Hogs No Longer Big Game in Tennessee

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Feral hogs are a big problem for Tennessee, so a hog season was added in 1999. This plan backfired a bit as it romanticized hog hunting. Hogs started cropping up in places they hadn't been before as people were importing them into new habitats.

Tennessee realized they needed to fix the escalating problem and have eliminated the hog season, so now hogs are not big game they are classified as nuisance animals. "These hogs are very destructive. They do not discriminate on what they eat or what they destroy," said Ben Layton, big game biologist for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. "This invasive species devastates crops and roots through surfaces to the point it damages water quality with runoff."

A landowner who is having issues with wild hogs can now go out, any time of the day and shoot or trap the hogs. Trapping isn't allowed during other hunting seasons though, unless the landowner gets an exemption as well as an exemption to shoot the hogs at night. From WBIR.com.


arrowflipper's picture

Sure wish

I sure wish I lived a bit closser to Tennessee. I'd give Groovy Mike a call and we'd go do a little hog huntin.

The only time I ever got to hunt hogs was on a trip to Mississippi with my cousin. We were officially hunting whitetail, but I was really after a pig. Had a ball flippin a stick through an oinker. Had an even better time eating it. I brought it home, cooked it, ground it up, mixed it with rice and made home made Cajun boudin.

I know I shouldn't wish for this, but I'd sure like to see a hunt able population here in Washington. I understand we do have a growing population in the southwest part of the state but I haven't had the chance to hunt for them yet. And even though we have small numbers, we are being encouraged to shoot them on site. I guess their reputation precedes them.

I have been invited to go on a hunt for a big old black Russian boar in California, but it hasn't happened yet. I don't know if I should be jealous of Tennessee or be happy that the hogs are a long ways away?

niceshot_smitty's picture

My uncle was back there a few

My uncle was back there a few months ago and said you could always tell when the hogs were around,  all the deer would leave and not come back for a few hours.  i think he said he counted over 100 of them when he was there for 3 days.  no chance to kill any. 

Last night here in New Mexico they run a news report about the wild hogs moving in to New Mexico and are now in 13 to 14 countys in the state.  Costing the state lots of money and making people mad at the damage.  which i know they were in the state, but every time you call to see where there are high numbers at the game and fish office. they tell you really no info. 

hunter25's picture

Hod hunting is a great

Hod hunting is a great pastime and I try to get out somewhere once a year to enjoy it. I have nver hunted them in Tennessee but it may be somewhere I have to go checj out in the future. A lot of sportsmen have made the mistake of wishing for hogs in thier own state and in some cases like mentioned here even helped to move them in. Obviously that is not always a good thing. I hope they never get established in Colorado as I don't want to have to deal with all the negative things they bring with them. Hog hunting is one of the most affordable hunts around so it's better to travel to go after them than having them cone to you.

deerhunter30's picture

I would love to get down to

I would love to get down to tennessee and get a hand in on that hog hunting.

Never been hog hunting before. I would love to try some sometime. I have heard these are mean little bastards. One of my dads friends goes down to missouri and hunts them says he has seen them kill dogs before.

Anyone ever try hog before, never had heard if they are tasty or not. 

Can't beleive that there is that many of them in tennessee that they can shoot them whenever they need to.

I have alwys heard that hogs were getting closer and closer to Iowa. I have even heard there had been a few in southern Iowa but hell, don't know if we want them here now.

It is always nice to have more big game to hunt, and something else to eat.

groovy mike's picture

So...does this mean that no license is needed for non-residents?

So...does this mean that no license is needed for non-residents to hunt hogs in Tennessee?

This sounds like a bargain hunting opportunity to me.  Sign me up!  When do we go? Anybody hear have Tennessee hog hunting contacts?

GooseHunter Jr's picture

Wow the population must have

Wow the population must have really exploded here lately.  I have some very distant family there in Tennessee maybe I just need to see what it will take for me to get down there and help them get rid of some these awful creatures.  As much as I would like to see Colorado have some just for hunting reasons and I am glad we do not as how much destrction they cause.  tennesee here I come.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Wow, looks like the pigs have

Wow, looks like the pigs have really exploded there.  It goes to show you that even the best laid plans can go awry.  As in other states, it appears that even though they think hogs are destructive, too many people look at the money that can be earned from it, and don't really give it their best attempt to eradicate them.

If they would just let hunters onto their property without charging these outrageous sums of money, the could at least control it.  I don't think you could ever wipe them out, but at least keep them in check.

The only problem I see is that the new law only applies to landowners being able to shoot the hogs at any time.  What about the everyday hunter?  Do they still need to follow the set hunting times, when on public land?  Or, can they go find a landowner to let them hunt, and then kill as many as they want, whenever they want?  There are still a few questions out there that need to be answered, but it's a good first step by Tennessee.