.com/hunting/
  • Feral Hunting: Yes – feral hogs occur in all of Florida’s 67 counties and are the second-most popular, large animal hunted in Florida, following white-tailed deer.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: No hunting license required for private land, on public wildlife management areas (WMAs) a hunting license is required and an annual hunting license can be bought for $17.
    • Non Resident: There is no non-resident hunting license required on private land; on WMAs non-residents will need a license which can be bought for $151.50 (annual) or $46.50 (10-day).
  • Hog Hunting Season: Feral hogs can hunted year-round on private land using any legal to own rifle, shotgun, crossbow, bow or pistol. On WMAs hogs can be taken during most hunting seasons, except spring turkey, and the type of hunting allowed is contingent on the season (for example, during archery season you can only use a bow).
  • Night Hunting: Only on private land with landowner permission
  • Baiting: Only on private land.
  • Limit: On private land there is no size or bag limit; on WMAs bag limits vary by season.

Georgia

  • State: Georgia
  • Website: http://www.gohuntgeorgia.com/
  • Feral Hunting: Yes; learn more about Georgia’s feral hog population here.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: A hunting license for hunting wild hog is required, and can be bought for $10.
    • Non Resident: $100 for an annual combination hunting and fishing license ($20 for a 3-day trip combination license). No general hunting license is available for non-residents.
  • Hog Hunting Season: Feral hogs can hunted year-round on private land. On WMAs hogs can be taken during most hunting seasons, but the type of hunting allowed is contingent on the season (for example, during deer season hogs can only be taken with deer weapons).
  • Night Hunting: Only on private land
  • Baiting: Only on private land
  • Limit: No bag limit

Hawaii

  • State: Hawaii
  • Website: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dofaw/
  • Feral Hunting: Yes – feral hog hunting is permitted on the islands of Maui, Molokai, Oahu, and Kauai, but not the island of Lanai.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: A hunting license for hunting wild hog is required, and can be bought for $10.
    • Non Resident: A non-resident hunting license can be bought for $95.
  • Hog Hunting Season: Hunting season varies depending on the island. For the most up-to-date information regarding each island’s respecting hunting seasons, please contact:
    • Island of Kaua‘i 3060 Eiwa Street, Room 306 Lihue, HI 96766 -1875 tel (808) 274-3433 fax (808) 274-3438
    • Island of O‘ahu 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 325 Honolulu, HI 96813 tel (808) 587-0166 fax (808) 587-0160
    • Island of Maui 54 High Street, Room 101 Wailuku, HI 96793-0330 tel (808) 984-8100 fax (808) 984-8111
    • Island of Moloka‘i P. O. Box 347 Kaunakakai, HI 96748 tel (808) 553-1745 fax (808) 553-1746
    • Island of Lana‘i P. O. Box 630732 Lanai City, HI 96763 tel (808) 565-7916 fax (808) 565-7917
    • Island of Hawai‘i 19 E. Kawili Street (or) P.O. Box 4849 Hilo, HI 96720 tel (808) 974-4221 fax (808) 974-4226
  • Night Hunting: No
  • Baiting: Yes
  • Limit: No bag limit

Idaho

  • State: Idaho
  • Website: http://www.fishandgame.idaho.gov/
  • Feral Hunting: Yes – there is a feral hog population in Idaho, however, the government does not regulate feral hog hunting. Only a general hunting license is required and general hunting rules and regulations should be adhered to.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: General hunting license, $12.75.
    • Non Resident: Three-day general hunting license, $154.75.
  • Hog Hunting Season: Unregulated
  • Night Hunting: No
  • Baiting: Yes
  • Limit: No bag limit

Illinois

  • State: Illinois
  • Website: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/
  • Feral Hunting: Yes – feral hogs are not considered wildlife in Illinois and are therefore not regulated. Hunters are only able to shoot feral hog during Illinois’ firearm deer season.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: There is no specific hunting license required as feral hogs are only able to be shot in Illinois when hunting during deer hunting season. A general hunting license is $12.50.
    • Non Resident: The same rule regarding hog hunting during deer season applies to non-residents. A non-resident hunting license is $57.75; a 5-day non-resident hunting license is $37.75
  • Hog Hunting Season: There is no specific hunting season for feral hogs. Feral swine may only be shot by hunters who are deer hunting during the firearm deer seasons, including the late winter and CWD seasons. It is illegal to hunt or shoot feral swine outside of the firearm, muzzleloader, late-winter antlerless and CWD deer seasons.
  • Night Hunting: No
  • Baiting: Yes
  • Limit: No bag limit

Indiana

  • State: Indiana
  • Website: http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/6485.htm
  • Feral Hunting: Feral hog hunting is only allowed on private land with explicit permission from the landowner.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: There is no hunting license, resident or non-resident, for hog hunting in Indiana. A landowner, tenant, or other person with written permission of the landowner can shoot or trap a wild hog on that landowner’s private property without a permit.
    • Non Resident: There is no hunting license, resident or non-resident, for hog hunting in Indiana. A landowner, tenant, or other person with written permission of the landowner can shoot or trap a wild hog on that landowner’s private property without a permit.
  • Hog Hunting Season: There is no hog hunting season in Indiana, as hogs are not considered game/wildlife. Hogs can be taken year-round on private land with written permission from the landowner. If trapped, the hog must be killed at the trap site or euthanized immediately after moving it from the trap site. Wild hogs cannot be offered for compensation of any kind for hunting or taking purposes and cannot be released into the wild. A person cannot charge a service fee for shooting, trapping or removing a wild hog from private property unless the person has a nuisance wild animal control permit from the Division of Fish and Wildlife. There is no hog hunting allowed on public lands.
  • Night Hunting: Yes, private land only.
  • Baiting: Yes, private land only.
  • Limit: No bag limit

Iowa

  • State: Iowa
  • Website: http://www.iowadnr.gov/
  • Feral Hunting: Yes; it is legal to kill feral hogs on your own property and on public lands where hunting is allowed.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: Resident hunting/habitat combo license for $30.
    • Non Resident: Nonresident hunting/habitat (age 18 and over) annual for $123.
  • Hog Hunting Season: There is no regulated feral hog hunting season in Iowa, however, the state does require that you be licensed with a small game hunting license and habitat fee. Feral hogs can be shot anywhere on public land that hunting is allowed.
  • Night Hunting: Yes
  • Baiting: private land only
  • Limit: No bag limit

Kansas

  • State: Kansas
  • Website: http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us/
  • Feral Hunting: It is illegal to hunt feral hogs in Kansas. Only landowners looking to remove feral hogs from their property are allowed to shoot hogs (no sport hunting).
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: There is no resident license or permit needed, as feral hogs can only be shot on private land by landowners attempting to remove hogs from their private property.
    • Non Resident: Any non-resident of Kansas or non-landowner must have a permit issued from the livestock commissioner at the request of the landowner for the specific purpose of removing feral hogs from private land. No sport hunting allowed. For more information phone the Kansas Animal Health Division at 785-296-2326 or USDA Wildlife Services at 785-537-6855.
  • Hog Hunting Season: No season
  • Night Hunting: On your property only
  • Baiting: On your property only
  • Limit: No bag limit

Kentucky

  • State: Kentucky
  • Website: http://www.fw.ky.gov/
  • Feral Hunting: Yes, although Landowners are strongly encouraged to work with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife to remove wild pigs from their property.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: $20 for an annual hunting license; $7 for a 1-day hunting license.
    • Non Resident: $140 for an annual hunting license; $55 for a 7-day hunting license; $15 for a 1-day hunting license.
  • Hog Hunting Season: Wild pigs may be hunted year-round, with no bag limit, except on Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Wild pigs may be hunted on Big South Fork from Sept. 6, 2014 through Feb. 28, 2015. Hunters must have a valid hunting license and permit from the National Park Service to hunt wild pigs on Big South Fork from Jan. 20 through Feb. 28, 2015.
  • Night Hunting: Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.
  • Baiting: On private property only
  • Limit: No bag limit

Louisiana

  • State: Louisiana
  • Website: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/outlaw-quadrupeds
  • Feral Hunting: Yes, Louisiana has one of the most rapidly-growing feral hog populations, with an estimated 500,000 hogs total.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: $15 for an annual hunting license (excludes big game hunting).
    • Non Resident: $150 for an annual hunting license; $29 for the day.
  • Hog Hunting Season: Hunters with a valid Louisiana hunting license may take feral hogs year-round during legal daylight shooting hours.
  • Night Hunting: On private property, the landowner or anyone with written permission and the landowner’s contact information in possession may take feral hogs during the nighttime hours from a half hour after official sunset between the last day of February and the last day of August. Beginning Aug. 15, 2011, feral hogs are able to be taken using any legal firearm and may be with or without the aid of artificial light, infrared or laser sighting devices, or night vision devices. Anyone taking part in these activities at night is required to notify the parish sheriff’s office 24 hours in advance of any such hunt.
  • Baiting: Yes
  • Limit: No bag limit

Maine

  • State: Maine
  • Website: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/
  • Feral Hunting: There is no viable feral hog population in Maine.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: Resident Hunting License:N/A
    • Non Resident: N/A
  • Hog Hunting Season: N/A
  • Night Hunting: N/A
  • Baiting: N/A
  • Limit: N/A

Maryland

  • State: Maryland
  • Website: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/
  • Feral Hunting: There is no viable feral hog population in Maryland.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: Resident Hunting License:N/A
    • Non Resident: N/A
  • Hog Hunting Season: N/A
  • Night Hunting: N/A
  • Baiting: N/A
  • Limit: N/A

Massachusetts

  • State: Massachusetts
  • Website: http://www.mass.gov/
  • Feral Hunting: There is no viable feral hog population in Massachusetts.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: Resident Hunting License:N/A
    • Non Resident: N/A
  • Hog Hunting Season: N/A
  • Night Hunting: N/A
  • Baiting: N/A
  • Limit: N/A

Michigan

  • State: Michigan
  • Website: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10370_12145_55230-230093--,00.html
  • Feral Hunting: Yes; in 2010 Michigan put in to law Public Acts 69-71 which allows any person with a concealed pistol permit (CPL) or valid hunting license to kill swine running at large on public property. Landowners or authorized persons can kill swine running on private property.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: You need a concealed pistol permit or any type of valid hunting license to kill swine in Michigan. An annual base hunting license is $11 for residents.
    • Non Resident: You need a concealed pistol permit or any type of valid hunting license to kill swine in Michigan. An annual base hunting license is $151 for non-residents.
  • Hog Hunting Season: There is no hunting season for hogs in Michigan. Feral hogs can be shot at any time year-round during regular hunting hours, following all the regulations of the open season in which you are hunting.
  • Night Hunting: Yes, feral hogs can be shot when actively night-hunting raccoon, opossum, fox and coyote, following the regulations put in place for the season in which you are hunting.
  • Baiting: Yes; no more than 2 gallons of bait at one site.
  • Limit: No bag limit

Minnesota

Mississippi

  • State: Mississippi
  • Website: http://www.mdwfp.com/wildlife-hunting/nuisance-wildlife.aspx
  • Feral Hunting: Yes – feral hogs are considered to be “nuisance animals” in Mississippi and can be hunted, trapped, and taken on public and private lands following certain guidelines.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: Yes, residents hunting feral hogs must possess a valid Lifetime ($1,000), All Game ($17), or Sportsman’s License ($32). If archery equipment or primitive weapons are being used an archery/primitive weapon permit must also be purchased.
    • Non Resident: Yes, residents hunting feral hogs must possess a valid Non-Resident Native Lifetime ($1,500), or All Game ($300) License. A 7-day All Game hunting license can be bought for $125.00. If archery equipment or primitive weapons are being used an archery/primitive weapon permit must also be purchased.
  • Hog Hunting Season: Landowners, leaseholders, and designated agents of the landowners/leaseholders may hunt feral hogs any time year-round on private land. On public lands, the governmental entity charged with the management of said lands may or may not allow the taking of feral hogs subject to applicable laws, rules, or regulations. Feral hogs may not be hunted or pursued with dogs during the open spring turkey season.
  • Night Hunting: Year-round on private lands.
  • Baiting: Feed / bait may be used to take wild hogs when following strict regulations. Please refer to the link above for baiting specifications.
  • Limit: No bag limit

Missouri

  • State: Missouri
  • Website: http://mdc.mo.gov/
  • Feral Hunting: No – the Conservation Department discourages hunting specifically for feral hogs in Missouri. As per the state’s 2015 Hunting and Trapping Regulations, hunters who are afield for other game and encounter a feral hog are encouraged to report the sighting at 573-522-4115, ext. 3296 rather than engage with or shoot the animal.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: N/A
    • Non Resident: N/A
  • Hog Hunting Season: N/A
  • Night Hunting: N/A
  • Baiting: N/A
  • Limit: N/A

Montana

  • State: Montana
  • Website: http://fwp.mt.gov/
  • Feral Hunting: No – there is currently no viable feral hog population and Montana is considered a hog-free state. In 2015 Democratic Senator Cliff Larsen introduced Bill 100 in the Senate Committee on Agriculture that would ban the possession and hunting of wild hogs in the state.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: N/A
    • Non Resident: N/A
  • Hog Hunting Season: N/A
  • Night Hunting: N/A
  • Baiting: N/A
  • Limit: N/A

Nebraska

  • State: Nebraska
  • Website: http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/
  • Feral Hunting: No; it is illegal to hog hunt in Nebraska.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: N/A
    • Non Resident: N/A
  • Hog Hunting Season: N/A
  • Night Hunting: N/A
  • Baiting: N/A
  • Limit: N/A

Nevada

  • State: Nevada
  • Website: http://agri.nv.gov/
  • Feral Hunting: No –It is illegal to hunt feral pigs in Nevada. They are under the jurisdictional of the state’s Department of Agriculture.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: N/A
    • Non Resident: N/A
  • Hog Hunting Season: N/A
  • Night Hunting: N/A
  • Baiting: N/A
  • Limit: N/A

New Hampshire

  • State: New Hampshire
  • Website: http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/
  • Feral Hunting: Yes – feral swine have no legal game status in New Hampshire, but are considered escaped private property and may only be hunted with permission of the property owner. In southwestern New Hampshire, where the vast majority of the state’s feral boar exist, feral hogs are considered the property of Blue Mountain Forest Association, a privately owned preserve located in Croydon, NH, and permission is required to hunt free-ranging wild boar that escape from this property.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: Once permission is granted from the landowner, you will need a valid New Hampshire hunting license; for residents this can be bought for $22.
    • Non Resident: Once permission is granted from the landowner, you will need a valid New Hampshire hunting license; for non-residents this can be bought for $103.
  • Hog Hunting Season: Feral hogs have no game status in New Hampshire and as such there is no specific hog hunting season. Hogs can be hunted year-round on private land within legal hunting hours.
  • Night Hunting: Feral hogs must be hunted within the legal hunting hours of the season being hunted in.
  • Baiting: On private land. Landowners placing bait do not need a baiting permit but do need to meet New Hampshire’s baiting regulations.
  • Limit: No bag limit

New Jersey

  • State: New Jersey
  • Website: http://www.state.nj.us/
  • Feral Hunting: Yes – hunters are allowed to shoot feral hogs in zones 25 and 65 during the regular deer seasons, according to the Division of Fish and Wildlife. Please refer to the above link for the updated timetables.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: Residents will need a resident firearm hunting license ($27.50) and a deer permit ($28).
    • Non Resident: Non-residents will need a non-resident firearm hunting license ($135.50) and a deer permit ($28).
  • Hog Hunting Season: During regular deer season in zones 25 and 65.
  • Night Hunting: No
  • Baiting: Yes
  • Limit: No bag limit

New Mexico

  • State: New Mexico
  • Website: http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/
  • Feral Hunting: Yes – feral hogs are considered an unprotected species in New Mexico and their hunting is encouraged.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: There is no license required to hunt feral hogs in New Mexico. Permission must be granted if hunting on private land.
    • Non Resident: There is no license required to hunt feral hogs in New Mexico. Permission must be granted if hunting on private land.
  • Hog Hunting Season: Residents and non-residents can hunt feral hog year-round.
  • Night Hunting: Hunting is only allowed one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, and use of artificial light is prohibited.
  • Baiting: Yes
  • Limit: No bag limit

New York

  • State: New York
  • Website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/
  • Feral Hunting: No – in 2014 the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) adopted a new regulation which prohibits the hunting and/or trapping of feral hogs throughout New York State.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: N/A
    • Non Resident: N/A
  • Hog Hunting Season: N/A
  • Night Hunting: N/A
  • Baiting: N/A
  • Limit: N/A

North Carolina

  • State: North Carolina
  • Website: http://www.ncwildlife.org/Hunting/SeasonsLimits.aspx#3143216-small-gamebrbr
  • Feral Hunting: Yes – feral hogs may be hunted year-round in North Carolina.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: A basic resident hunting license is required for residents of North Carolina to hunt feral hogs, which can be purchased annually for $20.
    • Non Resident: A basic non-resident hunting license is required for non-residents of North Carolina to hunt feral hogs, which can be purchased annually for $80, or for $60 for a 10-day hunt.
  • Hog Hunting Season: Hogs can be hunted year-round in North Carolina; there is no closed season.
  • Night Hunting: Yes, hogs can be hunted at night year-round in North Carolina, and the use of artificial light is allowed.
  • Baiting: Yes
  • Limit: No bag limit

North Dakota

  • State: North Dakota
  • Website: http://gf.nd.gov/l
  • Feral Hunting: No – a house bill adopted by the Agriculture Committee of North Dakota in 2009 prohibits the hunting of feral hogs.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: N/A
    • Non Resident: N/A
  • Hog Hunting Season: N/A
  • Night Hunting: N/A
  • Baiting: N/A
  • Limit: N/A

Ohio

  • State: Ohio
  • Website: http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/hunting-trapping-and-shooting-sports/hunting-trapping-regulations/feral-swine-hunting-regulations
  • Feral Hunting: Yes, feral hogs can be taken year-round in Ohio.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: You must have a valid hunting license to hunt feral hogs. An annual resident hunting license is $19. When hunting during the antlerless muzzleloader season, the youth deer gun season, the deer gun season, and deer muzzleloader season you must also possess a deer permit ($15) with the tag attached.
    • Non Resident: You must have a valid hunting license to hunt feral hogs. An annual non-resident hunting license is $125. When hunting during the antlerless muzzleloader season, the youth deer gun season, the deer gun season, and deer muzzleloader season you must also possess a deer permit ($15) with the tag attached.
  • Hog Hunting Season: Feral hogs can be hunted year-round. If hunting feral hog during the deer gun season, hours and legal hunting devices are the same as for deer gun season.
  • Night Hunting: Yes, except during deer gun and muzzleloader seasons, when feral hogs must be hunted 1/2 hour after sunset and 1/2 hour before sunrise.
  • Baiting: Yes, feral hogs can be hunted over bait; however you may not distribute, place or scatter salt, grain or other feed capable of luring, enticing or attracting birds on lands owned, controlled or maintained by the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
  • Limit: No bag limit

Oklahoma

  • State: Oklahoma
  • Website: http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/
  • Feral Hunting: Feral hogs may be hunted year-round in Oklahoma, but the regulations for each season are specific. Please view Oklahoma’s Hunting Regulation Guide for a comprehensive overview of hog hunting in Oklahoma.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: Feral hogs may be taken year-round on private land during the daylight hours with the landowner’s permission, without a license. There is no specific hunting license required for hog hunting on public land; however, individuals pursuing hog during antelope, bear, deer, or elk seasons with a shotgun and rifled slug, or any rifle or handgun larger than .22 caliber rimfire, must have the appropriate license for that season.
    • Non Resident: Feral hogs may be taken year-round on private land during the daylight hours with the landowner’s permission, without a license. There is no specific hunting license required for hog hunting on public land; however, individuals pursuing hog during antelope, bear, deer, or elk seasons with a shotgun and rifled slug, or any rifle or handgun larger than .22 caliber rimfire, must have the appropriate license for that season.
  • Hog Hunting Season: Feral hogs can be hunted year-round, but the specific regulations that come in to play during deer and elk season must be followed when hunting on public land in those respective seasons.
  • Night Hunting: Feral hogs must be hunted one-half hour before official sunrise to one-half hour after official sunset. Landowners experiencing damage and depredation caused by feral hogs may contact their local game warden to request a night shooting permit to control the hogs.
  • Baiting: Yes
  • Limit: No bag limit

Oregon

  • State: Oregon
  • Website: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/
  • Feral Hunting: Yes, feral swine can be hunted on both private and public land in Oregon.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: On public land, residents must have a valid hunting license, which can be purchased for $29.50. There is no hunting license needed for hog hunting on private land.
    • Non Resident: On public land, residents must have a valid hunting license, which can be purchased for $148.50. There is no hunting license needed for hog hunting on private land.
  • Hog Hunting Season: Feral swine can be hunted year-round on public and private land. On private land you must have the landowner’s permission to act as their agent.
  • Night Hunting: No
  • Baiting: Baiting for hunting game mammals is prohibited in Oregon.
  • Limit: No bag limit

Pennsylvania

  • State: Pennsylvania
  • Website: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/hunting/11348
  • Feral Hunting: Yes – damage caused by feral hogs to wildlife, habitat, and property has been reported in the Southwest, Southcentral and Northeast regions of Pennsylvania and the state’s Game Commission has removed their protection status in almost all counties, except those where any official eradication trapping efforts are taking place.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: Hunters and trappers should comply with whatever game regulations (licensing, blaze orange, and other safety requirements) are in effect at the time.
    • Non Resident: Hunters and trappers should comply with whatever game regulations (licensing, blaze orange, and other safety requirements) are in effect at the time.
  • Hog Hunting Season: There is no official hog hunting season in Pennsylvania. Protection of swine has been removed in almost all counties statewide. Protected areas change; 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. Hogs cannot be hunted on Sunday.
  • Night Hunting: No
  • Baiting: No
  • Limit: Takings in conformance within the limitations of deer hunting are authorized.

Rhode Island

  • State: Rhode Island
  • Website: http://www.dem.ri.gov/topics/wltopics.htm
  • Feral Hunting: No – Rhode Island is considered a hog-free state
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: N/A
    • Non Resident: N/A
  • Hog Hunting Season: N/A
  • Night Hunting: N/A
  • Baiting: N/A
  • Limit: N/A

South Carolina

  • State: South Carolina
  • Website: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/regs/pdf/hog.pdf
  • Feral Hunting: Yes – South Carolina has one of the largest feral hog populations in the country and feral or wild hogs occur in every county of the state.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: No license needed for private land. On WMAs a resident state hunting license ($12) and a WMA permit are required.
    • Non Resident: No license needed for private land. On WMAs a resident state hunting license ($12) and a WMA permit are required.
  • Hog Hunting Season: There is no closed season or weapons restriction on hogs on private land during daylight hours. Feral hog hunting on WMAs is permitted during any open season for game unless otherwise restricted (see specific WMAs). On WMA lands, weapons used to hunt hogs are limited to the weapons that are allowed for the current open season on each WMA. Refer to page 85 in South Carolina’s Hunting Regulation Guide for specific dates.
  • Night Hunting: Hogs can be hunted at night with or without the aid of bait, electronic calls, or night vision devices when using a bow and arrow (other than a crossbow) or a pistol of any caliber which has iron sights, a barrel length less than 9-inches and is not equipped with a butt-stock, scope or laser sight. Hogs may not be hunted at night with a centerfire rifle or a shotgun. From the last day of February to July 1, if the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has been notified at least 48 hours in advance, hogs may be hunted at night with artificial lights and night vision devices using any legal firearm, bow, or crossbow. Hogs cannot be hunted at night on WMA lands.
  • Baiting: Yes
  • Limit: No bag limit

South Dakota

  • State: South Dakota
  • Website: http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/
  • Feral Hunting: There is no viable hog population in South Dakota and the state’s game, fish and parks department does regulate the hunting of pigs.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: N/A
    • Non Resident: N/A
  • Hog Hunting Season: N/A
  • Night Hunting: N/A
  • Baiting: N/A
  • Limit: N/A

Tennessee

  • State: Tennessee
  • Website: http://www.tn.gov/twra/article/wild-hog-regulations
  • Feral Hunting: Yes – feral hogs are present in nearly 80 of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Feral hogs are considered a destructive species and any taking of feral hogs should be for eradication purposes, not sport hunting.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: On private land, no licensing requirements exist for landowners or their designees. In order to renew each year, those who qualify under the Farmland Owner License Exemption are required to report the number of hogs killed on their property and the manner in which they were killed to TWRA. For licensing information regarding public land, refer to the above link for the specific license requirements which vary depending on the region.
    • Non Resident: On private land, no licensing requirements exist for landowners or their designees. In order to renew each year, those who qualify under the Farmland Owner License Exemption are required to report the number of hogs killed on their property and the manner in which they were killed to TWRA. For licensing information regarding public land, refer to the above link for the specific license requirements which vary depending on the region.
  • Hog Hunting Season: On private property, landowners can shoot wild hogs year-round during the day. Family members and tenants that qualify under the Farmland Owner License Exemption and up to ten additional designees may help private landowners with wild hog control efforts. On public land, wild hogs may be taken when adhering to specific rules for each region. Refer to the above link for the regulations.
  • Night Hunting: Landowners may obtain an exemption from their TWRA regional office enabling them to kill wild hogs at night using a spotlight.
  • Baiting: Only on private land.
  • Limit: No bag limit on private land.

Texas

  • State: Texas
  • Website: https://tpwd.texas.gov/
  • Feral Hunting: Yes; Texas is home to the largest feral hog population in the United States, with an estimated 2.6 million hogs statewide.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: A general hunting license is needed to hunt on public land, and can be purchased for $25. No license is needed for depredating feral hogs, if a landowner (resident or non-resident) or landowner’s agent or lessee is taking feral hogs causing depredation on the landowner’s land. Otherwise, a hunting license and the landowner’s permission is required on private land.
    • Non Resident: A general hunting license is needed to hunt on public land, and can be purchased for $315. No license is needed for depredating feral hogs, if a landowner (resident or non-resident) or landowner’s agent or lessee is taking feral hogs causing depredation on the landowner’s land. Otherwise, a hunting license and the landowner’s permission is required on private land.
  • Hog Hunting Season: There are no seasons; feral hogs may be taken year-round.
  • Night Hunting: Night hunting with a spotlight is allowed on private land, but the local game warden must be notified beforehand. There are certain laws which prohibit using artificial light where deer are known to range.
  • Baiting: Yes
  • Limit: No bag limit

Utah

  • State: Utah
  • Website: http://wildlife.utah.gov/hunting-in-utah.html
  • Feral Hunting: No; in 2012 Utah passed a law that made it illegal to hunt feral hog in the state.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: N/A
    • Non Resident: N/A
  • Hog Hunting Season: N/A
  • Night Hunting: N/A
  • Baiting: N/A
  • Limit: N/A

Vermont

  • State: Vermont
  • Website: http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/
  • Feral Hunting: No – Vermont requests that any feral swine sightings be reported to Vermont Wildlife Services.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: N/A
    • Non Resident: N/A
  • Hog Hunting Season: N/A
  • Night Hunting: N/A
  • Baiting: N/A
  • Limit: N/A

Virginia

  • State: Virginia
  • Website: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/feral-hogs/hunting-faq/
  • Feral Hunting: Yes – feral hogs are considered a nuisance species in Virginia and are not protected. However, hunting opportunities are limited and the largest populations of feral hogs tend to be on private land, where landowner permission is required.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: You need a resident hunting license in order to hunt feral hogs in Virginia, which can be purchased for $23. The cased gun law remains in effect for all National Forest lands and Wildlife Management Areas. On private land, hunters must have permission from landowners.
    • Non Resident: You need a non-resident hunting license in order to hunt feral hogs in Virginia, which can be purchased for $111. The cased gun law remains in effect for all National Forest lands and Wildlife Management Areas. On private land, hunters must have permission from landowners.
  • Hog Hunting Season: There is a continuous open season for feral hogs in Virginia.
  • Night Hunting: Yes
  • Baiting: Yes
  • Limit: No bag limit

Washington

  • State: Washington
  • Website: http://www.invasivespecies.wa.gov/priorities/feral_swine.shtml
  • Feral Hunting: No – according to the Washington Invasive Species Council there has only been on report of a feral swine population in Washington State, on the Olympic Peninsula. This population is no longer there. Feral pigs are listed as deleterious exotic wildlife by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and are considered illegal under state law. It is asked that any sightings of feral hogs be reported to 1-877-9-INFEST.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: N/A
    • Non Resident: N/A
  • Hog Hunting Season: N/A
  • Night Hunting: N/A
  • Baiting: N/A
  • Limit: N/A

West Virginia

  • State: West Virginia
  • Website: http://www.wvdnr.gov/Regulations/hunting_hrBoarArchFire.shtm
  • Feral Hunting: Feral hogs are not prevalent within West Virginia but you can can hunt wild boar.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: Class X, Class XJ, ClassAHJ, Class XS, Class AB-L, Class A-L or Classes A+BG+CS ClassesAH+BG+CS; or a free license
    • Non Resident: Non-Resident Hunting License:Only residents of West Virginia may hunt wild boar.
  • Hog Hunting Season: Boone, Logan, Raleigh and Wyoming counties areopen to boar archery (September 27 – December 31) and firearms (October 25 – November 1) seasons.
  • Night Hunting: Shooting hours are a halfhour before sunrise to a halfhour after sunset.
  • Baiting: No
  • Limit: Only one wild boar may be taken per year

Wisconsin

  • State: Wisconsin
  • Website: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/feralpig.html
  • Feral Hunting: Yes – the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources classifies feral pigs as a prohibited invasive species and promotes aggressive removal anywhere they are reported.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: You must possess a valid small hunting game license, which can be purchased for $18, and, if on private land, the permission of the land owner. Landowners may shoot feral pigs on their own property without a hunting license.
    • Non Resident: You must possess a valid small hunting game license, which can be purchased for $85 annually or for $55 for a 5-day hunt, and, if on private land, the permission of the land owner.
  • Hog Hunting Season: Feral pigs are unprotected wild animals with no closed season.
  • Night Hunting: Yes
  • Baiting: Yes
  • Limit: No bag limit

Wyoming

  • State: Wyoming
  • Website: https://wgfd.wyo.gov/
  • Feral Hunting: No; there is no viable hog population in Wyoming.
  • Hunting Licenses:
    • Resident: N/A
    • Non Resident: N/A
  • Hog Hunting Season: N/A
  • Night Hunting: N/A
  • Baiting: N/A
  • Limit: N/A

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