Many states offer hog hunting, but only these 12 states offer year round hog hunting.
Hogs are growing by the numbers across the United States. Some states admit they are infested and overcome by hogs while some states won’t acknowledge they have hog presence. As the population grows, it is up to hunters, trappers and other controlled methods of taking hogs, to keep the numbers in check. It has been said that in some states if over 50 percent of the population is not taken during the year that the population can grow in substantial numbers.
Hog hunting has increased in many states as the population of hogs increases. Many see the opportunity as a sport and means for food. Some see hog hunting as the only way to protect their property as hogs can greatly damage crops and property.
Although many states have added the regulations or season of hunting hogs through the years, only a handful of states allow year round hunting. Each state holds regulations or will imply within their laws of an unregulated season.
The following states below have a 365-day open season on hogs.
- Michigan (During open season for other game)
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- South Carolina (During open season for other game on permitted WMA, year round on private property)
Now some of these states have regulated seasons while others are unregulated. For example, in Michigan there is no open season on hogs, however while hunting any other game, including ones with an open season year round, you can legally take a hog.
As hunters, learning and understanding regulations for any game in which we pursue is extremely vital. Many states hold regulations that can make non-residents confused or sighing in disbelief. It’s the job of each individual hunter to know the laws and regulations in each jurisdiction in which you hunt.
To learn more on year round hog hunting in any of these states, be sure to visit their local Department of Conservation or Natural Resources website.