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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

Arkansas law prohibits the sale and transport of live feral hogs.

Visit the following links for more information regarding hog transport :

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
Feral hogs may be killed by hunters who are hunting bear, deer or elk during a firearm season with weapons legal for those seasons. Hogs may also be taken incidentally with archery tackle from Nov. 1-Dec. 31, during open bear, deer and elk seasons on the WMAs listed below. Hunters must comply with all hunting license and permit requirements. Feral hogs killed on WMas can be taken for processing or left where they were shot. Dogs are not allowed for hunting feral hogs on WMAs. 

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

  • Bearcat Hollow
  • Beaver Lake
  • Beryl Anthony Lower Ouachita
  • Big Lake
  • Big Timber
  • Blevins
  • Blue Mountain
  • Buck Island
  • Buffalo National River
  • Camp Robinson SUA
  • Camp Robinson WMA
  • Caney Creek
  • Casey Jones
  • Cherokee
  • Crossett Experimental Forest
  • Cut-Off Creek
  • Dardanelle
  • DeGray Lake
  • Departee Creek
  • De Queen Lake
  • Devil’s Knob Natural Area
  • Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois D’Arc
  • Ed Gordon Point Remove
  • Freddie Black Choctaw Island Deer Research Area
  • Ft. Chaffee WMA
  • Galla Creek
  • Gene Rush
  • George H. Dunklin Jr. Bayou Meto
  • 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
  • Ozan
  • Ozark Lake
  • Ozark National Forest WMA
  • Petit Jean River
  • Piney Creeks
  • Poison Springs
  • Provo
  • Rainey
  • St. Francis National Forest
  • St. Francis Sunken Lands
  • Scott Henderson Gulf Mountain
  • Seven Devils
  • Shirey Bay Rainey Brake
  • Spring Bank
  • Steve N. Wilson Raft Creek Bottoms
  • Sulphur River
  • Sylamore
  • Trusten Holder
  • U of A Pine Tree Experimental Station WDA
  • Wedington
  • White Rock 
  • Winona