Feral Hog Questions and Answers

What licenses do I need to hunt hogs?

On private lands, you do not need a hunting license, except during firearms big game seasons (muzzleloader, all deer gun seasons and elk season), hunters must possess a filled or unfilled deer or elk license appropriate for that current season unless exempt. On public land, you will need a hunting license and during the regular firearms deer seasons (muzzleloader, all deer gun seasons and elk season) on WMAs open during these seasons, you must possess either a filled or unfilled deer license appropriate for those seasons.

 I am a non-resident and will be hunting hogs with a friend on private land. Do I need a license?

No, except during firearms big game seasons (muzzleloader, all deer gun seasons and elk season and elk season), hunters must possess a filled or unfilled deer or elk license appropriate for that current season.

Can we hunt hogs at night with firearms?

No. It is illegal to hunt hogs at night, except landowners can get a depredation permit from the State Game Warden in their county that will allow them to shoot hogs at night. 

Do you have a list of private landowners that are having hog problems and will let people hunt on their property?

The Department does not keep a list of landowners that are having problems with hogs. You may find a place to hog hunt by looking in the newspaper, on the Internet, talking to other hunters, visiting with landowner at local cafes, etc. 

Do you have a list of hog hunting guides? 

The Department does not license guides and therefore does not maintain a list of guide services. You may be able to find a hog hunting guide by looking in the newspaper, on the Internet or at one of the state’s outdoor/hunting shows. 

What is the best public land in the state to hunt hogs on?

Hog populations are variable and it is hard to determine the best public land on which to hunt hogs. Contact other hunters and area managers of public land for more information.

How can I find out where I can hunt hogs in Oklahoma?

The best bets for locating a place to hunt hogs are the classifieds in the newspaper, on the Internet or at one of the state’s outdoor/hunting shows. Other hunters can also be good sources of information on where to hog hunt.  

Can I use a crossbow to hunt hogs?

Yes, you can hunt hogs with a crossbow. As long as it is legal for a hunter to use a crossbow, he or she can use one to hunt for hogs on public land during seasons when a crossbow is a legal means of hunting.

Is it true that some feral hogs have rabies?

Hogs, like all mammals, can get rabies but it isn't very likely.

Is hunter safety required for hog hunting?

Hunter safety certification is not required specifically for hunting hogs. However, if you are hunting on public land or if you are hunting on private land during any firearms big game season, a hunting license and/or appropriate big game license is required, and these licenses may require proof of hunter safety certification to purchase.

If I shoot a hog and it runs onto someone else’s property, do the same rules apply as deer?

Yes, you will need to obtain landowner permission to retrieve the animal.

What will be the penalties for hunting hogs out of season or violating other hog hunting rules?

  The fines will be similar to those for other game law violations.  

Can I run them with dogs for sport only on WMAs (during daylight hours)?

Yes, when there are other open seasons that allow for the use of dogs as a means of hunting.  

Can I hunt hogs on a WMA if  my hunting license is suspended or revoked?

No, you cannot hunt hogs on a WMA if you have a suspended or revoked license.  

Is hog hunting open on WMA's?

Hogs may be taken on Department-managed lands during any established hunting season with methods authorized by the Department for that hunting season, except that during any open deer and/or turkey season, only appropriate methods, hunting hours and weapons for that deer and/or turkey season are authorized for taking or pursuing feral hogs. In addition, persons pursuing hogs must comply with all other WMA regulations (see page 36). However, hogs may not be taken by the aid of a light or light enhancement device (night scope).

If coyote season is open year-round on a WMA, does that mean that hog hunting is open year-round?

Yes, provided that during the firearms deer seasons (muzzleloader, modern gun and special antlerless seasons) you must possess a filled or unfilled deer license for that appropriate season, and you must comply with other regulations that apply to that season (blaze orange requirements, for example).

Can I trap hogs (live trap) on WMAs or private lands?

You can trap hogs on private land anytime, but on department managed lands, you can live trap hogs with box traps only during times and in areas open to trapping, including Honobia Creek, Three Rivers and Broken Bow WMAs. However, on Honobia Creek, Three Rivers and Broken Bow WMAs, feral hogs can only be killed during deer archery, youth antlerless deer gun, deer muzzleloader and the first nine days of deer gun season with the appropriate means of take for the season and you must have either a filled or unfilled deer license for that particular season.

Is there a daily limit for feral hogs?

No, there are no limits for feral hogs.

Do I have to tag or check the animal in at a check station?

No, there are no tags or check stations for feral hogs.

Can I take my feral hog to a local meat processor?

Contact your local meat processor to see if they are licensed to process wild hogs. Many hog hunters process their own meat, so your best bet for “do it yourself” tips may be to visit with other hunters who have processed their own animals.