Florida Offers Several Summer Hog Hunt Opportunities

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Because of an abundance of wild hogs on portions of Ochlockonee River and Joe Budd Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in Northwest Florida, several hunting opportunities will be available during the coming months in an effort to reduce hog populations.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has quota permits available for hog-dog hunts on the Joe Budd area and still hunts for the Ochlockonee River WMA during July, August and September.

Hog-dog hunts are set for nighttime hours on July 15-18, Aug. 19-22 and Sept. 16-19 in Zone G of the Joe Budd WMA. Five quota permits will be available for each four-day hunt. A quota permit will enable two people and a guest permit holder to hunt with up to three free-running dogs of any size or breed.

Daytime-only still hunts will be held on the Ochlockonee River WMA in the portion north of Interstate 10 on July 16-18, Aug. 20-22, and Sept. 17-19. Thirty permits are available for each three-day still hunt.

Only one firearm will be allowed per permitted group.

Applications for these hunts will be accepted, starting at 10 a.m. (EDT) July 8, through the Total Licensing System at county tax collectors' offices or online at www.fl.wildlifelicense.com on a first-come, first-served basis as part of the third phase of the wild hog quota hunts. Permits are not transferrable.

There will be no size or bag limit on hogs. Live hogs may not be removed from the areas.