Feral Hog Questions and Answers
*Chasing feral hogs with dogs is considered hog hunting, and the regulations listed above governing hog hunting also apply to pursuit of feral hogs with hounds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Yes, you will need to obtain landowner permission to retrieve the
The fines will be similar to those for other game law violations.
Yes, when there are other open seasons that allow for the use of
dogs as a means of hunting.
No, you cannot hunt hogs on
a WMA if you have a suspended or revoked
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).
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).
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.
No, there are no limits for feral hogs.
No, there are no tags or check stations for feral hogs.
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.