May 19, 2015
Hog hunting is rapidly growing throughout the U.S., and for good reason. With a population continually on the rise, these invasive beasts cause widespread damage to crops and transmit harmful diseases.
Luckily for us, the rapid growth of these creatures is creating opportunities for hunters across the country. This overabundance means that there's no reason not to get after a few hogs this year.
Whether you're an avid hog hunter looking for a new way to hunt them, or just want to scratch that hunting itch, these five hog states offer the best chances at putting the hammer on a hog.
Largely regarded for its trophy bucks, Missouri's hog hunting is about as good as it gets in the Midwest. There are no bag limits or special permits required, except during turkey and deer seasons.
Many counties across the state have a sizeable hog population, but your best bet for success will be in the southern portion of the state along waterways, with more active populations around the Ozarks and Devil's Backbone Wilderness area.
As one of the original states where hogs were, introduced by DeSoto in 1539, Florida's hog populations have continued to soar.
Though typically regarded more for its fishing opportunities than hunting, there are many public land opportunities throughout the state.
Private land hunters can pretty much kill hogs any way they want. Public land requires a license, and hunters must check to see which permits are necessary.
While Georgia may not be on your hog hunting radar, it definitely should be. There are no closed seasons on private land, no bag limits, and hunting at night is allowed.
While public land hunters face tighter restrictions, there are still plenty of opportunities to be had. For just $20, a three-day, non-resident license allows you to take out as many of these pests as you can.
This one shouldn't be a surprise at all. With the largest population of feral hogs in the nation — there are roughly 2.6 million hogs roaming the range — no other state can offer the same hog hunting opportunities as Texas. Your chances of success are considerable, with an estimated 1.3 to 2.5 hogs per square mile.
As the crop damage reports continue to rise, the Lone Star State also boasts some of the most inventive ways to eradicate hogs. Want to gun for hogs out of a helicopter? Hell, yes! Want to chase them at night with a suppressor? Have at it! This is truly hog hunting's mecca.
Sure, California isn't the most hunter-friendly state, but it's rich with hogs and breathtaking vistas.
You will need a hunting license, individual permits, and a place to hunt before heading out West. Baiting is prohibited, so be prepared to spot-and-stalk for your best chances of success.
Hogs are plenty, and the hunting is generally good to excellent.