Feral Hog Regulations in Texas Jared Timmons Extension Assistant Dept. Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences Texas AgriLife Extension Service
Feral Hog Classification Classified as exotic livestock not wildlife Not owned by anyone until control is expressed by capture or harvest http://www.wildlifemanagementpro.com/2008/05/27/texas-wild-hog-rules-aim-to-help-producers-and-hunters/
Do I need a hunting license? If the feral hog is depredating a property the landowner or their agent do not need one. If hunting for trophy or food need a hunting license. Good idea to have hunting license if trapping or snaring because of non-targets. For more info look in TPWD Outdoor Annual
Legal control methods Trapping Snaring Shooting Aerial During day Ground Day or night Dogs
Toxicants/Contraceptives No legal toxicant or contraceptive for use in the U.S.
Movement Regulated by TAHC Can be held in escape- proof trailer 7 days Slaughtered immediately Taken to Approved Holding Facility followed by slaughter Can be moved across county lines.
Movement-Sows and Gilts Also can be domesticated if test negative four times in 150 day period for pseudorabies and swine brucellosis Domestication is not encouraged Cannot be released on another property
Movement-Boars and Barrows Also can be released on an Authorized Hunting Preserve
Approved Holding Facility Also known as buyer >200 yds from domestic swine Record kept on animals taken in/out No escape/release allowed For list of Approved Holding Facilities http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/animal_health/feral_swine.html
Authorized Hunting Preserve Must have Hunting Lease License issued by TPWD Animals must be individually identified Only males can be taken to an Authorized Hunting Preserve Must have swine proof fence Inspected by TAHC
Available resources http://pcwp.tamu.edu/FeralHogs/ http://pcwp.tamu.edu/FeralHogs/ Publication links Recognizing Feral Hog Sign Snaring Feral Hogs Building a Feral Hog Snare Placing and Baiting Feral Hog Traps Box Traps for Feral Hogs Corral Traps for Feral Hogs Door Modifications for Feral Hog Traps
Available resources Coping with feral hogs website http://feralhogs.tamu.edu Texas AgriLife bookstore https://agrilifebookstore.org/
Project Funding Provided through a Clean Water Act §319(h) non-point source grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Additional information Jared Timmons Extension Assistant (979) 845-7471 email@example.com