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Feral Hog

Private Lands

No closed season; no limit. Feral hogs may be hunted at night with a light (no voltage restriction), which is carried on the person, affixed to a helmet or hat, or part of a belt system worn by a hunter. No hunting from a vehicle. Hunting over bait is allowed. A resident Hunting License is required to hunt feral hogs for all resident hunters 16 years old or older, except when hunting on land owned by them or their immediate family (blood or dependent relationship) residing in the same household. Non-residents must possess a non-resident hunting license. Exemptions to many of these restrictions for agricultural producers are available by permit, contact your local Game Management Office for details

National Forest Lands (outside of WMAs)

Hogs may be taken with archery equipment during archery deer season, with deer weapons during firearms deer season, with turkey weapons during turkey season and with small game weapons during small game season. Feral hogs may be hunted with dogs with appropriate weapons restrictions while training dogs during dates when training season coincides with small game or turkey season. See Dogs & Dog Training for dog training seasons and rules. No limit. No night hunting. No hunting over bait. Hunting license requirements must be met. Hunter orange is required during firearms and primitive weapons deer seasons.

Transporting & Release

It is unlawful to transport a live feral hog without a permit from Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA). Feral hogs captured alive by a person without a valid GDA permit must be killed prior to transport. Release of any live feral hogs into an area that is not fenced is prohibited. Any persons convicted of the transport or release of live feral hogs in violation of established laws and regulations may be subject to revocation of hunting privileges for up to three years and a fine up to $5,000.00, but not less than $1,500.00. Transport and possession of live feral hogs are regulated by GDA, contact the Animal Industry Division at 404-656-3671 for more information.


Feral hogs can carry infectious diseases that are transmissible to people. To avoid possible exposure, wear plastic gloves when field-dressing feral hogs; wash hands with soap and hot water immediately afterwards; avoid direct contact with blood and reproductive organs; cook thoroughly, and properly dispose of all waste.


Any facility that processes hogs for a fee, including deer processors who process hunter-killed feral swine, must first obtain a license to operate from the Meat Inspection Section of the Georgia Department of Agriculture. For more information, deer-processors may contact the Georgia Meat Inspection Section at (404) 656-3673. Licensing requirements do not apply to individuals who process feral swine for their own use.

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