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Feral Hogs are Pests

Feral Hog 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.

 

2015 Southeastern States Feral Hog Working Group Report Read the 2015 Southeastern States Feral Hog Working Group Report

Landowner's Guide to Wild Pig Management Read Landowner's Guide to Wild Pig Management

 

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.

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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

It is unlawful to hunt, possess or release live feral hogs on WMAs. However, feral hogs may be killed by hunters who are hunting bear, deer, or elk during a firearm season with weapons legal for those seasons on the areas listed below.

Hunters must comply with all hunting license and permit requirements on these WMAs. Feral hogs killed on WMAs may be taken for processing or left where they were shot. Hunters may not use dogs, bait or traps to take feral hogs on WMAs and may not take or attempt to take feral hogs at night.

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

 

Bald Knob

Bayou Meto

Bearcat Hollow

Beaver Lake

Beryl Anthony Lower Ouachita

Big Lake

Big Timber

Blevins

Blue Mountain

Buck Island

Buffalo National River

Camp Robinson

Camp Robinson SUA

Caney Creek

Casey Jones

Cherokee

Crossett Experimental Forest

Cut-Off Creek

Dale Bumpers White River NWR

Dardanelle

DeGray Lake

Departee Creek

DeQueen Lake

Devil’s Knob Natural Area

Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois D’Arc

Ed Gordon Point Remove

Felsenthal NWR

Freddie Black Choctaw Island Deer Research Area

Ft. Chaffee

Galla Creek

Gene Rush

Greers Ferry Lake

Gum Flats

Harold E. Alexander Spring River

Henry Gray Hurricane Lake

Hope Upland

Howard County

J. Perry Mikles Blue Mountain SUA

Jack Mountain

Jamestown Independence County

Jim Kress

Jones Point

Lafayette County

Lake Greeson

Lee Creek

Little Bayou

Little River

Loafer’s Glory

McIIroy Madison County

Moro Big Pine Natural Area

Mt. Magazine

Muddy Creek

Nimrod Lloyd Millwood 

Norfork Lake

Overflow NWR

Ozan

Ozark Lake

Ozark National Forest WMA

Petit Jean River

Piney Creeks

Poison Springs

Pond Creek NWR

Provo

Rainey

Scott Henderson Gulf Mountain

Seven Devils

Shirey Bay Rainey Brake

Spring Bank

St. Francis National Forest

St. Francis Sunken Lands

Steve N. Wilson Raft Creek Bottoms

Sulphur River

Sylamore

Trusten Holder

U of A Pine Tree Experimental Station WDA

Wapanocca NWR

Wedington

White Rock 

Winona