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Wild Hog Regulations

Status in Tennessee

Wild hogs cause extensive damage to crops, wildlife habitat, contribute to erosion and water pollution, and carry diseases harmful to livestock and other animals as well as humans. It is illegal to possess, transport, or release live wild hogs.

Control for Landowners

Landowners have more opportunity than ever before to control wild hogs on their properties. They can shoot wild hogs year-round during the day without limit and trap with bait outside of big game seasons. Furthermore, landowners may obtain an exemption from their TWRA regional office enabling them to kill wild hogs at night using a spotlight, trap year-round,etc. Once an exemption is obtained, family members and tenants that qualify under the Farmland Owner License Exemption Statement and up to ten additional designees may help private landowners with wild hog control efforts. For properties over 1,000 acres, an additional designee per 100 acres may be assigned. In order to renew each year, exemption holders are required to report the number of hogs killed on their property and the manner in which they were killed to TWRA. Landowners may also take advantage of technical assistance provided by TWRA to help with a trapping program or additional wild hog control techniques. USDA Wildlife Services personnel are also available to provide technical assistance for wild hog control by calling (615) 736-5506.

Control on Public Land

In Region I, wild hogs may be taken during deer season by licensed deer hunters on Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park and Big Hill Pond State Park (the portion south of the railroad tracks).

In Region III, wild hogs may be taken incidental to deer hunts on the following WMAs: Alpine Mountain, Bridgestone-Firestone Centennial Wilderness, Catoosa,Skinner Mountain, Standing Stone State Forest, and Tellico Lake. Wild hogs maybe taken on any deer or bear hunt on South Cherokee WMA. There are also the following wild hog control seasons in which the use of dogs is permitted: two five-day control seasons on Catoosa WMA and one three-day control season on Skinner Mountain WMA.

In Region IV, wild hogs may be taken on any big game hunt on the North Cherokee; any deer or turkey hunt on Kyker Bottoms Refuge; any small game or big game hunt at Foothills WMA, and the entire North Cumberland WMA

On the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, wild hogs may be taken with a special permit during any deer hunts and by small game hunters after the deer season.

Refer to the regulations for individual WMAs and public hunting areas to determine how and when hogs can be taken.

Individuals licensed to hunt bears may take wild hogs during any scheduled bear-dog hunt.

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