Feral Pig Regulations 


Feral Hogs are Pests

Feral hogs are not native to the United States. They are an invasive species, a public nuisance and a threat to Arkansas. They compete for food resources, destroy habitat by rooting and wallowing and will eat ground-nesting birds, eggs, fawns and young domestic livestock. They also carry up to 45 bacteria, diseases and parasites, including Trichinellosis, Brucellosis and swine herpes virus.

Hunting and shooting feral pigs has been implemented for the last few decades. It can chase feral hogs away from crops or food plots temporarily, but they soon return or become a problem for a neighboring landowner. Studies show at least 66 percent of a hog population must be removed each year just to prevent it from growing. Hunting has shown to reduce hog populations by only 8 to 50 percent.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission recognizes large-scale trapping as the most efficient and economical means currently available to reduce feral hog populations.

Sport hunting of feral hogs has been more hindrance to hog removal than benefit. Illegal relocation of hogs for hunting purposes has spread the problem to new areas. The shooting of individual hogs also thwarts large-scale trapping efforts by agencies because increased disturbance makes it nearly impossible to catch the whole sounder, or family group, at once.

Click Here to Read the 2015 Annual Report Detailing Southeastern States' Efforts to Eradicate Feral Hogs

Click Here for More Information on Feral Pigs and the Threat They Pose to Wildlife

Click Here for More Information on Controlling Nuisance Feral Pigs


Hog Transportation Regulations

Act 1104 of the Arkansas General Assembly prohibits the possession, sale and transport of any hogs not conspicuously identified by ear tag provided by the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission.

Click Here for More Information on Hog Transportation

Click Here for More Information on Swine Production Regulations


Hog Hunting and Shooting Regulations

On Private Land:

Feral hogs may be killed or trapped year-round, by a landowner or anyone with the landowner’s permission (except anyone who has had his or her hunting license revoked).

On Public Land:

Effective July 1, 2014:

  • Feral hogs may be killed on the following areas only during open firearms bear, deer or elk seasons from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset with methods legal for that season or zone:

Bald Knob NWR Bayou Meto WMA Bearcat Hollow WMA
Beryl Anthony Lower Ouachita WMA Big Lake WMA Big Timber WMA
Blevins WMA Buffalo National River WMA Cache River NWR
Camp Robinson SUA Camp Robinson WMA Caney Creek WMA
Casey Jones WMA Cherokee WMA

Cut-Off Creek WMA

Dale Bumpers White River NWR Devil's Knob Natural Area WMA Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois D'Arc WMA
Ed Gordon Point Remove WMA Felsenthal NWR Freddie Black Chocktaw Island Deer Research Unit WMA
Ft. Chaffee WMA Galla Creek WMA Gene Rush WMA
Gum Flats WMA Harold E. Alexander Spring River WMA Henry Gray Hurricane Lake WMA
Hope Upland WMA Howard County WMA Jamestown Independence County WMA
Jim Kress WMA Lafayette County WMA Lake Greeson WMA
Lee Creek WMA Little Bayou WMA Little River WMA
Loafer's Glory WMA McIlroy Madison County WMA Moro Big Pine Naturla Area WMA
Mt. Magazine WMA Muddy Creek WMA Overflow NWR
Ozan WMA Ozark National Forest WMA Petit Jean River WMA
Piney Creeks WMA Poison Springs WMA Pond Creek NWR
Provo WMA Rainey WMA Scott Henderson Gulf Mountain WMA
Seven Devils WMA Shirey Bay Rainey Brake WMA Spring Bank WMA
St. Francis National Forest WMA St. Francis Sunken Lands WMA Seven N. Wilson Raft Creek Bottoms WMA
Sulphur River WMA Sylamore WMA Trusten Holder WMA
U of A Pine Tree Experimental Station WDA Wapanocca NWR Wedingon WMA
White Rock WMA Winona WMA   

  • Feral hogs may be taken incidentally to the legal pursuit of other wildlife during any daytime hunting season on the following areas:

Beaver Lake WMA Blue Mountain WMA Dardanelle WMA
DeGray Lake WMA DeQueen Lake WMA Greers Ferry Lake WMA
J. Perry Mikles Blue Mountain SUA Jones Point WMA Nimrod Lloyd Millwood WMA
Norfork Lake WMA Ozark Lake WMA Ouachita National Forest land outside
Caney Creek, Muddy Creek and Winona WMAs

  •  Feral hogs may not be hunted or possessed on any wildlife management area not listed above.