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Most landowners would ask for payment before they allow you to help them control the wild hogs menace in their farms. Perplexing, right? But it makes sense; they wouldn’t want to have a random armed stranger running around their property. That’s unless they express commitment. The payments also cover part of the damage the hogs have caused. Luckily, there are millions of acres of public land across the US where you can hunt for hogs cheaply. Here is everything you need to know about hog hunting on public lands.
Where to Hunt
With over 600 million acres of public land under different federal management agencies, the US is considered a hunters paradise. Although they spread across all the states, notable hog populations are mostly in the states towards the south. Here are some of the places to go for hog hunting that are open to the public:
The state of Texas has the highest hog population and gives you the best chances of being successful. What is even more exciting is that there are no closed seasons and bag limits, which offers you all the freedom. Matador WMA in Cottle county and the Laddo Lakes WMA in Marion and Harrison counties are some of the best places to hunt for hogs. We have an entire guide written on hunting in Texas – so go check it out!
All the 17 wildlife management areas (WMAs) in Alabama have hogs that you can hunt. Upper Delta in the southwest, Holland in the west, Blue Springs in the southeast, and Lowndes in the north are some of the WMAs where you can hunt for hogs in Alabama.
Florida is the other state with millions of public land acres. Hog hunting is restricted to certain dates and seasons in most wildlife management areas. The best place to start is the Apalachicola WMA that covers 564,000 acres in Leon, Franklin, Wakulla, and Liberty counties.
Hog hunting in Georgia is one of the popular activities that you have to try if you live within the state or nearby. Populations of hogs are found mostly towards the south, especially around major river beds like Chattahoochee, Flint, Oconee, and Ocmulgee.
The Honobia-Three Rivers WMA that covers 930,000 acres is the place to head to when you want to enjoy hog hunting in Oklahoma. If you aren’t a resident, you will need to obtain a permit that costs $85.
Now that hogs are no longer classified as a game in the state of Tennessee, you are more than welcome to hunt them down. They are present in 80 of the 95 counties of the state. Public lands are abundant in this state, covering swamplands around Reelfootlake, bottomlands of Missippi, and many other areas.
Pretty much every county in South Carolina has hog populations. Wildlife Management Areas adjacent to the Low Country counties are great for public land hog hunting.
Other states where you can hunt for hogs on public lands are California, Louisiana,